<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The ideal candidate has experience in instructional systems design, ADDIE, Kirkpatrick's Model of Evaluation, curriculum quality control, and 508 compliance in classroom and web-based instruction. This position starts at a salary of $83,398 (GS-12) and $99,172 (GS-13), with promotion potential to $128,920 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the National Training & Education team within FEMA.<br /><br />View common definitions of terms found in this announcement. <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.<br /><br /><strong>EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:</strong> Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.<br /><br />In this position, you will serve as an Instructional Systems Specialist responsible for various projects to accomplish tasks involving the instructional systems design of courseware.<br /><br />Typical assignments include:<br /> <ul> <li>Serving as subject matter expert and/or project lead for the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (ADDIE) of relevant and educationally effective curriculum.</li> <li>Analyzing learning situations and problems, selecting instructional strategies using accepted methods, and designing and developing test and assessment instruments to evaluate performance.</li> <li>Developing and revising instructional material and exercise guides to include lesson plans, student guides, job aides, instructional media, training games, etc. and providing quality control for developed or revised courseware.</li> <li>Conferring with subject matter experts, external agencies, and jurisdiction subject matter experts to assess training needs, develop instructional materials, and achieve project objectives.</li> <li>Using the Kirkpatrick Model for analyzing and evaluating the results of training and educational programs.</li> </ul> <br />Promotion Potential: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – This position may require non-emergency travel (5%)<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.</li> <li>You must successfully pass a background investigation.</li> <li>Selective Service registration required.</li> <li>Current federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.</li> <li>You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.</li> <li>Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.</li> </ul> <br /> Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.<br /><br />The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.<br /><br /><strong>You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level (starting salary $83,398) if you possess the following</strong>:<br /><br />One full year of experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level, that demonstrates: 1) Providing advice and assistance to management on education theories, principles, and practices, 2) Assisting with learning theories, principles and other fundamentals of instructional design, and evaluation methods. 3) Assisting with quality control methods for curriculum content and implementing those processes.<br /><br /><strong>You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level (starting salary $99,172) if you possess the following</strong>:<br /><br />One full year of experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level, that demonstrates: 1) Providing analysis, advice and assistance to management on education theories, principles, and practices, 2) Conducting learning theories, principles and other fundamentals of instructional design, and evaluation methods. 3) Conducting quality control methods for curriculum content and implementing those processes. 4) Advising management on Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (ADDIE) and curriculum quality improvement.<br /><br /><strong>This position has a positive education requirement. In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement, you must meet the listed education requirement below. (Submission of transcript is required.)</strong><br /><br /><strong>Degree: that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. The course work must have included study in at least four of the following five areas:</strong><br /><br /><strong>1.Learning theory, psychology of learning, educational psychology: Study of learning theories as they relate to the systematic design, development, and validation of instructional material.</strong><br /><br /><strong>2.Instructional design practices: Study of the principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and applying design methods to the improvement of instructional effectiveness.</strong><br /><br /><strong>3.Educational evaluation: Study of the techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of instructional/educational programs, including developing written and performance tests and survey instruments, and determining reliability and validity of evaluation instruments.</strong><br /><br /><strong>4.Instructional product development: Study of the techniques appropriate for developing training materials, including identifying learner characteristics, specifying objectives, applying training strategy, validating training materials, and evaluating training.</strong><br /><br /><strong>5.Computers in education and training: Study of the application of computers in education and training, including selecting appropriate computer software.</strong><br /><br />Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.<br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here .<br /><br /><strong>Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees:</strong> To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.<br /><br />The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for <strong>Public Trust</strong> clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined ( Mythbuster ), review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at https: www.opm.gov/faqs/topic/investigate/?cid=56d6e92e-6e27-4b6a-8969-4a7a1bfba76d .</li> <li>If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.</li> <li>DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.</li> <li>The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.</li> <li>This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.</li> <li>All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.</li> <li>A one year probationary period is required for new Federal competitive service employees and new supervisors and managers. </li> <li>If selected for this position, and you have not previously completed these requirements, you are subject to (1) completion of a 2 day onboarding program at your primary duty location; and, (2) completion of a subsequent, multiple day orientation program within 90-120 days of hire, at a location to be determined. Travel associated with the <strong> orientation </strong> portion of this requirement may be at FEMA's expense.</li> <li>This is a Bargaining Unit position.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies needed to perform this job:<br /> <ul> <li>Technical Proficiency</li> <li>Communication</li> <li>Customer Service</li> <li>Representing the Agency</li> <li>Teamwork and Cooperation</li> </ul> <br />If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. <br /><br /><strong>Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)</strong>: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. ( Note: Veteran's preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets. )<br /><br /><strong>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles</strong>: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85.00 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. <br /><br /><strong>Interview Requirement</strong>: Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. <br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><li><strong>Your resume.</strong></li> <li><strong><strong>Your responses to the job questionnaire</strong></strong>- You will be directed to the online job questionnaire once you begin the application process for this position.<strong> </strong></li> <li><strong>Are you a current or former federal employee?</strong> Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement; etc.</li> <li><strong>Are you a current FEMA Stafford Act employee with competitive status?</strong> Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing you have previously served in a permanent or conditional competitive service position. You <strong>may</strong> meet this requirement if your applicable SF-50 shows the following <strong>and</strong> you meet reinstatement eligibility requirements contained in 5 C.F.R. 315.401 :<br /> <ul> <li><strong>Block 24 (Tenure). </strong>Code is either "1"- Permanent, or "2" – Conditional; and,</li> <li><strong>Block 34 (Position Occupied).</strong> Code is "1" – Competitive Service</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Are you qualifying based on education?</strong> Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information . </li> <li><strong>Are you a veteran</strong>? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information .</li> <li><strong>Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?</strong> Submit a copy of your:<br /> <ul> <li>Agency Notice</li> <li>Most recent performance rating, and</li> <li>Most recent SF-50, Notification of personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level and duty location.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee</strong>? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:<br /> <ul> <li>Position title</li> <li>Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)</li> <li>Agency</li> <li>Beginning and ending dates of appointment</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.</strong></li> <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.