This position functions as the Director of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DCHSEMA). The mission of the DCHSEMA is to support and coordinate homeland security and emergency management efforts, ensuring that the District of Columbia's all-hazards emergency operations are prepared to protect against, plan for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made hazards. DCHSEMA assumes the continuity of government during and following major disasters. This is accomplished in partnership with District, Federal, regional, and private sector agencies. DCHSEMA maintains the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which provides for the Executive Officer, and other key District Government officials, assured communications and a timely flow of information regarding situations and conditions in the city. The EOC is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is augmented by additional personnel when situations warrant. The EOC is designed as a relocation site for the seat of the District of Columbia Government in the event of a national disaster.
DCHSEMA is responsible for warning, informing, and protecting District residents by providing timely and accurate information before, during and after the time of emergencies. This information save lives; reduces property loss; reduces the time for recovery from a disaster; and supply residents with the information necessary to make appropriate decisions and take the appropriate actions as warranted. DCHSEMA is responsible for managing the local application of national civil preparedness programs in the areas of emergency communications and emergency warning, emergency operational readiness, emergency shelter systems, and contingency planning. This is accomplished through the preparation of plans and the exercising and training of various key officials from the District and Federal government and the private sector with regard to those plans. This agency also manages the distribution of disaster preparedness information and provides citizens assistance during the recovery phase of a crisis or disaster. To learn more about DCHSEMA, please click here: http://hsema.dc.gov/
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment. The law also requires that Excepted Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment. Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.