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Job Title:  Business Management Specialist
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  NETL-13-MP-004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $108,428.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012
This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent position.
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Albany, OR, USView Map
Pittsburgh, PA, USView Map
Morgantown, WV, USView Map
Applications will be accepted from current NETL Federal Employees in the Competitive Service.  (1 vacancy exists that may be filled at Albany, OR, Morgantown, WV or Pittsburgh, PA)


The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) implements research, development, and demonstration programs to resolve the environmental, supply, and reliability constraints of producing and using fossil resources.  This position is located in the Strategic Center for Coal, Office of Coal & Power R&D, Gasification Division. 

The incumbent of this position serves as a Business Management Specialist in support of RD&D projects and/or subprojects within the Gasification Division (GD).  While the incumbent will reside in the GD, it is expected that the incumbent will also support the Fuels Division (FD). The GD implements and manages research and development projects within the Strategic Center for Coal (SCC) for the development of cost-effective, reliable gasification-based technologies to produce synthesis gas for power generation, hydrogen and gasification production and provides technology that is amenable for carbon capture.The incumbent is the focal point for all business activities and facilitates the development of planning and implementation documents in support of the divisions and the technology managers. 


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.


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As a Business Management Specialist, the incumbent will:


  • Maintain databases and spreadsheets that track division data;
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and “ad hoc” reports, charts, and tables on division activities;
  • Coordinate all GD Site Support work as well as serves as Task Monitor on many subtasks; 
  • Manage non-R&D contracts and financial assistance projects in compliance with OMB and DOE HQ guidance; and
  • Evaluate proposals and assess financial and market capability for future business needs.


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Your application must document that you meet the following requirements:

For GS-13 you must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience at this grade is typically defined as experience with the business, financial or economic aspects of obtaining successful project financing for the oil and gas industry and the contractual principles, policies and procedures related to obtaining successful financial closings and project outcomes.  See Qualification Standard website


TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT (TIG) Current federal employees applying for a promotion opportunity must meet TIG requirements with one year of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Reinstatement eligible candidates that have held a GS (or equivalent) position within the preceding 52 weeks are subject to TIG restrictions per 5 CFR 300.603.

United States Citizenship

This position may require overnight travel

This position is in the bargaining unit.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have exaggerated or failed to include your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies, knowledge, skill, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of DOE and NETL regulations, policies, and procedures regarding financial accounting, contracting, procurement and acquisition, and the associated tools and information systems. 
  • Ability to develop and use databases (e.g. Access or Oracle) project management (Microsoft Project or Primavera Project Planner) software, and Computer based spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Excel or Quattro Pro) to analyze cost, financial, and project related information.
  • Knowledge of corporate organizational structure, project financing, private and federal contracting, accounting, and business law.    
  • Skill in performing financial assessments of energy markets for gasification and other technologies to identify federal actions to increase market acceptance or remove barriers to market acceptance.
  • Skill in oral and written communications in order to present complex financial and business reports and information.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits.


You may be eligible for some or all of the following:

  • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Paid holiday, sick and vacation time
  • Flixible work schedules and telework
  • Training and education opportunities
  • Transit benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
  • Health and wellness programs

For more information on these benefits, see:





The Federal government is an equal opportunity employer.  Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page. More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.  Some positions may require completion of a probationary period.

  • To be eligible, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify upon appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or that they are exempt from registration requirements.
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory is an E-Verify participant.


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    You must submit your completed online application by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date to be considered.  You must apply online; paper applications will not be accepted.  Requests  for extensions will not be granted.  Steps to submit your complete applications:


    1.  You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.

    2.  Have a completed resume in your USAJOBS profile.

    3.  Click the Apply Now button.

    4.  Respond to all application assessment questions.

    5.  Upload other required supporting documents.

    6.  Click the submit button.


    Failure to submit required documents will result in a determination of ineligible or not qualified.


    If you cannot apply online because of a disability, please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


    Please carefully review the following list to determine which documents, if any, are required for your application and eligibility.


    • Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire
    • Transcripts (if applicable)
    • SF-50
    • Latest Performance Appraisal
    • Veterans' eligibility documentation

    For displaced Federal employees:  Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation


    Susan Rhdoes
    Phone: 304-285-0275
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Agency Information:
    Department of Energy
    3610 Collins Ferry Rd.
    Morgantown, WV
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in USAJOBS.  You can review your status in USAJOBS at any time.  You may also elect to receive status updates via e-mail by changing the notification settings in your USAJOBS profile. 

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