Executive Director

Arlington, Virginia
May 27, 2022
Jun 04, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Reports to the Chair of the NWTRB and maintains close contact with the other members of the Board. Provides input to the Chair and the Board members in the areas of policy making, resource management, and planning the technical activities of the Board.
  • Liaises with Department of Energy (DOE) officials in the Secretary's office and other offices that have responsibilities related to the management and disposal of SNF and HLW; members of Congress, their staffs, and sub-committee staffs; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); the Office of Management and Budget(OMB); and other external stakeholders.
  • Manages the Board's technical activities, including reviews of DOE activities, planning and management of Board meetings and fact-finding trips, and preparation of Board reports and correspondence.
  • Prepares and submits the Board's annual budget, implementation of the Board's strategic plan, and completion of all other administrative functions.
  • Manages the activities of the Board's staff, which operates with a high degree of independence in a collaborative work environment.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected.
  • If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with an OPM Executive Consultant to finalize your ECQ narrative for OPM submission.
  • Must complete a background investigation.
  • Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  • Must file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • Appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity
  • A one year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Time-in-Grade: Current or former Federal employees applying under merit promotion considerations must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements for consideration.
  • Must meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males


Minimum Qualifications:

Must possess at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-15 grade level or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing the following duties:
  • Experience effectively leading and managing interdisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists;
  • Technical knowledge of and experience in a relevant field of engineering or science, preferably including experience in one or more of the following activities: research and development, facility design, operations;
  • Interpreting technical and policy issues related to the management and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste;
  • Familiarity with activities in other countries that are planning or implementing programs for the management and disposal of spent nuclear waste and high-level waste; and
  • Maintaining a collaborative and productive work environment between management and board members
  • All applicants must submit a written narrative response to the below ECQs and include your name on each page. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately. Additional information on ECQs is available at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/(http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/) . Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results model outlined in the guide. It is recommended that you draft your ECQs in a Word document and then upload into the system.


    Leading Change: brings about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet Board-established goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to successfully implement an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    Leading People : leads Board staff in implementing the Board's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide a respectful and inclusive work environment that fosters staff development, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    Results Driven : meets organizational goals and stakeholder expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    Building Coalitions : builds coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state and local governments, Indian tribes, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, and international organizations to achieve the Board's goals.

    Business Acumen : Ability to independently and objectively evaluate DOE activities related to the management of nuclear fuel and high-level waste, to think strategically, and to understand the technical and non-technical implications of the Board's activities and its conclusions and recommendations for DOE specifically and for the management of nuclear waste in general.

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

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here .

    Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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 include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


    There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level of this announcement.

    Additional information

    • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
    Physical Demands: The work is mostly sedentary requiring lengthy periods of review, research, and concentration. Physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    Working Conditions: Work is generally performed in an office environment. Travel will be required to attend conferences, trade shows, meetings, and site visits.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

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