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Job Title:Director, Biomass Technologies Office

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:DOE-ES0340-EE-12-TB

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Friday, December 21, 2012 to Thursday, January 31, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent


1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from all US Citizens.


DOE's 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. With DOE you'll have the flexibility and freedom to explore a world of possibilities through a wealth of exciting and challenging career opportunities. By joining DOE, you can hone your career skills while helping to secure the U.S. future and make a real difference in the lives of Americans and people around the world. To learn more about the DOE, please visit our website at the following link DOE

This position is located in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).  The mission of the EERE Biomass Technologies Office is to foster research and development on advances technologies to transform our abundant biomass resources into clean, affordable, and domestically produced biofuels, biopower, and high value bio-products for improving the economic development and enhancing the energy supply options of the United States. The Biomass Technologies Office (BTO) provides the overall strategy, policy, management, direction, and programmatic expertise necessary for a balanced program of research, development, testing, and evaluation that will catalyze the commercial deployment of biomass technologies.  The Director will lead the national biomass program and build its investment portfolio on detailed market and technology analysis, in collaborations with leaders and technology experts from industry, academia, and the national laboratories.  The Director leads a team of over 30 scientists and engineers who manage an annual project portfolio valued at $200M.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Position may involve some travel.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation is required.
  • New SES appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.
  • Public Financial Disclosure is required.
  • Relocation Expenses will be authorized.


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Manages and directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of a national biomass technologies program including technology planning, research, development, and regulatory strategies.  Directs the formulation and integration of the scientific, engineering and technical requirements and market analysis necessary to structure an effective biomass energy research and development program.  Identifies and interprets legislative requirements for biomass technologies, and manages the implementing activities that satisfy these needs.  Oversees the development and implementation of biomass technologies transfer plans and facilitates Federal efforts to integrate and coordinate biomass research and development programs, including support of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000.  Manages the biomass research performed by DOE national laboratories, universities, and industry including critical peer review and feedback regarding technical and managerial objectives.


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Applicants 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 a clear showing that the applicant has experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of the 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. You must meet the technical and managerial qualification factors identified below. 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. Your application must demonstrate that you possess these qualifications. 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. Career Senior Executive Service members who apply are expected to address only the MTQ's. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ): Applicants must respond to the following MTQ's which represent the experience needed to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. You will be given the opportunity to address these MTQs later in the online application process. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's): 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 

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ)

1. Describe your expert knowledge on the science and theory related to bio-based fuels, power and co-products.

2.  Describe your expert knowledge in the production of bio-based fuels, power or co-products.


Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's)

1. LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. BUILDING COALITIONS: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


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.

Your educational background may be considered by the selecting official during the interview process of your overall qualifications for this position.  Supporting documentation of your education and training is appreciated, even though not required for this position.  Please submit all supporting documents in accordance with the instructions provided under Require Documents in the "How to Apply" section.  FOREIGN INSTITUTIONS:  education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States, (providing such evidence when applying is your responsibility).

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program, certified by the Office of Personnel Management, his/her 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. New appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12):A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.


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. Applicants will be evaluated on their narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and all of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). The narrative must demonstrate the necessary level of skills, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate success at this level and must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity. 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, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at SES RECRUITMENT/ECQ
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The Department of Energy has broad range of benefits and work life programs that you may be eligible for depending on your type of appointment. For more information on benefits DOE has to offer please visit: DOE BENEFITS


Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site. EEO Policy Statement Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service. The U.S. Department of Energy is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


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1.) Submit an online resume and respond to the job specific questions. Apply online at USAJOBS 2.) If you are unable to apply online, call the Human Resources Specialist listed in the announcement between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). 3.) Submit all required documents by 11:59p.m. EST on the closing date of the announcement in order to receive consideration.



 2. If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status, ( this includes DOE employees).

 3. If you are a graduate of an SES CDP, please submit a copy of your certification for non-competitive eligibility. 

4. The documentation identified above must be attached to your application using one of the following actions: 1) "Upload" to upload documents directly from your computer 2)"USAJOBS" to upload documents stored in your "USAJOBS" accounts 3) "Fax" to generate a fax cover sheet and fax the documents (system generated cover sheet must be used) Applicants will be prompted at the "Vacancy Documents" section of the application to add their required documents. Please review and follow the instructions listed to successfully submit your documents.


Tania Burkley
Phone: 202-586-7657
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave
Washington , DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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. 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. Persons tentatively selected for appointment to SES positions must have their ECQs approved by OPM Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of the position.

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