Serves as the advisor and consultant on regulatory matters advising the Director and high-level officials at MSHA and DOL on policy and procedures to be used in drafting regulations and standards. Keeps abreast of executive and legislative initiatives which affect the Agency's regulatory program. Plans, directs and coordinates the development of regulatory projects in accordance with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), and (MINER) Act of 2006.Learn more about this agency
Serves as the MSHA authority for promulgation of standards and regulations.
Represents MSHA in meetings and consultations with representatives of industry and/or organized labor to discuss the most sensitive or controversial regulatory proposals. Conducts or represents MSHA in public rulemaking hearings. Represents MSHA in meetings with the Office of the Federal Register, DOL, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other governmental agencies.
Represents the office on high level task forces or committees, with responsibility for ensuring that the Director's views, interests, and concerns are accurately presented and supported.
Assures that regulatory development is linked to MSHA and Departmental goals and timetables. Develops long and short-term strategies to achieve rulemaking goals. Serves as liaison between MSHA, the Assistant Secretary for Policy and other DOL officials for obtaining the Secretary’s approval on regulatory proposals. Oversees the preparation of rulemaking documents to be published in the Federal Register.
Serves as advisor and consultant on regulatory matters advising the Director and high-level officials at MSHA and DOL on policy and procedures, including plans, and criteria to be used in drafting regulations and standards. Prepares supporting documentation for MSHA's Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan. Keeps abreast of executive and legislative initiatives which affect the Agency's regulatory program. Develops new or revised programs, policies, and supporting procedures.
Plans, directs and coordinates the development and promulgation of regulatory projects in accordance with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), as amended by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006. Ensures that work is done within guidance established by the Mine Act/MINER Act, the Administrative Procedure Act and other statutes and executive orders. Ensures that standards and regulations are concisely and effectively written and easy for the public to understand.
Directs the program to translate technical safety and health requirements into regulatory language. Oversees management of the rulemaking docket including accurately collecting and disseminating current and archival records, (b) certifying records for court filings, and posting rulemaking records at Regulations.gov. Oversees the work on petitions for variances from mandatory safety standards (Petitions for Modification); monitors all petitions through the approval process, final resolution and publication in the Federal Register.
Prepares and/or directs the preparation of legal decisions of the Assistant Secretary in Petitions for Modification cases appealed to the Assistant Secretary.
Serves as Chief, Regulatory Development Division and supervises a staff which includes the docket manager, senior health specialists, an industrial hygienist, and an epidemiologist. Evaluates work performance of subordinates; gives advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters; interviews candidates for positions in the unit; recommends appointments, promotions or reassignments; hears and resolves complaints from employees, referring group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher level supervisor or manager; promotes workplace safety; effects minor disciplinary measures, such as warnings and reprimands; identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing or arranging for needed development and training; finds ways to improve production or increase the quality of the work directed. Ensures that Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws, policies and procedures are fairly and equitably applied to all staff.
Occasional travel - 10% Annually
Job family (Series)
Conditions Of Employment
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, 14, in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes evaluating and analyzing proposed legislation, draft regulations, executive orders and Congressional testimony; and reviewing regulatory documentation. Planning, organizing, carrying out projects, and advising senior staff on regulatory matters.
DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.
Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
How You Will Be Evaluated
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
- Organizational Awareness - Knows the organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.
- Customer Service (‡) - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
- Computer Skills - Uses computers, software applications, databases, and automated systems to accomplish work.
- Compliance - Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance
- Oral Communication (*) - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
- Writing (†) - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category [INSERT WELL-QUALIFIED CATEGORY] or higher will be considered "well-qualified".
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.
- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
- Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted
Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
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.
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.
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.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section.
Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations.
SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT! For help, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/.
STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account on www.usajobs.gov, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.
STEP 2 - Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS)
Once you have identified a job on www.usajobs.gov that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the Apply button . For questions about the vacancy, contact the Agency Contact at the bottom of the announcement. Click “Start Application” and proceed through 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page. You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application. At Step 5, click “Continue to Agency Site”.
STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL)
On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY”. Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th progress step "Documents" is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
STEP 4 – On the “Review and Submit” step, click “Submit Application”
The last “Confirmation” step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully.
STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then “Update Application”.
Agency contact information
AddressLabor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
201 12th Street South
Arlington, Virginia 22202
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Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration. Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.
For instructions on how to check the status of your application, go to Step 7 on: Using DOORS and USAJOBS Help Guide. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here for instructions.
Fair & Transparent
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/518680200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.