Emergency Management Specialist

POSTED ON 2/25/2021 CLOSED ON 3/1/2021
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Hired Organization Address Anchorage, AK Full Time

Job Posting for Emergency Management Specialist at Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

You will serve as an Emergency Management Specialist in the Associate Director's Office at Alaska VA Healthcare System, Anchorage.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, this vacancy is posted under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 7106(a)(2)(D) and in exception to existing labor agreements.

NOTE: This position is Temporary NTE: 1 year. If selected for the position, you will have to be started before 3/31/2021. If you are not onboard by 3/31/2021, the tentative offer of employment will be rescinded.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

GS-11 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: conducting studies to identify and evaluate emergency management programs or potential occupational health hazards to develop or improve specific guidelines, regulations or methods and recommend control measures to ensure the medical center can continue essential functions during emergency conditions. Examples of Specialized Experience may include: Formulating, preparing, coordinating and maintaining a variety of mission essential emergency, contingency, and operations plans, policies, directives, regulations, and overall disaster readiness; Developing and implementing comprehensive emergency management policies, procedures, systems, and trainings; Advising management on how emergency management policies, procedures, and systems will affect the operation of the facility; Planning, conducting, or directing special studies concerned with emergency response compliance problems which require the development or modification of protective devices or the evaluation of control measures for a specific operation, such as decontamination team response to hazmat or Weapons of Mass Destruction incidents. OR

EDUCATION (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED): Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-11 level. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree OR three full academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related. OR

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED): Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-11 level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond. Only education in excess of 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education may be used to qualify.

To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-11. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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; religions; 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.


You will coordinate the preparedness and response efforts of the medical center leadership, the Emergency Management Committee, and staff involved with emergency management to ensure the affiliated programs are developed and implemented in accordance with VHA and Federal policies and guidance.

You will evaluate, modify, and implement emergency preparedness alternatives to reduce the loss of life during emergency response and recovery.

You will measure the effectiveness of existing emergency preparedness programs, recommend additional programs as needed to meet changing requirements, and request funding through grants and other means to facilitate acquisition of resources deemed essential for resiliency and preparedness.

You will identify potential disasters and related hazards, assess vulnerabilities to staff and infrastructure, and stratify prioritization of remedial and preparedness efforts in order to maximize available resources and training.

You will develop facility decontamination programs in compliance with agency policy, regulatory standards, and current best practices. Lead facility training and exercises.

You will work with federal, state, and local emergency management and occupational safety and health organizations in areas of mutual interest.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Emergency Management Specialist/ 50361 - T
Physical Requirements: The work requires the employee to carry a good deal of equipment and involves walking, standing, bending, climbing, and crawling during surveys.

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