Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Government and Finance Division (G&F) is seeking an Analyst in Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery to serve the United States Congress by providing expertise on issues pertinent to disaster recovery principles, policy, and practices. Work may include design and evaluation of options for Congress to inform the debate on effective disaster recovery strategies, policy options, and measurement.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The ideal candidate will have experience conducting applied analysis that offers actionable policy options for Congress on disaster recovery issues, but also understands adjacent areas of emergency management such as response and mitigation. The candidate will put forth practical, forward-looking ideas to inform the legislative debate on addressing short, medium, and long term disaster recovery. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of FEMA disaster assistance policy, especially the public assistance program, and methods for measuring progress. Further, the successful candidate will be able to articulate how policy decisions made in any phase of the disaster cycle might affect disaster recovery in impacted areas.<br /><br />Strong policy research, writing, and presentation skills are essential, as is the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Experience communicating results with data visualization is preferred. Candidates adept at explaining complex emergency management and disaster recovery principles, policy, and practices that resonate with audiences without their level of expertise are encouraged to apply.<br /><br />The analyst will engage in all facets of the research process including but not limited to locating and interpreting factual information, preparing objective, non-partisan written products, and providing personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and their staff. The analyst will also participate in or lead team research projects and seminars. The analyst is expected to possess and continuously develop the skills to provide policy and legislative analysis and consultation at increasingly sophisticated levels.<br /><br />CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.<br /><br />Prepares a variety of descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and written materials on subjects or public policy issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge.<br /><br />Prepares a variety of analytical reports, memoranda, and written materials on public policy issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge to support congressional decision making.<br /><br />Participates in planning, organizing, and coordinating group research efforts.<br /><br />Through personal consultation, assists committees, Members, and staff with consideration of legislative issues by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge.<br /><br />Participates in CRS seminars, workshops, and/or outreach programs for committees, Members, and staff.<br /><br />Locates and provides information requested by Members and committees of Congress or their staff.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 15 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> </ul> <br /> No additional requirements to those listed above. <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.<strong><br /></strong><br /> <ul> <li>Knowledge of emergency management and disaster recovery, and related issues**</li> <li>Ability to analyze public policy issues**</li> <li>Ability to write in a public policy context**</li> <li>Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations</li> <li>Ability to lead collaborative research tasks</li> <li>Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis and consultation</li> <li>Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.<br /><br />This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.<br /><br />The position description number for this position is 4748.<br /><br />Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.<br /><br />The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.<br /><br />Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.<br /><br />This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email ADAloc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.<br /><br />Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spploc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.<br /><br />The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.<br /><br />Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.<br /><br />The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.<br /><br />Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.<br /><br />The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.<br /><br />Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process. <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 />The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview.<br /><br />The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview.<br /><br />The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.<br /><br />For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http: www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf .<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 />Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).<br /><br />Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spploc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.<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.


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