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Chief Executive Officer

Are you a dynamic leader with a proven track record of building coalitions and advancing growth? If so, we invite you to apply for our career-defining position.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will be responsible for shaping the technology and the reinvestment strategy for FirstNet, the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).


The CEO must have proven business acumen, tenacity, the ability to advocate for the mission, and impeccable communication skills to lead this extraordinary organization and foster a culture of trust and understanding.

  • Salary range: $135,468 – $203,700 per year

  • Location: Reston, Virginia (Relocation expenses reimbursement may be authorized for highly qualified individuals)

  • Travel is expected; 25% or less

  • Work Schedule/Appointment Type: Full-time permanent position in the Senior Executive Service. This is a federal government position

Applications are currently being accepted via USAJOBS. APPLY HERE

The application process is resume based. Limited to five (5) pages, your resume must address all the Executive Core Qualification (ECQs) and Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) as listed in the job announcement under the Qualifications section. Follow the instructions in the job announcement carefully when preparing your resume and any other relevant materials.


The due date for your application via USAJOBS is October 24, 2022.


If you need assistance during your application process, personalized help is available HERE.


After our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001, the public safety community worked diligently with Congress to pass legislation establishing a single nationwide network for first responders. In 2012, the FirstNet Authority was established, and in 2018, the initial five-year build-out of the FirstNet network was launched as the result of a first-of-its-kind private-public partnership with AT&T.


With FirstNet, public safety gets a dedicated “fast lane” that provides highly secure communications every day and for every emergency. FirstNet delivers specialized features to public safety, such as priority access, preemption, more network capacity, and a resilient, hardened connection. The network also includes devices and app ecosystems that connect first responders to innovative, life-saving technologies.


FirstNet is modernizing public safety communications to allow for improved response times and outcomes for first responders from coast-to-coast, in rural and urban areas, inland, and on borders, leading to safer and more secure communities.


The FirstNet Authority is responsible for overseeing the partnership with AT&T, engaging with public safety to ensure FirstNet continues to meet the need of the communities it serves, and investing back into the network to evolve it for America’s first responders.

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Oversee all day-to-day operations of the FirstNet Authority, including directing a staff of highly skilled, multi-disciplinary professional and support personnel, and the coordination of policy teams and projects.


Build trusting relationships with decision makers within the public safety community in cities, counties, tribal communities, states, federal agencies, and Capitol Hill to ensure the success of the FirstNet Authority’s mission.


Through the Chief Procurement Officer, oversee the management of the FirstNet Authority’s contract with AT&T through which the NPSBN is deployed, maintained, and operated for public safety entities throughout the country.


Maintain the private-public partnership that has enabled FirstNet to grow and succeed.

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