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    The mission of the U.S. Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is to prevent injury, disease, and death from mining. MSHA pursues its mission by reducing hazardous exposures through enforcing compliance with mandatory safety and health standards; promoting effective training; encouraging adoption of new technologies and improved work practices; and, through its leadership, engaging with stakeholders in order to promote improved safety and health conditions.

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    The position of Director of Administration and Management is located in the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), U. S. Department of Labor (DOL). As the Director, the incumbent will provide planning, coordination and direction of a full range of administrative and management services in support of the Agency's mission to prevent injury, disease and death in the mining industry. The incumbent serves as the principal advisor for the Assistant Secretary on matters and policies pertaining to Office of Employee Safety and Health; Human Resources Management; Diversity Recruitment and Outreach; Acquisition Management; and Support Services Management. Maintains frequent contact with key officials in MSHA Headquarters and the Field to effect a coordinated management effort that will maximize the agency's effectiveness as a field-based inspection/enforcement agency.  Within the parameters of DOL/MSHA policy and program objectives, the Director exercises development and decision-making authority for new or revised administrative policy and procedure directives, and all matters involving internal program plans and operations that do not involve precedent setting policy or political implications.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel - 25% or less.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0340 Program Management

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Subject to a full-field security background investigation.
    • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
    • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
    • Must be able to maintain and maintain Secret Clearance
    • U.S. Citizenship.

    The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. 


    Candidates must possess technical and management experience and have developed the knowledge and skills required for effective performance of the specific duties of the position. Candidates must have had experience at a major management level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the Federal service). All applications MUST separately address each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) when applying on line. Responses to ECQ's must not exceed 10 pages. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office Of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications located at: www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide. Current/Former Career SES or SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM MUST address the MTQ's, but need not address the ECQs. In order to successfully complete the online application process, you MUST input the term, "Noncompetitive Eligible" in the text boxes for each of the ECQs. You MUST submit a Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, that documents your SES Career appointment or a copy of your OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program Certificate.

    1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
    2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
    3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
    4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
    5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office Of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications located at www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

    MANDATORY TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS (MTQs): In addition to the ECQs above, qualified applicants must possess the following four (4) technical qualifications which represent the experience required to perform the duties of this position. Proficiency in these technical qualifications MUST be clearly evident in your resume. MTQs include: 

    1. Knowledge of the human resources programs gained through extensive practical experience and/or education that enable's the incumbent to monitor, evaluate and meet the Agency’s human resources needs, goals and challenges.

    2. Knowledge of financial management and federal budget process gained through extensive practical experience and/or education that enable's the incumbent to monitor, evaluate and meet the Agency’s acquisition management needs, goals and challenges.

    3. Knowledge of the acquisitions management process through extensive practical experience and/or education that enable's the incumbent to monitor, evaluate and meet the Agency’s acquisition management needs, goals and challenges.

    4. Knowledge of facility management including GSA facility, and vehicle requirements.


    Additional information

    All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company which may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105. For questions related to this prohibition, please contact the agency's point of contact listed in this vacancy announcement. Certain MSHA employees are required to file a financial disclosure report.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Candidates will be evaluated based upon their qualifications. In addition, applicants will be evaluated based upon their responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    1. SF-50 documentation of career SES appointment or other Federal appointment (if applicable). 2. Certificate of completion of OPM certified SES candidate program (if applicable) 

    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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    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.

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    How to Apply

    Follow the 5 steps below to apply online to a Department of Labor (DOL) vacancy. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. For more details, reference How To Apply Detailed Instructions. For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact on the announcement in the "Questions about this job" section. Save your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT or risk losing your information!
    STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the MTQs and ECQs listed in the vacancy announcement.
    STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS) Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.
    STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. To avoid this, submit documents (ex. undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts) as one document.
    STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish
    STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date

    Agency contact information

    Tania Burkley










    Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
    200 Constitution Ave., NW
    Room N-2453
    Washington, District of Columbia 20210
    United States
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    Next steps

    The Office of Executive Resources will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the mandatory technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members for rating and ranking to determine the "best qualified" candidates. The panel will make a recommendation to the selecting official about the top candidates that he/she should interview. Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board, unless the selectee is a current SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. To check the status of your application: Click here. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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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.

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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.

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