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Job Title:  Supervisory Safety & Occupational Health Manager, ZA-0018-4 (DE/CR)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  SO-CAO-2013-0008

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 07, 2012 to Thursday, December 13, 2012
Career/Career Conditional - Full-time Permanent
1 vacancy - Silver Spring, MD, US  View Map

All qualified United States citizens.


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This position is located in the Safety Environmental Compliance Office of the Office of the Chief Administrator Located in Silver Spring, MD. This position is filled under the DOC Alternate Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal General Schedule (GS) pay plan and structure. Under this system, position are classified by career path, pay plan, and pay band. This position is advertised at the ZA-4 pay band level, which is equivalent to the GS-13/14 on the Federal General Schedule salary table.

This position is also being advertised under announcement SO-CAO-2013-0005 (status candidates). You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both. A one-year probationary period may be required. Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized. This is a non-bargaining position.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Requires Financial Disclosure Form OGE-450.
  • Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date.
  • Requires the operation of Federal motor vehicle.


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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Plan, organize and direct the Safety, Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene Program and provide management of work involving safety and occupational health hazards, complex hazards chemical, biological and radiological materials used in research, development and diagnosis of foreign animal diseases and in PIADC operations conducted in support of the scientific program's mission.
  • Establish safety and occupational health priorities that are aligned with institutional goals and objectives.
  • Establish and implement appropriate performance monitoring approaches to assure the adequacy and effectiveness of related programs and that goals and objectives are being achieved.
  • Develop budget proposals and manage resource allocation for safety and occupational health program needs.
  • Communicate and integrate the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision, and values into the team's strategies, goals, objectives, work plans, and work products and services.
  • Plan and carry out formal investigations or reportable and non-reportable mishaps involving personal injury accidents, property damage, and cases of occupational illnesses covering a wide range of work operations.
  • Review plans and specifications for new construction, major building alterations, and/or changes in installation equipment and monitors through completion to ensure compliance with safety codes and standards.
  • Participate with top regional officials in planning and implementing responses to significant occurrences such as catastrophes and fatalities


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Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualifications standards.  This handbook is available on OPM's website at:  Qualification Standards

There is no education requirement for this position.

Applicant must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-3 (GS-12 equivalent). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the Federal Government.

Specialized experience at the ZA-04 level is defined as experience: applying leadership and program management skills, and using the concepts, laws, standards, principles, practices, and regulations of safety occupational health, and industrial hygiene.

Applicants cannot substitute education for experience at the ZA-04 (GS-13) level.

Individual Occupational Requirements: EDUCATION Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or degree in other related fields that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of study from among the following (or closely related) disciplines: safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology. OR EXPERIENCE Specialized Experience: 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. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

-Managing safety or occupational health program elements.

-Developing and recommending safety and occupational health policy to higher levels of management.

-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.

-Developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards.

-Developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses.

-Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards. -Designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate 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.

-Training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects.

-Work in occupational fields such as industrial hygienist, safety engineer, fire prevention engineer, health physicist, and occupational health nurse. OR CERTIFICATES Certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or Certified Health Physicist (CHP), or similar certification that included successful completion of a written examination meets the requirements for GS-5. Applicants may also qualify for higher grade levels based on their education and/or experience.

Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.

For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: 


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories.  These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze."  However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility:  Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.  Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. 

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Knowledge of safety and occupational health principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of pertinent elements of engineering, physical science, ergonomics, psychology, industrial hygiene, physiology, sociology, and other scientific and technological fields which contribute to the achievement of comprehensive safety and occupational health objectives.
  • Skilled in recognizing hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions, relating conditions to a specific policy issue, and developing measures to eliminate or control these conditions and communicating the appropriate measures to resolve these problems.
  • Ability to represent the organization and present controversial issues and recommendations orally and in writing.
  • Ability to perform the full range of supervisory functions, including planning/assigning/reviewing work, providing or arranging training and development, and evaluating performance.

For more information about Category Rating, please go to: Category Rating 

To preview questions please click here.


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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Benefits.


Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: • VRA30% or more disabled veteranPersons with DisabilitiesICTAP


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application" to continue.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at ( or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the Human Resource Specialist listed in this announcement.


A complete application consists of the following:
• Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
• Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: Veterans
• Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
• Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If the education requirement includes a specified number of credit hours in specific disciplines, your transcript must reflect the required coursework. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Application of Standards for more information.

Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

*Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website- Foreign Credentials. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.


Marcy McAdams
Phone: 816-426-2116
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
NOAA/WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 E. 12th Street Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
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You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS and clicking on "Application Status". The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or ineligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official)' and
4. Selected or Not Selected.
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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