Emergency Management Specialist - Situation Unit Leader

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Location
    Bothell, Washington
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 20

Position description

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 a Type 1, Regional IMAT and has a starting salary range of $27.77 per hour to $31.93 per hour; however, the maximum salary possible in this position is $52.35 per hour.  Salary listed includes locality pay.

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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 FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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:  IMAT employees are subject to a 24-hour on call work schedules in the event of an emergency and be willing to be relocated to emergency sites with little notice.  The teams deploy as soon as notified to respond and are on the scene within 12 hours.  Once on scene, the teams operate and function under intense physical and mental stress until the response mission is accomplished.  This service will require irregular and/or long working hours which may be under austere environments that include living and working in temporary facilities such as tents, warehouse, or other expediently established facilities, significant damage to critical infrastructure that prevents ready access to potable water (other than for drinking), other than basic medical care, and other routinely available services.  Work may include duties other than those specified in the employee’s official position description and may involve some physical exertion including activities such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; carrying and lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 50 pounds).

In this position, the incumbent will serve in the IMAT Planning Section as the Situation Unit Leader.

When deployed, the Situation Unit Leader reports to the Planning Section Chief and is responsible for situational awareness and the collection, processing, and organizing of all incident information. The incumbent will draw upon existing national and regional plans and apply analytical processes to adapt those plans to the incident at hand. Typical assignments include:

  • Preparing, implementing, and maintaining the information collection plan; identifying the appropriate Essential Elements of Information (EEI).
  • Developing the incident information collection strategy and collecting and analyzing incident data; obtaining the Critical Information Requirements.
  • Gathering, updating, and applying situational information relevant to the incident; ensuring the information is processed, analyzed, posted, and distributed appropriately.
  • Conducting analysis related to incident management. Developing trends analysis charts related to incident management.
  • Utilizing information systems for incident information management.
  • Preparing incident objectives for the Incident Action Plan (IAP).
  • Coordinating with State's Incident Management Team Situation Unit Leader and other appropriate State planning section.
  • During deployments, the incumbent can manage up to seven personnel, responsible for the collection and vetting of disaster specific information.

When not deployed, the incumbent reports to the Planning Section Chief. Typical assignments will include:

  • Participating in exercises at the national, regional and state levels; to include all training as required by the position with states and other federal agencies, professional development and emergency management training and workshops
  • 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 instruction on disaster-related topics to regions, states and local authorities; participating in the development of regional catastrophic planning for all-hazard responses


Travel Required

75% or less - IMAT members will deploy to emergency sites. IMAT members will travel to disasters, offices, trainings, meetings, or for other job related reasons. Non-emergency travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • 24 hour on-call work schedule during emergency response periods required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
  • Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.
  • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key 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 and that you clearly describe how your experience meets these requirements within your resume.



The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

You qualify for this position at the IT-02 level if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (IT-01) 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:

  1. Conducting response and recovery planning during an emergency or disaster in accordance with nationally accepted systems such as the Incident Command System (ICS) or the National Incident Management System (NIMS);
  2. Supervising an incident response team and communicating verbally and in writing with subordinates; and
  3. Utilizing software such as Microsoft Office to develop written communication, collect data and analyze reports related to emergency disaster operations.


  • Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or
  • 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or
  • LL.B. or J.D., if related


A combination of specialized experience and related graduate level education that, when combined, meet the qualification requirements for this position.   

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.

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.

NOTE: It is recommended you include in your resume any Position Task Book(s) you have completed and date(s) of completion in MM/DD/YY format.

NOTE: 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/DD/YY to MM/DD/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.NOTE: If you are using the USAJOBS Resume Builder, please insert the dates of employment in MM/DD/YY format at the top of the “Duties, Accomplishments, and Related Skills” text field for each period of employment included on your resume. 

Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific



NOTE:  If you are qualifying based on education and/or are selected for a position which requires a college degree to meet minimum qualification requirements, you will be required to submit your officialcollege transcript(s) at time of selection

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