Job Overview


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.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply

  • All U.S. Citizens
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  • This position opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and at the GS-14 grade level. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-12383-LDC-904063MP for additional information.

This position is ideal for an expert Technological Hazards professional looking for an opportunity to collaborate with experts in other functional areas to develop integrated policy recommendations. This position starts at a salary of $103,152 per annum (GS-14, Step 1), with promotion potential to $134,096 per annum (GS-14, Step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become Chief of the FEMA Region III , National Preparedness Division's Technological Hazards Branch.  

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:  For all non-bargaining unit positions, the following applies:  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.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


In this position, you will serve as the Chief, Technological Hazards Branch in the FEMA Region III National Preparedness (NP) Division with responsibility for managing the activities of approximately 12 technical, analytical and administrative support employees ranging in grade from GS-7-GS-13. The Branch is responsible for planning, training, exercising, preparedness, and response for all types of radiological emergencies. This includes ensuring adequate off-site emergency preparedness to protect the health and safety of citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants, and informing and educating the public about radiological emergency preparedness. The Branch Chief's duties include, but are not limited to:

   --managing the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program

   --participating in the development of national program guidelines

   --chairing or serving on national and/or regional technical committees, panels and working groups

   --representing the region in a variety of intergovernmental, private sector, national or international forums.