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Job Title:  Director, Plans Division
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  DHS Headquarters
Job Announcement Number:  CHCO-13-001-DHS-833894

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 01, 2013 to Monday, March 04, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens



In today's interconnected world our country's security challenges are constantly evolving.  To meet these challenges, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation.  With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.


The mission of DHS is carried out every day by dedicated men and women who answer the noble call to public service with superior courage.  Come be a part of the best in preventing and deterring terrorist attacks, protecting against and responding to potential threats, ensuring safe and secure borders, welcoming immigrants and visitors, and promoting the free-flow of commerce.


The Department has five primary missions: prevent terrorism and enhance security; secure and manage our borders; enforce and administer our immigration laws; safeguard and secure cyber space; and ensure resilience to disasters.



  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Top-Secret/SCI clearance is required.
  • SES Probationary Period is required if not a current SES employee.


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The Director, Plans Division, serves as a Senior Executive in the Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The mission of OPS is to provide decision support and enable the Secretary's execution of responsibilities across the homeland security enterprise by promoting situational awareness and information sharing, integrating and synchronizing strategic operations and planning, and administering the DHS continuity program.  The critical responsibility of OPS is the management of the National Operations Center (NOC), the Secretary's strategic-level operations center responsible for maintaining situational awareness and sharing a common understanding of the homeland security threat and operating environment.  The Plans Division supports OPS by facilitating, coordinating, and developing homeland security strategic-operational planning products with DHS Components and inter-agency partners in order to support the Secretary's execution of responsibilities across the homeland security enterprise.


The Director, Plans Division will participate fully with the OPS Director, Deputy Director, Chief of Staff, and OPS Division Directors (Continuity Division, Operations Coordination Division and Resources Division) in leading and overseeing Plans Division duties, as well as coordinating joint activities across Divisions to meet OPS' and DHS' mission.


The Director, Plans Division performs responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Leading the development of selected Federal, DHS, Component, and OPS strategic-operational planning products to support the execution of the Secretary's responsibilities across the homeland security enterprise during steady state operations, exercises, special events, and crisis action operations.
  • Leading development of Secretary/senior executive decision support products (Decision Support Matrices, incident-specific Play books) for steady state and crisis action requirements.
  • Leading the allocation of Plans Division resources to respond in a timely manner to unforecasted, contingency strategic-operational planning projects.
  • Supporting the crisis action process, to include Emergency Relocation Group participation, and leading Plans Division efforts as the planning element of the National Operations Center during steady state operations, and the DHS Crisis Action Team when activated.
  • Co-chairing the inter agency Special Events Working Group (SEWG) and managing the Department's Special Events Assessment Rating (SEAR) process.
  • Leading, developing, coordinating and facilitating Federal and DHS special projects and initiatives as assigned.
  • Advising the OPS Senior Leadership of necessary or recommended changes to OPS' and DHS' policies, goals, or objectives related to resource priorities and allocations.


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    Applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the Technical and Executive Core 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.  FAILURE TO MEET OR ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY TECHNICAL OR EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATION STANDARDS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

    Please provide a narrative, not to exceed three (3) pages for the Technical Qualifications (TQ) below and no more than (2) pages for each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ).

    You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

    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.

    Leadership Competencies:

    1. Creativity and Innovation
      Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.
    2. External Awareness
      Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment.
    3. Flexibility
      Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
    4. Resilience
      Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
    5. Strategic Thinking
      Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.
    6. Vision
      Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

    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.

    Leadership Competencies:

    1. Conflict Management
      Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
    2. Leveraging Diversity
      Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
    3. Developing Others (New)
      Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
    4. Team Building
      Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

    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:

    1. Accountability
      Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
    2. Customer Service
      Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
    3. Decisiveness
      Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
    4. Entrepreneurship
      Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.
    5. Problem Solving
      Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
    6. Technical Credibility
      Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

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

    Leadership Competencies:

    1. Financial Management
      Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.
    2. Human Capital Management
      Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.
    3. Technology Management
      Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

    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.

    Leadership Competencies:

    1. Partnering
      Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
    2. Political Savvy
      Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
    3. Influencing/Negotiating
      Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

    Fundamental Competencies These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications.


    1. Interpersonal Skills
      Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
    2. Oral Communication
      Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
    3. Integrity/Honesty
      Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
    4. Written Communication
      Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
    5. Continual Learning
      Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
    6. Public Service Motivation
      Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

    Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at
    Technical Qualification(s) - Mandatory


    TQ-1:  Experience in leading and managing staff involved in homeland security planning, or operational activities, such as: Border and Transportation Security, Counterterrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Cyber Security, Emergency Management, etc


    TQ-2:  Experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with Federal Departments/Agencies or similar organizations at other levels of government or the private sector.


    TQ-3:  Experience in leading efforts to solve organizational and operational problems through innovative solutions, and a demonstrated ability to lead and work cooperatively as part of an organization's management team while serving as a senior expert and consultant to top management officials.


    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education.  Your resume will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check.  The DHS Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.  Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in
    the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur. 


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    Working for the Department of Homeland Security offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here


    Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

    Probationary period: You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.

    1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

    DHS is an equal employment employer: Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences. 

    DHS provides reasonable accomodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accomodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accomodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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    To begin the application process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your Resume

    2. ECQ narrative statements

    3. TQ narrative statements

    4. A complete Online Questionnaire

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 04, 2013.

    Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  833894.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire ,
    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    A resume, ECQ narrative statements, TQ narrative statements, and a completed online occupational questionnaire.


    Theresa Givens
    Phone: (202)357-8255
    Agency Information:
    Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
    Washington, DC


    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  

    Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:

    If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

    Social Security Number

    Enter your Social Security Number. Providing your Social Security Number is voluntary, however we can not process your application without it.

    Vacancy Identification Number

    The Vacancy Identification Number is: 833894

    1. Title of Job

    Director, Plans Division

    2. Biographic Data

    3. E-Mail Address

    4. Work Information

    5. Employment Availability

    6. Citizenship

    Are you a citizen of the United States?
    7. Background Information

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    8. Other Information

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    9. Languages

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    10. Lowest Grade

    Enter the lowest grade level (00-00) you will accept.


    11. Miscellaneous Information

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    12. Special Knowledge

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    13. Test Location

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    14. Veteran Preference Claim

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    16. Availability Date

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    17. Service Computation Date

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    18. Other Date Information

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    19. Job Preference

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    20. Occupational Specialties

    The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:

    001 U.S. Citizens

    21. Geographic Availability

    The geographic location code will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are intrested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:

    110010001 Washington DC, DC

    22. Transition Assistance Plan

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    23. Job Related Experience

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    24. Personal Background Information

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

    1. Are you willing to take a drug test?

    A. Yes
    B. No

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