Director, Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems (IPAWS)

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Washington, D.C
Oct 16, 2020
Oct 24, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of Resilience, National Continuity Programs (NCP) Directorate, Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems (IPAWS) Division. The IPAWS Program Management Office (PMO) is a vital component of the Resilience Organization within FEMA.

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Directs the IPAWS program Management Office (PMO) which provides the following services in an integrated platform:
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS): A national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable TV systems, wireless cable systems, etc., to provide the President with a communications capability to address the public during a national emergency.
  • IPAWS-Open Platform for Emergency Networks (OPEN): IPAWS-OPEN connects public safety officials at all levels of government to wireless carrier networks, radio, TV and cable systems, NOAA National Weather Service radio, and internet applications and websites, enabling an authorized agency to send emergency messages directly to people's cell phones, radios, televisions, NOAA Weather Radios, websites, and applications.
  • National Public Warning System (NPWS): In the event of a national emergency, the NPWS is a resilient network of selected radio stations supporting a warning capability for the President in the event of a national emergency. The special radio stations are known as Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations, equipped to continue broadcasting in all-hazard scenarios. All other EAS radio and TV stations are required to monitor and immediately re-broadcast a national warning message.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts: A service that provides the public with alerts about extreme weather and other threats to public safety, America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) alerts, and Presidential alerts during a national emergency.
  • Serves as the Agency representative on interdepartmental, interagency, and public sector committees and organizations related to alert and warning and the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program. Liaison with other departments/agencies, private sector associations and industry entities, and government-wide and international consortiums on policy, standards, technologies, and strategic requirements related to public alert and warning. Represents FEMA before Congress on The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program activities of interest to the legislative branch. Maintains liaison with industry, national and international emergency management associations, university research programs, and public alert and warning community of interest business groups.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

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

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    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.
    • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
    • This position is subject to random drug testing.




    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience in program management and application of national policy for public alert and warning at the enterprise level that has provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.

    TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): TQs are technical qualification requirements that are essential in successfully performing the duties of this job. If TQs experience is not documented within your package, you will not receive further consideration under this announcement.

  • Extensive experience and expert knowledge in leading a major acquisition program and in the development and implementation of national policy and guidance.
  • Expertise and knowledge of policies, regulations, and procedures governing all aspects of national alert and warning programs, the Agency's alert and warning authorities, and private sector engagement and multi-agency collaboration on policy and regulation implementation. Initiates innovative methods to improve business management, operations, and administration of programs to effectively support Agency's strategic goals in the most efficient manner.
  • Demonstrated experience representing top management in meetings and information exchanges with House and Senate Committees, Office of Management and Budget, and White House administration officials relating to highly sensitive and potentially controversial national alert and warning policy; officials with oversight of resource availability and utilization; and private sector engagements, meetings and conferences; national and international emergency management and disaster preparedness forums.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading, directing and managing development of a program strategic vision and mission, implementation of performance measures to demonstrate achievement of goals and objectives, defining and securing resources necessary to achieve the vision, using internal and external assessment results to improve program performance and metrics, and coordinating adjustments with all program stakeholders to continue progress towards strategic objectives within approved budget levels.

  • Applicants who do not submit a supplemental narrative statement that addresses these factors will be ineligible for further consideration. The narrative portion for the Technical Qualifications MUST NOT EXCEED 6 PAGES TOTAL.


    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, selected applicant must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for a Top Secret Special Compartmental Information (TS/SCI) 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 .
    • 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.
    • This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.
    • 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.
    • 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 for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications for this job.

    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.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    (1) Resume - In addition to your written statements for the Technical Qualifications (TQs), and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications not to exceed six pages. Applicants typically provide the following information:
    • Vacancy Announcement number: FEMA-21-TM-DIR, IPAWS-SL
    • Full name, email and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers.
    • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment and salary.
    • Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 10/23/20.
    • A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, duty location and full performance level.

    (2) Technical Qualifications (TQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each TQ's. Your responses to the Technical Qualifications (not to exceed a total of six pages).

    DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as awards certificates will not be considered.

    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.

    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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