Deputy Director, Security and Emergency Planning Staff

Washington, D.C
Aug 05, 2022
Aug 11, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and is located in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Justice Management Division (JMD), Office of the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Human Resources and Administration, Security and Emergency Planning Staff (SEPS). You will serve as the Deputy Director, SEPS, and Deputy Department of Justice Security Officer, responsible for overseeing all aspects of security for the United States government's law firm and premier law enforcement agency, as well as managing the operations of SEPS. More specifically, you will:
  • Supervise a team of Assistant Directors responsible for each area of security administration, designing work plans, prioritizing program projects, setting goals, and assessing effectiveness.
  • Serve as a primary security contact responsible for interfacing with key officials to include law enforcement and intelligence community representatives, Department leaders, and federal judges.
  • Responsible for assisting the Department Security Officer and JMD in the development, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of Department-wide policies and programs concerning physical, personnel, information and technical security, emergency preparedness, and the 24-hour Justice Command Center.
  • Provide leadership in monitoring compliance with security policy directives and coordinating the implementation of large-scale Government-wide initiatives and directives including the Controlled Unclassified Information program established by Executive Order 13556, "Controlled Unclassified Information".
  • Provide key oversight in the assessment of staffing requirements, training needs, policy development, IT enhancement, and self-inspections necessary to fully implement the program across the Department.
  • Oversee the compliance with Insider Threat and Continuous Evaluation program mandates and provide leadership in ensuring that Department-wide enterprise solutions for the Personnel Security program complies with program mandates, clearance reporting requirements, and meets the needs of Department Components.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    Conditions of Employment:
  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born on, or after, December 31st, 1959. Those not registered should have an approved exemption on file.
  • You will be required to complete a pre-employment security investigation and background check for the security level designated for this position.
  • You will be required to undergo a drug screening and obtain favorable results prior to being appointed.
  • You may be subject to a one-year probationary period effective from the date in which you are appointed.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) upon entry, and annually thereafter in accordance with DOJ and Federal ethics guidelines.
  • You must meet all minimum qualifications to be deemed eligible. Only experience obtained by closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • 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 the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

    Note regarding COVID-19: To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


    The application process used to recruit for this position is TRADITIONAL METHOD. The applicant must address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) as separate narrative statements not to exceed 2 pages per MTQ. Applications without separate narrative statements will not be considered.

    We recommend that your application emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required of the position and on the extent your application demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the Deputy Director, Security and Emergency Planning Staff. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess.

    MTQ 1: Expert knowledge in the structure of the federal court system and demonstrated expertise in the Security Procedures established pursuant to the Classified Information Procedures Act, which must be implemented when classified information is at issue in litigation;

    MTQ 2: Demonstrated experience and knowledge with regard to classification management. This includes a background in authoritative classification guidance concerning national security information in areas such as classification levels, classification authority (original and derivative), and markings based on established executive orders, directives, policies, and regulations; and

    MTQ 3: Expert knowledge in the design, construction, accreditation and management of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities. This must include familiarity of the following Office of the Director of National Intelligence Policies:
  • Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 705- Sensitive Compartmented Facilities (SCIFS)
  • Intelligence Community Standards (ICS) 705-1- Physical and Technical Security Standards for SCIFs
  • Technical Specifications for Construction and Management of SCIFS (IC Tech Specs-ICD/ICS 705)

  • Additionally, your demonstrated leadership ability and the evidence of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) must be addressed as separate narrative statements not to exceed ten (10) pages. Applications without separate narrative statements will not be considered.

    Note: Applicants who have completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application. Candidates must still satisfy the MTQs of the position.

    ECQ1 - 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.

    ECQ2 - 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.

    ECQ3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    ECQ4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    ECQ5 - 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.

    Please refer to OPM's Guide to the Senior Executive Service Qualifications for more detailed information. . Copies of the Office of Personnel Management's "Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications" may be obtained via the Internet at .


    There are no educational requirements for this position.

    Additional information

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    Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Our policy can be found at:

    Legal and Regulatory Guidance
    • Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number may be requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.
    • Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.
    • Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.
    • False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
    • Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.