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Associate Director

Wallops Island, Virginia
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

Primary duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Coordinates with research partners to drive the creation of an evidence base for targeted violence and terrorism prevention to serve as an underpinning for all mission content.
  • Turns research into practice by driving the team's production policy and research publications on a public health informed approach to targeted violence and terrorism prevention.
  • Develops goals, policies, and objectives to develop methodologies, systems, and practices for targeted violence and terrorism prevention.
  • Supervises and provide technical direction and oversight to a staff of approximately 3-6 policy and research analysts.
  • Forms new research and public health prevention partnerships and makes a call to action to interagency and non-government partners to drive analytic studies that identify targeted violence and terrorism technical best practices.
  • Leverages technical skills to conduct and undertake detailed quantitative and qualitative analytical studies.
  • Reviews and provides summaries and feedback on technical, policy, strategy and operational documents.
  • Research, coordinates, and prepares briefing materials for Senior Leaders within the CP3, across the Department, and in coordination with the inter-agency.
  • Ensures the technical rigor and consistency of results.


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
  • Current GS-15 Supervisor
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with a proactive and creative approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to collaborate and build relationships with technical subject matter experts.
  • Experience building and/or researching evidence-based approaches to targeted violence and terrorism prevention and/or violence prevention.
  • Comfortable with routinely shifting demands.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to grasp new subjects and ideas quickly and thoroughly.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work with various stakeholders both in the Department and externally.
  • Ability to express and present ideas regarding topics to the team through both written and oral communications.
  • 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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