Assistant Administrator for Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation

Washington, D.C
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Full Time

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The incumbent provides executive leadership, oversight and supervision for the development and administration of regulations, policies and procedures for all FEMA programs and facilities to ensure legally defensible environmental and historic preservation compliance, minimizing risks from environmental and climate hazards by ensuring environmental concerns are part of FEMA program decision making. The Environmental and Historic Preservation responsibilities include compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, Executive Order 12898, Environmental Justice, Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), the Coastal Barrier Resource Act (CBRA) and others.

On behalf of the FEMA Administrator, serves as focal point through which all environmental program and project actions receive effective central coordination and decision. Decisions may include resource expenditures, the timing of major events, priority of projects and plans, and projects that should be initiated, dropped, or postponed. Incumbent also ensures that appropriate long-range planning is coordinated and accomplished, and that there is maximum and efficient utilization of available resources.

The incumbent is responsible for the overall management of the FEMA's Environmental and Historic Preservation personnel resources. The Assistant Administrator directs and evaluates programs, supervisory and subordinate staff in terms of program accomplishments and adherence to appropriate regulations and policies. Holds staff responsible for performance within their areas and appropriately recognizes performance. Motivates subordinate managers to incorporate vision, strategic planning, and elements of quality management into the full range of their activities. Assures a comprehensive approach to problem resolution, calling to the attention of leadership significant policy and personnel matters. Presents unresolved problems or conflicting interests to leadership with a recommendation for final determination and course of action.

The Assistant Administrator is responsible for identification, management and utilization of program dollars. He/She is charged with recommending the most efficient and effective use of dollars spent for fund expenditures and expenses to attain maximum utilization of funds. Current technologies must be monitored and evaluated to recommend system and operations improvements within the context of Presidential guidance and legislative requirements.

The incumbent serves as the principal point of contact with the Department of Homeland Security on environmental compliance and climate responsibilities and assurance that FEMA meets Department requirements to maintain delegation of Agency authority under DHS Directive 023-1, Implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act, to maintain and manage an Agency-wide environmental program.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position.
  • File a Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278) within 30 days of appointment.
  • If selected, a one-year SES Probationary period may be required.
  • This position is subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to maintain a Public Trust clearance.


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. 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. Do 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):


1. Demonstrated knowledge of the suite of environmental, climate, and historic preservation laws, regulations, and executive orders including the ability to develop associated policies and procedures to deliver Agency mission and program priorities.

2. Demonstrated ability to ensure key national and organizational goals, priorities, values and other issues are considered in making program decisions and to exercise leadership to ensure the organization's mission and strategic vision are reflected in the management of its people.

3. Demonstrated ability to explain, advocate and negotiate with individuals and groups, often representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests and points of view. This requires the ability to communicate both orally and in writing, within and outside the organization, with external stakeholders, other federal agencies, federal, state and local governments, agent's organizations, and program committee representatives.

4. Demonstrated ability to streamline and improve business processes.

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); however, applicants must address the Technical Qualifications (TQs) within their resume.


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.


There are no educational requirements for this position.

Additional information

  • To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Public Trust clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined ( Mythbuster ), review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at .
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
  • DHS uses E-verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.
  • Relocation expenses MAY be authorized.
  • Persons newly appointed to a career SES position are required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
  • If selected, you will be subject to 24-hour on-call in the event of an emergency. In this event, this service may include duties other than those specified in the official position description. Selectee must be able to relocate to emergency sites with little advance notice and function under intense physical and mental stress.
  • This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) because of its security, public health, and/or public safety sensitivity; if selected, you will be subject to random drug testing under FEMA's Drug-Free Workplace Plan (DWP). Refusal to be tested will result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.