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Supervisory Emergency Management Specialist (GIS) - GIS Unit Leader


Sacramento, CA

Employer:  FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Type:  Full Time


This position is being announced under FEMA's Incident Management Assistant Team (IMAT) Program. This is a 4-year temporary appointment in the Excepted service. This position is located on National IMAT and has a starting salary range of $52.00 per hour to $59.80 per hour; however, the maximum salary possible in this position is $67.56 per hour. Salary listed includes locality pay.

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What will I do in this position if hired?

In this position, you will serve as a Geospatial Information Unit Leader and will coordinate federal support in response to natural or man-made incidents, including terrorism, that result in extraordinary levels of mass causalities, damage, or disruption, severely affecting the population, infrastructure, environment, economy, national morale, or government function.

When deployed, the incumbent reports to the Planning Section chief and is responsible for the application and coordination of incident-specific geospatial activities including: the production of spatial products, the collection and dissemination of spatial data and analysis, Global Positioning System (GPS) support, and the acquisition, exploitation, and dissemination of remote sensing data.

Typical assignments include following:

When deployed, typical assignments include:
  • Determining requirements and acquiring resources to establish the unit and set geospatial priorities based upon incident requirements.
  • Providing spatially referenced information, products, and services to enhance decision making.
  • Providing customer service to stakeholders in response to geospatial coordination and approved data set requests.
  • Coordinating with appropriate geospatial stakeholders to prevent duplication with the Regional and National Remote Sending Coordinators.
  • Managing geospatial resources, including geographically dispersed staff. Brief customers on geospatial capabilities and activities.
  • Oversees management and analysis of geospatial data and maintaining geospatial databases.
  • Ensuring planning and procedures are established for data backup in coordination with Information Technology (IT) and adherence to copyright, disclaimers, licensing, and other sensitive products and data distribution protocols.

When not deployed, typical assignments include:
  • Participating in exercises at the National, Regional, and State levels and completing all training as required by the position.
  • Providing input for the development of and participates in the execution and documentation of functions and plans that affect critical aspects of FEMA's mission, operational responses and programs
  • Providing basic instructions on disaster-related topics to external stakeholders including Regional, State, and local authorities.
  • Participating in the development of regional catastrophic planning for all-hazard responses and assisting in the development of plans, goals, and objectives for new initiatives and programs.
  • Coordinating and preparing reports, policies, and other documents relevant to FEMA's GIS field activities and operations.

What else do I need to know?

At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters, and every employee at FEMA has a role in emergency management. 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.

This announcement is for a position as an IMAT CORE (Incident Management Assist Team, Cadre of Response/Recovery Employee). IMAT CORE employees are full time employees hired to directly support the response and recovery efforts related to disasters. IMATs are the first FEMA personnel deployed to an incident and manage the field-level federal response and early recovery with a primary focus on critical infrastructure stabilization, especially life-saving and life-sustaining efforts. Appointments to IMAT CORE positions are four years in duration and may be renewed based upon workload needs and funding availability. Employees are hired under the Robert T. Stafford Act and are excluded from the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing jobs in the competitive service. They can be hired under a streamlined process instead of a competitive process. After 3 years of continuous service, Stafford Act employees may be granted competitive eligibility to apply for permanent full-time positions at FEMA.

FEMA is committed to ensuring that its workforce reflects the diversity of the nation. At FEMA, our workforce includes the many identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, ages, cultures, and beliefs of the people we serve. To learn about FEMA's ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts, reasonable accommodation process, and the FEMA Core Values, please visitwww.fema.gov.

All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify for this position at the IT-03 level, you must possess one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the IT-02 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. Experience may be obtained in the Federal or Private Sector and must demonstrate all of the following:
  • Analyzing complex datasets utilizing knowledge of remote sensing, cartographic, and geospatial programs;
  • Providing technical guidance on Remote Sensing (aerial and satellite imagery), GIS, and various geospatial modeling programs; and
  • Leading a team to achieve organizational goals or Leading a team performing emergency management functions.

  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    • Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.
    • Please limit your resume to five pages. If more than five pages are submitted, only the first five pages will be reviewed to determine your eligibility and qualifications.
    • Your resume serves as the basis for experience related qualification determinations, and you must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable), as it relates to this job opportunity. Please use your own words, be clear, and specific when describing your work history. We cannot make assumptions regarding your experience.

    Are you qualifying based on your work experience?
    • Qualifications are based on your ability to demonstrate in your resume that you possess one year of the specialized experience for this announcement at a comparable scope and responsibility. To ensure all of the essential information is in your resume, we encourage you to use the USAJOBS online Resume Builder . If you choose to use your own resume, it must contain the following information organized by experience/position: (1) job title, (2) name of employer, (3) start and end dates of each period of employment (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY), (4) detailed description of duties performed, accomplishments, and related skills, and (5) hours worked per week (part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience). Federal experience/positions must also include the occupational series, grade level, and dates in which you held each grade level.
    • Are you a current or former FEMA Reservist/DAE employee? To accurately credit your experience from intermittent positions and Reservist Deployments, you must list the dates (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) of deployments that are relevant to your qualifying experience, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment.
    • Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information. Failure to provide the above information in your resume may result in your application being found "not qualified."
    • 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.
    • For additional information on crediting experience and/or education, please reference the OPM General Schedule Qualification Standards .
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