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Job Title:National Flood Insurance Program Senior Advisor

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-SL-08-SEH-914553

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 01, 2013 to Thursday, August 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

SL-0343-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

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.

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.

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 http://www.fema.gov/about/index.shtm#0

How You Can Lead the Way

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was created by Congress in 1968 and is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The Information Technology computer environment and application software both require diligent and professional oversight due to the advancing age of the legacy system and the growing focus on privacy, auditability, compliance, privacy and security.  Due to the importance of ensuring an effective and secure legacy system environment and additionally to envision and direct an achievable path-forward for the development of a modernized technology solution for the NFIP, FEMA requires a technologically versed, seasoned senior level program executive.  There are numerous areas of management and oversight for which the Senior Leader will be accountable within the NFIP IT Program Management Office (PMO).  Additionally, declarative decision-making and political deftness is fundamental to addressing disparate objectives and positions to successfully bring them to closure.

The Senior Leader role will direct the NFIP IT PMO in project and program management that will enable FEMA to accomplish two distinct goals.  The first is to ensure that the currently functioning legacy system environment is appropriately maintained until such time as a modernized legacy system is developed and implemented.  The second is to guide the development and implementation of a modernized hardware and software environment to meet the needs of the NFIP.  The third is to provide experienced judgment with resource allocation and resolution of resource conflicts throughout the system modernization effort referenced above.  The fourth is to lead the creation and adoption of department and agency project management standards.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:  For all nonbargaining 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.

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 Public Trust 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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The incumbent will be expected to provide senior leadership, coordination, and strategic planning to accomplish agency and administration goals and objectives. This Senior Leader position is a key position on the FIMA management team. To accomplish the goals of the organization this position will also take direction from an Executive Steering Committee (ESC), and will be expected to provide the following senior level management activities:

 

1) Understand DHS and FEMA initiatives in order to direct the program management needed to support those initiatives. Collaborate across teams as needed to deliver innovative and high quality solutions in a timely and a cost effective manner.

 

2) Develop and implement strategies that enable continuous quality and productivity improvement for the legacy NFIP system maintenance and operation.

 

3) Work directly with all appropriate auditors in support of annual IT audits and ensure that audit process is accurately followed and that FEMA stakeholders are adequately and professionally represented.

 

4) Build strong working relationships with various cross functional groups throughout DHS and FEMA, and work closely with FEMA’s Federal Insurance business unit to ensure successful implementation of a modernized computer and software environment to support the NFIP.

 

5) Manage a team of senior level project and functional managers comprised of both government and contractor personnel to support the legacy system. These individuals will provide program management, security, maintenance and operational expertise.

 

6) Manage and direct the accurate and timely reporting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Government Accountability Office (GAO), NFIP IT SS Executive Steering Committee (ESC), biweekly updates to the FIMA Deputy Associate Administrator for Federal Insurance and other such reporting as deemed appropriate.

 

7) Manage and direct the accurate and timely updates to all financial reporting, program monitoring and investment management systems as required.

 

8) Participate in the numerous conferences and committee meetings that are a key part of the NFIP’s outreach and communication efforts. The purpose is to solicit industry input and apprise industry of relevant NFIP IT related information.

 

9) Understand the overall business and strategic initiative goals as well as the timelines of those goals. Develop effective and reliable metrics for measuring program and project progress towards those goals.

 

10) Build and maintain positive, success driven relationships with contractors who support the NFIP IT PMO, contractors who support FIMA and its business processes, Write Your Own (WYO) insurance companies, flood industry contractors who support the WYOs, and other stakeholders involved with the NFIP.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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As a minimum qualifications 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 Mandatory Technical 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 the mandatory Technical outlined below.  Applicants who do not submit a supplemental 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.

access OPM's website at www.opm.gov/SES/writingstate.html.

Failure to meet the minimum qualifications requirement and all Technical disqualifies an applicant.


Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. 

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, to assist the evaluation committee in determining the

best-qualified candidates that will be considered for final selection.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Experience in the financial or insurance industry is required to ensure the creation of accurate, complete and relevant business and system requirements.

 

2. Experience in managing large scale successful financial or insurance-related Information Technology system implementations is required.  Demonstrated ability to manage and direct both the creation of auditable, compliant, and secure systems of record as well as to ensure the successful transition of data and processes from a retiring system of record to a new system of record

 

3. Experience in dealing effectively on an interpersonal basis with senior and executive management from private sector business, technology and related support organizations is required.  Experience in successfully negotiating complex business and technology issues to completion and mutual satisfaction is required.


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 11:59 PM (EST) ON 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, day and evening phone numbers, and mailing address. 

c.    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.

d.    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).

 

You may apply for this position:

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

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

For specific questions regarding this vacancy or the application process, please contact FEMA Executive Services Unit, Email: FEMASESJOBS@DHS.GOV Phone: 202-212-4461.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Checklist for Application Materials:

  1. Resume or other form of application with requested information.
  2. Separate Narrative Statement (s) for Technical 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Sheree Horne
Phone: (202)646-4461
TDD: (800)877-8339
Email: SHEREE.HORNE@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-2013-SL-08-SEH-914553

Control Number:

346295200