Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security
Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services - Washington, DC

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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives if every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. Join HHS and help make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

This position is in the federal Senior Executive Service (SES), an elite group of senior government leaders who possess broad experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations.

DHHS is seeking a seasoned executive or high-level manager to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security (DAS Security). As the DAS Security, you will provide oversight for the efficient and effective management of the Office of Security and Strategic Information (OSSI). The DASS will provide leadership and direction to the staff responsible for physical security; personnel security and suitability; security access management; counterintelligence analysis and risk assessment; security awareness; strategic information programs and activities related to classified information, including receipt and safeguarding of classified material and classification management; communications security; management of secure facilities, and general security and threat assessments.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel will be required.

  • Yes
  • May be paid

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Favorable adjudication and Top Secret/Sensitive clearance required.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • Application package must be received by closing date of the announcement.

DUTIES: Back to top Serve as the Department’s chief security executive, and the principal advisor to, and representative of, the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on national security and related medical, public health, and biomedical strategic information and intelligence matters, counterintelligence and insider threats.

Work with the National Security Council (and National Security Staff), the Intelligence Community, and other executive departments and agencies to aggregate and collaboratively apply intelligence and strategic information to programs, projects, and issues of cross-departmental interests. Coordinate with the Department’s component divisions to assess security threats and vulnerabilities, conduct counterintelligence assessments, report suspicious activities, and develop mitigation strategies.

Provide briefings to the Secretary and senior HHS leaders, staffs and members of Congress, and officials within the Executive Office of the President (EOP). Serve as the Department’s Federal Senior Intelligence Coordinator to coordinate information sharing with the Director of National Intelligence and its component agencies.

Develop and promulgate HHS-wide policies and direct the development of the overall security, intelligence, and counterintelligence programs for the Department. Oversee the Department’s physical security, security access management, personnel security, strategic information, classified information security, counterintelligence and cyber threat analysis programs, and manage the operation of these programs within the Office of the Secretary. Manage the operations of these programs for the Office of the Secretary.

Oversee permanent, detailed, and assigned DAS Security staff in the production of timely completed products and briefings for HHS leadership and senior operating staffs that integrate general open source and classified intelligence with a broad variety of scientific and technical needs within the HHS missions.

Provide policy guidance pertaining to the physical security of facilities, and coordinate with other public safety and operational components during disaster and emergency response. Coordinate and oversee the Department’s internal critical infrastructure protection program and the security access management program.

Represent the Secretary and HHS at a broad variety of scientific forums and at meetings with the Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities on issues that pertain to the national security interests of the Department.

Provide policy guidance on personnel suitability and personnel security; oversee the granting of security clearances and evaluation of suitability for access to classified national security clearances; oversee reporting to the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of Personnel Management on adjudication timeliness for the Department.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top You must provide evidence of experience in a senior management and leadership position, providing supervisory direction to an organization responsible for effective administration of programs and operations on a national level. Qualifying specialized experience is defined as experience serving as manager leading or directing Personnel Security Programs; Emergency Management and Physical Security Programs; Continuity Operations Programs; and Intelligence/Information Security Programs. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Unless you currently are serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management, if selected, you will be required to complete an Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) package and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board in order to be placed in this position. Prior to that, your resume should display accomplishments that demonstrate achievement of the executive core qualifications, which are:

1. Leading Change

2. Leading People

3. Results Driven

4. Business Acumen

5. Building Coalitions

Technical Qualifications

In addition to appropriate experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position:

1. Extensive experience in formulating, coordinating, aggregating, and presenting intelligence, counterintelligence, and strategic information for senior executives at a departmental level.

2. Progressively responsible senior management experience in formulating, coordinating, and implementing departmental programs for physical and personnel security.

3. Extensive knowledge of the applicable Executive Orders, national policies, implementation plans, and the operational requirements for defensive counterintelligence and insider threat programs; sharing and safeguarding classified national security information; physical security programs, including critical infrastructure protection and resilience and implementation of Homeland Security Policy Directive 12, and the evaluation and adjudication of personnel security and national security clearances.

Desirable Qualifications

1. Successful direction and management of physical and personnel security and intelligence/strategic information program operations within a science-based organization working among and with research and biomedical staffs.

2. Education and training in the scientific aspects of bioterrorism, biomedical sciences, or public health and/or advanced degree/training in terrorism, homeland security, emergency management/disaster recovery, or closely related field.

3. Experience, particularly in the private sector related to security and/or the scientific aspects of bioterrorism, biomedical sciences, or public health and/or broad knowledge and understanding of public health and disease prevention programs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your cover letter ( NOT TO EXCEED ONE PAGE ) and your resume ( NOT TO EXCEED FOUR PAGES ), demonstrating possession of the technical qualifications and achievement of the five executive core qualifications are the documents that will be used to determine your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. YOU MUST ADHERE TO THE PAGE LIMITS NOTED ABOVE AND INCLUDE BOTH DOCUMENTS OR YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

BENEFITS: Back to top The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at .

OTHER INFORMATION: Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

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The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment. Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.

Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees .

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

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