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Program Management Specialist (Exercises)

$89,834 – $164,102 Per Year
Closing on Sep 29, 2023

About Department of Homeland Security – Agency Wide

DHS is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. The DHS Joint Duty Program (JDP) is an intra- and inter-departmental program which offers civilian personnel professional and developmental opportunities. Joint Duty Assignments (JDAs) enhance operations and mission execution through unity of effort and collaboration. The DHS JDP is a human capital program initiative which is managed by OCHCO at DHS headquarters. The DHS JDP’s purpose is two-fold: to encourage and to facilitate assignments of DHS personnel to other DHS components as well as outside agencies. The purpose of JDAs is to gain multi-component, multi-faceted experience focused on cross-cutting DHS and Federal-wide operations to enhance performance of the individual, the organizations, and the Department. JDAs are for a period not to exceed 1 year and do not qualify for Joint Duty credit. The DHS JDP covers current Federal employees at the GS-13 through GS-15 grade levels and equivalent. The DHS JDP does not apply to members of the military service or contractors. JDAs do not offer Temporary Promotions.

District of Columbia, Washington
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Job summary

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

Major duties

The purpose of this joint duty assignment is to prepare, coordinate, execute, and assess operational (joint, Department, and Component) exercise requirements in support of the DHS Office of Operations Coordination (OPS). This Joint Duty Officer (JDO) position is located in the Resilience Section (RS), Current Operations Division (COD), within OPS. The JDO will play a critical role in assisting OPS mission "To provide situational awareness, a common operating picture, and decision support for the Homeland Security Enterprise on threats, hazards, and events impacting the homeland." Specific JDO duties and responsibilities for this assignment include, but are not limited to: · Developing, coordinating, and assessing OPS joint/Department tailored operational exercises and associated · Representing OPS at selected joint/Department level exercise forums and planning meetings. · Assisting OPS Front Office and three Divisions (that include a large number of Federal, State, and local detailed staff) in coordinating and participating in selected joint/Department level exercises. · Developing joint/Department level training programs tailored to support large scale exercises and all-hazards contingencies. · Provide recommendations on how to sustain and improve on annual exercise requirements. · Developing and implementing approved innovations to enhance OPS joint and Component level readiness requirements. · Support the development and publication of annual OPS Joint/Department Training and Exercise Guidance. · Informing OPS leadership and staff of individual and collective exercise opportunities. · Reviewing and updating OPS operational training policies and goals as appropriate. · Leveraging technology to enhance individual and Component readiness. · Performing other duties as assigned or directed. The JDO will also be responsible for assisting the Operational Exercise lead in execution of the Operational Training and Development needs of OPS and will fill in for the lead, when required.


Qualifications required: Working knowledge of Training and Development processes and procedures. Working knowledge of continuity, critical infrastructure, emergency preparedness-based project management, operational planning, staff coordination, testing, training and exercise emergency management work. Working knowledge of MS Office. Ability to research, analyze, and present results of analysis to Senior Leadership in both unclassified and classified venues. Ability to complete range of project management and mid-level staff officer assignments Ability to work closely with and routinely communicate with other continuity managers and staff within Resilience, OPS and other DHS components. 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)


EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.


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.