Job Overview


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.

This position is located in I&A Partner Engagement, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence Operations, Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The mission of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) is to equip the Homeland Security Enterprise with the intelligence and information it needs to keep the homeland safe, secure, and resilient. I&A provides homeland security intelligence to the Secretary, other federal government officials, and I&A state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) and private sector partners.  I&A is a member of the Intelligence Community, and ensures that any information related to protecting the homeland is collected, processed, analyzed and disseminated to the full spectrum of domestic customers.

This position serves as the Program Manager for the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI), performing a wide range of strategic planning, program assessment, and program management requiring the application of an Intelligence Operations Specialist knowledge.

This is a permanent appointment in the Excepted Service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment may be required to serve a two year trial period.  This position is classified in the Excepted Service under Title 50. 

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, Interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Job Interview Correspondence

As you may be aware, the President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze subject to certain limited exceptions. Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we may not make a selection for this vacancy announcement. In addition, any offers of employment made will be contingent upon that offer's consistency with applicable authorities concerning hiring, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive guidance and government-wide plans.

Who May Apply:

  • United States Citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.


Responsible for executing and sustaining the NSI implementation to enable Federal, State, local and Tribal law enforcement organizations across the country to participate in a standardized integrated approach to gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing and sharing terrorism-related suspicious activity. Manages a variety of NSI administrative programs that support operations on a nation­wide basis. Duties fall into two primary categories: NSI Representative and NSI Strategy Development/Execution.

NSI Representative: Responsible for representing I&A, and DHS as the expert authority on the effectiveness of NSI joint operations policies and processes in maximizing integration of intelligence information from multiple sources into mission supportive analyses and assessments aligned to current and emerging strategic priorities. Representational duties require development of written policy and process guidance for adaptation on an interagency and intergovernmental basis that must be adopted by a range of organizations who often have different priorities or advocate diverse approaches. Participation in interagency meetings, symposia, on standing committees/councils, and in similar forums as a presenter, panel member, or DHS representative is required on an ongoing basis. Often chairs committees or groups addressing high profile issues of national significance and press attention to develop options for maximizing the value of intelligence information, expediting delivery, and minimizing risk of compromise.

Strategy Development/Execution: Provides program management within I&A developing strategies for conducting major NSI programs and consulting with the Chief, Program Support on all major NSI programs impacting the success of the organization. This includes ensuring that NSI management programs and supporting processes both align with strategic objectives and meet or exceed all risk-assessment and security requirements for efficiently handling highly classified information. Possesses a detailed knowledge of the methods and practices associated with I&A Partner Engagement responsibilities and functions including governance and coordination, policies and business processes, privacy and civil liberties requirements, training, communications and outreach, performance management, systems engineering, standards management, and operational support. Specific program responsibilities performed includes:

  • Establishing administrative and business-related policies, programs, and procedures to ensure they efficiently and effectively support the accomplishment of I&A's mission and goals, and effectively communicating and gaining support for those affecting NSI.
  • Devising new ways to manage a very diverse work force in order to ensure privacy and civil rights and civil liberties concerns are adhered to. This requires establishing standard operating procedures that conform to multiple agency requirements and standards.
  • Providing senior Partner Engagement management with strategic advice relative to organization structures, improving management methods and procedures consistent with risk assessment requirements and strategic priorities, and seeing to the effective use of people, processes, technology, and materials.
  • Specifying data required to evaluate the success of specific management programs/projects; providing the avenue to obtain the necessary data, evaluate it and make improvement recommendations. These initiatives may be related to individual process deficiencies or be assigned as part of larger risk-assessment projects.
  • Managing difficult political and privacy concerns surrounding the nature of the NSI activity. The privacy, civil rights and civil liberties responsibilities and concerns the NSI will have to adhere to and manage on a daily basis ensure that the environment of this position will be volatile and require senior level direction and leadership
  • Managing conflicting requirements from personnel assigned or detailed, as appropriate, from I&A directories; Component intelligence and operational divisions; and other DHS activities, as well as, from multiple agencies across the Federal government, federal, state, local, and tribal including law enforcement and Intelligence Community.
  • Coordinate highly sensitive activities that have severe privacy concerns, and will need to coordinate these activities with senior members of the government.
  • Analyzing new or proposed legislation and regulations to determine impact on program operations and management and works proactively to influence the formation of the legislation and regulations.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation Authorized may be authorized to IA employee only.