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Job Title:Director, Grants Operations Division

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-SES-MSB-960195

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SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 to Friday, October 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0301-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

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 incumbent is charged with managing a robust financial and business grant management operation to standardize and centralize FEMA’s grants management, oversight, analysis, and administration.  As the Agency’s secondary grants officer and technical expert for financial and business processes, the incumbent directs and oversees the development, coordination and evaluation of grant policies, regulations, and procedures to effectively support the accomplishment of FEMA’s all hazards mission.  The incumbent ensures financial, statutory and regulatory compliance in the Agency’s grants and assistance activities and provides executive direction and advice to subordinate staff throughout the Directorate. 

 

The incumbent is responsible for managing the financial and business processes of a multi-billion dollar portfolio of Federal assistance programs including both disaster and non-disaster grant programs across all FEMA Directorates. 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a Secret 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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Plans, assigns, directs, coordinates and evaluates activities carried out by the Grants Management [CPL1] Division.  Develops organizational plans, budgets, and fund control methods to carry out the work of the Division.  Prescribes and directs activities to identify innovative methods for carrying out the functions and responsibilities of the directorate in an austere budget environment.

 

Establishes criteria and directs continuous review of grants and assistance financial and business policies and processes.  Develops and institutes a professional development program for the Division and regional staff so that grants and assistance activities remain within delegated authority and are effectively carried out.  Establishes and maintains career management programs that will result in a highly qualified, well managed, and professional grants and assistance workforce.

 

Serves as a primary grants and assistance officer for FEMA, as delegated by the FEMA Administrator, to execute all grant and assistance awards, re-delegating this authority as deemed necessary to headquarters and regional personnel.   Holds an assistance warrant issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

 

Serves as the lead for developing all financial and business policies related to FEMA’s grant portfolio.  This portfolio includes more than 50 disaster and non-disaster grant programs across the preparedness, response and recovery spectrum.   Oversees the financial grants management activities for GPD programs, while also ensuring appropriate financial, legal, and other reviews and compliance with specialized issues established by law, regulations and OMB circulars.

 

Oversees financial monitoring as well as reporting and closeout requirements for the federal assistance programs within the Grant Programs Directorate.

 



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 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 ECQs, applicants can access OPM's website at www.opm.gov/SES/writingstate.html.

The following categories of applicants may omit the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but MUST address the Technical Qualifications 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 minimum qualifications 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 Secret Clearance as a condition of placement in employment. 

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.  Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices and organizations that affect the emergency management activities in the United States and of the operations, policy and program concerns of significant emergency management constituencies.

2.  Demonstrated ability to work with diverse interests and viewpoints to achieve consensus on goals and objectives.

3.  Knowledge of organization and program management theories, principals and techniques and ability to exercise leadership and manage a diverse and complex organization.

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS:

ECQ-1. LEADING CHANGE

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

a.  Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.

b.  Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment.

c.  Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

d.  Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity.  Recovers quickly from setbacks.

e.  Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment.  Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.

f.  Takes a long-term view and builds shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change.  Influences others to translate vision into action.

ECQ-2. LEADING PEOPLE

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.

Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building

a.  Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions.  Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations.  Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.

b.  Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.

c.  Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.

d.  Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust.  Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

ECQ-3. RESULTS DRIVEN

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.

Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

a.  Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.  Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work.  Accepts responsibility for mistakes.  Complies with established control systems and rules.

b.  Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers.  Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

c.  Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

d.  Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services.  Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.

e.  Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

f.  Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ-4. BUSINESS ACUMEN

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

Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

a.  Understands the organization's financial processes.  Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget.  Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results.  Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.

b.  Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs.  Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems.  Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.

c.  Keeps up-to-date on technological developments.  Makes effective use of technology to achieve results.  Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

ECQ-5. BUILDING COALITIONS

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.

Leadership competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating   Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

a.  Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

b.  Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.  Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

c.  Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals. 

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp


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 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:

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: 202-646-3971.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Monique Brown
Phone: (202)646-3971
Email: MONIQUE.BROWN@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 mail. No e-mail notifications will be provided.

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Job Announcement Number:

MG-2013-SES-MSB-960195

Control Number:

351448600