This is a Senior Executive Service position located within FEMA's Office of Protection and National Preparedness. The candidate will possess the skills and experience necessary to oversee the Emergency Management Institute. Incumbent is also responsible for directing the development and administration of a comprehensive, all hazards program of emergency management training courses for Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial officials, as well as private citizens.Learn more about this agency
The incumbent has the responsibility for the development and delivery of training courses through a variety of technologies-at-a-distance, as well as in-residence training, field-deployed training, disaster field training, and training developed for deployment within State and local emergency management training programs.
The incumbent is the program executive responsible for ensuring the Emergency Management Institute fulfills its mission in support of national preparedness. Key duties and responsibilities of the incumbent include the following:
- Develops and implements goals in support of the mission of the Agency; develops organizational plans; utilizes and secures resources; applies state-of-the-art technology to satisfy the operational requirements of FEMA and the Agency's training programs;
- Directs and develops policy, plans and goal recommendations for short- and long- range planning in support of the FEMA Strategic plan;
- Provides leadership in the design, development and delivery of professional development opportunities that are necessary to ensure individuals and groups with key first responder, emergency management and homeland security responsibilities (including FEMA employees) have the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to perform their jobs effectively;
- Directs and manages a close partnership with Federal, State, local and tribal emergency managers in the identification of training needs and the development of courses to meet those needs;
- Directs the review, evaluation and effectiveness of training programs and staff and supports the implementation of training programs through FEMA Regional Offices and Joint Field Offices;
- Directs and oversees multi-million dollar training programs and technical assistance contracts. Assures that adequate internal controls are in place to prevent waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse;
- Maintains cooperative relationships with professional organizations to include the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), International Association of Emergency Managers(IAEM), the Association of State Flood Plane managers (ASFPM) and other such prominent whole community partners and stakeholders
- Performs senior emergency management assignments, as required, and supports the implementation of Agency policies and programs; and
- Works closely with the Superintendent of the National Fire Academy in establishing priorities, programs and initiatives related to the management and administration of the National Emergency Training Center.
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.
Occasional travel - This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
- File a Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278) within 30 days of appointment.
- If selected, a one year SES Probationary period may be required.
- Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret (SCI) clearance.
- This position is subject to random drug testing.
Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.
QualificationsAs a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. An earned doctorate and senior leadership experience in an accredited institution of higher education or equivalent as both a highly skilled executive and as an accomplished educator are preferred but not required. The successful candidate will be a motivated leader who has a record of sound fiscal management, experience in a senior administrative position, and proficiency in community engagement.
Each applicant is required to submit a comprehensive narrative statement, which addresses BOTH the mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) outlined below. Applicants who do not submit a supplemental narrative statement that addresses these factors will be ineligible for further consideration. The narrative portion for the Technical Qualifications MUST NOT EXCEED 6 PAGES TOTAL. The supplemental narrative statement for the Executive Core Qualifications should address the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant’s level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. The narrative portion for the Executive Core Qualifications MUST NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES. For guidance in preparing a narrative statement addressing the ECQs, applicants can access OPM’s website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/
The following categories of applicants may omit the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but MUST address the Technical Qualification factors:
- Applicants who are currently serving under a SES career appointment (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES).
- Applicants who are eligible for reinstatement to the SES (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES).
- Applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs (must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification).
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS – MANDATORY
1. Senior executive management or commensurate operational experience in the field of emergency management at the Federal, state, and/or local levels.
2. Demonstrated experience in adult education, including curriculum design, development, and delivery in an academic setting.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of supervisory and managerial practices, in particular providing matrix leadership to influence peers and partners, including institutes of higher education, to successfully deliver a nationally-directed, collaborative, and integrated professional development programs.
- 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 and successfully pass a background investigation for Top Secret/SCI as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined (Mythbuster), 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. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/investigations/background-investigations/.
- DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
- This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.
- Relocation and recruitment incentives MAY be authorized.
- Persons newly appointed to a career SES position are required to serve a one-year probationary period.
- All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
- If selected, you will be subject to 24-hour on-call in the event of an emergency. In this event, this service may include duties other than those specified in the official position description. Selectee must be able to relocate to emergency sites with little advance notice and function under intense physical and mental stress.
- If selected for this position you MAY be required to attend a one week Emergency Manager Orientation (EMO) in Emmitsburg, MD. Travel is at FEMA’s expense and will occur from Sunday to Friday.
- Mandatory Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT) for salary payment is a condition of employment at DHS/FEMA. Selectee will be required to participate in DD/EFT.
How You Will Be Evaluated
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS – MANDATORY
ECQ-1. LEADING CHANGE
This core qualification involves 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. (Strategic Thinking, Flexibility, Creativity and Innovation)
ECQ-2. LEADING PEOPLE
This core qualification involves 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. (Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others)
ECQ-3. RESULTS DRIVEN
This core qualification involves 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. (Accountability, Entrepreneurship, Technical Credibility)
ECQ-4. BUSINESS ACUMEN
This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Technology Management; Human Capital Management)
ECQ-5. BUILDING COALITIONS
This core qualification involves 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. (Partnering; Influencing/Negotiating)
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Your resume.
- Your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (not to exceed 10 pages total). NOTE: If you are graduate from an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program or are a current or former Career Senior Executive Service member, you do not need to respond to the ECQs.
- Your responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (not to exceed 6 pages total).
- Are you a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) member? Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies SES Career status.
- Are you a graduate from an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program? Submit a copy of your certificate.
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.
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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