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Job Title:Investigator (Occupational Safety and Health)

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:DE-14-BNY-OSHA-94

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$49,107.00 to $84,990.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 to Wednesday, May 07, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1801-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Buffalo, NY View Map
FEW vacancies - New York, NY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens; ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.  DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Special Employment Consideration: DOL encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

Also, DOL provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities - the decision would be on a case-by-case basis.  Click here for more information.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Buffalo and Manhattan Area Offices.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-12 level.
- This position is inside the bargaining unit.  
- Relocation costs will not be paid. The specific salary range for each location is as follows:
Buffalo - GS-9: $49,107 - $63,836, GS-11: $59,414 - $77,238
New York City - GS-9: $54,035 - $70,243, GS-11: $65,377 - $84,990

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to companies for inspection pruposes. Occasional travel for meetings and conferences.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position will require a background investigation.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.

DUTIES:

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The investigators in the Whistleblower Program conduct investigations to assure that individuals are not discharged or discriminated against in any manner because the employee has exercised their rights under the federal statutes which contain Whistleblower protection. The laws apply to discrimination for filing safety and health complaints, environmental complaints, nuclear complaints, corporate fraud complaints, transportation complaints, and other matters delegated to OSHA by the Secretary of Labor. The incumbent of this position is required to be able to operate a motor vehicle to travel to investigation sites. The position requires a high degree of self motivation, independence and the ability to manage a high number of concurrent investigations within strict time frames. Responds to complaints of employer discrimination by conducting field investigations covered under these Whistleblower Statutes in the more complex cases where the number of issues and/or the nature of the issues require careful analysis and interpretation of evidence. Investigations occasionally involve unusual legal issues. Develops case by, (1) reviewing case files in OSHA field offices or other business establishments to obtain background information concerning any proceeding which relates to the complaint, (2) interviewing complainant, witnesses, respondents and their representatives, and others necessary to obtain information and/or signed statements, relative to allegations, and (3) reviewing pertinent respondent records, and when appropriate, securing copies of the pertinent documentation. Negotiates with respondents, in cases of merit, to obtain a legally enforceable agreement which will provide prompt remedy of the violation. Coordinates with complainant for acceptance of the settlement proposal. Where settlement negotiations prove unsuccessful, makes appropriate recommendations for legal remedies such as administrative hearings before an ALJ or litigation in U.S. District Court. Further information on the Whistleblower Program is available at: http://www.osha.gov/dep/oia/whistleblower/index.html.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level in the Federal Service which demonstrates:
For GS-9:
1. knowledge of laws and regulations such as those involving employment discrimination; administrative procedures involved in assessing and assuring compliance; and skill in the use of techniques and methods for the identification and correction of regulatory violations. Such knowledge may have been gained from working as a criminal investigator, police detective, an attorney or in closely related occupations.
2. Experience which provided knowledge of the legal aspects of employment discrimination.
3. Experience in gathering, evaluating, and analyzing evidence to determine compliance/non-compliance with the laws.
For GS-11:
1. knowledge of complex laws and regulations such as those involving employment discrimination; administrative procedures involved in assessing and assuring compliance; and skill in the use of techniques and methods for the identification correction of regulatory violations. Such knowledge may have been gained from working as a criminal investigator, police detective, an attorney or in closely related occupations.
2. Experience which provided knowledge of the legal aspects of employment discrimination.
3. Experience in gathering, evaluating, and analyzing evidence to determine compliance/non-compliance with the laws.
4. Experience in performing Whistleblower investigations or mediating Whistleblower cases which provides a knowledge of the law and procedures related to the Whistleblower statutes.
Or,
Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: Applicants who do not meet the specialized experience described above but possess a graduate education as described below may substitute that education for the specialized experience:
For GS-9: a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree related to investigative work such as criminal justice, LLB, or J.D, Human Resources Management, industrial relations, labor relations management, Public Administration, etc.
For GS-11: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field related to investigative work such as criminal justice, LLM, human resources management, industrial relations, labor relations management, Public Administration, etc.
If you apply based on education, you must submit your college transcripts - non-official copies are acceptable.


Applicants maybe require to provide a writing sample if invited for an interview.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Categories

Category A - Best-qualified

Category B - Well-qualified

Category C - Qualified

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
1. Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.
2. Interpersonal skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, cooperation, concern, and politeness to others; relates well to different people from varied backgrounds and different situations.
3. Communication: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience. Oral Communication: Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience & nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
4. Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
5. Reasoning: Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document .  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.  FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week).

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.


STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.
STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.  Also, do not upload password protected documents.
- College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - if you apply on the basis of education (see the "Qualifications" section of the announcement), you must submit your college transcripts in English with this application. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.   Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
- Veterans Documents (if applicable):
To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty).  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Thien Vu
Phone: 646-264-5015
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: vu.thien@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Admin
201 Varick Street
Room 813
New York, NY
10014
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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Job Announcement Number:

DE-14-BNY-OSHA-94

Control Number:

368607500