Deputy Director

Arlington, Virginia
Aug 12, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

Serves as Deputy and alter ego to the Director of the office by sharing in the overall program management, leadership, and decision-making activities; by collaborating with key MSHA managers and senior technical specialists to review, evaluate, and formulate recommendations and/or solutions to programmatic issues, to exchange information, and to participate in joint program planning. Keeps the Director informed on major issues and problems, particularly those involving policy considerations requiring the attention of the Assistant Secretary. Coordinates development of MSHA's position with appropriate managers and technical specialists, negotiates resolution of technical and programmatic issues and makes recommendations to the Assistant Secretary concerning whether to proceed with a regulatory project. Develops the MSHA regulatory plan and agenda for inclusion in the departmental plan and agenda. Monitors plan and agenda items; develops documentation for any revisions, additions, or deletions consistent with current and future plans, and secures necessary approvals to effect the changes. Reviews preliminary economic assessments concerning significant new and revised mine safety and health standards and regulations, particularly the adequacy and propriety of conclusions as to a major economic impact under Executive Order criteria. Directs and manages the development and writing of draft and final version of new and revised mine safety and health standards. Conducts meetings to identify and discuss issues and leads negotiations to resolve differences. Chairs public hearings on proposed regulations and standards. Questions those who testify to clarify issues and viewpoints to facilitate development of the agency's position. Analyzes proposed legislation, draft regulations and executive orders and testimony from other Federal agencies in order to assess their impact on MSHA and MSHA standards and regulations. Coordinates the review of these proposals by appropriate MSHA program offices and prepares responses for the Agency. Analyzes proposals and prepares position papers and makes recommendations, when appropriate. Prepares and/or reviews a wide variety of correspondence and documents, including specialized policy papers, analytical reports and issues papers, on issues affecting all aspects of the mining industry for the Director's and/or other high-level signature. Supervisor for Division Chiefs, FOIA officer and other employees in the immediate OSRV office. In the supervisor's absence and unavailability, exercises full supervisory and managerial responsibility for the work and personnel of the Office.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Requires supervisory probationary period if requirement has not been met.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

You may not be aware, but in the regulations for agency ethics programs, there are requirements for supervisors. Section 2638.103 of Title 5 of the CFR states:

Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials. Supervisors are also responsible for working with agency ethics officials to help resolve conflicts of interests and enforce government ethics laws and regulations, including those requiring certain employees to file financial disclosure reports. In addition, supervisors are responsible, when requested, for assisting agency ethics officials in evaluating potential conflicts of interest and identifying positions subject to financial disclosure requirements.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement.

Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-14, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience for this position is work that demonstrates experience equivalent to at least a GS-14, in the Federal Service, in:
  • Demonstrated skill in the development and technical writing of regulations and policies.
  • Experience in developing and advising on regulatory projects.
  • Skill in preparing, reviewing and analyzing correspondence and documents such as: proposed legislation, draft regulations, specialized policy papers or analytical reports and issues papers.
  • Experience providing advice and procedural direction to senior management officials.
  • Knowledge of management and leadership principles with experience planning, assigning, and evaluating the work of subordinates.
  • In-depth knowledge of the organization of the executive and legislative branches of government and the legislative and rule-making processes. Demonstrated experience in representing agency views on legislative and regulatory proposals.
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with internal organizational units and demonstrated skill in the development and enhancement of alliances with external groups.


There is no education substitution for specialized experience at the GS-15 level.

Additional information

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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 can participate and contribute to their full potential.

All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company that may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105. Certain MSHA employees are required to file a financial disclosure report. For questions, please contact the vacancy contact on this announcement.