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Job Title:  Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  DOE-ES-NETL-14-001-KM

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
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 to Monday, February 17, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Pittsburgh, PA View Map
Morgantown, WV View Map
Applications will be accepted from all US Citizens. 
Q - Sensitive


About the Agency

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of DOE’s national laboratory system, is owned and operated by the U.S. DOE. NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.  NETL implements a broad spectrum of energy and environmental research, development and demonstration (RD&D) programs that will return benefits for generations to come: Enabling domestic coal, natural gas, and oil to economically power our Nation’s homes, industries, businesses, and transportation while protecting our environment and enhancing our energy independence.  NETL has expertise in coal, natural gas, and oil technologies, contract and project management, analysis of energy systems, and international energy issues.  In addition to research conducted onsite, NETL’s project portfolio includes (RD&D) conducted through partnerships, cooperative research and development agreements, financial assistance, and contractual arrangements with universities and the private sector. Together, these efforts focus a wealth of scientific and engineering talent on creating commercially viable solutions to national energy and environmental problems.  To learn more about The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), please visit our website at:


  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required.


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required. Position involves some travel.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Clearance.
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.
  • Recruitment incentive may be paid.


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The NETL Director is responsible for the management and administration of the NETL in its mission to conduct and implement a Research, Development, and Demonstration program that benefits the public by assuring the availability of clean, affordable, and reliable domestic energy that protects the environment, fuels economic prosperity, and strengthens energy security.  The Director provides major policy input for program development to the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy and the involved Deputy Assistant Secretaries, develops execution strntegies for Fossil Energy's RD&D and, as applicable, programs for the development of other energy and environmental technologies; spear heads the effective reporting and transfer of research results to stakeholders and customers in the public and private sector.  The Director provides guidance and oversight for all functions and authorities delegated to NETL for its financial, legal, human resource, property management and procurement activities [including Head of Contacting Authority (HCA)].  The Director manages and provides operational leadership for NETL that is consistent with the DOE's policies, goals, and objectives including environmental, safety, health and security programs; small business programs; and Equal Employment Opportunity initiatives. Additionally, Oversees and fosters NETL's intramural research activities ensuring (1) pursuit of research topics important to DOE's mission, (2) research is cost effectively pursued via collaborative partnerships with other research organizations, (3) the quality and integrity of research is high, and ( 4) performance results are evaluated against established goals and milestones.




Provides major policy input for program development to the Assistant Secretary for Fossil
Energy and the involved Deputy Assistant Secretaries, develops execution strntegies for Fossil
Energy's RD&D and, as applicable, programs for the development of other energy and
environmental technologies; spear-heads the effective reporting and


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Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs).  Failure to submit a narrative statement addressing all of the MTQs is considered incomplete and will not be considered.  All candidates must meet the mandatory technical qualification identified below. Your application must demonstrate that you possess these qualifications. (MTQ):  

 MTQ 1 -  Professional knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering and related scientific disciplines required to connect basic and applied r~search, and develop and demonstrate advanced technologies to help the U.S. realize near-zero emission power production; increase demand-and production-side efficiencies; enhance proven, unconventional, new and renewable energy sources and modernize our Nation's energy infrastructure.

MTQ 2 - Professional knowledge of the principles and practices of management and related disciplines to manage and direct complex operations of the Laboratory and effectively integrate the Laboratory's sites into a cohesive organization with a common mission focused to meet the needs of its customers including introducing and encourage novel and advanced management techniques for quality improvements and productive safe operations.

 MTQ 3 – Broad knowledge and experience in dealing with private industries that are the prime users and owners of fossil (primarily) coal-based power and fuels generation and delivery technologies in the United States; a thorough the understanding of product development  processes, cycles, systems, components, business practices, and decision-making factors; and a thorough understanding of the Federal Government's business practices in conducting RD&D, and the role it plays in helping to shape the Nation's energy policies. 

MTQ 4 – Demonstrated ability to provide technical and managerial leadership in planning, managing and implementing the types of RD&D activities associated with NETL's programs, including facilitating partnerships with and among DOE organizations including other National Laboratories; and RD&D pa1tnerships among industrial, academic, State, and other non-DOE federal R&D institutions. 

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 You will be given the opportunity to address these ECQs later in the online application process.  Please note that you are required to address all of the ECQ's. ECQ 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. ECQ 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. ECQ 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. ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. ECQ 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. Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12):A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.

For Engineer, GS-0801: A professional engineering degree is required. 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 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. For Physical Scientist, GS-1301: PHYSICAL SCIENTIST: I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in PHYSICAL SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, OR MATHEMATICS that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science. EDUCATION FROM FOREIGN INSTITUTIONS: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements 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.


You will be rated and ranked using only the information submitted for consideration. Applicants will be evaluated on their narrative responses 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. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications 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.
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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 using the USAJOBS RESUME BUILDER or upload your resume and respond to the job specific questions. To begin the application process click the "Apply Online" button within the announcement to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account and follow the on screen instructions to build your resume using the USAJOBS Resume BUILDER or to upload your resume and respond to the job specific questions. 2.) If you are unable to apply online, call the Human Resources Specialist listed in the announcement between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). 


SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION WHICH INCLUDES YOUR RESUME, YOUR RESPONSES TO ALL ONLINE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS, and all required supplemental documents in order to be considered. (See "How To Submit ALL Supplemental Documents" section for more info). 1). If you are a graduate of an SES CDP, please submit a copy of your certification for non-competitive eligibility. 2). Education: You may submit a copy of your transcript(s), (not a required document), a separate course listing, or a course listing in the appropriate job specific question showing the type of information that appears on transcript(s)such as course title, department, hours earned (semester or quarter), and grade. 3). If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), NACES, can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 4).  If you are a current, retired, or former Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. HOW TO SUBMIT ALL SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS: 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.


Kim Matthews-Williams
Phone: 202-586-9844
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave
Washington , DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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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