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Deputy Director, External Affairs

Company: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Location: Washington
Posted on: October 18, 2020

Job Description:

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.

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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 Affairs programs.

    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 challenging conditions.

    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) listed below.

    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 actions.

    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 resume.

    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): http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf.

    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 processes.
    • 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 stakeholders.

      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 calculating risks.

      ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

      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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