Exercise & Evaluation (E&E) Branch Chief

Washington, D.C
Jun 10, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


We encourage you to read the entire announcement before submitting your application.

This assignment is a 6 month non-reimbursable assignment and may be extended up to 1 year.

This detail assignment will provide the opportunity to serve as Exercise & Evaluation (E&E) Branch Chief in the Plans, Policy, Evaluation Division (PPED), National Continuity Programs Directorate (NCP).

TS/SCI preferred not required.
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The E&E Branch is the primary point for the collection, analysis, validation, and reporting on these capabilities in support of mandated reporting to the President and informing national-level decisions regarding strategic priorities for resilience capabilities-building investments and related strategic risk management actions.

In addition to leading the Eagle Horizon Exercise Series and related exercises, the Branch oversees the National Continuity Evaluation Program (NCEP), which reviews information from across public and private sector communities. These sources include
  • National Exercise Program After Action Reports,
  • National Risk and Capability Assessment (NRCA) elements of the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR),
  • Federal Department & Agency Biennial Continuity Assessments
Duties Include:
  • Collaborating with the White House, HQ and Regional program offices as well as FSLTT partners to review data, validate observations and facilitate solutions development.
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research and implementing data collection strategies involving Federal State, Territorial, Tribal, & local (FSLTT) and private sector data to identify trends.
  • Developing communications materials and assisting with the document review and clearance process.
  • Leading a team of employees and contractors to implement the National Continuity Evaluation Program (NCEP), Eagle Horizon Exercise Series Program, and other exercise & evaluation initiatives.
  • Building and maintaining coalitions with key stakeholders.
  • Representing the Division and Directorate and FEMA at national-level events, negotiating with key officials within and outside FEMA on matters relating to national preparedness, and exercising authority to speak for and commit the Division to specific actions within the bounds of Agency policies and the priorities of higher-level senior staff.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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:
    Experience identifying themes through qualitative and quantitative analyses of different source materials (AARs, Assessments, Test Reports, National-Level Reports, etc.). Developing and analyzing survey data. Team player mentality that values collaboration, positivity, and intellectual curiosity. High performing self-starter; takes initiative and can work with little guidance. Organized with strong attention to detail, and excellent writing/communication skills. Proven experience leading teams to manage a large, national-level program related to national preparedness and national security. Familiarity with the best practices for exercise and evaluation programs design and delivery. Proven ability to work with a diverse set of stakeholders, such as non-federal governmental entities, FEMA Regions, White House National Security Council, the Department of Homeland Security, and other Federal interagency partners.

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.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02 .

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