JOB: Information Technology Specialist with FEMA, Chicago, IL

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    Alicia Mazzara

    Job Title: Information Technology Specialist GS-2210-11/12
    Department: Department Of Homeland Security
    Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
    Job Announcement Number: MG2011-R5-11-094-522263-WLW

    SALARY RANGE: $62,909.00 – $98,022.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 to Wednesday, September 07, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE: GS-2210-11/12
    POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time Career/Career Conditional
    DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy – Chicago Metro area, IL
    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: US Citizens and Status Candidates

    Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.

    DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by 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.

    Who May Apply
    · All U.S. Citizens

    · Current federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment

    · Former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility

    · Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities (click here for a list of authorities)

    · Persons eligible under an Interchange Agreement (click here to view a list of covered agreements)

    · Veterans’ preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty (click here for information on veterans)

    · For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

    The incumbent serves as the custodian for the regions COMSEC program providing guidance and continuity in an area where any error in accounting or handling could result in grave embarrassment to the region and a possible compromise of nation-wide secure communications.

    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.

    EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees are subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of any emergency. This service 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 that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.

    Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


    * You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
    * You must be able to obtain a TS security clearance.
    * Occasional travel may be required.
    * Direct Deposit is mandatory.
    * Males born after 12/31/59 – Selective Service Registration required.


    This position is in the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Region V, Mission Support Division, Information Technology Branch, located in Chicago, IL

    Primary Purpose: Serves as the custodian for the Region V COMSEC program as well as the regional authority for FEMA Electronic Key Management System (EKMS).

    Specific Duties:

    Serves as primary COMSCE custodian for the Region V account.

    Will act as a point of contact for EKMS regarding the loading of software, trouble shooting and operational questions.

    Acts as a point of contact for COMSC questions and requests for guidance for the region. Provides input to the Branch Chief for use in evaluating issues and situations that may arise for audits.

    Responsible for assisting in the planning, developing, coordinating, installing, implementing, maintaining and management of ITSD systems supporting both the Region V office and remote locations.

    Coordinates the input of program representatives in the formulation of data requirements that will eventually result in improvements to ensure the dynamic quality of ITSD systems as a management tool.

    Assists in evaluating regional and remote operating locations ITSD systems to determine whether existing programs can be enhanced.

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