Extreme Heat Program Lead

Washington, D.C
Jun 28, 2022
Jul 04, 2022
Program Manager
Full Time

Extreme Heat incidents are the deadliest and costliest weather hazards that the nation faces. According to data maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), June 2021 was the hottest June on record in the contiguous United States. June also saw the Pacific Northwest experience a prolonged heat wave. Between June 26 and July 28, the Washington State Department of Health reports 100 heat-related deaths with another 38 deaths under investigation. Current estimates of the average annual loss in labor productivity is approximately $100 billion, and, using a current climate baseline scenario, 8,500 annual deaths attributable to extreme heat. Public health research has shown connections between populations with higher social vulnerability and mortalities due to extreme heat. Social vulnerability is defined as the susceptibility of social groups to the adverse impacts of natural hazards, including disproportionate death, injury, loss, or disruption of livelihood. See FEMA's National Risk Index.

FEMA helps communities prepare for, respond to, recover from, and build resilience against disasters, and FEMA's capabilities include programs to address the effects of extreme heat incidents. FEMA's current capabilities include programs that provide support for state, local, Tribal, and territorial partners (SLTT) and include data and mapping products to support better decision-making, training and capacity building programs to respond to the effects of extreme heat, and resources that may be leveraged to make communities more resilient against extreme heat.

The Deputy Assistant Administrator for Risk Management serves as FEMA's lead to the Federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Extreme Heat, the detailee will:

1) Conduct research to better understand the connections between extreme heat and emergency management operations as well as the potential areas where FEMA can assist our SLTT partners to reduce loss of life and negative impacts on public health during extreme heat incidents.

2) Help coordinate scheduling meetings across FEMA, with Other Federal Agencies (OFAs), with SLTT partners, with the private sector, and other IWG members as well as other federal entities working on the issue of Extreme Heat, including but not limited to the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS).

3) Develop communications and outreach programs to raise awareness about extreme heat to FEMA, to other government agencies, to the public as well as messaging focused on how individuals and communities can better prepare for extreme heat incidents.

4) Develop and articulate the programs and products as well as initiatives within FEMA that address extreme heat preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation at both the individual and governmental level. These programs and products may be related to risk identification, building codes, regional extreme heat incidents, Benefit-Cost Analyses, and preparedness.

5) Help manage the internal FEMA concurrence process on the draft extreme heat posture.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:
  • Ability to research complex issues, synthesize key messages and develop concise communication outputs.
  • At least two years experience working at FEMA and demonstrated understanding of the Stafford Act declaration process, FEMA organization, and navigating complex matrixed organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully apply emergency management principles and practices and the Federal Government's disasters response and recovery authorities to complement and support state, tribal, territorial, and/or local governments as well as the non-profit and private sectors during all phases of emergency management.
  • Self-starter, team player, energetic, intellectually curious and willingness to invest blood, sweat and tears into how FEMA can address an important Climate Change and Social Equity issue.

  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).