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Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number:  FEMA-14-MSB-05SES

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 27, 2014 to Thursday, March 27, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All Qualified U.S. citizens
Top Secret/SCI


About the Agency

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. Please visit for additional information.

The incumbent of this position serves as Deputy to the Assistant Administrator National Continuity Programs on the development and implementation of concepts, policy guidance, and operation systems for civil government emergency preparedness, and directs the activities of the Office of National Continuity Programs (NCP) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The office serves as the focal point for Agency activities related to Continuity of Government (COG), Continuity of Operations (COOP) and contingency programs. NCP is responsible for developing comprehensive test, training and exercise programs; revising and coordinating implementation plans; establishing readiness reporting systems for national security programs; and developing a comprehensive system to alert and warn people of all hazards that alerting authorities can use at all levels of government.. NCP supports the Administrator, FEMA, and coordinates related activities within FEMA, with appropriate Executive Branch organizations, and throughout the Federal Government through uniform and consistent national security policy. As the Deputy Assistand Administrator the incumbent is responsible for policy development and coordination, strategic planning, program and budget planning, representing FEMA on interagency panels and working groups, overseeing the development of operating procedures, and coordination of FEMA support plans and policies.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: 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.


  • Occasional Travel
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.


  • No


  • Relocation Expenses will not be authorized.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for the position.
  • You must able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278) required within 30 days.


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Advise the Assistant Administrator concerning the Agency’s national security-related responsibilities and other issues related to national security emergency preparedness, including COG, COOP and contingency programs. 

Serve as one of FEMA’s points of contact with the White House, the National Security Council, and all Federal departments and agencies for national security related activities. Represent FEMA on White House, Defense, Intelligence Community, and other interagency steering groups regarding Federal Government preparedness issues related to COG, COOP and contingency programs.

Direct and manage assigned staff and operations for the Office. Allocate program responsibilities, project, and office functions. Determine resource needs and allocate resources to the appropriate programs based on office priorities. Delegate authority to subordinates and hold them responsible for performance. Ensure compliance with agency personnel and equal opportunity policies and procedures.


Direct development and implementation of concepts, policy guidance, and operation systems for national security emergency preparedness.   Coordinate implementation of FEMA’s national security responsibilities. Establish requirements, task appropriate entities, and evaluate national security policy implementation.

Analyze existing national security programs to determine their continued applicability in view of evolving technologies and threats to national security. Direct the development and assessment of planning assumptions and options, and the conduct, as appropriate, of comprehensive contractual studies concerned with existing and proposed national security emergency management programs. Make recommendations to the Assistant Administrator for the enhancement and integration of such programs.

Provides guidance and direction on the development, implementation, and assessment of an integrated set of programs for the relocation of key leadership and staff to continuity sites to ensure the continuity of essential Executive Branch functions during a national security emergency. Develop innovative concepts and plans for emergency management programs to respond to a wide range of complex emergency situations.

Provide executive-level program guidance and direction to Federal departments and agencies in the planning, conduct, and analysis of national security emergency management programs. Coordinate participation of Federal departments and agencies in special interagency activities related to national security programs.

Develop and manage a comprehensive budget for assigned programs; prepare and justify budget; and defend funding allocations during budget deliberations at all levels.

Conduct strategic planning to accomplish relevant Agency goals and objectives established in compliance with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Direct and manage development of criteria, standards, and performance measures to assess the operational readiness and effectiveness of National Security programs. Use assessment results to formulate a comprehensive improvement program. Coordinate with all program participants to effectively implement improvements within approved budget levels.


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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, 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 (ECQs), but MUST address the Technical Qualification factors:  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. 


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 Criteria, to assist the evaluation committee in determining the best-qualified candidates that will be considered for final selection.  The Executive Core Qualifications of the selectee are subject to approval by the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board (QRB). Unless you have already been certified by an OPM QRB in the past, your ECQs must be certified by an OPM QRB before appointment can occur.

  1. Ability to develop strategic approaches to national security emergency-related issues in the absence of directives and guidance.
  2. Ability to clearly present complex issues to senior government officials, understand their views and interest, represent them to other officials, and develop appropriate program guidance and recommendations that represent an acceptable and feasible compromise of valid, conflicting factors.
  3. Knowledge of sound personnel management techniques and ability to apply those techniques to manage subordinate managers, program specialists, and other staff.
  4. Ability to lead change and conduct strategic planning, manage staff and determine resource allocation, oversee programs and the development of effective policy. 

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. (Strategic Thinking, Flexibility, Creativity and Innovation)
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. (Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others)
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. (Accountability, Entrepreneurship, Technical Credibility)
This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Technology Management; Human Capital Management)
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. (Partnering; Influencing/Negotiating)

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  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • Persons newly appointed to a career SES position are required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Incumbent is subject to 24-hour on-call in the event of an emergency.  In this event, this service may include duties other than those specified in the official position description.  Selectee must be able to relocate to emergency sites with little advance notice and function under intense physical and mental stress. 
  • 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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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday) - see Agency Contact Information. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us as soon as possible.
Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (
You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.
Step 2 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the CareerConnector website to complete the application process.
Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on the CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.
Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.
Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.
Document Upload:
You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:
1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. or
2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.
In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.



  1. Your resume
  2. Your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (not to exceed 10 pages total). NOTE: If you are graduate from an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program or are a current or former Career Senior Executive Service member, you do not need to respond to the ECQs.
  3. Your responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (not to exceed 8 pages total).
  4. Are you a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) member? Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies SES Career status.
  5. Are you a graduate from an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program?  Submit a copy of your certificate.


Monique Brown
Phone: 202-646-3971
Fax: 999-999-9999
Agency Information:
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Please read entire announcement
Please apply online.
Washington, DC
Fax: 999-999-9999


We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome by email.


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