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Job Title:Chemical Incident Investigator (Engineering)

Agency:Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

Job Announcement Number:CSB796309SJK

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$71,674.00 to $110,104.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1801-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Denver, CO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Join the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board!

The Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is a independent federal agency charge with investigating industrial chemical accidents.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • US Citizenship is required
  • Background Investigation, fingerprints, and credit check may be required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Must meet the selective placement factor to be considered.

DUTIES:

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DUTIES

-The incumbent collects and records factual incident data.   

-Interviews witnesses, collects physical evidence, and arranges for testing and/or examination of physical evidence, machinery and/or equipment.   

-Reconstructs incident dynamics and sequence of events (e.g., the events before, during, and after the incident) by applying the principles of logic, root cause analysis, statistics, and other field related data to interactions of humans, materials and machines, and the environment. 

Writes outlines, factual and analytical reports and prepares exhibits, tables, charts, graphs, etc., ensuring applicable safety issues are identified and addressed. 

Conducts safety studies relating to investigation issues. 

Researches, reviews, analyzes and studies regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other federal and state agencies. 

- Conducts  safety advocacy activities, representing the Board at meetings with public and private organizations.    

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

Applicants for the GS-13 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level.

Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.  Specialized experience for this position includes demonstrating an advanced level of knowledge of, and significant skill in applying the technical concepts of chemical process safety management in the investigation of complex chemical and/or oil refinery process incidents.  This includes a wide range of chemical investigative principles, practices, techniques, and methods sufficient to participate, with only general supervision, in the on-scene fact-finding phase of a chemical process investigation and all related activities in order to evaluate all pertinent facts, conditions, and circumstances surrounding the incident.  Comprehensive experience is required in applying technical analysis in chemical process operations in chemical and/or oil refinery production facilities.  Required experience also involves analyzing chemical process safety practices, training and performance, procedures, human factors, mechanical integrity, of equipment, root cause determination, chemical process engineering, equipment design, process instrumentation and distributive control systems, and safe operating limits.  This work requires both extensive knowledge and experience in the application of Federal laws, regulations, chemical safety policies, codes and standards as they apply to the prevention of major chemical accidents.

 

Applicants for the GS-14 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level.

Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.  Specialized experience for this position includes demonstrating an advanced level of knowledge and mastery of, and significant skill in applying the technical concepts of chemical process safety management in the investigation of complex chemical and/or oil refinery process incidents.   This includes a wide range of chemical investigative principles, practices, techniques, and methods sufficient to design, plan and direct/manage the on-scene fact-finding phase of a chemical process investigation and all related activities in order to develop all pertinent facts, conditions, and circumstances surrounding the incident.  Substantial experience is required in applying technical analysis in chemical process operations in chemical and/or oil refinery production facilities.  Requires extensive experience in analyzing chemical process safety practices, training and performance, procedures, human factors, mechanical integrity, root cause determination, chemical process engineering, equipment design, process instrumentation and distributive control systems, and safe operating limits.  This work requires both substantial knowledge of and significant skill in the application of Federal laws, regulations, codes and standards as they apply to chemical process safety and investigations. 

 

 


SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR

This position contains a selective placement factor (SPF) that is part of the minimum requirement of the position.  If you do not meet the SPF, you are ineligible for further consideration. The SPF for this position is: Do you have extensive firsthand private sector chemical and/or oil refinery accident investigation experience demonstrated by comprehensive, professional-level knowledge of Process Safety Management (PSM) regulatory and safety principles and the ability to apply that knowledge to the critical analysis of related technical engineering or process safety issues.

 

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS

These qualification requirements are condensed from the OPM Operating Manual "Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions" which is available  at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT

Individuals conditionally selected for this position must pass a pre-appointment physical examination.  In addition, they must meet certain physical requirements for the position as required by CSB.  Performance of the duties of this position requires the ability to wear and operate a range of personal protective equipment, including respirators.  This position also requires the ability to engage in moderate to strenuous levels of physical exertion involving walking and standing, climbing ladders, working in and moving through confined spaces and working at high elevations for the purpose of documenting and gathering evidence.  The ability to maintain these levels and types of physical exertion for extended periods of time in range of weather conditions and while wearing personal protective equipment is required.  Manual dexterity with range of motion of finger, wrist, elbows, shoulder, hip and knee joints sufficient to allow successful performance of the essential functions of the position is also required.  Arms, hands, legs and feet must be sufficiently functional to allow satisfactory performance of the essential functions of the position.  Vision and hearing must be sufficiently acute to allow satisfactory performance of the essential functions of the position.  Any physical condition that would cause the individual to pose a significant risk of substantial harm to himself/herself or others is disqualifying.

 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED

The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the following competencies (previously referred to as, knowledge, skills, and abilities) required of this position:

COMPETENCY

Industrial Incident Investigation Skill: Comprehensive, professional-level knowledge of Process Safety Management (PSM) regulatory and safety principles and the ability to apply that knowledge to the critical analysis of related technical engineering or process safety issues.

Written Communication: Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner. 

Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations. 

Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences. 

Oral Communication: Expresses information (e.g., ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (e.g., technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. 

QUESTIONNAIRE

Please ensure you answer all questions accurately.  Your responses are subject to verification.  In support of your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess.  If your application does not support your responses to the questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration. 

To preview the assessment questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

Qualified applicants will be rated using category rating, which groups candidates in categories according to their self-assessed rating, plus veterans' preference if applicable.  The categories for this announcement are defined as: Best-Qualified, Well-Qualified, and Qualified.


BENEFITS:

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BENEFITS

CSB offers competitive salaries which include locality rates and annual pay adjustments, and excellent benefits including life insurance, a wide variety of health insurance plans, a retirement plan, a thrift savings plan (similar to a 401(k)) which includes employer-matched contributions, annual vacation and sick leave, and training opportunities.  The CSB supports a family friendly workplace by offering flexible work schedules, employee assistance programs, child and elder care information, telecommuting, and other programs.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

OTHER INFORMATION

Conditions of Employment:

Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

This position requires approximately 3 months of travel a year.

Direct Deposit is required

If selected, you will be required to obtain, prior to entrance on duty, a physical examination by a licensed physician certifying your ability to perform the duties of this position.

If selected, you will be required to file, prior to entrance on duty, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).

Work Schedule:

This position will be filled as full-time.

Relocation Expenses:

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position may be paid by the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board.

CTAP/ICTAP:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): ICTAP and CTAP provides eligible surplus and/or displaced Federal competitive service employees with the selection priority over candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following:  OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Veteran's Preference:

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

Miscellaneous:

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition.  However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following parts:

 

1. Your resume; and

2. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; and

3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement (e.g., Standard Form 50). 

Failure to provide sufficient and required information and/or documentation will result in loss of consideration for this position.                      

 

To apply for this position, click on the button “Apply Online”. You will be required to login to MY USAJOBS.

 

If you haven’t already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password.

 

If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the “Did you forget your username and/or password” link from the right side menu.

 

Step 1:  Login to MY USAJOBS and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. (You may choose to upload or fax a resume using Application Manager, as stated in the next step, rather than USAJOBS.)

 

Step 2: Complete the Assessment Questionnaire.

The assessment questionnaire MUST be submitted online. 

 

Step 3:  After the assessment questionnaire is submitted, you can upload your resume, if not submitted through USAJOBS previously, and any supporting documents by following the upload instructions that appear on the screen. After uploaded documents are scanned for viruses, you can verify that they have been attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account at https://ApplicationManager.gov.  If you are unable to upload your documents using Application Manager, they can be faxed.  Do not use both options.  You MUST use the special cover page to fax documents.  Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager, or click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf to print a copy of the cover page. 

 

When faxing documents: 

• Include the 6-digit Vacancy Identification Number:  796309 

• Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces  

Fax your cover page and documents to OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT at   1-478-757-3144  (Do not fax your cover page, resume, or supporting documents to the National Business Center.)

 

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.   After 2-3 business days, you can verify that your faxed documents have been received by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account at https://ApplicationManager.gov.   

 

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office representative listed in the "Agency Contact Info" section of this vacancy announcement. 

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time by Friday, December 14, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

You MUST submit the following documents for this vacancy announcement.  Failure to submit all required documents will result in loss of consideration for this position.

- Resume

- Transcript(s):  If you are substituting education for experience, or if this position has an education requirement, you MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s).  If selected for this position, you will be required to furnish an ORIGINAL transcript prior to being appointed.

- Miscellaneous Documents:

-- CTAP/ICTAP Documentation:  If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

            -- Veteran’s Preference Documentation (DD-214 and SF-15):  If you are eligible and claiming 5-point veteran’s preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veteran’s preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214, SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” and the documentation required by the SF-15.  (Please note:  An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing veterans' preference will not be accepted as proof of entitlement.)

- The following documents are optional.  You MAY submit the following documents for this vacancy announcement:

            -- Current or most recent performance appraisal.

Note:  We do not accept hard copies of application materials. If you submit more than one application package for this vacancy, only the last one submitted will be considered.  If you re-submit a package, all application package documents must be re-submitted in order to be considered for the position.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Shielyn J. Kelly
Phone: (202)219-1644
Email: SHIELYN_J_KELLY@NBC.GOV
Agency Information:
Interior Business Center
7301 W Mansfield Avenue
D-4810
Lakewood, CO
80235
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume and other application documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants. For status updates on your application, please use Application Manager. More information regarding Application Manager can be found under the "Help" tab. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within several weeks after the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


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Job Announcement Number:

CSB796309SJK

Control Number:

332277700