Deputy United States Fire Administration Administrator

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Emmitsburg, Maryland
Posted
Nov 05, 2019
Closes
Nov 12, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

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Responsibilities

The goal of USFA is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination and support. USFA serves the Nation independently, in coordination with other Federal agencies, and in partnership with fire protection and emergency service communities. With a commitment to excellence, USFA provides public education, training, technology, and data initiatives.

The Deputy Administrator, United States Fire Administration recommends appropriate methods of accomplishing DHS and FEMA policy objectives within the context of existing Federal Fire programs and the priorities and positions of the fire service, requiring extensive discussion with both national, regional and local fire service organizations and with the broader national fire community that not only includes fire departments, but also public and private code organizations, manufacturers, fire protection engineers and institutions, private industry, and the insurance industry.

The Deputy Administrator, United States Fire Administration coordinates the development, direction, management and evaluation of all USFA programs and staff resources. Responsible for knowledge of and appropriate reaction to all applicable federal statutes and regulations governing the management of programs resources and personnel. Responsible for maintaining close and continuous contact with public and private sector elements of the national fire community, both to ensure awareness of evolving issues and the multiplicity of organizational and institutional positions and to present and explain current Federal fire programs and policies as well as their underlying rationale. Develops a successful integration of key national and agency goals with fire service and fire community objectives and priorities. Based upon this, must develop an overall program plan which prioritizes and makes more effective use of USFA programs and resources in achieving the stated objectives. Key elements in such a plan must include appropriate strategies by reacting to contingencies that may impact on program execution and maximizing leverage to achieve impact through involving national, state and local public and private sector organizations in USFA program initiatives.

In conjunction with the Administrator, U.S. Fire Administration, and acting on his/her behalf, must present, defend and articulate USFA programs and associated resource requirements to the FEMA Administrator, his/her immediate staff, other agencies, as appropriate, and key members of Congress and their staff. When required or directed, must present and defend USFA programs and policies in regulatory and legislative proceedings at the national and local level and with the media.

Based on guidance provided by the Administrator, U.S. Fire Administration, incumbent is responsible for overall management of the USFA's programs and resources. Directs the proper implementation of congressional, executive branch, and agency budgetary, administrative (i.e., procurement, travel, printing, etc.) and personnel regulations and policies. Directs and evaluates all USFA programs and both supervisory and subordinate staff, both in terms of program accomplishment of USFA program objectives and in terms of adherence to appropriate regulation and policies.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • File a Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278) within 30 days of appointment.
  • If selected, a one-year SES Probationary period may be required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  • This position is subject to random drug testing.


Qualifications

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): http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS - MANDATORY
  • Knowledge of the national fire problem and the principal issues facing Federal, State and local government and volunteer entities, the fire service (including the career, volunteer and combination of fire services), the fire protection community, groups and associations and the general public.
  • Experience in a senior leadership position that demonstrates a thorough understanding of the changing roles of the fire service and fire protection community and knowledge of the specific aspects of national fire issues, including but not limited to: public education programs; fire service training and education; firefighter health and safety programs; emergency medical services; hazardous materials response; fire prevention and control programs; arson control programs; fire service organization, administration and managements.

  • 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 Core Qualifications (ECQs); but a narrative statement for each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs) is recommended.

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):

    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 http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp.

    The following categories of applicants may omit the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but the Technical Qualifications must be addressed within your Resume:
    • Applicants who are currently serving under a SES career appointment (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES).
    • Applicants who are eligible for reinstatement to the SES (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES).
    • Applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs (must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification).

    All required application materials will be reviewed to determine if applicants meet the mandatory qualification requirements. Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information supplied by the applicant. The best-qualified candidates for this position will be distinguished from other applicants by an evaluation committee to determine the degree to which qualification requirements are met. Applicants should provide specific evidence of possession of the mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications, as outlined under Qualifications Criteria, to assist the evaluation committee in determining the best-qualified candidates that will be considered for final selection.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Education

    There are no educational requirements for this position.

    Additional information

    • To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Top Secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined ( Mythbuster ), review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/investigations/background-investigations/ .
    • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
    • DHS uses E-verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.
    • Relocation incentives MAY be authorized.
    • Persons newly appointed to a career SES position are required to serve a one-year probationary period.
    • All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
    • If selected, you will be subject to 24-hour on-call in the event of an emergency. In this event, this service may include duties other than those specified in the official position description. Selectee must be able to relocate to emergency sites with little advance notice and function under intense physical and mental stress.
    • If selected for this position, and you have not previously completed these requirements, you MAY be subject to (1) completion of a 2 day onboarding program at your primary duty location; and, (2) completion of a subsequent, multiple day orientation program within 90-120 days of hire, at a location to be determined. Travel associated with the orientation portion of this requirement may be at FEMA's expense.
    • This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) because of its security, public health, and/or public safety sensitivity; if selected, you will be subject to random drug testing under FEMA's Drug-Free Workplace Plan (DWP). Refusal to be tested will result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.


    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments and experience. Your application will be evaluated by an internal Screening panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. Unless you have already been previously certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB), your Executive Core Qualifications must be certified by an OPM-sponsored QRB prior to appointment.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

  • A 5 page resume is required.
  • Are you a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) member? Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies SES Career status.
  • Are you a graduate from an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program? Submit proof of qualifications (e.g. SF-50, OPM QRB Certificate, etc.).

  • Failure to provide all the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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