Director, Interagency Coordination Division

Washington, D.C
Feb 08, 2023
Feb 16, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Recovery Directorate is responsible for providing the core Federal disaster recovery capability needed to save lives, reduce suffering, and protect property and communities throughout the Nation that have been overwhelmed by the impact of an incident, regardless of cause.

The incumbent serves as Director for the Interagency Coordination Division, responsible for the development and implementation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) and the coordination of the Recovery Support Function Leadership Group (RSFLG) interagency body and its unified support during disaster operations. The Division also leads the Community Assistance Recovery Support Function under the NDRF and the Federal Disaster Recovery Officer (FDRO) disaster cadre.

The incumbent serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Recovery on the coordination and application of interagency capabilities during disaster operations, analyzes interagency capabilities and joint resources needed to support long term community recovery.

The incumbent develops and maintains partnerships with interagency senior executives, State, tribal, and local governments as well as private sector partners to promote local capacity building, and the rapid coordination and negotiation of interagency response and recovery resources to ensure that communities can quickly recover from disasters.

The incumbent continuously evaluates the application and availability of interagency resources to improve service delivery, maximize available assistance and improve recovery outcomes.

The incumbent directs and manages the staff of the Interagency Coordination Division. Determines staffing needs, develops plans for organizational change, determines resource requirements and the proper allocation of resources.

The incumbent develops interagency plans and resource roadmaps to support multiple, simultaneous events of catastrophic size. Leads the coordination of disaster recovery efforts for long-term community and economic recovery for localities, states, and tribes in which such events occur.

The incumbent assists the Assistant Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator in assessing the impact of Administration guidance and/or new legislation on the coordination and availability of interagency recovery resources. Develops processes for realigning the Division's workload to meet new and/or changing program and planning requirements.

The incumbent represents the Assistant Administrator or Deputy Assistant Administrator on major considerations within assigned areas at meetings, briefings, hearings, and conferences with key officials within and outside DHS/FEMA such as members of Congress and Congressional Committees, White House and OMB officials, Governors, other Government officials, national stakeholders and the private sector.

The incumbent maintains extensive and substantive liaison at the senior and executive levels of government. Contacts are required to gather information and influence, motivate and effect solutions to complex and often controversial issues and problems. The incumbent is required to chair and/or participate in conferences, meetings, activities and to effectively represent the views of the agency.

Carries out EEO policies and communicates support of these policies to subordinates and all employees. equality in determining qualifications, selections, assignments, training, promotions, discipline, and awards to employees Cooperates with and participates in the development of an EEO affirmative action plan and efforts regarding staffing, motivation, and training to develop all employees. Ensures that minorities and women are considered for training opportunities and are also nominated/appointed to boards and committees. Coordinate efforts with EEO officials during the development and execution of policies affecting personnel.

Perform other duties as assigned.

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 SES Probationary period may be required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a TOP SECRET/SPECIAL SENSITIVE security clearance.
  • This position is subject to random drug testing.


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.

Each applicant is required to submit a comprehensive narrative statement, which addresses BOTH the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) 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. The supplemental narrative statement for the Executive Core Qualifications should address the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. The narrative portion for the Executive Core Qualifications MUST NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES. For guidance in preparing a narrative statement addressing the ECQs, applicants can access OPM's website at

The following categories of applicants may omit the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but MUST address the Technical Qualification factors:
  • Applicants who are currently serving under a SES career appointment (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES).
  • Applicants who are eligible for reinstatement to the SES (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES).
  • Applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs (must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification).

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 and Executive Core Qualifications, as outlined under Qualifications Criteria, to assist the evaluation committee in determining the best- qualified candidates that will be considered for final selection. The Executive Core Qualifications of the selectee are subject to approval by the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board (QRB). Unless you have already been certified by an OPM QRB in the past, your ECQs must be certified by an OPM QRB before appointment can occur.

  • Demonstrated management-level experience leading teams in the development, communication, and execution of a strategic vision or plan that changes business processes, service standards, or program delivery models.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and leadership of emergency management and disaster recovery programs, including relationships between local, state, tribal, and federal government entities.
  • Expert knowledge in generating and applying new concepts for the solution of complex problems and to provide decision makers with authoritative analyses of issues and recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish partnerships, increase collaboration and affect improved outcomes for customers together with senior executives from across the federal, private and public sector.

  • 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); but a narrative statement for each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs) is recommended.


    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.

    [Mandatory Statement]: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. 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.


    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 TOP SECRET/Special Sensitive security 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 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.
    • 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.