Washington, D.C
Sep 21, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


This assignment is a 1-year non-reimbursable assignment.

This assignment is within the Faith Initiatives Office (FI), Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The OPE promotes an integrated approach to homeland security by serving as DHS's primary liaison to partners in faith-based organizations (FBO), non-governmental organizations (NGO), and community sector.

Secret clearance required. Top Secret/SCI preferred.
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The FI team supports DHS's mission by building, improving, and leveraging relationships with FBO, NGO and community leaders. FI also manages the Faith-Based Security Advisory Council (FBSAC) and closely coordinates and collaborates with the DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (DHS Center) located within FEMA.

This position will provide clear and direct communication between the OPE Assistant Secretary/FBO Security Coordinator, the DHS Center, the FBSAC, and across Components in their FBO and NGO outreach efforts. This position supports the Assistant Secretary's engagement efforts, and informs and trains FBOs to enhance their security. The incumbent will coordinate across domains on behalf of the Assistant Secretary to ensure and improve information-sharing, training, outreach, grants, and threat information for FBO and NGO stakeholders.

The incumbent will: Coordinate across components/offices to provide a holistic approach and response to addressing the needs of OPE's FBO and NGO stakeholders while furthering the DHS mission; Lead projects designed to improve stakeholder engagement; Coordinate communications in response to questions and issues raised from entities external to DHS; Identify and evaluate major programmatic issues that may require mitigation and planning and develop proposals and recommendations to address them; and Develop briefing materials, talking points and engagement support for the Secretary and senior DHS leadership.

Responsibilities will include leading efforts to establish a framework to provide clarity for FBOs and NGOs on the roles and responsibilities of various DHS Components and offices, act as the primary point of contact for the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and support senior Department leadership in their engagement efforts. Efforts will include facilitating FBSAC recommendations.

The successful candidate will lead efforts to coordinate across DHS Components and offices to effectively leverage these relationships across all mission sets to build and maintain relationships with stakeholder groups for continued participation in DHS programs; Represent Faith Initiatives at high-level, inter-departmental meetings, conferences, interagency task forces, and governmental seminars; and participate in various councils, professional organizations, and working groups, both internal and external to the DHS. Performs other duties as assigned.

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 or above 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:
  • Must possess the ability to lead change to develop and implement an organizational vision while balancing change and continuity.
  • Skill and ability to communicate, both orally and in writing to give presentations to various internal and external groups and provide information on the department's programs, objectives, and activities. Skill in writing and editing a variety of materials to convey information in a style and manner suitable for a range of audiences.
  • The ability to build coalitions both internally and externally. Collaborate across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals. Collaboration with various subject matter experts are employed to attain strategic objectives and support the organization. Typical assignments require providing recommendations to staff on how to progress in meeting the interests of the program and the organization.
  • Mastery of the principles, methods, practices, and techniques of external agency relations and communications to liaise, develop and improve outreach and engagement programs, and develop recommendations for improvements.
  • 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

    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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