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Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number:  MG-2013-09-MSB-SES-916146

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, June 28, 2013 to Monday, July 29, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Anniston, AL United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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


How You Can Lead the Way

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.



  • 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 Top Secret security clearance.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278) required within 30 days.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.


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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.



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As a basic 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 Technical Qualifications and Executive Core 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 BOTH the mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) 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 8 PAGES TOTAL.  The supplemental narrative statement for the Executive Core Qualifications should address the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES.  This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant’s level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.  The narrative portion for the Executive Core Qualifications MUST NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES.  For guidance in preparing a narrative statement addressing the ECQs, applicants can access OPM’s website at 


The following categories of applicants may omit the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ’s), but MUST address the Technical Qualification factors.  Categories include:  Applicants who are currently serving under a SES career appointment (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES), or applicants who are eligible for reinstatement to the SES (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES), or applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs (must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification).  


Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically 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 Top Secret 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. 


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.


  1. 1. Experience leading a national training institution whose primary mission is to increase national preparedness of diverse response disciplines involved in all hazards response with an emphasis in catastrophic response to a CBRNE incident.
  2. 2. Experience leading an organization that operates in a complex contracting environment utilizing a diversity of contract mechanisms including Firm Fixed Price, Cost Plus Award Fee, and hybrid contract vehicles.
  3. 3. Ability to build and maintain relationships at an executive level with local legislators, regulators, their staffs, allied facilities and others to further the organizational mission.
  4. 4. Knowledge of the laws, regulations, Executive orders, legal decisions, published guidance, and Presidential practices which govern the management of personnel in the Federal Government.
  5. 5. Ability to represent the CDP to external audiences using various traditional media and social media outlets to build and maintain alliances with respect to the operational mission of the CDP.




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: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision



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.



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.



This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.



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.


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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 and select “benefits.”


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.


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1. Use one of the following:  a resume; or Optional Applications for Federal Employment (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, e-mail and mailing address, country of citizenship. If applicable, reinstatement eligibility to the Senior Executive Service and dates held on the SES career appointment.

c. Name, city and state of colleges/universities attended with date(s) of degree. For college include majors, and type and date of degree(s).

d. 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.

e. Job-related training courses, special skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards and publications.

2.  Narrative statement that addresses each Technical Qualification (no more than 8 pages total).

3.  Narrative statement that addresses each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) (no more than 10 pages total).  Not required if applicant is a current or former career SES or OPM-approved Candidate Development Program graduate (additional details under Qualifications).

4.  As applicable, Standard Form 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that verifies SES Career status or copy of certificate from the Office of Personnel Management that verifies graduation from an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program.


You may apply for this position:


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: 202-646-3971.


Checklist for Application Materials:

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


Monique Brown
Phone: (202)646-3971
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
Washington, DC


Once your complete application is received you will be notified by e-mail.

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