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Job Title:  Medical Officer (Occupational Medicine)
Department:  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:  Goddard Space Flight Center
Job Announcement Number:  GS13B0080

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to Thursday, May 16, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Greenbelt, MDView Map
This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens. This announcement combines a merit promotion and a competitive announcement in one advertisement. Applications will be accepted from status and non-status candidates. Status candidates, including NASA term employees eligible for conversion under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, will be considered under merit promotion procedures. Non-status candidates will be considered under competitive procedures.


NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

The Management Operations Directorate, Medical and Environmental Management Division (Code 250) seeks a highly skilled medical professional to serve as Medical Director for Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) with responsibility for planning and managing activities which assure maintenance of the health of the workforce.


This vacancy announcement is being re-advertised. Applicants who applied under GS13B0060 must re-apply to be considered.

This vacancy announcement has been amended to extend the closing date from 5/9/2013 to 5/16/2013.

Applicants must possess the required Selective Factor indicated in the Qualifications section below.

Please be sure to review your resume on the Resume Review page once you have transferred to the NASA site. Ensure that the correct copy of the resume you have selected has been transferred from your USAJOBS account. If you fail to validate the information in your resume, you may not be appropriately evaluated for this position. Also, please be sure to review and complete the Supplemental Information questions.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'resume received - complete.' If your status is 'Application Started,' you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application; only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

If you are an individual with a disability and have questions regarding the Federal special hiring authorities for individuals with disabilities or would like to request a reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager by email at Goddard Space Flight Center offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities including onsite sign language interpreters, readers, and is a participating agency with the Computer Electronics Accommodations Program.

(NOTE: For additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website,

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.


  • Applicants must possess the required Selective Factor
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement


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As the Medical Director, the incumbent is responsible for planning and managing activities which assure maintenance of the health of the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) workforce, including a comprehensive medical surveillance program and extensive coordination with the Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Radiation Protection, Safety and Environmental programs at GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland; Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) at Wallops Island, Virginia; Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia; and Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. Plans and directs a clinical occupational health program that involves an exceptional range and depth of occupational health activities for a large work population. Formulates policies and procedures for implementing clinical occupational health services provided by nurse practitioners, nurses, and administrative support staff. Formulates and implements an educational program to foster wellness concepts and the prevention of illness and injuries. Establishes medical programs for the detection and prevention of diseases, major medical problems, or chemical dependency. Responsible for examining any criteria that require the need for health risk assessments; determines the course of action for planning, implementation, and execution of the assessments. Provides oversight of contract health unit staff. Provides educational lectures, panel participation, annual health fair, timely written health bulletins, and coordination with community programs.

Assists in designing/implementing an employee assistance program and serves as the Medical Review Officer (MRO) for the GSFC drug-free work place program. Participates in the design and implementation of GSFC emergency response programs and serves on the Emergency Management Task Group (EMTG). Serves as the "Jurisdictional Medical Director" for basic life support emergency medical services provided by the GSFC/Greenbelt (State of Maryland EMT-B level including automatic defibrillation) and GSFC/WFF. Serves on the GSFC Safety Council and is responsible for the Medical Surveillance Program and ensures compliance with OSHA requirements. Reviews Workers' Compensation cases as necessary and is responsible for implementation and oversight of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program and serves as the AED Program Director. Provides the resources and establishes the process for peer review at GSFC. Provides the following at WFF: coordinates planning efforts for emergency preparedness requirements with other health facilities; oversees the medical emergency response procedures for launch activities; and prepares and maintains the emergency preparedness annex to the WFF Emergency Operations Plan. Provides consultation services to Office of Human Capital Management, Security and Chief Counsel staff in case management regarding accommodation, benefits and incident response and workplace interventions as needed.

Interviews, examines and evaluates patients who have suffered a severe occupational injury when necessary. Interprets the Agency's guidelines and eligibility requirements, and completes a comprehensive physical history and assessment. Establishes physical and medical standards for evaluating a reasonable accommodation request. Provides preventative services including: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) intervention and consultation; oversight of the on-site fitness center; vaccination programs; and travel vaccination program.

Manages the organization's Health Care Program and the quality of health care provided for all medically related services. Provides outpatient services that include periodic physical evaluations, diagnosis, and treatment of acute illnesses and injuries, follow-up of chronic conditions, and emergency treatment for severe illness or injuries.

Prepares and/or edits briefing documents and technical reports responding to Congressional or Departmental requests on topics pertaining to research. Collects data from clinical programs and reports data to NASA Headquarters. Serves as a technical authority and expert in the development and interpretation of organizational guidelines. Serves as a recognized expert and authority in a specialized regulatory area and publishes and/or presents data on existing and/or planned policy.


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Basic Requirements:

Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).

Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. Graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

Licensure: Candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Applications will be accepted from physicians who are not currently licensed; however, if selected for appointment, they must (a) obtain a license before entering on duty, or (b) meet the following provision:
-Appointments Pending Meeting Licensure Requirement: Individual circumstances may warrant appointments pending meeting the licensure requirement (e.g., when a candidate has a temporary license to practice until the next regular session of the licensing board). Persons appointed pending licensure may not be retained beyond 1 year of appointment if they do not obtain the license.

Additional Requirements:

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements listed above, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

One year of appropriate graduate training in occupational health programs which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above;


One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience is effectively planning, developing, implementing, providing leadership, and managing clinical occupational health programs.

Applicants must also possess the following required Selective Factor to receive consideration for this position and should ensure that their resume reflects possession of this required Selective Factor:

License to practice medicine in Maryland and Virginia (if Maryland and Virginia licensure not currently held, must be obtained within 3 months after appointment), Board Certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) in Occupational Medicine, Medical Review Officer (MRO) Certification (if not currently held, must be obtained within 9 months after appointment), Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification (if not currently held, must be obtained within 1 month after appointment), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification (if not currently held, must be obtained within 1 month after appointment). Proof of licensure and certification will be requested during the pre-employment process.

U.S. citizenship is required.


Announcement will be used for both internal and external applicants.

Internal (Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows:
Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide.

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.

External (Non-Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows:
Same process as Internal (Status) candidates, with the additional procedures related to Veterans:

The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.


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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.


Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume. NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

Occasional travel may be required.

Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.


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This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link.

In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJOBS' document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application.

You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. For more information, see the Applicant Guide.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resume requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.

All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.


NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example, you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide.

Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans' preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.


Talent Acquisition Office
Phone: 301-286-3691
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.

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