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Civil Engineer

Full-time
$121,873 – $158,432 Per Year
Closing on Aug 11, 2023

About Federal Emergency Management Agency

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.

Location:
California, Oakland
Requires Relocation:
Yes
Start Date:
02/08/2023
End Date:
11/08/2023
Offering Type:
Permanent
Hiring Paths:
Internal to an agency - appears on USAJOBS Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Service Type:
Competitive
Travel Percentage:
25% or less

Job summary

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience providing program oversight and expert technical assistance on engineering related policies, principles, and procedures. This position starts at a salary of $121,873 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Region 9 team within FEMA. View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Major duties

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS. 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. EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: 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. In this position, you will provide program oversight and expert technical assistance on engineering related policies, principles and procedures. Typical assignments include: Preparing responses to inquiries, resolving technical conflicts which may arise between local and State agencies, groups, engineering firms, and applicants. Reviewing proposed construction of or repair to disaster damaged facilities as well as requesting Federal financial assistance and providing recommendations of eligibility of assistance to the branch chief. Preparing technical recommendations for the Branch Chief regarding public assistance projects or appeals using engineering expertise. Developing plans, policies, and procedures for implementing the public assistance program under the provisions of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Serving as a lead on special projects, such as investigating controversial claims and appeals from previous decisions by federal coordinating officer, public assistance officers, Regional Administrators and providing recommendations for resolution of cases. 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.

Requirements

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 Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined, a 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 (please visit: Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies for additional information). For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit OPM Investigations. Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.

Qualification

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. Individual Occupational Requirements: The individual occupational requirement for the series can be found Civil Engineering Series 0810 (opm.gov). In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position: You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level (starting salary $121,873) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12) in the Federal Service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of specialized experience. Specialized experience for this position includes: Performing a wide variety of engineering related office and field work, including cost estimating and analysis of damaged infrastructure review of design and construction, or inspection of disaster related infrastructure; and Application and delivery of Public Assistance grants at the federal, state or local level is required. 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. NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide federal grade levels to positions listed in Federal Government; 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 will 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. Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: 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. 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.

Education

If you are qualifying based on education submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) from an accredited institution. Once selected and prior to appointment, applicants must provide an official college transcript. 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.

Evaluations

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum 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: Technical Proficiency Communication Customer Service Representing the Agency Teamwork and Cooperation If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not eligible. View information about CTAP eligibility on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and, 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or eligibility (see “Required Documents” section of this announcement). Well-Qualified is defined as those applicants who are rated with a minimum score of 85.00 for this position. Interview Requirement: Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. (Remove if N/A) You may preview questions for this vacancy.