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Deputy Counterterrorism (CT) Coordinator

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Sep 30, 2023

  • Serves as the Deputy to DHS's principal counterterrorism (CT) and principal CT adviser to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and other DHS senior leadership.
  • Engages in coordination activities with DHS agencies and interagency partners to ensure departmental CT and targeted violence policies, plans and programs are appropriately developed, coordinated, integrated, aligned and implemented.
  • Oversees the creation and management of issue-specific working groups to deal with specific CT-related challenges and problems facing the Department.
  • Supports the CT Coordinator in directing the Department's CT Task Force, which focused on problems and challenges that are cross-departmental and/or affect multiple DHS component organizations.
  • Supports the CT Coordinator in overseeing execution of the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) which provides information to the public about the evolving threat environment and steps/resources available to keep the public safe and secure.
  • In collaboration with the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, supports efforts to refresh and refocus the Counter Threats Advisory Board (CTAB) as a department wide coordination mechanism.
  • Supports the CT Coordinator in identifying specific organizational changes needed to enhance the coordination and effectiveness of the Department's CT and targeted violence related programs.
  • Supports the CT Coordinator in his/her supervision of the CT Coordinator Office staff. Works with relevant headquarters elements to identify the personnel and financial resources needed to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Office.
  • In the absence of a designated CT Coordinator, serves as the Acting CT Coordinator.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:

1.Knowledge of law enforcement operations, the intelligence cycle, DHS missions, functions and objectives, as well as the roles/responsibilities of DHS components and the DHS Intelligence Enterprise.

2. Experience with and knowledge of the operational and intelligence requirements of DHS components, as well as those of state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners as those requirements pertain to preventing, protecting against, and/or responding to threats or acts of terrorism and targeted violence.

3. Knowledge of the broader national security and homeland security enterprise, to include partner agencies and departments, the SLT enterprise, and foreign partners as well.

4. Experience leading senior level, multi-organizational, multi-stakeholder planning and/or strategy processes aimed at producing concrete results and where necessary, new approaches to CT challenges and problems.

5. Experience in recruiting, hiring, supervising and retaining senior staff in a results-oriented, task-driven environment.

6. Knowledge of strategic planning, leadership and techniques/practices which promote the free exchange of ideas and improvements in management systems/processes.

7. Experience leading organizations with complex mission requirements.

8. Experience supporting and working with senior leaders of diverse national and homeland security focused organizations.

Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.

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