Continuity of Operations Analyst / Subject Matter Expert

Location:    Washington, DC

Continuity of Operations Subject Matter Expert needed to assist the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Emergency Operations (NA-40), specifically the Continuity Program Office (CPO) and the Director of Continuity Programs in assessing and improving the Department of Energy (DOE) Continuity Program preparedness, directives, plans, procedures, security, capabilities, training, drills, and exercises.

This position is being developed to support continuity of operations program, activities associated not only within the Office of Emergency Operations but also to support the entire Department’s Continuity Program as stated by the Department’s Continuity Order, Presidential Policy Directives, Executive Orders, Federal Continuity Directives, Government Accountability Office policies, and most recently, Directives from the Department’s Inspector General Audit of the Department’s Continuity Program.


  • Assist and support efforts to update the Continuity Plan template and training associated with the recent Presidential Policy Directive 40 (PPD-40): “National Continuity Policy,” in accordance with the provisions of the Department’s DOE O 150.1A (Continuity Programs), to include annual revisions of the Headquarters’ Continuity of Operations (COOP).
  • Assist with development of the Headquarters Devolution Plan and related training program to support the Devolution Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for successors and their support staffs.
  • Support DOE Continuity Status Reporting and Federal Continuity Assessment Tool Reporting development and report submission to FEMA.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of accomplishments for the five-year Multiyear Strategic Management Plan.
  • Assist in the coordination and writing of the new DOE O 150.1A, based upon PPD-40 and Federal Continuity Requirements, which will drive new requirements for DOE Continuity of Operations planning and readiness.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of Continuity Training department wide.
  • Assist in the development, training, and execution of the annual Eagle Horizon Exercises to include the After-Action Report.
  • Assist the CPO in meeting the Agency’s requirements for Essential Functions and Records Management.
  • Support the Communications and Information Management and testing functions (classified and unclassified) within the CPO.
  • Attend all intra- and inter-agency meetings (classified and unclassified) that involve Continuity Program interests, including working groups, exercise planning, training coordination, and Continuity Strategy.
  • Be prepared to immediately provide staffing support at the designated Continuity facility in the event of a Continuity of Government Readiness Condition (COGCON) activation.
  • May be required to work more than 8 hours per day under COOP activation or COOP exercise conditions.
  • Maintain communication with varied contacts within the Client’s many work sites.
  • Maintain initiative, flexibility, and cooperation in a team environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management or other related fields, plus 3–5 years of experience in Continuity of Operations work in support of U.S. Government Operations.
  • Skilled in the use of databases and spreadsheets; comfortable extrapolating information from multiple databases and generating reports on the results.
  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills in the creation of documents and procedures.
  • Willingness to work directly with clients in an environment that changes rapidly; must possess a mature approach to the personal interactions between a consultant and the client.
  • Must be an independent self-starter with excellent organizational skills and an ability to multitask and be comfortable working with a team of technical experts in varying fields of Security and Emergency Operations disciplines.
  • Extensive experience with the Microsoft Office Suite, including advanced word processing using Microsoft Word, as well as Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Able to sit for extended periods and perform work in an office environment, including extensive use of computers, under sometimes stressful conditions.
  • Infrequent travel will be required, and travel will be limited to economy class airfare and rental car in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.
  • DOE “Q” clearance required. DOE site access requires the qualified candidate to be a U.S. citizen and possess a DOE “Q” security clearance. The candidate’s written consent to conduct a background check for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining a security clearance will be required as a condition of employment.
  • Certain positions requiring a security clearance may require the periodic successful completion of a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.
  • Pre-employment and ongoing reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal substances will be conducted as a requirement for ongoing access to DOE sites. The candidate’s written consent to conduct such tests will be required as a condition of employment.
  • Must meet minimal security training and awareness for NA-40 personnel.
  • Must meet minimal security training and awareness for SCIF personnel.

Desired or Preferred Qualifications:

  • FEMA Continuity Excellence Series Level I – Professional Continuity Practitioner Certificate
  • FEMA Continuity Excellence Series Level II – Master Continuity Practitioner Certificate
  • Working knowledge of PPD-40, FEMA FCD 1 and 2, FEMA HSEEP, FEMA FCAT and CSR, Alternate EOC concepts and operations, and SCIF support.
  • Familiarity with Communications Testing procedures and documentation.
  • Experience with the DOE complex, including knowledge of DOE 150-series Orders (Continuity Programs and Emergency Management) strongly desired.
  • Experience with DOE sites strongly desired.

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