Deputy Director for Response and Restoration

Washington, D.C
Nov 24, 2022
Nov 29, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) mission is to enhance the security and resilience of U.S. critical energy infrastructure against all hazards, mitigate the impacts of disruptive events and risk to the sector overall through preparedness, and innovation, and respond to and facilitate recovery from energy disruptions in collaboration with other Federal agencies, the private sector, and State, local, tribal, and territory governments.

As the Deputy Director for Response and Restoration you will:
  • Direct and manage the Response and Restoration organization which acts as the lead for ESF #12 and the designated sector risk management agency to support cyber response efforts under Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)-41.
  • Lead and coordinate across All-Hazards Response and Regional Support, Situational Awareness and Analysis, and Cyber Incident Response functions.
  • Manage a CESER watch function for all hazards that provides continuous, all-hazards monitoring, of incidents impacting or potentially impacting the energy sector. Produce steady state/day-to-day reporting and incident situation reports.
  • Coordinate Emergency Response Operations (ERO), planning and situational awareness, and logistics, finance, and administrative activities during both steady state and during response activations. Serves as the chief spokesperson for the office with senior officials of DOE, other Federal, State, and local agencies, and industry during response activations.
  • Ensure the successful implementation and application of applicable national legislation and DOE policies and procedures as they relate to assigned programs.
  • Oversee the ERO standard operating policies and procedures, and a robust responder training program to ensure effective response at the national, regional, and state levels.
  • Build and strengthen strategic and operational partnerships with Federal agencies, internal DOE organizations, and industry partners. Develop partnerships with stakeholders at the national, regional, and state levels during activations (NRCC/ RRCCs/ State EOCs) to enable an effective energy sector response during a nationally declared emergency.
  • Provide expert technical and strategic input and respond to inquiries as needed to other U.S. government offices. Interface regularly with other U.S. Government agencies on response activities and emergency authority requests.
  • Provide expert leadership to promote the efficient management of CESER resources and assets. Oversee the development of multi-year program plans, annual operating plans, Congressional budget requests, and guide strategic studies which influence and guide these plans. Develop annual program budget requirements, approve of and manage the use of appropriated funds, and interpretive guidance to all funding.
  • Provide strong and effective workforce management, including skills identification, training, hiring and performance management for the Response and Restoration organization. Anticipate personnel requirements and put necessary mechanisms in place to ensure effective operations and succession planning. Manage the deployment of assigned staff and ensure that sufficient contract and full-time staff are available to complete program tasks at a high-performance level.


Conditions of Employment

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with a DOE Executive Consultant to finalize your ECQ narrative for OPM submission.

CITIZENSHIP: You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE (HSPD-12): A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.

PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): If you are selected for this position, will be required to file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics of Government Act of 1978.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: You must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

DRUG TESTING: As a condition of appointment to this position, you will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position, you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: All males born after December 31, 1959, must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

MOBILITY: A mobility agreement may be required based on mission needs.

E-VERIFY: New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .


The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Applicants must show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and any technical qualifications via resume. Your resume presented will reflect that you possess the ECQs and give a synopsis of your accomplishments. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the entire application package. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) must be addressed in a separate narrative.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The five (5) ECQs described below were designed to assess executive-level experiences and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

1: Leading Change : Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2: Leading People : Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
3: Results Driven : Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4: Business Acumen : Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
5: Building Coalitions : 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.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): As part of your application package, a supplemental narrative must be uploaded addressing each MTQ listed below . No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional informational information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs. Failure to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the MTQs may cause your application to be deemed incomplete and not be considered.
MTQ 1: Demonstrated experience in leading response teams for critical infrastructure emergence events in high pressure situations. Experience in leading executive level (CEO, Secretary-level) situational awareness briefings; working with both government and non-government entities across emergency response functions, including situational awareness, response, and restoration activities; and developing and lead response teams during both steady-state and activation modes.

MTQ 2: Demonstrated experience in managing large projects at the national level to inform situational awareness and response activities to maintain timely, reliable, and secure information exchange.

MTQ 3: Demonstrated experience leading, managing, or overseeing the management and operations of programs with scope and impact on a national level. Experience in the assessment of programmatic activities; directing and managing the formulation of program budgets and plans; developing and growing a team; and establishing strategy for emergency response functions.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Telework: Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the DOE Workplace Flexibilities policy. For general information on government-wide Telework polices visit:

OF-306: You may be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal Employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.

Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

The selecting official may need to consult Departmental ethics counsel to determine whether any of your former or current employers, affiliations, or financial holdings conflict with your ability to perform the duties of this position. If necessary, ethics counsel will work with you and the hiring office regarding potential mitigation strategies, if available.

Hiring incentives may be authorized in accordance with agency policy and if funding is available.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.