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The executive level position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Protection and National Preparedness, National Preparedness Directorate, National Training, Educations and Exercise Division, Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).

This executive level position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Protection and National Preparedness, National Preparedness Directorate, National Training and Education, Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).

The CDP is a Federal training center providing State, local, and tribal emergency responders, and, when appropriate, responders representing the federal government, foreign governments, and  private entities, with a selection of over 30 courses in advanced hands-on training.  The CDP delivers training including resident, non-resident, and indirect (Train-the-Trainer) course offerings; more than 10,000 of those students are trained in residence annually at the CDP facility.  The CDP is the only non-military training activity authorized to use chemical and biological warfare agents and is the only Congressionally-chartered weapons of mass destruction (WMD) training center. The CDP operates under provisions articulated the Chemical Weapons Convention Treaty.

The CDP offers a multi-faceted curriculum department staffed with technical writers, evaluation specialists, graphic artists, editors, technology integration specialists, and publication/design technicians.  CDP specialized programs include:

·         Chemical Surety - Some courses at the CDP include training at the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, Radiological Training Facility (COBRA-TF) which uses chemical warfare agents (GB and VX) and biological agents Bachillus Anthracis delta Stern and Ricin A-Chain during training.  

·         Comprehensive Health Care Curriculum – Some courses at the CDP include training at the Noble Training Facility (NTF), which addresses training needs identified by the health care response community in the areas of disaster medicine, mass casualty management, medical surge, pandemic, and public and environmental health.

CDP is located in Anniston, Alabama. In June 1998, the CDP opened its doors as a training center for the nation’s emergency responders. On March 31, 2007, the NTF was integrated into the CDP training center. The CDP is part of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC). The mission of the NDPC is to enhance the preparedness of federal, state, local, and tribal emergency responders/first receivers and teams, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to reduce the Nation’s vulnerability to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and all-hazard high-consequence events by developing, delivering, and assessing plans, training, technical assistance, and exercises. Responders from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories have trained at the CDP. The scope of training includes preparedness, prevention, response, recovery, and mitigation.



The Superintendent is the program executive responsible for ensuring that CDP fulfills its wide-ranging mission to support national preparedness.  Key duties and responsibilities of the incumbent include the following:

·         Direct and coordinate the planning, organization, development, and implementation of national responder training programs and provide oversight of these programs.  Formulate strategic program plans, structure and organize work and set priorities. Implement program standards and holds others accountable for achieving results. Oversee work progress and reviews for compliance with goals and objectives.

·         Provide overall management of the daily operations of the professional and technical staff and technical contractors. Establish an ethical environment that is appropriate for a facility with a majority  contractor employee force structure. These contracts provide training delivery and training development on prevention, deterrence, interdiction, and response to terrorist acts involving toxic weapons grade chemical and biological agents, radiological materials, and hazardous materials as well as manmade disasters. They also provide a wide range of services and support to the CDP and its students, including: transportation, lodging, dining, real property operations, renovation and maintenance, physical security, and chemical and biological agent operations. Managing these contracts and interagency agreements requires detailed planning and extensive coordination of contractors, instructors, professional and technical staff, and students.  The Superintendent is the principal executive serving as the Designated Agency Official for these multi-million dollar multi-year contracts, also serving as the Fee Determining Official for those acquisitions that are award fee incentive oriented.  These contracts require aggressive oversight to ensure best value, meet performance objectives, and achieve timely execution.  

·         Provide leadership in formulating strategic and operations plans and supporting resource requirements and budgeting processes oriented to building and sustaining an effective organization while continually building business.  Manage personnel, contracts, financial resources, and equipment to deliver the highest quality and most cost-effective emergency response training possible. Possess thorough knowledge of the Federal budget formulation and execution processes, including the procedures necessary for reallocating funds, requesting additional funds, and transferring funds from one account to another.  Execute the CDP budget in accordance with approved spending plans.  Establish internal controls and audits programs for all aspects of resource management to ensure that resources and funds are used effectively and according to regulations.  Possess thorough knowledge of Federal grant and contract management operations including regulations and processes associated with the termination, negotiation, and revision of such types of fund expenditure.  This is necessary to direct, manage, and monitor the formulation and execution of these operations across CDP. 

·         Ensure CDP compliance with the regulations and requirements for Congressional reporting, budget formulation, human capital, acquisition, finance, and security.

·         Because the CDP uses toxic chemical and biological agents in training courses, the Superintendent, through knowledge and experience in toxic agent and responder training, must ensure proper precautions are implemented to maximize the safety of all CDP personnel, trainers, students, and surrounding community members. This facility is critical in providing training on using specialized equipment and in providing the confidence gained by operating in an actual toxic agent environment. The Superintendent is responsible for maintaining a rigorous chemical surety program under the oversight of the U.S. Army Chemical Surety Program and with the assistance of the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center to ensure the reliability of personnel having access to chemical agent, provide procedures which ensure the security of the chemical agent, and provide for the safety of all involved. This program will have stringent operating standards with the following key elements routinely inspected: contractor/employee reliability program, security, chemical agent accountability, safety and occupational health, medical surveillance program, emergency response, decontamination and waste disposal, quality assurance, and responder training. Additionally, the Superintendent is the responsible official for all necessary permitting and/or licensing under the jurisdiction of Federal, state, and local regulatory authorities.  This includes CDP’s license by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for possession of covered nuclear source material used in radiological preparedness training.

·         Responsible for evaluating training program effectuality, tracking reports on participant satisfaction and class applicability to job responsibilities, and tracking courses which need modifications or updates.  This evaluation program aims to test student gains in knowledge, skills, and abilities.

·         Work closely with State and local government officials and emergency responders to ensure that the CDP delivers relevant, timely, advanced, and up-to-date training. The CDP campus includes the COBRA Training Facility which provides civilian training exercises in a toxic environment utilizing weapons grade nerve agents and biological material; the Noble Training Facility which is dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response; and, the Advanced Responder Training Complex which provides responders a training venue oriented to advanced CBRNE skills training. Many anti-terrorism/preparedness skills are perishable over time requiring new emergency responder equipments, techniques, and procedures to be developed every year. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring the CDP develops, validates, delivers, and evaluates comprehensive emergency responder preparedness training at all levels of weapons of mass destruction or manmade disaster instruction and across all disciplines, utilizing uniquely qualified instructors considered subject matter experts in their fields. To ensure the validity, quality, and consistency of training course content, and the accuracy of course information, focus groups assist in determining the training objectives, targeting of skill sets, and review of overall curriculum. Responsible for ensuring the CDP continuously updates its training and as necessary develops new training to ensure America's emergency responders can protect America's citizens, their cities, and infrastructure.

·         Provide executive-level direction and guidance to subordinate managers directing and monitoring activities of the components comprising CDP, developing overall programmatic plans which prioritize and create effective use of CDP programs and personnel resources in achieving the stated objectives.  Such plans must include appropriate strategies to maximize program execution and impact by involving national, State, and local public and private sector organizations in CDP program activities. Assess current and future CDP staffing needs based on organizational goals/budget.

·         Direct an extensive community outreach program to build and maintain a strong supportive partnership with local stakeholders.  This includes the strategic use of the media, membership in local community leadership forums, and strategic alliance with the Post Commander of the Alabama National Guard located adjacent to the CDP with a particular focus on developing joint training opportunities that increases national capability to respond to catastrophic CBRNE incidents utilizing a whole community approach.

·         Responsible for implementing Federal and Agency EEO policies, priorities and procedures concerning minorities and ensuring staff compliance.  Such compliance includes all aspects of recruiting, hiring and promotion as well as day-to-day supervision and work assignments.  Ensure employee training and development; determine economical and efficient work position structure; and ensure position descriptions remain current and relevant to meet emergent issues.

·         In conjunction with CDP staff, develop local government relations strategies for particular issues and campaigns. Maintain working relationships with members of State legislature and their staffs, policy makers, and leaders in key for profit and not for profit organizations in the local community.

·         Serves as the executive point of contact for utilization of CDP facilities when required to support the operational tempo requirements of FEMA’s primary disaster response mission space by providing necessary facility support and training venue space to augment deployment readiness and training capability of the Agency within the limitations imposed by statutory requirements.