Washington D.C.
Jun 01, 2017
Jul 06, 2017
Executive, Chief
Full Time

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments


Starting Salary $97,046 - $135,864 DOQ


The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is seeking an experienced and team-oriented manager to serve as the Chief of the Homeland Security and Policy section within the newly established Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety.

The Chief of Homeland Security and Policy will direct the work of a staff team responsible for the oversight of the programs that support the Homeland Security Executive Committee (HSEC), Homeland Security Executive Committee Advisory Council (HSEC AC), and supporting Subject Matter Expert and Working Groups.  It is anticipated that the individual will oversee the work of three staff to support the objectives and achieve desired outcomes.  There is also a responsibility to coordinate with and oversee work completed by vendors supporting the mission.

Examples of Work:

Specific work responsibilities for the Chief of Homeland Security and Policy are likely to include:

  • Ensure appropriate support is provided for the Emergency Preparedness Council, Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee, HSEC, HSEC AC, and primary and secondary subject matter expert groups.  This includes meeting scheduling, logistical support, and documentation of action items and decisions.
  • Facilitate discussion and identify opportunities for cooperative purchasing that support local and regional initiatives.  This may span operations, technical, and services contracts.
  • Assist in gathering, formatting, and presenting information on the region as it pertains to the homeland security and public safety to assist leadership in making informed decisions.  This will include all aspects of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Develop communication plans that span all homeland security and public safety to enhance cross discipline information sharing.The target outcome will be identifying synergies in activities with similar targets that will enhance regional capabilities.
  • Ensure information and knowledge transfer for incoming membership of the HSEC, HSEC AC, Chief Administrative Officers, and appropriate policy groups such as the Emergency Preparedness Council and Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee.
  • Facilitate calls and communication with regional leadership in times of severe weather, significant events or regional emergencies.
  • Provide appropriate level information and progress of regional initiatives to leadership and elected officials to include Urban Areas Security Initiative, Secure The Cities, and other grant and locally funded initiatives.
  • Develop framework for regional policy, memoranda of understanding, and other supporting documents to memorialize regional decisions and positions taken by leadership.
  • Assist and serve as the custodian of the Regional Preparedness Guidance developed by the HSEC and HSEC AC.
  • Facilitate reporting up, down and across the organization of committees, information on identified gaps that impact the region and ensure cross discipline communication and collaboration.
  • Manage and oversee all activities of direct reports and delegate tasks appropriately.
  • Professional development of direct report staff and quarterly review of staff with the Managing Director.
  • Maintain lateral communication with Chiefs of Public Safety and Health Preparedness and Program and project support to stay abreast of regional priorities and programs.
  • Serve as a conduit for information to all supported committees on other Homeland Security and Public Safety initiatives, decisions, vision, and current priorities.
  • Serve as acting Department Director in the absence of the Managing Director.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

This position requires excellent, broad knowledge of Homeland Security and Public Safety policies and doctrine; solid interpersonal and collaboration skills to include establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders; excellent planning, organizational, multi-task and time management skills; excellent personnel development, management and leadership skills. Person must be motivated, results-oriented, and committed to regional goals and MWCOG’s mission.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Experience in managing staff to include setting their priorities, providing guidance, and feedback, developing professional development plans and performing quality control;
  • Demonstrated expertise and understanding of the unique nature and interdependencies in the National Capital Region between and among the Federal, State and local entities and the varying Federal, State and local preparedness, response, and other capabilities within the region;
  • Prior experience in conducting gap analyses, ideally for homeland security and public safety initiatives;
  • Skills in effectively communicating highly complex technical material or highly complex issues to a diverse audience including Chief Administrative Officers and Elected Officials.
  • Skills in written and verbal communications to include formatting for clear and concise messaging that may have very short deadlines; 
  • Experience in developing and executing work plans;
  • Ability to assess the political climate and communicate appropriately in a complex environment;
  • The ability to use MS Word, MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Project and MS Power Point Software.  


Six or more years of experience in the area(s) of specialization or related field. Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in public policy or related academic field and at least ten years of progressively responsible supervisory and professional work experience in the homeland security and public safety realm.  At least three years or more management experience is required.  Other combinations of experience/education will be considered.

Computer Knowledge and Skills:

 (Preferred)  Statistical analysis packages; electronic spread sheets; word processing, database management, report generator; computer graphics, knowledge of mathematical/scientific programs and models related to Public Safety, Emergency Management and Homeland Security. An advanced knowledge level of Microsoft Office 2007 or newer version and Microsoft Outlook are required. Experience with and continuing use of other software programs to include social media is essential.

Mathematical Skills:

 A thorough knowledge and understanding of budgets, compiling reports that require data collection and analysis, and quantitative assessment techniques are required.

Communication Skills: 

Demonstrate exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to express ideas clearly and concisely and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials and the public. 

Reasoning Ability:

Demonstrate: (1)  Thorough, comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of Public Safety, Emergency Management and Homeland Security planning;  (2) The ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents and the ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community or community groups; (3) The ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conforms to prescribed style and format; (4) The ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or board of directors; and (5) Ability to supervise the work of professional and support staff and display good judgment.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

 Professional certifications in the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Emergency Management, various Public Safety areas, and/or Homeland Security are desired but not required.  A good driving record and a valid driver’s license are required so that visits can be made to jurisdictions throughout the COG area using the COG car.

To apply, please submit your cover letter, salary requirement, & resume to:

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

777 North Capitol Street, NE

Suite 300 - Attention:  OHRM

Washington, DC  20002-4239

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Fax:  202-962-3715

An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer