<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has an immediate need to employ residents of Winchester, VA and surrounding areas as temporary local hires to assist with disaster response and recovery efforts. Local hire employees are local residents who aid in the recovery of the community and help their fellow citizens in the recovery process. Applicants should possess strong computer, communication, interpersonal and customer service skills. Apply for this exciting opportunity!<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />A Local Hire employee's term of employment is 120 days. Local Hire appointments may be extended, in 120 day increments, for a maximum 365 day appointment, based on need. <br /><br />This position is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Financial Management Division, FEMA Finance Center. The Travel Specialist is responsible for providing travel claim services to deployed personnel.<br /><br />Typical assignments include:<br /> <ul> <li>Receiving, reviewing and processing a wide variety of documents such as travel authorizations or obligations, and travel voucher payments</li> <li>Ensuring documentation is accurate and complete, verifying funds are available against obligation documents, and processing/posting transactions.</li> <li>Reviewing accounts in the travel and accounting systems to ensure individual transaction agree with and are supported by documentation, and that transactions are processed according to established procedures.</li> <li>Providing customer service by phone and email to assist FEMA Travelers with travel reservations, travel authorizations or travel vouchers and/or responding to travel-related inquiries from FEMA travelers in order to support response to emergency disaster operations.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 00 <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 is required for males born after 12/31/59.</li> <li>Please review "Other Information" section for additional conditions.</li> </ul> <br /><br />Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>As an open continuous announcement, consideration will be given to those applications received on or before dates as follows and until vacancies have been filled:</strong><br /><br /><strong>1st cutoff</strong> – Wed, July 10, 2019 – 1st round of consideration<br /><br /><strong>2nd cutoff</strong> – Mon, July 22, 2019- 2nd round of consideration, if necessary<br /><br /><strong>3rd cutoff</strong> – Tue, July 30, 2019- 3rd round of consideration, if necessary<br /><br /><strong>Closing Date</strong> – Tue, July 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) <br /><br /><strong>TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST POSSESS:</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Experience servicing customers and providing customer support for an organization/business.</li> <li>Proper telephone etiquette to provide excellent customer service for an organization/business.</li> <li>Basic computer skills an a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>IN ADDITION: </strong><br /> <ul> <li>Minimum age of eighteen years of age is required.</li> <li>All candidates must be a high school graduate or possess a GED.</li> </ul> <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 />Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.<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 />FEMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Salaries are comparable to local pay rates.<br /><br />FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.<br /><br /><strong>STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS</strong>: The Local Hire Program is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Local hire positions are full time, temporary, positions.</li> <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 and successfully pass a background investigation for <strong>Public Trust</strong> 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/investigations/background-investigations/ .</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>This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.</li> <li>NOTE: TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH TO <strong>Winchester, VA, </strong>WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED. LODGING WILL NOT BE PROVIDED TO LOCAL HIRE EMPLOYEES.</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 />To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If you are qualified, you may be referred to a hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.<br /><br /><strong>We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.</strong><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>Your responses to the job questionnaire</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.