Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Analysis

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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    Washington, D.C.
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  • Posted
    Nov 30

Position description

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response/recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit for additional information.


This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position located within FEMA's Office of Policy and Program Analysis.  The ideal candidate will possess the skills and experience necessary to provide analysis and high level policy advice and expertise to the Associate Administrator on complex programmatic, regulatory and legislative proposals relative to FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The incumbent serves as the focal point through which policy formulation, strategic plans, out-year resource plans, enterprise data analysis and analytical capability-building, audit liaison, defense production act responsibilities, performance management and international affairs activities receive effective central coordination and decision.  Decisions may include resources to be expended, the timing of major events, priority of projects and plans, and projects that should be initiated, dropped, or postponed.  The incumbent ensures that appropriate long-range planning is coordinated and accomplished, and that there is maximum and efficient utilization of available resources.  The incumbent is also the principal advisor to the Associate Administrator on the appropriate methods of best accomplishing Presidential policy objectives, Departmental and FEMA priorities. 

Typical assignments include:

  • Directing the development of policies, guidance, and implementation strategies for Office and subordinate entity programs.
  • Planning and coordinating the development of national policy and strategy for FEMA that is consistent with the Administration's and Department's policy views and strategic objectives.
  • Continuously analyzing and recommending changes to policy and strategy in order to achieve FEMA and Departmental strategic goals and objectives and enhance program effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Carrying out the full range of management responsibilities and acting with full authority over the work of the Office's Policy and Strategy, Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise Analytics, International Affairs, Defense Production Act, and Audit Liaison Divisions.
  • Recommending courses of action to the Associate Administrator and exercising authority to determine goals, plans, budgets, and organization.
  • Managing and directing major program components to ensure consistency of operations and excellent stewardship of resources.  Responsible for Office budget and acquisitions.
  • Assisting the Associate Administrator in assessing the impact of organizational guidance and/or new or pending legislation on Agency priorities.
  • Ensuring alignment of Office resources to manage Agency risk and promote effective, efficient achievement of FEMA and DHS mission and priorities.

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 be 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.


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.
  • If selected, a one-year SES Probationary period may be required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret (SCI) clearance.
  • This position is subject to random drug testing.


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below.

We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. Although you should not address the ECQs or TQs separately, evidence of each must be clearly reflected in your resume. 

Any information in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.

A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs and TQs can be viewed on this link (indexed at page 29 - 37):


  1. Demonstrated ability to navigate the Federal interagency policy development process, including complex, multi-party negotiation with other departments and agencies and Executive Office of the President components - or similar state-level experience - in order to advance policy priorities and improve mission outcomes.
  2. Demonstrated ability to oversee the work of highly-capable analytical units with specialized skill-sets and utilize their insights to achieve greater mission effectiveness and efficiency.
  3. Demonstrated ability to oversee analysis of complex problems, synthesize that analysis, develop and present viable options to those in the most senior levels of government leadership, and implement solutions that lead to measurable improvements in mission outcomes.

Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive Core  Qualifications (ECQs); but a narrative statement for each of the Technical  Qualifications (TQs) is recommended.


ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2: LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3: RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5: BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at

The following categories of applicants may omit the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but the Technical Qualifications must be addressed within your Resume:

  • Applicants who are currently serving under a SES career appointment (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES).
  • Applicants who are eligible for reinstatement to the SES (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES).
  • Applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs (must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification). 

All required application materials will be reviewed to determine if applicants meet the mandatory qualification requirements. Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information supplied by the applicant. The best-qualified candidates for this position will be distinguished from other applicants by an evaluation committee to determine the degree to which qualification requirements are met.  Applicants should provide specific evidence of possession of the mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications, as outlined under Qualifications Criteria, to assist the evaluation committee in determining the best-qualified candidates that will be considered for final selection.

[Mandatory Statement]: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. 


There are no educational requirements for this position.

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