Job Overview

Summary

For 200 years, the United States Coast Guard has answered the call to serve. Every day, our family of 7,000 civilians helps us save lives, protect the environment, safeguard the nation, and stop drug traffickers. In the nation's ports and waterways, along the coast, and on international waters - we are there, always ready. The U.S. Coast Guard: - Protects ports, the flow of commerce, and the marine transportation system from terrorism - Maintains maritime border security against illegal drugs, aliens, firearms, and weapons of mass destruction - Coordinates efforts with federal, state, and local agencies

NOTE: YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS PUBLIC VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT. This vacancy is being advertised under Direct Hire Authority for positions with a critical hiring need. This announcement will be open to the receipt of applications for a period of 90 days, with the first consideration date of August 2012. Additional certifications may be conducted every two weeks throughout the filing period. In addition to the normal salary range, when applicable requirements are met, this position may include Physicians Comparability Allowance (PCA). This position is located in Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, National Maritime Center, Medical Evaluation Division, Martinsburg, WV.

Duties

This position is located in the Medical Evaluation Branch, Mariner Evaluation Division of the Coast Guard's National Maritime Center (NMC). The NMC manages the Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation (MLD) program and is responsible for implementing policies related to one of more missions of the United States Coast Guard. The incumbent serves as a medical officer and an authority in determination of medical suitability of merchant mariner applicants, which is essential to the success of the Coast Guard's mission of ensuring the safe operation of commercial vessels.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team.  Typical work assignments include:

* Planning work to be carried out by subordinates.

* Setting and adjusting short-term priorities.

* Assigning work to subordinates.

* Providing advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.

* Hearing and resolving complaints.

* Identifying developmental and training needs of employees, and providing or arranging for needed development and training. Subject Matter responsibilities include:

* Performing and ensuring the consistency and accuracy of agency medical fitness for duty evaluations conducted by medical evaluation personnel.

 * Conducting second level physician reviews of medical evaluations to confirm the approval or denial of a medical waiver.

 * Preparing agency responses to requests for reconsideration or appeals of medical fitness for duty evaluations.

 * Overseeing the implementation of rules, regulations, guidance, and policy relative to the evaluation of merchant mariners.

* Provides consultative services to occupational medicine physicians conducting merchant mariner physical examinations.

 * Provides testimony at hearings and/or in civil court cases as an expert witness involving credentialed mariners.