Job Overview

Summary

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) is an independent agency in the executive branch chartered with the responsibility of providing recommendations and advice to the President and the Secretary of Energy regarding public health and safety issues at Department of Energy (DOE) defense nuclear facilities.  The Board reviews and evaluates the content and implementation of health and safety standards, as well as other requirements, relating to the design, construction, operation, and decommissioning of DOE’s defense nuclear facilities to ensure that these activities are carried out in a manner that protects the public, workers, and the environment.

As Group Lead for Performance Assurance, you will assist the Technical Director in developing and monitoring internal controls to ensure the technical staff conducts effective and timely reviews and assessments of the safety of DOE’s defense nuclear facilities.  You will advise the Technical Director regarding resource planning and utilization; manage technical staff training programs; measure the effectiveness, quality, and timeliness of technical staff operations; and coordinate technical staff input into the agency’s required reports and policy documents, including the agency Budget Requests to Congress.  In addition, you will provide expert technical advice and guidance to the Technical Director and Board Members on complex issues related to nuclear safety at DOE’s defense nuclear facilities.  You also will be responsible for supervising and managing the technical staff assigned to your program area.

Applicants who are members of the Senior Executive Service will retain their current rate of basic pay, if higher than $167,000, if selected for the position.

For additional information about the Board, visit our web site at www.dnfsb.gov.

Duties

Develop and implement internal controls and associated procedures to ensure effective and timely operations within the Board’s technical staff.  Establish programs for revising and updating internal controls and training the technical staff on the controls.

Produce, update, and manage a comprehensive work plan for the technical staff.  Assess resource allocation and utilization within the technical staff and implement resource planning tools.  Advise the Technical Director and Deputy Technical Director regarding resource planning and utilization.

Manage the technical staff training programs to include knowledge management.  Assess resource and training needs and assist the Technical Director and Deputy Technical Director in fulfilling resource and training requirements.  Develop, implement, and maintain training programs for the technical staff.

Analyze staff activities and devise internal metrics to measure the effectiveness, quality and timeliness of technical staff operations.  Assist the Technical Director, Deputy Technical Director, and technical Group Leads to establish and maintain a standard set of external metrics related to the safety of operations at DOE’s defense nuclear facilities.

Coordinate technical staff input to the agency’s required reports and policy documents to include the Board’s Strategic Plan, Budget Request to the Congress, Annual Performance Plan, and Annual Performance Report.  Establish and maintain programs to ensure annual performance goals applicable to the technical staff are met or exceeded.

Provide expert technical advice and guidance to the Technical Director, Deputy Technical Director, and Board members on complex technical issues related to nuclear safety at DOE’s defense nuclear facilities.  Advise the Technical Director and Board members regarding internal controls and performance issues associated with the efforts of the technical staff.

Serve as the technical staff’s primary point of contact for interactions with the Government Accountability Office and the Board’s Inspector General.  As requested, represent the Technical Director or serve as technical spokesperson in interactions with senior officials in Federal, state, and local governments; members of Congress and congressional committees; special interest groups; and individuals.

Plan and conduct special studies as assigned by the Technical Director and Board members.

Maintain systems to monitor, control, and evaluate the technical work managed.  Ensure technical project teams meet assignment objectives and deadlines.  Communicate organizational goals and objectives and develop staff through assignments, training, and personal leadership.

Perform peer review of work products of colleagues, consultants, contractors and others.  Serve as primary or secondary author of Board technical issue papers or papers for public release.

Directly supervise the technical staff assigned to the program area.  Evaluate performance.  Recommend promotions, assignments, awards and training.  Advise and counsel employees on work-related issues, complaints, and the need for training.  Included is the responsibility for applying the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in hiring practices, training, employee development, and utilization of employee skills, and so forth.  Take action to adhere to the official EEO policy of the Board.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Approximately 15%. Travel may be as frequent as once a month to various DOE locations throughout the U.S.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Allowable relocation expenses will be paid.