Arlington, Virginia
Aug 08, 2017
Aug 23, 2017
Full Time

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) leads the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation's physical and cyber infrastructure. Learn more about DHS and NPPD at

The Director, Strategy, Policy and Plans is responsible for managing NPPD doctrine, strategy and policy development, integrating program planning and performance, improving the nation's capability and capacity to detect, prevent, respond and mitigate disruptions of critical infrastructure by physical and cyber risks through coordinating strategy and policy initiatives within DHS and other Federal, State, Local Territorial and Tribal (SLT) partners.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • Yes
  • You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • If selected, a one-year SES Probationary period may be required.
  • Filing of OGE 278 - Public Financial Disclosure
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret (SCI) 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. Typically, 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.
    To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below:

    We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

    The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. Although you should not address the ECQs or TQs separately, evidence of each must be clearly reflected in your resume.

    Any information in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.

    A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs and TQs can be viewed on this link (indexed at page 29 - 37)

    Technical Qualification(s) - Mandatory

    TQ1: Ability to deal effectively on complex homeland security-related issues with senior officials from all branches and levels of government and with other private sector and critical infrastructure owners, operations and other stakeholders.

    TQ2: : Experience developing and managing strategic planning and implementation activities regarding cybersecurity efforts, with an emphasis on impact to critical infrastructure and key resources while taking into account planning cycles, financial constraints, and organizational capabilities.

    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/Managerial Qualifications (ECQs/EMs); but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) is recommended.

    Executive Core Qualifications
    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.

    Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at

    There is no educational requirement for this position.

    U.S. Citizenship required.
    Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret (SCI) clearance.

    Top Secret/SCI


    Leads the development, implementation and management of NPPD's strategic planning efforts and policy development.

    Provides oversight of sub-component strategy and planning for alignment to NPPD-wide directives and performs the following functions in doing so: validating capabilities and requirements, ensuring unity of effort across capabilities and requirements, and mapping implementation plan goals and objectives to programs. Measures and reports progress against strategic objectives.

    Participates in the development, implementation and management of the DHS strategic cybersecurity planning efforts and policy development, including cyber incident response planning.

    Represents NPPD on interagency and Departmental working groups and committees that address cross-cutting and integrated strategic objectives, policies, plans and procedures that address critical infrastructure security and resilience. Conducts analyses to identify gaps in policy and initiates policy planning and formulation to fill these gaps.

    Develops and advocates for DHS requirements and requests for support to protect government systems and U.S. critical infrastructure.

    Assists with planning and strategy to improve homeland security information sharing between the public and private sectors to aid in preventing, detecting, mitigating, and/or recovering from the effects of an attack, interference, compromise, or incapacitation related to critical infrastructure.

    Develops performance measures for demonstrating progress against NPPD strategic objectives to provide situational awareness, identify and enable mitigation and risk reduction, and protect critical infrastructure, based upon internal capabilities reviews of programs and activities, and external reviews and audits.

    Maintains liaison with and supports the DHS Operations Coordination and Watch to ensure operational plans are informed by, and inform, strategic guidance and strategic plans.

    Manages the development and execution of NPPD's international affairs strategy and planning, in part to ensure an integrated and coordinated effort across NPPD.

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