Deputy Director, Emergency Management Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jun 12, 2021
Jun 17, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Emergency Management Center (EMC) within the Office of Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), serves as the Department of Labor's focal point for all emergency management policy, planning, preparedness, and response coordination.

This position is outside the bargaining unit.

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The Deputy Director for the Emergency Management Center works directly on matters concerning the development, coordination and implementation of nationwide national security/emergency preparedness policy.

Major duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Serves as the Department's Continuity of Government manager.
  • Assists the Director in developing and implementing office policy in conjunction with DOL policy. Ensures EMC personnel adhere to policies outlined.
  • Provides guidance and oversight to the EMC Operations/Preparedness Branch Chiefs and Program Managers for national security programs and emergency management planning.
  • Performs quality control reviews within the EMC for all aspects of operations and program areas, to include: Continuity of Operations (COOP), Continuity of Government (COG), Operations Security (OPSEC), Federal Mission Resilience (FMR), Training, Test, and Exercises (TT&E), and Communications Security (COMSEC).
  • Develops and recommends policy relative to departmental emergency preparedness and continuity programs.
  • Ensures the Department's response plans meet federal requirements and guidelines, and adequately address DOL's capability for response.
  • Liaison responsibilities to include co-chairing the DOL Emergency Management Wording Group (EMWG), representing DOL on the Continuity Advisory Group (CAG), and various FEMA, DHS, and internal DOL workgroup meetings.

This position is designated Mission Critical Emergency. Participates as a key member of the DOL Emergency Response Group (ERG) team in response to emergencies and is subject to 24-hour on-call in the event of an emergency.

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 Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required for this position on an adhoc bases.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
15 - This position is at the Full Promotion Potential.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-14, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is identified as experience leading an agency's or Department's Emergency Operations Center; serving in a leadership position on interagency workgroups related to national security and emergency preparedness/response; developing policy, plans (both short and long-range)and procedures related to continuation of mission essential functions and mission critical information technology systems; and/or managing a Departmental or Agency Continuity of Operations Program.


Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-15 grade level.

Additional information

Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Technical Competence - Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

Leadership - lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Provides an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork.

Organizational Skills- keeps abreast of organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the program, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.

Interpersonal Skills - Maintains effective relationships with others, relates to people with varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Written Communication - recognizes or uses correct English, grammar, punctuation and spelling; communicates information (i.e. facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for intended audiences.

Oral Communication - expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password-protected documents.

- The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step, and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Resumes are required- provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your profile. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions, and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP .

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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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