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Job Title:Director, Physical Measurement Laboratory

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Institute of Standards and Technology

Job Announcement Number:SES-2013-0009

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

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SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 01, 2013 to Thursday, February 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-1301-01

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

01

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Gaithersburg, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all qualified individuals (U.S. citizens only). You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is perfect for you if you are ready for a challenge and are committed to making significant improvements to one of the world's premier research and science organizations. NIST is located on a beautiful campus in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, Maryland.

The Director, Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) is primarily responsible for managing and directing the services and programs of the PML. The incumbent represents NIST and the PML both inside and outside the Institute and assists the Director and Associate Directors in accomplishing the Institute’s mission. The incumbent serves as the primary point of contact for PML services and programs with customers and stakeholders and is responsible for the programmatic and operational direction of the PML. 

The PML develops and disseminates the national standards of length, mass, force and shock, acceleration, time and frequency, electricity, temperature, humidity, pressure and vacuum, liquid and gas flow, and electromagnetic, acoustic, ultrasonic, and ionizing radiation through activities ranging from fundamental measurement research to provision of measurement services, standards, and data.  The Laboratory establishes spectroscopic methods and standards for microwave, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma-ray radiation; investigates the structure and dynamics of atoms, molecules, and biomolecules; develops the electrical, thermal, dimensional, mechanical, and physical metrology for measuring the properties of precision measurement devices and exploratory semiconductor, quantum electronic, nanoelectronic, bioelectronic, biooptical, optoelectronic, and quantum information devices and systems; and examines the thermophysical and interfacial properties of streams of flowing fluids, fluid mixtures, and solids.  It develops and disseminates national standards by means of calibrations, measurement quality assurance, standard reference materials, technology transfer, education/training, and a comprehensive weights and measures program to promote uniformity and accuracy at the international, federal, state, and local levels. It generates, evaluates, and compiles atomic, molecular, optical, ionizing radiation, electronic, and electromagnetic data in response to national needs; measures and improves accuracy of the fundamental physical constants; and develops and operates major radiation sources for measurement science and metrology.  The PML applies its measurement capabilities to problems of national significance through collaborations with industry, universities, professional and standards setting organizations, and other agencies of government, and it supports the research community in such areas as communication, defense, electronics, energy, environment, health, lighting, manufacturing, microelectronics, radiation, remote sensing, space, and transportation. 

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plays a vital role in supporting technical innovation -- critical to the future economic security of our Nation. NIST accomplishes its mission through a broad interdisciplinary approach leveraging its physical sciences and engineering expertise. Its broad scope and technical expertise is matched by few other laboratories in the world. The Institute is organized around scientific and engineering disciplines and encourages research programs that leverage the full talent and expertise across the organization. NIST supports other federal agencies in meeting U.S. Government needs for voluntary consensus standards, and continually advances measurement science through cutting-edge research. NIST plays an increasingly critical role as the convener and coordinator of Federal standard activities as technology is more complex dealing with system-level performance issues, such as interoperability or security, rather than component level performance or specification. NIST's role as a convener and coordinator of Federal standards is critical whether used for federal regulations, federal assistance or private sector standards to meet national need. NIST programs are at the scientific forefront nationally and internationally, and they provide an important contribution in support of industry, academia, and other government entities. NIST is a dynamic and complex organization undertaking research and scientific endeavors in a multidisciplinary, diverse culture. With its state-of-the-art technical expertise, NIST advances industrial competitiveness and economic prosperity through the dissemination of measurements into industry. NIST's human resources are also diverse with over 2,800 full-time employees and over 1,500 foreign and domestic guest researchers, contractors, and other associates.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated or random drug testing may be required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required within 30 days.
  • Mobility agreements are required for members of the SES.
  • Minimum education requirement.

DUTIES:

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The Director ensures mission related services are provided in a reliable and consistent manner to customers and stakeholders. He/she leads the employees of the Laboratory to anticipate and respond to the needs of NIST, the Department and the Nation. He/she manages the development and dissemination of physical measurements and serves as the primary point of contact for NIST and the Department on matters related to physical metrology. The incumbent will direct the fundamental research and technology activities of the laboratory; assess and review the merits of scientific and technical proposals for mission-based services; and develop and implement techniques to be used for judging the value of scientific and technical work as they relate to national needs, economic growth, and service to the scientific and technological community. The incumbent is responsible for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with the Department within the scope of his/her responsibilities and represents the Director and the Institute with senior Administration officials, Congress, other Federal agencies industry leaders, and national and international organizations on matters affecting the PML.  The incumbent will carry out other assignments and manage special programs as assigned by the NIST Director and/or Associate Director for Laboratory Programs.  Additional Information regarding NIST and its programs may be found at its web page, http://www.nist.gov


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To meet the minimum qualifications of this position, you must possess all of the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications, and meet the basic education requirement for this position. Basic education requirement for the 1301 series: A bachelor's degree in: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. OR Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Applicants must list degree and/or course information to satisfy the basic education requirement. Applicants who do not meet the basic education requirement will be automatically disqualified from consideration. Applicants must respond to the application questions, which consist of providing 8 narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT RESPOND TO THE EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS AND THE PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS AND DOCUMENT THEIR DEMONSTRATED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, AND/OR EDUCATION IN SUPPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE AND PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS LISTED ON THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION. For detailed guidance on writing ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf Applicants currently serving under a career appointment within the Senior Executive Service (SES), those who are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or those who have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), are not required to address the ECQs but must address the PTQs. These applicants must submit proof of their status to be considered eligible for the position. Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES or reinstatement eligibility, or documentation from the CDP showing OPM certification of your ECQs.


Basic education requirement for the 1301 series: A bachelor's degree in: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. OR Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Applicants must list degree and/or course information to satisfy the basic education requirement. Applicants who do not meet the basic education requirement will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the duties and assignments of the position. Additionally, applicants must meet the basic education requirement to be eligible for consideration for this position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants will be evaluated by a panel of Senior Executives to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications. You will be evaluated on the following: ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically. ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS/ COMMUNICATION: This core qualification involves the 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. PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQs) 1. Demonstrated ability to provide authoritative direction and management for a scientific and engineering laboratory of significant size, resources, scope, and complexity 2. Demonstrated ability to achieve operational results as evidenced by the ability to apply analytic, diagnostic, and qualitative techniques sufficient to identify, evaluate, and recommend appropriate solutions to resolve the most complex, interrelated technical problems and solutions and make associated recommendations at all staff levels. 3. Expert knowledge in physical measurement and research as evidenced by leadership positions and results in the field, technical experience, publications, presentations, and/or substantial participation and recognition in the national and/or international physical measurements research and technology community.
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BENEFITS:

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NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking, transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistance programs, and free parking. Learn more about NIST's work-life programs by visiting http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/index.htm. The following web address is provided for you to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To learn more please click on: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines. Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see http://www.sss.gov for more information. Relocation expenses: Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized. Background investigation: This position requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility. Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) within 30 days of their appointment and then annually thereafter. Qualifications approval and probationary period: Persons newly selected for career appointments within the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one year probationary period. Drug Testing: Applicants selected for employment in this position may be subject to designated and/or random drug urinalysis to screen for illegal drugs. Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service. Travel: Occasional to frequent travel may be required. Social Security Number: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) to initially access and create an account at the www.usajobs.gov website. However, only the last four (4) digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act notice (PL93-579) - The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361. False Statements: If you make false statements in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or, you may be subject to fine, imprisonment or other disciplinary action. Signature: Before you are hired, you may be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. NIST is an equal opportunity employer. To learn more about NIST, visit NIST's channel on youtube.

HOW TO APPLY:

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All applicants must use the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) website to apply for this position: www.usajobs.gov An account must be established at the OPM website following the instructions provided in order to apply for this position. Only applications submitted via www.usajobs.gov will be considered for this position. All applications and all supporting documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement to be considered for this position. Please allow adequate time to complete your application. QRB-certified graduates of OPM-approved SES candidate development programs need not address the ECQs. Instead, applicants must submit via the www.usajobs.gov site a copy of the certificate evidencing OPM certification of their ECQs. Current or former members of the SES must provide evidence (SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action which shows your conversion or appointment into the SES, or recent pay raise showing career status in the SES) of eligibility for reassignment or reinstatement. This document must be submitted via www.usajobs.gov. Current and former members of the SES need not address the ECQs but must address the PTQs. Current federal employees are encouraged, but not required, to submit a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current tenure, position title, series and grade level. You will be directed to FAX or upload documents at the www.usajobs.gov site to attach to your application for this position. If you select the FAX option, please use the required cover sheet and follow the instructions provided at www.usajobs.gov. Failure to provide required documentation may result in lost consideration. A complete application package consists of a resume (created during the registration process at www.usajobs.gov), and narrative responses to the online job questions that are included in this announcement. You must provide narrative responses to the job questions; including "see resume" or similar phrases will result in your application not being considered. Your resume must include the following: your full name, mailing address, and day and evening phone numbers; paid and unpaid work experience, and for each job you should list the title, salary, major duties and accomplishments and supervisor's name and contact information; education, including the name(s) of all schools attended and dates of attendance; provide training courses, special skills you possess and any honors/awards that are applicable to the position. Applications that are not complete will not be considered for this position. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, union membership, or other non-qualifying physical or mental handicaps. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants must submit an application via www.usajobs.gov and include narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualifications, if required, and Professional/Technical Qualifications. Applicants must include information in support of meeting the minimum education requirement for the position - this information may be degree and institution information, a listing of courses, a transcript, and/or evidence of already serving in a federal position in the 1301 series, or another series that has the same educational requirements. In addition: -QRB-certified graduates of OPM-approved SES candidate development programs need not address the ECQs. Instead, applicants must submit via the www.usajobs.gov site a copy of the certificate evidencing OPM certification of their ECQs. -Current or former members of the SES must provide evidence (SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action which shows your conversion or appointment into the SES, or recent pay raise showing career status in the SES) of eligibility for reassignment or reinstatement. This document must be submitted via www.usajobs.gov. Current and former members of the SES need not address the ECQs but must address the PTQs. -Current federal employees are encouraged, but not required, to submit a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current tenure, position title, series and grade level. You will be directed to FAX or upload documents at the www.usajobs.gov site to attach to your application for this position. If you select the FAX option, please use the required cover sheet and follow the instructions provided at www.usajobs.gov. Failure to provide required documentation may result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Didi Hanlein
Phone: 301-975-3020
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: Didi@nist.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD
20899
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and then a panel of Senior Executive Service members will review eligible applications to determine the degree to which an applicant possesses the required Executive Core and Professional/Technical qualifications. Applicants may check the status of their application at any time after the announcement closes by accessing their account on www.usajobs.gov and selecting "My USAJOBS" and entering your user ID and password. Your application status will be updated as changes occur. If you have questions, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

SES-2013-0009

Control Number:

336708400