<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>Securing Travel, Protecting People</strong> – At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />This Emergency Preparedness Specialist position is located in the Emergency Preparedness Branch, Policy, Plans & Engagement (PP&E), Operations Support, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duties include but are not limited to:<br /> <ul> <li>Delivering, developing, and contributing to the development and issuance of TSA-wide incident management training and exercises. Identifying solutions to complex preparedness related challenges across functional and organizational lines.</li> <li>Contributing to the development, platform instruction performance, and delivery of incident management specific training as it pertains to the utilization of WebEOC and transportation incident management. Providing advice and assistance in conceptual aspects of preparedness training to meet all aspects of incident management performance and metrics.</li> <li>Supporting the emergency preparedness and operational readiness of TSA Headquarters offices and TSA field elements. Performing periodic reviews of continuity plans and emergency preparedness management directives. Providing support to Critical Incident Management Group as the representative from Emergency Preparedness Section.</li> <li>Performing a wide range of emergency preparedness planning and program issues and making sound recommendations for improvements. Designing improvement plans to rapidly assess emerging incidents that expand operations as needed and developing recovery actions to stabilize any critical incident.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>This position is also being announced through Government Wide procedures under Announcement #FAM-HQ-FLT-OPS-606118-G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.</strong><br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> I <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Selective Service registration is required.</li> <li>You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.</li> <li>You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).</li> <li>See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section</li> <li>You must have reached the minimum age (18) at the time of application.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.</strong><br /><br />Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band</strong> (equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-G or GS-11 in the Federal service or equi is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as:<br /> <ul> <li>Experience assisting in the development of continuity of operations (COOP) plans to include devolution and reconstitution;</li> <li>Experience utilizing Federal emergency policies including the National Response Framework (NRF), Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management Response System (NIMS), and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and Federal Continuity Directive or similar private sector emergency management policies or systems to develop operational plans, incident management exercises and training;</li> <li>Experience responding within the National Response Framework (NRF) to address incident command systems at the local, state and national levels; <strong>AND</strong></li> <li>Experience using a variety of emergency management and exercise facilitation tools such as WebEOC to effectively manage and operate in an Emergency Operations Center environment.</li> </ul> <br />To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H or GS-12 in the Federal service or equiv is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as:<br /> <ul> <li>Experience developing, delivery and evaluation of incident management training and exercises;</li> <li>Experience working in an emergency operations center leading COOP programs in alignment with Federal emergency policies;</li> <li>Experience providing emergency preparedness training and programmatic oversight; <strong>AND</strong></li> <li>Experience leading agency wide projects and teams; developing guidelines for meeting mission requirements and identifying resources to support varied levels of program/project operations.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.</strong><br /><br />National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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 can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.<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 />You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Conditions of Employment:</strong><br /><br />1. Maintain clearance requirements<br />2. Incumbent may be required to work outside of the standard workday/workweek on short notice.<br />3. Incumbent will be on call 24 hours per day to cover emergency response needs and required to carry a paging device or mobile phone at all times.<br />4. Travel may be required.<br /><br />Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http: www.opm.gov .<br /><br />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 as a condition of placement into this position. <br /><br />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.<br /><br />TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence. <br /><br />It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, click here .<br /><br /><strong>Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses are not authorized. Relocation expenses are not authorized</strong><br /><br />More than one position may be filled from this announcement.<br /><br />If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.<br /><br />TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here .<br /><br />View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.<br /><br />Veterans 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 documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement. <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 />You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation. You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. <br /><br />Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:<br /><br />Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) as determined by the job analysis. <br /><br />Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs as determined by the job analysis. <br /><br />Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs as determined by the job analysis. <br /><br />Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. (This position <strong>is not </strong>considered scientific/professional.) Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on veterans' preference .<br /><br />Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:<br /> <ul> <li>Knowledge of Federal emergency polices, including the National Response Framework (NRF), Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management Response System (NIMS), and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and Federal Continuity Directive or similar private sector emergency management policies or systems to develop operational plans, Incident management exercises and training and to be able to respond to respond within the NRF to address incident command systems at both the local, state and national levels.</li> <li>Knowledge of operational concepts, work flow processes, and functionalities with within an emergency operations center environment to provide activity guidance and support field emergency efforts.</li> <li>Skill in public speaking with internal and external stakeholders to provide and present Incident management reports, share Information and lead and coordinate/facilitate Incident management training exercises.</li> <li>Knowledge of and ability to use a variety of emergency management and exercise facilitation tool such as WebEOC.<br /></li> </ul> <br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service (a veteran who was honorably discharged from the armed forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active duty service), or education or a combination of education and experience:<br /><br /><strong>DD-214</strong> – If you are claiming Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge. <br /><br /><strong>SF-15 and VA Letter</strong> – If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later.<br /><br /><strong>If you do not submit required documentation described in this job opportunity announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.</strong><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.