Deputy Director, Public Assistance Division
Company: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Posted on: October 18, 2020
This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position located within
FEMA's Office of Response and Recovery. The Deputy Director, Public
Assistance Division is responsible for developing, managing,
directing, and evaluating all Division programs and activities;
overseeing the development and administration of policies and
procedures for all assigned programs; and managing, directing, and
ensuring accountability for all work of the Division.
There are no educational requirements for this position.
Serves as the principal advisor to the Division Director on the
development and maintenance of program policies and procedures, and
analyzes the capabilities and resources needed for pending and
on-going recovery issues as they relate to the provision of the
Public Assistance program. The incumbent represents a highly
visible program to the Directorate, Agency, Department,
Administration, Congress, citizens, and other external stakeholders
involved in disasters. This position reports to the Division
Director, Public Assistance Division.
The incumbent manages the Public Assistance Program to provide
supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal,
emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or
restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities, and
facilities of certain private non-profit organizations while also
encouraging the protection of these damaged facilities from future
events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures
during the recovery process.
The incumbent develops and maintains relationships with State,
tribal, and local governments as well as certain private,
non-profit organizations to ensure the success of the Public
Assistance Programs so that communities can quickly respond to and
recover from disasters declared by the President.
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. Travel requirements in support of emergency
operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with
little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to
emergency sites with physically austere and operationally
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
6 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
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
- 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).
- Applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate
Development Programs (must provide proof of OPM Qualifications
Review Board certification).
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.
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS - MANDATORY
- Demonstrated knowledge and ability to establish, adapt, and
continually examine program regulations, policies, structure,
resources and performance to implement an organization's mission,
strategic goals and vision.
- Demonstrated knowledge and leadership of emergency management
and disaster recovery programs, including relationships between
local, state, tribal and federal government entities.
- Demonstrated management-level experience leading teams in the
development, communication, and execution of a strategic vision or
plan that changes business processes, service standards, or program
Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive
Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or
have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program
(CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive
Core Qualifications (ECQs); but a narrative statement for each of
the Technical Qualifications (TQs) is recommended.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):
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.
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.
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
ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the
ability to manage human, financial, and information resources
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.
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