Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Director, Strategic Center for Coal
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  NETL-13-DE-005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 03, 2012 to Thursday, January 03, 2013
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
All U.S. Citizens (1 Vacancy exists that may be filled at Morgantown, WV or Pittsburgh, PA)


The Department of Energy's (DOE) overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the U.S. through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. To learn more about the DOE, please visit our website at the following link DOE.  The DOE's 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.


We are seeking a highly-qualified candidate to serve as the Director, Strategic Center for Coal (SCC).  You will work with a team of dynamic professionals to help ensure that the Nation can continue to utilize its vast domestic coal resource in systems that produce affordable energy, while simultaneously meeting increasingly stringent environmental regulations.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Position may involve some travel.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret and/or Top Secret Clearance.


Back to top

You will serve as the Director, Strategic Center for Coal (SCC). The SCC works to help ensure that the Nation can continue to utilize its vast domestic coal resource in systems that produce affordable energy, while simultaneously meeting increasingly stringent environmental regulations. The SCC implements research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) programs in coal and advanced power systems, and supports policy development by conducting studies on coal technologies and related environmental systems. Major program elements managed by the SCC are the Clean Coal Power Initiative and the Coal and Power R&D program that encompasses FutureGen. The SCC's responsibilities span the entire RD&D spectrum-from small-scale, near-term, laboratory research to complex, long-range projects that culminate in proof-of-concept tests or demonstrations. As a member of NETL's Executive Board, you will assist in the management of the Laboratory by providing input on policy issues relevant to NETL and FE; advising/participating in NETL-wide operations, engaging in short- and long-term planning for NETL, and managing external interfaces with officials from DOE Headquarters, other Federal and State agencies, and with NETL's private-sector customers. You will allocate major resources within NETL, both budgetary and personnel, and provide input and support on matters related to program planning, budget formulation, resource allocation, market assessment, business analyses, major project development, and senior level outreach and coordination.


Back to top

You must meet the basic qualifications requirements for the General Engineer, GS-0801 or Physical Scientist, GS-1301 series as outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Operating Manual.  Please be sure to review links for qualification requirements.


You are required to submit narrative statements for each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's) and Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's).   You will be given the opportunity to address the MTQ's & ECQ's later in the online application process.


Eligibility for this position will be based upon you clearly showing that you have the scope and quality of experience sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of the position.  Your application must demonstrate that you possess the following qualifications. 


Mandatory Technical Qualfications


MTQ 1. Professional knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering and related scientific disciplines needed to ensure timely delivery of advanced fossil-fueled power generation and delivery technologies meeting critical current and future national needs, including developing approaches for conducting cost, benefit, and performance analyses of advanced fossil-fueled power generation and delivery systems.


MTQ 2. Knowledge of advanced (combustion- and gasification-based) coal-fired power systems and their components; coal-conversion (to gaseous and liquid fuels) processes using state-of-the-art techniques and technologies; and, given current carbon emissions and global warming concerns, development of approaches and technologies associated with the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (coal carbon sequestration) produced by fossil fuels, particularly coal.


MTQ 3. Demonstrated ability to provide technical and managerial leadership in planning, managing, and implementing the types of RD&D activities associated with NETL's SCC, including facilitating partnerships with and among DOE elements, including Headquarters, Field Offices, NETL's Offices of Research and Development and Systems Analyses and Planning, and other National Laboratories; and RD&D partnerships among industrial, academic, State, and other non-DOE federal R&D institutions.


MTQ 4. Broad knowledge and experience in dealing with private industries that are the prime users and owners of fossil (primarily) coal-based power and fuels generation and delivery technologies in the United States; a thorough understanding of product development processes, cycles, systems, components, business practices, and decision-making factors; and a thorough understanding of the Federal Government's business practices in conducting RD&D, and the role it plays in helping to shape the Nation's energy policies.


Executive Core Qualifications: Additional information regarding the following five ECQ's listed below is available on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM's) Web site at SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE . You will be given the opportunity to address these ECQs later in the online application process.








Desirable Qualification: Possess a Ph.D. in an engineering or physical science field.

You are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Eligibility for this position will be based upon clearly showing that you have the scope & quality experience sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of this position. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the mandatory ECQs and/or MTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs but must address all mandatory MTQs. Failure by non-Senior Executive Service members to address each of the required Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's) statements will result in disqualification of your application. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities.


You will be rated and ranked using only the information submitted for consideration. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the Executive Core Qualification factors and document demonstrated experience, training, and/or education in support of the technical qualifications by answering all of the questions for this vacancy announcement, will be ineligible for further consideration. Failure to adequately respond will result in an incomplete application, and you will not receive further consideration. Please refer to the reference guide indicated in the link below to ensure the proper procedures for submission are followed. For detailed guidance on ECQs, you are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at SES RECRUITMENT/ECQ


Applicants who meet the mandatory ECQs and MTQs will be evaluated by a panel of senior executives. Failure to meet all qualifications automatically disqualifies an applicant. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive core qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment.

To preview questions please click here.


Back to top

You will receive paid annual leave and sick leave. You will be eligible for health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and long term care insurance. Flexible work schedules and health & wellness programs are also offered. Benefits may vary depending on the type of appointment. More information on Federal benefits is available here.


The Government is entitled to ownership of any invention directly related to a Government employee's official duties. In return, when such an invention is patented by the Government and then licensed to a private sector entity, NETL is required by law to share a portion of any royalties or other payments received under the license with the Government employee inventor. An inventor may receive up to $150,000 per year under this provision. The annual limit is cumulative for all inventions rather than per invention.


Per Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.


Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.


All positions are subject to the Department of Energy's Drug Free Workplace Program.


If selected, you will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, prior to your appointment to this position. 


Travel and/or Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with Department of Energy policy and Federal Regulations.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. Unless you are a member of the SES with career status or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program, certified by the Office of Personnel Management, your managerial qualifications must be approved by OPM before appointment can be effected. If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to the U.S. Department of Energy mandatory requirements and will be required to file a public financial disclosure report within 30 days of entry on duty. As a condition of appointment to this position, you will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.



Back to top

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 application:


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


2. Have a completed résumé 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 Human Resources Office to request assistance prior to the closing date of the announcement during normal business hours (7:00 AM - 3:30 PM ET).


Paper applications submitted without prior HR approval will be considered incomplete and you will not be considered for the vacancy announcement.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by emailing USAJobs at the following link, CONTACT US or by contacting the Human Resources Contact listed in this announcement between the hours of 7:00 A.M and 3:30 P.M. ET.


In addition to your on-line resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, you must upload all applicable supplemental documents by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. No attempt will be made to solicit missing materials from applicants who fail to submit them by the closing data. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Illegible supporting documentation may not be considered, nor will you be contacted to resubmit the documents. 

  • College Transcript. (Unofficial transcript may be submitted, or a list of courses, grades earned, completion dates and quarter or semester hours earned can be a substitute for a transcript however, if selected an Official Transcript will be required.) If your current classified title is in an Engineering or Physical Science series, an official transcript is not required.
  • SES CDP Certitication (if applicable): If you are a graduate of an SES CDP, please submit a copy of your certification for non-competitive eligibility. You must meet any technical qualifications, as well as, the five Executive Core Qualification Factors.
  • SF-50 (if applicable): Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing status as an SES member.
  • Foreign Education Equivalency (if applicable).   If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), NACES, can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.



Donna Isaac
Phone: 412-386-5822
Fax: 412-382-4876
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA
Fax: 412-382-4876


You may check your application status any time after the announcement closes. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to the system to drive status updates notification for applicants. We recommend that you update your USAJOBS profile to receive these status updates via email after the announcement closes. We will continue to update your status on-line as changes are made.


Back to top
EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance