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    This position is located in the Office of the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (OPDAS) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (OS/HHS). ASPR is comprised of four components: the Immediate Office (IO); the Office of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA); Office of the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (OPDAS); and the Office of Incident Command and Control (ICC).

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    The scope of ASPR responsibility includes preparing for disasters (Hospital Preparedness Program, Medical Response Corps, Regional Operations), responding to disaster (NDMS, Regional Operations) and recovering from disasters (Recovery). The position also involves working with the HHS OpDivs and StaffDivs, federal, state, tribal, local, private industry and territorial partners.

    This position serves as Director of Emergency Management and Medical Operations. Provides strategic and expert advice to PDAS on operational readiness, recovery, and response activities to ensure efficient and effective coordination of Departmental efforts to prepare for and respond to and recovery from public health and medical emergencies.

    Specific duties and responsibilities include:

    Directs and coordinates activities to identify and assess complex public health and medical emergencies that may affect the nation's health. The incumbent plans and develops ASPR resource requirements and guidelines for response to public health and medical emergencies.

    Supports the strategic direction and coordination of primary and secondary ASPR activities to categorize and appraise complex public health and medical emergencies related to public health and national security.

    Provides authoritative advice and consultation to the PDASPR to ensure efficient and effective coordination of Departmental efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health and medical emergencies and acts of terrorism which may affect the civilian population. The incumbent works closely with the PDASPR on special short-and long-term projects to plan and develop strategies promoting effective and efficient preparedness, response, and recovery activities within the Department.

    Initiates and leads discussions, tactical planning sessions, and/or review committees comprised of stakeholders from other HHS OPDIVs/STAFFDIVs to develop policies and procedures for emergency medical service response activities that can be implemented nationwide.

    Provides authoritative advice and consultation to the PDASPR on the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents. NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents in coordination with the NRF which provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level policy for incident management.

    Provides executive leadership and direction for the ASPR's preparedness, planning, response, and recovery coordination capability through the three EMMO divisions: Readiness, Field Operations and Response and Recovery.

    Serves as a key point of contact to support coordination with the DHS/FEMA to ensure ASPR preparedness and response activities are integrated with other Federal agencies.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Resume (no more than five (5) pages).
    • Cover Letter (optional).
    • Position requires the completion of a public financial disclosure report.
    • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
    • Must complete a 1 year probationary period, if not previously completed.
    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Application must be received by closing date of the announcement.


    All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs), listed below. It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results.

    Fundamental Competencies:

    Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

    1. Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    2. Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    3. Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    5. Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

    Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

    This position also requires that you possess PTQs that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following PTQs must be evident in your resume.

    1. Expert knowledge and technical expertise of public health, medical, and health care systems, emergency (prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation) programs, processes, methods, practices, procedures and interrelationships used to develop and implement these programs, to include the consequences of all hazards.

    2. Expert skills in executive, managerial and diplomacy to represent the Principal Deputy ASPR at senior level meetings; develop, maintain and enhance relationships and promote an understanding of HHS policies and activities related to disaster preparedness

    3. Mastery of knowledge of the methods, approaches, practices, Departmental policies, and program operations, to provide advice on strategies and approaches to the PDASPR on the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government.

    4. Mastery of knowledge of laws, regulations, executive orders, policies, directives, and procedures governing public health and medical emergency management related to principles, practices and interdependencies of domestic and global emergency management, public health, and medical systems.

    5. Extensive knowledge of advanced management and administrative methods and techniques necessary for working within the framework of a public health and medical organization and environment to carry out specific program functions related to medical operations, to provide effective program management and direction.

    6. Knowledge and skills to effectively possess the highest order of judgment, initiative, and sound knowledge of the policies of the HHS and ASPR to provide advice and counsel to the PDAS. of public health, medical, and health care systems, emergency (prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation) programs, processes, methods, practices, procedures and interrelationships used to develop and implement these programs, to include the consequences of all hazards.

    It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.


    IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), an elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and expertise required to lead across organizations. This cadre of dedicated executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession. As an SES member, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the Federal Government and lead the next generation of public servants.

    Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications. The annual salary range may be found at the top of this announcement. This position may be eligible for performance bonuses and performance based pay adjustments.

    Probationary Period:

    Selectee must serve a one-year probationary period unless s/he previously completed one year the Senior Executive Service.

    Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

    HHS inspires public confidence by maintaining high ethical principles, and all Federal Government employees are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct, that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 also requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

    Security and Background Requirements

    If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.

    Equal Opportunity Employment

    Equality is held as one of the most important values at HHS. Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit. HHS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

    If applying online poses a hardship to you, you may submit your application by contacting: Rebecca Lackey .

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact: Rebecca Lackey. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Veteran's Preference

    Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    Selective Service

    As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

    A recruitment incentive may be authorized.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your cover letter (Optional) and your resume (NOT TO EXCEED FIVE PAGES), demonstrating possession of the technical qualifications and achievement of the five executive core qualifications are the documents that will be used to determine your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. YOU MUST ADHERE TO THE RESUME PAGE LIMIT ABOVE OR YOU MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret/SCI

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following documents to be considered for the position:

    • Resume that contains your full name, address and phone number, and does not exceed the five (5) page limit;
    • Cover Letter (optional); and
    • Online Assessment Questionnaire. To preview the assessment questionnaire, click here: (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10372179).

    Applicants who are currently, or were previously, Federal employees must also submit:
    • An SF-50 showing your current or former civil service status; and
    • Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.
    NOTE: Documents submitted that are not listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Applicants must have a USAJOBS account to apply to this position. For more information on establishing a USAJOBS account; searching for and applying to HHS jobs; or understanding the federal hiring process, contact .

    Submitting Your Application

    To verify your application is complete, log in to your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and then select More Information for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Once the online questionnaire is received, an acknowledgement e-mail will be sent to the address on file. If you are unable to upload any of the required supporting documents, you may fax them to 1-478-757-3144. Please include a cover sheet clearly indicating the announcement for which you are applying.

    Should you have any questions related to this vacancy, please contact the HR Specialist listed at the end of this vacancy announcement at least 24 hours prior to vacancy close.

    Agency contact information

    Rebecca Lackey


    Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
    200 Independence Ave. SW
    Washington, DC 20201
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    Are you a high-performing executive, skilled strategist, and collaborative relationship builder with an exceptional record of delivering optimal results and measurable outcomes? Are you a proven leader, an excellent communicator, and a natural motivator who views challenge as opportunity? Do you have that special ability for recognizing and cultivating talent...and inspiring greatness in others? If so, we may have the perfect career opportunity for you!

    Who we are, what we do, why it matters. HHS is the United States government's principal agency for enhancing and protecting the health and well-being of all Americans. We are comprised of multiple unique agencies and offices, all of which control various aspects of public health and human services in the United States. As our nation's highest and most wide-reaching authority on all things health, HHS guarantees the safety of our food and drugs, and funds and conducts crucial research to further our understanding and progress in medicine, public health and social services. In short, through the work of our more than 90,000 employees, HHS helps to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans and people around the world. For these reasons, and many more, HHS matters a great deal to each of us.

    Next steps

    You will receive an email informing you of the receipt of your application. Highly qualified candidates may be referred for an interview and may be required to undergo a reference check. The OPM Executive Resources Board (ERB) may review results and make recommendations on final selections to the approving authority. We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/519490500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.