Director of Contingency Programs #5418

Washington D.C.
Jun 09, 2023
Jul 14, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

Director of Contingency Programs #5418

Department: Office of Security, Emergency Preparedness, and Continuity
Work Hours: 8:00AM - 5:30PM
Pay Band: SAA-14 - $138301-$187859
Remote Work Status: Hybrid / FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date Range: 6/9/2023-6/23/2023

Link to apply: 
This vacancy announcement closes at 7pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

Job Description
This is senior-level leadership work focused on contingency management and continuity of the U.S. Senate. Work involves overseeing the development, organization, and coordination of plans, policies, and procedures; management of associated facilities, communications and transportation resources. It requires collaboration with internal and external Senate stakeholders as it pertains to ensuring continuity of Senate essential functions resulting from disruption of normal operations. The purpose of the Continuity Program is to ensure the Senate can continue to conduct its constitutional obligations under any circumstances. Work is performed under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Sergeant at Arms (DASAA) for Emergency Preparedness & Continuity.

Examples of Work
Implements objectives and policies established by Leaders and senior executives; participates in the formulation and implementation of long- and short-range goals. Creates vision for the department and sets priorities among the workforce. Leads, directs, plans, organizes and delegates continuity planning, special projects, and determines suspense dates. Responds and provides solutions to disruptions of normal processes and procedures. Develops and delivers senior level briefings to key stakeholders on status of projects through to completion. Develops, reviews and monitors select department financials. Forecasts and regularly updates cost estimates. Manages, directs and supervises staff recruitment, training, motivation and evaluation; recommends staffing levels and selects incumbents for key positions. Ensures uniform standards of discipline are maintained. Maintains effective working relationships with internal and external organizational continuity program stakeholders. Collaborates on Congressional continuity policies and practices through readiness of mission essential functions and joint development of continuity plans and exercise.

Minimum Qualifications

Work requires a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in public administration, business administration, management, or criminal justice, and five to eight years of emergency management or continuity experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of general leadership principles and a demonstrated history of progressive leadership.
  • Knowledge of, and a demonstrated ability to effectively manage complex programs.
  • Demonstrated history of leading change.
  • Knowledge of national level continuity policies and practices encompassing Enduring Constitutional Government, Continuity of Government, and Continuity of Operations.
  • Knowledge of general principles and practices of continuity and exercise planning.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage resources, prioritize objectives, and achieve program and organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively manage complex, fast-paced crises involving multiple constituencies and competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex issues and provide recommendations.
  • Knowledge of Senate rules, procedures, organizations, and culture, to include financial and contractual processes, contingency management, and risk/consequence management processes.
  • Ability to plan, develop, and monitor execution of budgets.
  • Knowledge of internal and external continuity program stakeholders and the ability to maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in English, both in writing and orally, to include presentations.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

Work is performed primarily in an office environment with no exceptional physical demands.

Licenses, Certification and Other Requirements
Must have or be able to obtain a Top-Secret Security Clearance. This position requires the incumbent to be available at all times for sudden recall in response to emergency events affecting the Senate campus/community, and to potentially deploy to alternate sites in support of the Senate’s contingency operations. For education requirements please see Minimum Qualifications.

Conditions of Employment
To be employed by a Senate employing office in a paid position in the continental United States an individual must:
1. Be a U.S. citizen;
2. Be lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B);
3. Be (i) admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157 or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. § 1158 and (ii) have filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
4. Owe allegiance to the U.S. (i.e., qualify as a non-citizen U.S. national under federal law).

Employment is contingent on background / security investigation results.  


The SAA provides a highly competitive benefits package for all SAA staff. Our benefits extend beyond health care coverage to help provide employees with student loan reimbursement, professional development, transportation subsidy, TSP/retirement savings, access to our Employee Assistance Program, and more! For more information regarding SAA’s benefits, please visit .


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the SAA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with SAA and need special assistance or an accommodation to complete the application process, please submit your request to email with “Accommodation” in the subject line.