Deputy Director

Arlington, Virginia
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

Serves as the alter ego of the Director and as such, exercises program responsibility for the planning, coordination, and evaluation of Technical Support services and activities of two subordinate supervisors.

Participates with and collaborates in the planning and coordination of long-range program planning with other MSHA Administrators. Advises and assists program officials on program objectives including, program planning; develops programs, policies, and operating instructions to improve the services and mission related activities of the organization, including consideration and implementation of new technology and developments in mining that are relevant to and have potential nation-wide significance for mine safety and health, mining industries, and unions.

Reviews organizational segment strategies to achieve program goals. Develops information and plans related to the strategic planning of future operations of the organization, ensuring that adequate plans are in place for the future operations of the organization.

Develops programs, policies, and standard operating procedures and instructions.

Represents the director with full authority to represent the views of the program area. Has delegated authority to commit Technical Support specific courses of action consistent with the general view and policy objectives of the director. Serves as MSHA's advisor to the assistant/deputy assistant secretary for MSHA, associate solicitor for MSHA, and other concerned officials in DOL to provide technical advice and guidance at Congressional hearings, litigation, and individual problem situations of a critical and highly sensitive nature. Serves as a member of inter-agency ad hoc committees; participates with and collaborates in the planning and coordination of long-range Technical Support programs with other key MSHA and DOL officials and others external to DOL.

Supervises a staff of five: two (2) GS-0801-15 Supervisory General Engineers, one (1) GS-0343-14 Supervisory Management and Program Analyst; one (1) GS-0801-14 General Engineer; and one (1) GS-0318-9 Secretary.

The deputy has full supervisory authority including: evaluating the work performance of subordinate supervisors; developing performance standards; giving advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters; making a decision on work problems presented by subordinate supervisors; making or approving selections for the subordinate nonsupervisory position; hearing and resolving group grievances or serious employee complaints; reviewing and approving serious disciplinary actions (e.g., suspensions) involving nonsupervisory subordinates; approving expenses comparable to within-grade increases, extensive overtime, and employee travel; making decisions on non-routine, costly or controversial training needs.


Conditions of Employment

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

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, 14, in the Federal Service.

Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Qualifying specialized experience for this position is:
  • Working knowledge and familiarity of the Mine Act and MSHA implementing regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines;
  • Demonstrated skill in the development and technical writing of regulations and policies;
  • Experience in developing and advising on regulatory projects;
  • Experience preparing, reviewing and analyzing correspondence and documents such as: draft regulations, specialized policy papers or analytical reports and issue papers;
  • Experience providing advice and procedural direction to senior management officials; and,
  • Knowledge of management and leadership principles with experience planning, assigning, and evaluating the work of subordinates.

Please be sure these types of examples are addressed with-in your resume.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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.


Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.

Department of Labor may use certain incentives and hiring flexibilities, currently offered by the Federal government to attract highly qualified candidates. Additional information is available at

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