Job Overview


FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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

How You Can Lead the Way

The Chief Component Human Capital Officer (CCHCO) for FEMA is responsible for the development, articulation, and delivery of Agency human resource policies, plans, and programs; for ensuring that FEMA's human capital practices are innovative and effective; and that human capital support to the Agency is timely, effective, and customer-service focused.


Plans and directs the execution of agency-wide human capital programs consisting of a full range of major personnel service functions of broad scope and a high degree of complexity. Program execution for both the headquarters and regional requirements is accomplished through subordinate division chiefs at the Washington, DC and Winchester, VA offices through Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer staff. The CCHCO has full authority and responsibility for formulating and implementing agency-wide personnel policies and programs.

Serves as the Agency's authoritative expert on all issues pertaining to human capital, advising top Agency and Department officials on the human capital needs of the Agency as a whole and how it affects organizational performance of staff and programmatic issues.  Provides direction on ensuring human resource management strategies and policies are aligned and integrated with the agency's strategic goals and program planning.  Shares responsibility for, and involvement in, public advocacy of the Agency's policies.

Identifies and implements innovative programs to facilitate the full utilization of internships, fellowships, and other early career development mechanisms.

As a key Agency management official and strategic partner, fully participates in meetings with high level Agency Officials and provides continuing advisory services exercising creative and intuitive judgment for the resolution of highly critical and controversial personnel issues, often requiring Agency level interpretations or determinations.  Proposed solutions may result in the change of policies and practices for the entire Agency.

Ensures reserve staff capability to meet FEMA's strategic goals to support multiple disasters simultaneously, including a catastrophic disaster.

Provides advice, counsel and technical guidance to agency officials on human capital policy and requirements that must be satisfied in management determinations, organizational changes, and realignments involving their respective programs.  Provides leadership and direction in preserving the integrity of merit principles while conforming to new guidelines for streamlined and efficient personnel programs.  Maintains liaison with the Office of Personnel Management in matters relating to the development, interpretation, and application of personnel regulations and procedures.  Promotes a unified personnel program and common approach throughout the agency.

Represents the Agency in all inter-agency personnel matters, including those with the Department of Homeland Security, Congress, Congressional committees, the Office of Personnel Management, FBI, Department of Defense and other agencies, Federal Personnel Council, and other personnel management groups.  Develops and maintains liaison with top management with these organizations.