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    Summary

    This position is located in the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration, Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance. The Treaty Compliance Division performs or supports the following policy and technical activities: represents the Department in the interagency process to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Additional Protocol to the U.S. – IAEA Nuclear Safeguards Agreement (AP), and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), including: review/analyze industry submissions (e.g., declarations, reports, chemical determination requests); review/analyze interagency and intergovernmental proposed measures to implement or strengthen the CWC, AP or BWC and; management of inspections of U.S. industry by international inspectors, per the relevant treaty.

    The initial and primary selection(s) of candidates referred to management will be used to fill vacancies in BIS, Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance.

    Thereafter, managers within the various business units of BIS may consider and utilize the certificate with the remaining referred candidates to fill vacancies within their business units. The business units are in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration. This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Supervisory Chemical Engineer (GS-0893-15, full performance level to GS-15) positions.

    THIS POSITION IS BEING ADVERTISED CONCURRENTLY UNDER MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES (MAP). IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERATION UNDER MAP PROCEDURES, YOU MUST APPLY UNDER VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO. BIS-OASEA-2018-0011.

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    Responsibilities

    • The incumbent will supervise the staff, manage Host Team functions during CWC inspections, Advance Team preparations, Site Assistance Visits, and AP Complementary Access. Prepares performance plans, mid-year reviews, and year end appraisals. The incumbent will also represent the Bureau in industry, interagency, and international fora and oversees policy analysis on treaty issues.
    • Provides direct supervision of assigned employees including assigning daily work activities; hears and resolves group grievances and employee complaints, and reviews and approves disciplinary actions (e.g., suspensions and removals).
    • Serves as a Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) professional chemical engineer on chemical production matters.
    • Represents and negotiates for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) or the Department at agency, national, international, and private sector industry fora.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - This position requires domestic and international travel up to 25%.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All qualified United States citizens.

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    0893 Chemical Engineering

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen.
    • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
    • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
    • Candidates selected for this position must submit a urinalysis.
    • If your resume is incomplete, you may not be considered for this vacancy.

    SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a SECRET CLEARANCE. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

    DRUG TESTING: Except as prohibited by law, all applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment, and if appointed the incumbent will be subjected to random drug testing procedures.

    Travel:
    Must have a valid driver's license.

    Declaration of Federal Employment: If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" OF-306, prior to being appointed.

    Probationary Period: A one-year probational period may be required.

    Financial Disclosure: This position requires that you submit financial disclosure (Form OGE 450), prior to appointment.

    Qualifications

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Mandatory Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements.

    MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

    Degree: Chemical Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

    OR

    Combination of education and experience: college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional chemical engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the chemical engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

    1. Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional chemical engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing chermical engineering positions.

    2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and chemical engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional chemical engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

    4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., chemical engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional chemical engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional chemical engineering competence, or several years of prior professional chemical engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

    To qualify for the GS-15 grade level, you must meet the mandatory requirements and possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade or equivalent band in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience as an senior engineer managing inspections of U.S. industrial and other private sector facilities and providing technical advice to senior level officials, internal and external of an organization; writing, reviewing and analyzing reports on chemical and nuclear activities for accuracy; providing feedback to customers on meeting regulatory requirements as it relates to prohibiting weapons of mass destruction (WMDs); and conducting expert-level analyses requiring knowledge of chemical engineering and other physical science fields.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

    Education

    A complete copy of the 800 Qualification Standard for Professional Engineering can be found at the following link: Professional Engineering Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

    Additional information

    CTAP and ICTAP Eligibles CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligible is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transitional Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

    1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
    2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
    3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    4. Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.
    ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
    1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
    2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
    3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
    The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
    Reasonable Accommodations: The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

    • Skill in managing an office and providing leadership and guidance to personnel.
    • Experience in the field of chemical engineering, including applied mathematics, material and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, energy and mass transfer, separations technologies, chemical reaction kinetics and reactor design, and process design.
    • Knowledge of, or experience in, applying U.S. regulations to manage inspections of the U.S private sector to demonstrate compliance with international nonproliferation, or arms control treaties (e.g. Chemical Weapons Convention, Biological Weapons Convention, Additional Protocol to the USA - IAEA Safeguards Agreement).
    • Skill in communicating orally and written convincingly to audiences including outside agencies and private sector representatives with divergent and conflicting views.
    If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and incentive awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the selecting official for review and consideration.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Secret

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    Required Documents

    A complete application consists of the following:

    Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).

    Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, Standard Form 15 revised October 2013, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable, (see other information.)

    Education: If you are qualifying for this position based on education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found here at http://www.naces.org/members.htm. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

    FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR ATTACHMENT) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and place your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk immediately within an hour of your system issue by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST.

    For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: DOCHROC at DOCHROC@doc.gov .

    Agency contact information

    Sherry Cox

    Phone

    202-482-4278

    Fax

    202-482-1903

    Email

    scox@doc.gov

    Address

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    1401 Constitution Ave. NW
    Rm 50030
    Attn: Human Resources
    Washington, District of Columbia 20230
    United States
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    Next steps

    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on "Applications." This status will be visible next to the corresponding position. The four points of notification are:

    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
    2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
    3. Referred or Not Referred; and
    4. Selected or Not Selected.
    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493183000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.