This position is located in the Infrastructure Security Division within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The Infrastructure Security Division focuses on protecting critical infrastructure from all hazards by managing risk and enhancing resilience through collaboration with the critical infrastructure community, which includes private sector owners, operators, and employees; State, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) officials; and other Federal agencies.Learn more about this agency
The Associate Director for Exercises manages and directs policies and programs that relate to the planning and conduct of security and resilience exercises, for the private owners and operators of the nation's infrastructure. Cooperates and coordinates with state and local governments, supporting programs in corporate and academic organizations, Federal departments and agencies, and related national security and resilience exercise programs for the protection of critical infrastructure. In support of this mission, the Associate Director for CISA Exercises leads the coordinated national effort to conduct exercises with sector partners to enhance cybersecurity and infrastructure security and resilience of critical infrastructure and share trends that inform CISA-wide development of risk mitigating resources.
Specific responsibilities include:
Manages national planning, particularly as related to security and resilience exercises, to guide protection and resilience efforts across all critical infrastructure sectors and national critical functions.
Leads the planning and conduct of exercises with sector partners to enhance security and resilience of critical infrastructure. Identifies and shares trends that inform CISA-wide development of risk mitigating resources.
Leads, facilitates, plans, and executes both discussion-based and operations-based exercises (physical, cyber-focused, or combined (e.g., election security)) for federal departments, critical infrastructure sectors and partners, international partners, and special events.
Provides guidance and direction in developing policies and procedures for: (1) fostering cooperation among Federal agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector for CISA-led and/or CISA-supported security and resilience exercises for the effective prevention and detection of threats to the nation's infrastructure, and the handling and recovery from such incidents; and (2) using the CISA Exercises program to facilitate the sharing of security-related information, tools, and techniques.
Employs delegated authority to oversee the overall planning, program management, direction, and timely execution of policies as well as the development, assignment, and higher-level clearance of goals and objectives for managers at subordinate organizational levels.
Makes recommendations on multi-year and long-range work plans developed by managers at subordinate organizational levels and subsequently manages the overall goals and objectives of work directed. Oversees the revision of long-range plans, goals, objectives, and programmatic execution of the work directed.
Occasional travel - 25% or more. You will be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
- You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
- Selective Service - males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service see http://www.sss.gov/
- Filing of OGE 278 - Public Financial Disclosure.
- You must be able to obtain and hold a obtain/maintain a Top Secret (SCI) clearance.
- If selected, a one-year SES Probationary period may be required.
- You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position.
- If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
- 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.
- Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.
- All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
- This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).
QualificationsAs a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the Executive Core and Mandatory Technical Qualifications listed below in a supplemental statement to assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to be referred to the selecting official. Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit.
The application process used to recruit this position is the Traditional Method.
Executive Core Qualifications:
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: You must have demonstrated an 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. Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate 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. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.
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. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This ECQ 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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.
FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation.
Mandatory Technical Qualifications:
MTQ-1: Ability to deal effectively on complex homeland security-related issues with senior officials from all branches and levels of government and with other critical infrastructure owners, operators, and other stakeholders.
MTQ-2: Experience using discussion-based and operations-based physical, cyber, and combined-focus exercises to achieve security and resilience objectives.
Challenge Context Action Result Model
An ECQ or Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ) statement should include more than one examples of relevant experience.
- Challenge. Describe a specific problem or goal.
- Context. Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
- Action. Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
- Result. Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
Veteran's preference does not apply to the SES.
Probationary period: You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
There is no positive education requirement for this position.
As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications listed above.
The ideal candidate will have experience supervising employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector or non-governmental organizations.
Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant. Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications.
This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the mandatory technical and Executive Core Qualifications described in this vacancy. As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:
- Directing the work of an organizational unit;
- Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
- Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
- Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.
- If your resume does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Your application will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. A panel will be convened to determine "best qualified" candidates. The rating and ranking will be based upon consideration of the degree to which you meet the Executive Core Qualifications, and Mandatory Technical Qualifications. Interviews and qualifications inquiries may be required.
1. REQUIRED Your resume - it must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement. Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating. It is recommended that you include the following information:
- Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
- Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received
- Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including:
- Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
- Duties and accomplishments
- Employer's name and address
- Supervisor's name and phone number
- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
- Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
- Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
If you are a graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must include a copy of the OPM certification of eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the mandatory technical qualifications.
If you are a current or former SES member, you must submit documentation of your SES status (i.e., SF-50 appointing you into the SES) and a narrative statement addressing only the mandatory technical qualifications.
This document MUST be submitted using "Qualifications" as Document Type.
3. REQUIRED If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. Please remove your social security number and date of birth.
The following categories of applicants MUST address the Mandatory Technical Qualification factors. These Categories include:
- 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), or
- 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), or
- Applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs (must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification).
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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Agency contact information
AddressCybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
1616 N. Fort Myer Dr.
CISA-FMD Stop 0380
Arlington, VA 20598-0380
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.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) leads the national effort to defend critical infrastructure against the threats of today, while working with partners across all levels of government and in the private sector to secure against the evolving risks of tomorrow. CISA's mission includes protecting the Federal Government's networks and physical infrastructure, to helping entities in the public and private sectors manage potential risk, to enhancing public safety communications at all levels of government. CISA's multi-faceted mission is home to a wide range of career fields including cybersecurity, program management, business administration, communications, and data science.
Joining CISA means being part of the team focused on securing the Nation's physical and cyber infrastructure against threats to public health and safety, economy, and national security; we Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow.
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