• Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates
    12/23/2020 to 01/20/2021
  • Service
    Senior Executive
  • Pay scale & grade
    ES 00
  • Salary
    $131,239 to $197,300 per year
  • Appointment type
  • Work schedule

Duties Summary

This position is located in the Infrastructure Security Division (ISD) within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The Infrastructure Security Division focuses on protecting critical infrastructure from all hazards by managing risk and enhancing resilience through collaboration with the critical infrastructure community, which includes private sector owners, operators, and employees; State, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) officials; and other Federal agencies.


The Associate Director for Chemical Security leads ISD’s Chemical Security Subdivision and CISA’s national operations in the chemical-security arena—including all aspects of the national management and operations of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulatory program.

Specific responsibilities include:

Provides strategic vision, guidance, and direction to ensure the effective national operation of one of DHS’s flagship regulatory frameworks, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.

Manages and orchestrates the broad range of tasks and activities that underpin not only the CFATS regulatory regime, but also is responsible for establishing and executing a program of voluntary initiatives, activities, and incentives to foster security among chemical facilities that are not subject to the full regulatory requirements of CFATS, thereby ensuring a sustainable, national chemical critical infrastructure risk management program.

Serves as the principal Department spokesperson for CISA’s chemical-security programs and activities, providing regular updates at stakeholder conferences and in other widely-attended forums; testifying before congressional committees; briefing Agency leadership, White House, and Congressional staff; and participating in news media interviews.

Leads U.S. Government interagency working groups as well as international forums focused on Chemical Security, to include-as applicable-the Global Congress on Chemical Security and Emerging threats, the G7 Global Partnership Chemical Security Working Group, and the EU-US Explosives-Precursors Working Group.

Makes managerial and technical decisions required for successful program execution, administration, and management. Exercises management control and leadership of CFATS and CISA’s other chemical-security initiatives and activities, both at the national program level and with respect to the implementation of the programs by both headquarters and regional personnel, working as applicable in coordination with CISA’s Integrated Operations Division and Stakeholder Engagement Division.

Provides guidance and direction to subordinates in the broad areas of EO/EEO, human resources programs, and employee development to ensure ISD’s efforts-and those of the Chemical Security Subdivision–in these areas achieve the goals of the designated programs.

Assesses and guides efforts of supporting activities, including contractors and personnel detailed to the ISD’s Chemical Security program from other DHS organizations and other government agencies.

Ensures plans and programs are budgeted for and are ready for implementation to support ISD and OCS goals and milestones.

Meets with senior officials of the White House, the National Security Council, other Cabinet level agencies, and Congressional committees regarding planning, allocation of resources and development of long range goals and objectives which support DHS and the federal government’s goals and milestones regarding protection and preparedness of the nation’s high risk chemical facilities, other critical infrastructure sector partnerships, information sharing, and risk management programs.

Travel Required
Occasional travel – 25% or more. You will be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Conditions of Employment

  • You to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • Selective Service – males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service see
  • Filing of OGE 278 – Public Financial Disclosure.
  • You must be able to obtain and hold a obtain/maintain a Top Secret (SCI) clearance.
  • If selected, a one-year SES Probationary period may be required.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position.
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.
  • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
  • This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. 7 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the Executive Core and Technical Qualifications listed below in a supplemental statement to assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to be referred to the selecting official. Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit.

The application process used to recruit this position is the Traditional Method.

Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ 1 – LEADING CHANGE: You must have demonstrated an 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. Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.

ECQ 2 – LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate 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. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.

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. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4 – BUSINESS ACUMEN: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.

ECQ 5 – BUILDING COALITIONS: This ECQ 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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

MTQ1 – Skill in long-range planning, resource management, program execution, policy-development, and legislative and communications activities associated with a regulatory/compliance program or similar enterprise, including the management of regulatory processes as well as relationships and requirements of stakeholders and partner agencies at multiple levels.

MTQ2 – Skill in leading a multi-disciplinary, geographically-dispersed, and/or matrixed workforce in a manner that fosters consistency, unity of effort, and a high-level of team-member engagement and morale.

Challenge Context Action Result Model
An ECQ or Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ) statement should include more than one examples of relevant experience.

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