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Job Title:Interdisciplinary GS-801/803/1301-13/14

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:BSEE-IM-13-MM920740 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, July 19, 2013 to Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0801/0803/1301-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Herndon, VA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

Job Summary The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responsible for developing, administering, and enforcing a regulatory program to ensure that lessees and their contractors conduct safe and environmentally sound exploration, drilling, production, and decommissioning  operations for minerals on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).  These lessees and contractors must use the best available and safest technologies to conduct operations as required by BSEE (section 21(b) of the OCS Lands Act Amendments of 1978).

 

The position is in the Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) Branch within the Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs (OORP).  The incumbent serves as an expert advisor to all levels of bureau management on strategic/programmatic Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS).  A SEMS is an integrated management system designed to identify, address, and manage safety, environmental hazards, and impacts during all aspects of energy operations on the OCS.  This expert advice also extends to the international aspects of the offshore energy industry.

Salary:

GS-13  $ 89,033 - $115,742

GS-14  $105,211 - $136,771

 

This is an interdisciplinary position which may be filled under any of the following occupational series, depending on the qualifications of the applicant and needs of the agency, with the title of National SEMS Coordinator.

General Engineer, GS-0801

Safety Engineer, GS-0803

Physical Scientist, GS-1301

 

BSEE has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

 

This vacancy is also announced as BSEE-IM-13-MM920741 for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities).  You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

DUTIES:

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The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

·         The incumbent serves as a principal coordinator on matters related to the implementation of SEMS and safety culture initiatives.  Duties include planning and coordinating audits, program policies, and assessments of program effectiveness for a comprehensive agency-wide program.  Responsible for maintaining a complete and accurate audit case management database.

·         Documents findings and recommendations resulting from SEMS audits and assessments in reports, presentations, and statistics which are submitted to senior BSEE managers, industry, other agencies, and the public.  The incumbent consults and coordinates with industry personnel, other agency and technical experts to resolve difficult issues related to management system audits and policy issues.

·         Plans, coordinates, and conducts analyses of BSEE compliance and enforcement data for use in identifying OCS operational trends and assessing operator and contractor performance.  Reviews BSEE and industry regulatory compliance evaluations (e.g., audits, tests, interviews) and reports for use in gathering and verifying data, and interpreting industry performance.  Provides staff from OORP, the Regions and District offices with information for their use in determining audit policies and priorities, training requirements, research priorities, and operator and contractor safety performance. 

·         Provides managerial support in the form of analyzed and interpreted audit data and provides coordination for use in determining operator and contractor safety performance as related to compliance trends and accident frequency.  When appropriate, provides audit information, analyses, or evaluations to staff involved with implementing BSEE’s Civil and Criminal Penalty program, Environmental Enforcement program, the performance management program, OCS regulations, policy and risk-based inspection programs for their use.

·         Develops, coordinates or has sole responsibility for the preparation and delivery of various SEMS related publications and web based files for both internal and external use.  These publications include formal reports, informal fact sheets, management briefings, and statistical summaries.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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General Engineer GS-0801 & Safety Engineer GS-0803

To Qualify For This Position:

To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements, AND (2) Specialized Experience for the grade to which you are applying.

 (1) Basic Educational Requirements:

You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position.

A.   Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

-OR-

B.   Combination of education and experience--college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration--Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

 

2.   Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

   Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

   Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

3. Specified academic courses--Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph

4. Rela ted curriculum --Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

AND

(2) Specialized Experience:

GS-13
To qualify for the GS-13 level, you must possess one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through federal service.   Specialized experience is defined as :   1) Experience with management system audits to identify, address, and manage operational risk, safety and environmental hazards for energy development activities on the Outer Continental Shelf or other high hazard industry; 2) Experience interpreting and evaluating policies and procedures for compliance with quality, safety, health, or environmental management regulations. (Experience must have been gained in an engineering position.)

GS-14
To qualify for the GS-14 level, you must possess one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through federal service.   Specialized experience is defined as:   1) Experience conducting management system audits to identify, address, and manage operational risk, safety, and environmental hazards for energy development activities on the Outer Continental Shelf or another high hazard industry; 2) Experience interpreting, evaluating and developing policies and procedures for compliance with quality, safety, health, or environmental management regulations. (Experience must have been gained in an engineering position.)

Physical Scientist, GS-1301

 

To Qualify For This Position:

To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements, AND (2) Specialized Experience for the grade to which you are applying.

(1) Basic Educational Requirements:

You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position.

A.   Degree: 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-

B.   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.

AND

(2) Specialized Experience:

GS-13
To qualify for the GS-13 level, you must possess one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through federal service.   Specialized experience is defined as :   1) Experience with management system audits to identify, address, and manage operational risk, safety and environmental hazards for energy development activities on the Outer Continental Shelf or other high hazard industry; 2) Experience interpreting and evaluating policies and procedures for compliance with quality, safety, health, or environmental management regulations.

GS-14
To qualify for the GS-14 level, you must possess one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through federal service.   Specialized experience is defined as:   1) Experience conducting management system audits to identify, address, and manage operational risk, safety, and environmental hazards for energy development activities on the Outer Continental Shelf or another high hazard industry; 2) Experience interpreting, evaluating and developing policies and procedures for compliance with quality, safety, health, or environmental management regulations.

NOTE:   You will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy if you do not submit copies of your college transcripts as proof of meeting basic education requirements.   This applies to ALL applicants, including those currently or previously qualified in this series and/or grade.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp


Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.


Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp.

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. http://www.sss.gov.

 

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire  Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position.  Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.

 

There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement

 

Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position.  The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

 

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the ( TAG:Link to Questions Only) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. Your resume must clearly support your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment associated with this vacancy announcement. In the event your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment cannot be verified within the contents of your resume, your rating will be adjusted accordingly, and may subsequently place you in a lower quality category.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Program Development

• Knowledge of policies and programs of inspection, audit, and investigative principles, techniques and procedures that affect the promotion of continuous improvement and enforcement of safety in offshore oil and gas operations or other high hazard industries.

Technical Knowledge

• Knowledge and understanding regarding equipment, personnel, operating procedures and environmental/health/safety practices used in high hazard activities or during the exploration, development, production, and transportation of oil, gas, and minerals to assess and advise on the impact on human and marine environments.

Communication

• Ability to work cooperatively with BSEE organizations, other government agencies and industry representatives presenting information and recommendations on complex policy issues; participating in meetings and conferences; and coordinating analytical efforts requiring input from diverse disciplines.


BENEFITS:

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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .



OTHER INFORMATION:

Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

 

If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.

 

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.
 
Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competitive, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

 

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.  Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 to receive consideration.

§  To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

§  Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

§  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

§  To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

§  To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Other
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.   To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdfand provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 920740

2.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.   Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.   Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

3.   Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is available at https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc .

Your application package must include:
• Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.
• Completed online Assessment Questionnaire or faxed OPM Form 1203FX.
• College transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
• Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable)
• Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)
      o If claiming 5 point preference:
         • DD-214 (member 4 copy or a copy that shows the nature of service)
         • If you are currently serving on active duty, an official Statement of Service from your command.

  • Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 day.
                OR
           o Other Official Documentation (e.g. copy of military orders, campaign documents such as: expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under HONORABLE conditions and that your service meets the OPM criteria for veterans preference to be awarded.
          o If claiming 10-point preference or greater:
             • DD-214 (member 4 copy or a copy that shows the nature of service) and;
  • An official statement dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran (i.e., the applicant) has a service-connected disability of 10% or more.
NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, and/or veterans preference.

 

For additional veterans employment information please visit http://www.archives.gov/, or call 1-800-827-1000. 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Email: HUMAN.RESOURCES5@BSEE.GOV
Agency Information:
BSEE
381 Elden Street
Herndon, VA
20170
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After a selection is made all applicants for this position will be notified of their status either by letter or e-mail.


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Job Announcement Number:

BSEE-IM-13-MM920740 (DEU)

Control Number:

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