External Affairs Specialist

Wallops Island, Virginia
Aug 13, 2022
Aug 20, 2022
Full Time

OSLLE leads the coordination of DHS-wide polices, programs, and initiatives related to state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement's role in the homeland security enterprise and serves as the primary liaison between DHS and non-Federal law enforcement agencies. The primary purpose of this position is to support the Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement and office leadership by building and maintaining partnerships with state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement for the purpose of supporting Department senior leadership engagements; sharing pertinent and timely information and resources with stakeholders; identifying the issues, concerns, and recommendations of non-federal law enforcement; and informing the Department's policies, programs, and initiatives with the perspective of state, local, tribal, territorial law enforcement.

Manage a partnership and engagement portfolio with identified state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement organizations and agencies, including national associations, affinity groups, and state-based associations.

Support Department and or OSLLE leadership with engagement and outreach efforts to state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement agencies and organizations. This includes identifying and developing engagement strategies and opportunities for DHS senior officials, coordinating logistics both prior to and during the engagement, and preparing briefing materials for DHS officials in advancement of the engagement.

Develop, coordinate, implement, and evaluate proactive strategies to promote unified and consistent message of Department's priorities, initiatives, programs, and resources to state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement through various mediums.

Identify the issues, concerns, and recommendations of state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement that might impede their role in the homeland security enterprise or their response to DHS policies, programs, and initiatives.

Inform the development, modification, or successful implementation of the Department's policies, programs, and initiatives based on external affairs insights. Clearly articulate and share law enforcement requirements and concerns in a timely manner, along with fully documented recommendations.

Develop and maintain relationships with other intra-agency and inter-agency offices in order to support external affairs activities.

Represent the Department and/or OSLLE in meeting and conferences involving audiences from other federal agencies, the White House, and state, local, tribal, territorial, or campus law enforcement executives.

Represent OSLLE in intra-agency working groups and other DHS meetings.

Critically review proposed legislation impacting agency-wide support of state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement's role in preventing, preparing for, protecting against, and responding to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

Research to provide specific supporting information or documentation for use in speeches, hearings, conferences, meetings, program review, written responses to inquiries from other components, agencies, and private sector.

Review grant expenditures to ensure compliance with statutory requirements.

Perform other duties as assigned.


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 form working relationships with diverse audiences, including geographically and culturally diverse state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement elected and appointed officials and their staffs, associations that represent their interest, and criminal justice organizations.
  • Skill in educating and communicating orally and in writing with clarity, tact, and diplomacy to promote effective presentation of policies, priorities, programs, and activities to external stakeholders in various settings.
  • Ability to obtain cooperation and support to resolve issues among stakeholders within and outside an organization, including other federal organizations, external groups, and key government and private sector individuals that might impede state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement response to DHS policies, programs, and initiatives.
  • Expert written communication skills to prepare comprehensive reports, briefings materials, issue papers, and other documents in order to present specialized/technical material to non-specialists and DHS executives.
  • Knowledge of national trends, changing practices, analyses, and congressional actions affecting state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement sufficient to provide leadership with strategic guidance and advice on course of action and outreach to stakeholders.
  • Self-starter with the ability to multi-task and take on an assignment and/or portfolio and see it through to completion with minimal guidance.

  • 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).