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Job Title:Deputy Director, External Affairs

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2012-SES-20-MSB-710071

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SALARY RANGE:

$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 23, 2012 to Thursday, August 23, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0301-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.

To learn more about what FEMA does visit http://www.fema.gov/about/index.shtm#0

 

The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.

To learn more about what FEMA does visit http://www.fema.gov/about/index.shtm#0

 

How You Can Lead the Way

As the Deputy Director, External Affairs, the incumbent will serve as deputy to the Director of the Office of External Affairs and a source of high-level policy advice and expertise to the Administrator and the Deputy Administrator, FEMA on the external affairs aspects of complex programmatic, regulatory, and key stakeholder communication and outreach proposals affecting FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   The Office of External Affairs provides centralized coordination for communication and outreach on all policies within FEMA as well as liaison between DHS Headquarters and the other DHS components on the integration of Department-wide homeland security and emergency management policies and initiatives in support of the Administration’s objectives and the FEMA Administrator’s views.

In this role, the incumbent will work closely with the Director in providing policy direction and operational guidance on behalf of the Administrator and the Deputy Administrator on a broad range of cross-cutting organizational program and policy issues. 

 

As the Deputy Director of External Affairs the incumbent has full oversight responsibility with the Director for the management and direction of the Office of External Affairs as well as all regional and field operations supporting External Affairs and Emergency Support Function 15 of the National Response Framework.  The incumbent provides the legislative and political framework as well as the practical communication focus for communicating DHS/FEMA’s mission and programs to key stakeholders including the public, media, Congress, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, the private sector and other constituent groups, and has the responsibility to contribute in policy development input based on insights from these stakeholders.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Relocation expenses will be authorized.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278) required within 30 days.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.

DUTIES:

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DUTIES 

 

·         With the Director, External Affairs directs and oversees the management of the Office of External Affairs and the overall FEMA external affairs program across the agency. Incumbent serves as a key policy advisor and liaison to the Administrator, Deputy Administrator and other senior FEMA leadership to develop communication and outreach strategies and programs that support the goals of the Administrator, FEMA the DHS Secretary and the Administration. Duties include collaborating with the senior leadership within FEMA and DHS in formulating complex and strategic long-range plans and policies and their related legislative, outreach and communication efforts that are consistent with the Administration’s and Department’s policy positions.    

·      Participates in various issue and policy communication working groups with the White House, Congressional staffs, a variety of representatives from various segments of Federal, State, local, tribal and territorial governments as well as the private sector, departmental and other government entities. 

·         Supports the Director by focusing on the administrative, functional, and day-to-day operations of the Office and External Affairs program across the agency.  Directs and provides top-level guidance to the External Affairs Executive Officer to accomplish those tasks.  Oversees and directs the training and development program for External Affairs staff agency-wide.

·         Speaks for and sits in for the Director at appropriate Administrator’s meetings in her absence.  Attends the agency Deputies’ meetings both formal and informal; represents the Director in the field during disasters when on site direction/guidance is required; represents the Director at DHS Incident Communication Public Affairs Coordination Committee meeting (also attended by EA Director of Public Affairs); interacts with related DHS offices (Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Public Affairs, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Private Sector Office and others as appropriate).     

·         During major disasters, supports the Director by working closely with the External Affairs Disaster Operations Division, the regions, FCO’s in the field and the interagency to ensure ESF-15 operations in the field are set up rapidly and are fully functional and effective and have all the resources they need (especially staffing).

·         Performs a wide variety of confidential assignments, special initiatives and other duties as assigned.  Assignments regularly involve a high degree of political sensitivity and require the incumbent to exercise discretion in protecting the confidentiality of critical information.

     

      Incumbent serves as a source of high level expertise and assistance to DHS officials on sensitive issues related to the Agency’s Legislative, Intergovernmental, Private Sector and Public Affairs programs.  Provides oversight for the development of a comprehensive external affairs program and governing policy; and, its direction and execution as related to Agency/Department programs, policies and operations. Incumbent recommends courses of action and ensures that appropriate short and long-range planning is coordinated and accomplished.      

 

·         Advises management officials on all external affairs matters, attitudes and probable reactions affecting FEMA policies, plans and programs.  Plans, directs and carries out activities of the office and provides the primary focal point in the agency for the review, coordination and action on items requiring congressional interpretation.

·        Develops the course of action in the interest of protecting and/or promoting FEMA programs and obtaining Congressional understanding and cooperation in light of political trends and developments.  Manages and directs program components so that there is consistency of viewpoints presented to the Congress and constituency groups, and in coordination with press operations. 

      

·         Advises and assists the Administrator and his program officials with preparations for and appearances before Congressional groups, committees, and hearings relative to Agency programs and policies.

 

·         Develops and coordinates regional activities in support of the overall Agency External Affairs program to include Regional Administrator’s activities with Congressional district offices and the private sector.

   

·         Develops policy and procedures for the Disaster Assistance Employee (DAE) program.

    

·         Represents the Administration’s policies relative to emergency management before the executive and legislative branches, State local, tribal and territorial governments and other key constituent groups.

     

·         Provides top level direction for the administrative activities of the Office and, along with the Director, is held accountable for the success of its programs.  Determines resource needs, approves overall allocation of resources and accounts for their effective use.

          

·         Responsible for carrying out EEO policies and communicating support of these policies to subordinates and assuring equality in determining qualification, selections, assignments, training, promotions, details, discipline and awards to employees.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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As 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. 

 

Each applicant is required to submit a comprehensive narrative statement on bond paper, which addresses BOTH the mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) outlined below.  Applicants who do not submit the 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 narrative statements for the Technical Qualifications and 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 TOTAL.  For guidance in preparing a narrative statement addressing the ECQs, applicants can access OPM’s website at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf. 

 

The following categories of applicants may omit the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ’s), but MUST address the Technical Qualification factors.  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).  

 

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant. 


 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

All required application materials will be reviewed to determine if applicants meet the mandatory qualification requirements. Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information supplied by the applicant.The best-qualified candidates for this position will be distinguished from other applicants by an evaluation committee to determine the degree to which qualification requirements are met. Applicants should provide specific evidence of possession of the mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications, as outlined under Qualifications Criteria, to assist the evaluation committee in determining the best-qualified candidates that will be considered for final selection.

 

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS - MANDATORY

 

1. Knowledge of communications fields including mass communications, social media, internet strategies, print and broadcast journalism, speech, interpersonal communications theory and practice, public affairs and integrated communications.

 

2. Ability to manage large staff and budgets to accomplish agency communication and outreach objectives through various analytical and administrative processes.

 

3. Superior written and oral communication skills which allows the incumbent to build rapport and gain acceptance at all levels of officials within and outside of FEMA..

 

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS - MANDATORY

 

ECQ-1. LEADING CHANGEThis 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.

 

ECQ-2. LEADING PEOPLEThis 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.

 

ECQ-3. RESULTS DRIVENThis 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.

 

ECQ-4. BUSINESS ACUMENThis core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

 

ECQ-5. BUILDING COALITIONSThis 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.

 


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”



OTHER INFORMATION:

Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/13/1959, who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment.

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 TO APPLY:

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ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT.   ONLY SUBMIT THE MATERIALS REQUESTED BY THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.  APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

 

1.    Use one of the following:  a resume; or Optional Application for Federal Employment Form (OF-612); or Application for Federal Employment (SF-171); or any other type-written format.  Whichever version is used must include the following:

 

a.     Vacancy Announcement Number and Position Title

b.    Your full name, social security number, day and evening phone numbers, mailing address, country of citizenship.  If applicable, reinstatement eligibility to the Senior Executive Service and dates held on the SES career appointment.

c.     Name, city and state of high schools and colleges/universities attended with date(s) of diploma.  For college include majors, and type and date of degree(s).

d.    Job titles, salaries, employers’ names and addresses, supervisors’ names and phone numbers (indicate if we may contact your current and former supervisors), starting and ending dates and hours per week of unpaid or non-paid work experience that relates to this vacancy.

e.    Job-related training courses, special skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards and publications.

 

2.    Narrative statement that addresses each Technical Qualification (no more than 6 pages total).

 

3.    Narrative statement that addresses each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) (no more than 10 pages total).  Not required if applicant is a current or former career Career SES or OPM-approved Candidate Development Program graduate (additional details under Qualification Criteria).

 

4.    As applicable, Standard Form 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that verifies SES Career status or copy of certificate from the Office of Personnel Management that verifies graduation from an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program. 

 

YOU MUST APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:

 

Via E-Mail: FEMASESJOBS@dhs.gov. COMPLETED E-MAIL PACKAGES MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE EXECUTIVE RESOURCES BRANCH NO LATER THAN 11:59 EASTERN STANDARD TIME ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT.  PLEASE LIST THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER/POSITION TITLE INT HE SUBJECT LINE.

If you are sending your application via Email, please DO NOT use zip or other compressed file formats.  Preferred file formats include .doc, txt. or .pdf.

 

Via Mail:  PLEASE SEND AN ORIGINAL AND THREE COPIES OF YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE.  ALL REQUESTED MATERIALS (FOR RECEIPT BY THE CLOSING DATE) SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO:

 

 

Mail:                Department of Homeland Security (FEMA)

Office of Executive Services

1201 Maryland Avenue, SW

Attention: Monique Brown

Washington, DC 20472-3715

 

 

Applications will be retained as a permanent record of this action.

 

For specific questions regarding this vacancy or the application process, please contact

Monique S. Brown on Telephone (202) 646-3971.

 

Please note that applications mailed in franked government envelopes will not be considered for this position.

 

CHECKLIST FOR APPLICATION MATERIALS:

 

1.    Resume or other form of application with requested information.

2.    Separate Narrative Statement(s) for Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

3.    Annotated name and announcement number on all pages of application materials.

4.    Application materials submitted in a timely manner to ensure receipt by closing date.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Monique Brown
Phone: (202)646-3971
Email: MONIQUE.BROWN@FEMA.GOV
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
DO NOT SEND POSTAL MAIL
Washington, DC
20472

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received you will be notified by e-mail.

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Job Announcement Number:

MG-2012-SES-20-MSB-710071

Control Number:

322106600