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Job Title:Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-OSHA-26

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 15, 2012 to Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0018-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
20210View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area. 

NOTE:  THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT REPLACES DE-13-OSHA-22 WHICH IS NOW CANCELLED.  YOU MUST REAPPLY TO THIS JOB ANNOUNCMENT IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED. 

NOTE:  THE DIRECTORATE OF STANDARDS AND GUIDANCE WILL NOT PAY FOR TRAVEL AND RELOCATION COSTS.

JOB SUMMARY:

Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position in located in the:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Directorate of Standards and Guidance

Office of Maritime and Agriculture

Washington, D.C.

 

The Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG), Office of Maritime and Agriculture (OMA), is responsible for developing and promulgating safety standards applicable to the maritime and agriculture industries. 

This position has promotion potential to the grade of GS-12. 

Salary range:

GS-09: $51,630 - $67,114 per year

GS-11: $62,467 - $81,204 per year

GS-12: $74,872 - $97,333 per year

(includes locality pay) 

Bargaining Unit: Local 12

 

NOTE:  THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT REPLACES DE-13-OSHA-22 WHICH IS NOW CANCELLED.  IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED YOU MUST REAPPLY TO THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT.  

NOTE:  THIS POSITION IS ALSO BEING ADVERTISED UNDER VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT MS-13-OSHA-26 FOR CURRENT/FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES W/COMPETITIVE/REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY.  IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS, YOU MUST APPLY TO EACH.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • College transcript is required if using education to qualify.
  • A writing assessment may be conducted at time of interview.
  • DD-214, SF-15 and Veterans Letter for proof of veterans status.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Requires a security clearance.

DUTIES:

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GS-09:

The incumbent serves as a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist responsible for assisting in the development of occupational and systems safety standards in the areas of the maritime and/or agriculture industry.

Performs as a team member, assisting senior safety specialists and safety engineers in the development of proposed and final draft standards and guidance documents.

Assists in drafting of standards language and guidance documents by researching the relevant subject matter: reviews technical data and information published by other groups, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Assists in the research and preparation of material for the public record and public hearings; prepares reports for the public reading room and/or Docket Officer.

Responds to routine, less complex inquiries from a variety of sources on safety standards issues either orally and/or in writing.

GS-11:

The incumbent of this position serves as a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist responsible for assisting in the development of occupational and systems safety standards in the areas of the maritime and/or agriculture industries.

Performs as a team member in the development of proposed and final draft standards. 

Applies comprehensive knowledge of occupational safety and health principles and practices used in agriculture,  maritime and manufacturing/general industry environments to evaluate technical comments on proposed standards.

Interprets existing standards including definitions, applicability and relationship to other standards; discusses technical content in proposed or established standards with representatives of groups or organizations that are preparing safety criteria for the maritime and/or agriculture industry.

Researches and prepares material for the public record and public hearings; prepares reports for the public reading room and/or Docket Officer.

GS-12:

The incumbent of this position serves as a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist responsible for developing or assisting in the development of occupational and systems safety standards in the areas of the maritime and/or agriculture industries.

Performs as a team member and will work with senior safety specialists and safety engineers in the development of proposed and final standards and guidance documents.

In accordance with policy, prepares written and oral replies concerning interpretations of standards, and prepares other technical advice concerning operations, processes, work practices, and methods in the maritime and/or agriculture industries.

Attends various governmental, private sector, and international committee meetings, such as MACOSH, ANSI, NFPA, ASTM, and the National Safety Council, presenting OSHA viewpoints and participating in the development of consensus standards.

Reviews technical publications, standards and other pertinent data for clarity, accuracy, and correctness of content.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, in the Federal Service. Specialized includes experience in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.  Applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements.  Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.  Inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify potential new hazards.

OR  

To qualify with Education:

GS-9: Applicants are required to have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the knowledge's skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.

GS-11: Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the specific knowledge's skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. 


College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  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. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

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.

Categories

GS-09:

Category A - Qualified applicants who, on average, have experience or education of agency regulations, policies, procedures, manuals, and pertinent rulings sufficient to interpret and apply basic safety and occupational health provision in the development or modification of standards.  Experience or education of safety and occupational health principles, practices, techniques, and standards sufficient to perform independent routine and/or less complex analyses of agricultural, maritime and/or manufacturing activities where equipment, operations, working conditions, and materials handled are potentially hazardous.  Experience or education in effective communication both orally and in writing sufficient to reply to inquiries and correspondence and to develop working relationship with senior specialists within and outside DSG and OSHA.

Category B - Qualified applicants, who, on average, have experience or education of agency regulations, policies, procedures, manuals, and pertinent rulings sufficient to receiving assistance in interpreting and applying basic safety and occupational health provision in modification of standards.  Experience or education of safety and occupational health principles, practices, techniques and standards sufficient to perform with assistance routine and/or less complex analyses of agricultural, maritime and/or manufacturing activities where equipment, operations, working conditions, and materials handled are potentially hazardous.  Experience or education in effective communication both orally and in writing sufficient to reply to inquiries and correspondence within DSG and OSHA.

Category C - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements, work experience or education and demonstrates competence in the areas of safety and occupational health.

GS-11:

Category A - Qualified applicants who, on average, have experience or education applying comprehensive knowledge of occupational safety and health principles and practices used in agriculture, maritime and manufacturing/general industry environments to evaluate technical comments on proposed standards.  Experience or education of industry practices, methods and techniques used to evaluate safety criteria applicable to each industry sufficient to recommend new techniques that control hazards.  Experience or education in oral and written communication and public relations techniques sufficient to represent the Office with outside parties and accurately convey information concerning established and proposed standards and other guidelines.

Category B - Qualified applicants who, on average have experience or education applying routine knowledge of occupational safety and health principles and practices used in agriculture, maritime and manufacturing/general industry environments to evaluate routine comments o n proposed standards.  Experience or education of industry practices, methods and techniques used to evaluate safety criteria applicable to each industry.  Experience or education oral and written communication sufficient to represent the Office within DSG and OSHA. 

Category C - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements, work experience or education and demonstrates competence in the area of safety and occupational health.

GS-12:

Category A - Qualified applicants who, on average have experience through continuing study and review of background material, determines or assists in the determination of the need for, recommends, and participates in the preparation of new regulations, revisions of existing office standards, and guidance products.  Experience and knowledge in preparing written and oral replies concerning interpretations of standards, and prepares other technical advice concerning operations, processes, work practices, and methods in the maritime and/or agriculture industries.  Experience and knowledge of communications and public relations techniques sufficient to effectively represent the Office at conferences, meetings and in consultations with State agencies, employer/employee groups, and special interest groups concerning safety and health standards and guidance development.  Experience replying to technical inquires from Congress, industry, labor and other governmental departments. Experience and knowledge sufficient to generate new safety principles, develop original concepts applicable to new emerging office functions, and plan and evaluate appropriate and relevant industry safety and health standards with national application.

Category B - Qualified applicants who, on average have experience through continuing study and review of background material assists in the determination of the need for, and participates in the preparation of new regulations, revision of existing office standards, and guidance products.  Experience and knowledge assisting in preparing written and oral replies concerning interpretations of standards, and prepares other routine advice concerning operations, processes, work practices, and methods in the maritime and/or agriculture industries.  Experience and knowledge of communications techniques sufficient to effectively represent the Office at conferences, meetings inside DSG and OSHA. 

Category C - Qualified applicants who, on average have experience in conducting studies and reviewing background material to make determinations not related to safety and health issues.  Experience and knowledge preparing written and oral replies in organization not related to safety and health issues.  Experience and knowledge of communications techniques sufficient to represent the Office at conferences, meetings inside DSG or immediate office.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

GS-09:

PROGRAM/TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE - Experience and knowledge of 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.  Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

ANALYSIS - Experience and knowledge of safety and occupational health principles, practices, techniques, and standards sufficient to perform independent routine and/or less complex analyses of agricultural, maritime and/or manufacturing activities where equipment, operations, working conditions, and materials handled are potentially hazardous.  Experience and knowledge analyzing a variety of work practices, human-machine relationships, and working conditions in order to evaluate recognized hazards.

COMMUNICATION - Experience and knowledge in expressing 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.  Experience and knowledge in recognizing or using correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

GS-11:

PROGRAM/TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE - Experience and knowledge of 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.  Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

ANALYSIS - Experience and knowledge analyzing proposed national consensus standards developed by private associations, councils and others to ensure their technical feasibility, accuracy and applicability to maritime and/or agriculture industry requirements. Experience and knowledge in the control of elimination of hazards which requires analysis and interpretation of precedent techniques and subsequent elaboration of effective standards based on adaptions or extensions of accepted methods and techniques.

COMMUNICATION - Experience and knowledge in expressing 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.  Experience and knowledge in recognizing or using correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience. 

GS-12:

PROGRAM/TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE - Experience and knowledge of 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.  Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive o n-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

ANALYSIS - Experience and knowledge sufficient to generate new safety principles, develop original concepts applicable to new emerging office functions, and plan and evaluate appropriate and relevant industry safety and health standards with national application.  Experience and knowledge of psychological and physiological factors sufficient to evaluate the relationship of employees to a variety of working environments, and to devise safety and health criteria fostering the performance of duties in the same manner.  Experience and knowledge in the analysis of precedent techniques and subsequent elaboration of effective standards based on adaptations or extensions of accepted methods and techniques. 

COMMUNICATION - Experience and knowledge in expressing information (for example, ideas of 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.  Experience and knowledge in recognizing o r using correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct 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 ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.

OTHER INFORMATION:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 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 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, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

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 by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. The following documents are required from ALL applicants:

- Most Recent SF-50 that indicates current grade, step, and competitive status - All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles must submit.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation dated within 18 months (or reason explaining why one cannot be provided) - applies to current and former federal employees and VEOA applicants.  If you do not have one, you must submit a statement explaining why one cannot be provided or you will not be considered for this position.The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility.

- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 vs. Copy 1)

- Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents - 2 appointments are noted below:

    a) Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under Schedule A of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.

For more details, go to: http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities

    b) Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

- Peace Corps Document - Certification of satisfactory service from the Director of Peace Corps to receive consideration.

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.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  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. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cynthia Anderson
Phone: 202-693-1800
Fax: 202-693-1697
TDD: 202-693-2349
Email: anderson.cynthia@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Admin
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. N3308
Rm. N3308
Washington, DC
20210
US
Fax: 202-693-1697

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.

To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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Job Announcement Number:

DE-13-OSHA-26

Control Number:

331258300