Deputy Director, External Affairs
Company: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Posted on: October 18, 2020
The is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position located within
FEMA's Office of External Affairs. The incumbent will serve as
Deputy Director, External Affairs providing high-level policy
advice and expertise to senior leadership on the external affairs
aspects of complex programmatic, regulatory, and key stakeholder
communication and outreach proposals affecting FEMA and Department
of Homeland Security.
View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.
There are no educational requirements for this position.
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
www.fema.gov for additional information.
In this role, the incumbent will work closely with the Director of
External Affairs in providing policy direction and operational
guidance on behalf of the Administrator and the Deputy
Administrator on a broad range of cross-cutting organizational
program and policy issues.
Typical assignments include:
- Serves as a key policy advisor and liaison to the
Administrator, Deputy Administrator and other senior FEMA
leadership to develop communication and outreach strategies and
programs within FEMA.
- Oversees and directs the training and development,
administrative, and day-to-day operations of the Office and
External Affairs program across the agency.
- Advises and assists the Administrator and key program officials
with high level preparations and appearances before external
audiences, such as committee hearings and meetings; media
interviews; and, stakeholder engagements relative to Agency
programs and policies.
- Provides oversight for the development of a comprehensive
external affairs program and governing policy.
- Overseeing the management and direction of the Office of
External Affairs as well as all regional and field operations
supporting External Affairs and Emergency Support Function 15 of
the National Response Framework.
- Incumbent serves as a source of high-level expertise and
assistance to FEMA officials on sensitive issues related to the
Agency's Legislative, Intergovernmental, Private Sector and Public
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
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 management capability
and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under
Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed
below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained
at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its
equivalent in the private sector.
To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position,
you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive
Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications (TQs)
We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of
responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed,
and your program accomplishments, including the results of your
The application process used to recruit for this position is
RESUME-ONLY. Although you should not address the ECQs or TQs
separately, evidence of each must be clearly reflected in your
Any information in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.
A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs and TQs can be viewed
on this link (indexed at page 29 - 37):
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS - MANDATORY
- Knowledge and higher-level managerial experience in the
communications field including mass communications, social media,
internet strategies, print and broadcast journalism, speech,
interpersonal communications theory and practice, public affairs,
and integrated communications.
- Demonstrated higher-level managerial experience managing large
staff and budgets to accomplish agency communication and outreach
objectives through various analytical and administrative
- Superior external communication and engagement skills that
allow the incumbent to build and maintain strategic partnerships in
an effort to advance agency priorities across all levels of
government, and with a variety of internal and external
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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