Senior Technical Advisor for Data and Analytics

Washington, D.C
Oct 05, 2022
Oct 12, 2022
Full Time

This position resides in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of Policy and Program Analysis (OPPA).

As the Senior Technical Advisor for Data and Analytics, the incumbent performs the following duties:
  • Executes FEMA's enterprise data and analytics system responsibilities, serving as the principal technical advisor to agency leadership for FEMA's data and analytics modernization and sustainment efforts, in accordance with authority delegated by the OPPA Associate Administrator and Deputy Associate Administrator.
  • Guides work on the modernization and integration of data that involves applying analytical processes to the planning, design, and implementation of new and improved information systems to meet the mission requirements for the agency's lines of business.
  • Utilizes a full range of technical skills and articulates and presents complex technical ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences in a persuasive and convincing manner.
  • Provides technical leadership and develops theories, practices, strategies, and plans for customized solutions that meet enterprise requirements and deliver value to the agency mission and priorities.
  • Establishes and maintains a risk management approach that supports the common trust and information environment while still protecting sensitive information from disclosure, in coordination with designated personnel such as the Chief Privacy Officer, as appropriate.
  • Provides senior-level direction in planning, implementing, and evaluating long-range Information Technology activities and investments to support FEMA strategic planning, development cross-functional solutions, and resourcing through the Planning, Programing, Budget, and Execution (PPBE) process and agency specific resource planning efforts.
  • Aligns resources appropriately to build data and analytics capacity and support of the achievement of FEMA goals, objectives, and related activities. Follows current government and industry innovations and regularly reassesses current plans and operations based upon descriptions of best practices. Takes action to improve effectiveness, quality, service, or other factors that strengthen data management and analysis.

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.


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 Probationary period may be required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Public Trust clearance.
  • The position sensitivity is designated as moderate risk.
  • This position is subject to a random drug test.


Applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative at a senior technical level capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical 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 public sector.

Each applicant is required to submit a comprehensive narrative statement, which addresses the Mandatory Technical Qualifications outlined below. Applicants who do not submit a supplemental narrative statement that addresses these factors will be ineligible for further consideration. The narrative portion for the Technical Qualifications MUST NOT EXCEED 6 PAGES TOTAL.

All required application materials will be reviewed to determine if applicants meet the mandatory qualification requirements. Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information supplied by the applicant. The best-qualified candidates for this position will be distinguished from other applicants by an evaluation committee to determine the degree to which qualification requirements are met. Applicants should provide specific evidence of possession of the mandatory Technical Qualifications, as outlined under Qualifications Criteria, to assist the evaluation committee in determining the best- qualified candidates that will be considered for final selection.

If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

  • Extensive background and demonstrated experience in providing leadership and directing an information technology (IT)-related major acquisition program for a large, complex organization as well as expert knowledge of data management or data analytics system acquisition and sustainment.
  • Mastery of delivering new information systems and the sustainment of existing systems, and experience measuring, monitoring, and managing performance. Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and extensive knowledge of technology business management principles, techniques, and practices to effectively manage the achievement of goals and objectives. Demonstrated experience in successfully integrating enterprise data management and analytics systems.
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge in data management and analytic systems and in the development and management of an enterprise data management or data analytics system.

  • Education

    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.
    • This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.
    • Relocation expenses is not authorized.
    • 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.
    • Mandatory Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT) for salary payment is a condition of employment at DHS/FEMA. Selectee will be required to participate in DD/EFT.
    • 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.

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