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Announcement Number:
EM-17-CB-00017-EXC
Hiring Agency:
Department of Energy
Position Title:
Assistant Manager, Office of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
Open Period:
07/06/2017 - 08/04/2017

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
EJ - 0340 04
Salary:
USD $99,785 - USD $157,170
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time
Promotion Potential:
EJ-04
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Carlsbad, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Julie Dock
513-246-0519
julie.dock@hq.doe.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens

This vacancy is also being advertised to current Federal employees via Merit Promotion procedures under announcement EM-17-CB-00016-EXC-MP. 

 
Security Clearance Required:
Q Sensitive
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:
The U.S. Department of Energy is an excellent, family friendly employer and an exciting place to work.  Our overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States, to provide scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national weapons complex. Winning more R&D awards than any private sector organization and twice as many as all other federal agencies combined, DOE is the Nation’s top sponsor of research and development in fields such as alternate fuel vehicles, energy efficiency, gene research, supercomputers and microelectronics.  
Summary:
This position is located in the Office Environmental Management (EM) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office has responsibility for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and the National Transuranic (TRU) Program (NTP). WIPP is located in the Chihuahuan Desert of southeastern New Mexico, approximately 26 miles east of Carlsbad, NM. Visit Carlsbad, NM at: www.cityofcarlsbadnm.com. WIPP occupies approximately 28 square kilometers (16 square miles). The facility is used to store TRU waste left over from nuclear weapons research and testing operations from our past defense activities. Project facilities include disposal rooms mined 2,150 feet underground in a 2,000 foot thick salt formation. See more at: www.wipp.energy.gov or Youtube for: “The WIPP Experience”. Come join us in our mission to provide safe, compliant, and efficient characterization, transportation, and disposal of defense-related TRU waste.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Assistant Manager of the Office of the WIPP (OOW) and as the senior CBFO management official responsible for the development, implementation, and management of policies and procedures for the assigned functional and administrative areas, and for the operations and oversight of the WIPP facility.

**This is an Excepted Service position. This appointment will not confer Competitive Service career-conditional or career tenure status. This means that if you are selected, you would have to compete with other applicants in open competition to meet requirements for another Federal position, unless you meet the requirements for reinstatement. Applicants who voluntarily convert from the competitive service, Senior Executive Service, or other pay systems to a non-time limited appointment under this excepted service authority are not afforded "fallback rights" to the pay system previously assigned prior to conversion.**

 
Supervisory Position:
Yes
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Relocation expenses or incentive may be paid in accordance with applicable Federal Travel Regulations, pending funding availability

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Overnight travel 1-3 nights per month may be required

Duties

As the Assistant Manager, Office of WIPP, you will:

  • Direct, manage and supervise the Office of WIPP.
  • Oversee the contractor assurance system through the selective review, surveillance and operational awareness of contractor assurance systems and self-assessment functions.
  • Review, appraise and inspect contractor plans and operations.
  • Serve as a nuclear facility operations expert.
  • Furnish technical expertise in appraising project performance and provide guidance for effective problem resolution.
  • Assure effective and efficient use of federal and contractor personnel, facilities and other resources from an operations perspective.
  • Review contractor-performed work related to operation, maintenance, construction and repair of project facilities, buildings, grounds, utilities and equipment.
  • Develop specific goals to which the contractor must perform.
To view the position description, go to http://www.wipp.energy.gov/Careers.htm.

 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

This position requires the completion of a Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, and annually thereafter.
This position is a Drug Testing Designated Position and requires testing prior to appointment and randomly thereafter.
Background and/or Security Investigation is required. 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 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.
Annual medical exam is required.
This is position is designated as Key Essential and Emergency Essential.
Shift work and overtime may be required.
New supervisors are required to complete 80 hours of supervisory training of which 40 hours must be completed during your first year as a supervisor.
This position requires a one-year supervisory probationary period.
Key Requirements:
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Security clearance and drug testing are required.
  • Education Requirements:
    There is no positive education requirement for this position, although a technical degree is highly desired.
    Evaluations:
    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.
    Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.
    The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.
    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.
    If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
    Qualifications:
    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower pay band (EJ/EK-4 or at least grade level GS-13 equivalent) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
    • Demonstrated experience in contractor oversight, contract management and risk management;
    • Experience applying team lead or supervisory personnel management responsibilities;
    • Experience with plans, policy and procedure development and coordinating with senior level officials to accomplish shared or similar goals; and
    • Experience analyzing resource requirements to determine optimal allocations.
    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below.

    1. Expert knowledge of management systems, methods, and techniques as applicable to a set of personnel with a diverse set of skill sets.
    2. Mastery of advanced principles, concepts, techniques and practices of environmental management and/or nuclear, hazardous waste, or chemical/petrochemical activities sufficient to oversee the safe operations of a facility.
    3. Knowledge of environmental safety health and quality programs, concepts and methodologies to oversee and advise on nuclear, hazardous waste or chemical/petrochemical safety requirements and operations.
    4. In-depth knowledge of existing and proposed environmental or worker safety Federal legislation, policies and guidelines such as National Environmental Policy Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Mine Safety and Health Act requirements.

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:
    • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • This position requires completion of a one (1) year probationary/trial period unless previously served.
    • This positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
    EEO Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement
    Veterans Information: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information  
    Telework:  www.telework.gov
    Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference. 
    For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.

    Steps to submit a complete application:
    1. Click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
    2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the Resume Builder.
    3. You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the "Documents" step within our online application system (see Step 6).
    4. If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
    5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
    6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
    7. After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click "Submit Application" at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received.
    If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

    NEED HELP?
    • If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally. 
    • If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Us page. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
    • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.
    Required Documents:
    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
    Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable.  It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    If specific educational requirements are indicated for the vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
    Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
    Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.
    Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.
    Next Steps:
    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible. In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.