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Deputy Director, Division of Advanced Reactors and Non-Power Production and Utilization Facilities

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Rockville, Maryland
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023
Duties

As the Deputy Director, Division of Advanced Reactors and Non-power Production and Utilization Facilities (DANU), you will assist the Director, in leading and managing the performance of licensing and oversight of advanced reactors and non-power production and utilization facilities (NPUFs), including research reactors, testing facilities, and medical radioisotope facilities.  Conducts the design reviews and initial licensing reviews for advanced reactors and NPUFs submitted under 10 CFR Parts 50 and 52.  Provides technical leadership and insights from engineering, systems analysis, and consequence analysis to the reviews of licensing actions, preparation of regulatory guidance documents, resolution of policy issues, development of operator licensing examinations, and conduct of safety and security inspections.  Supports international coordination programs for the oversight of advanced reactors and NPUFs and consults on the export and import of nuclear technology and material.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Provides programmatic leadership and direction and performs engineering-related safety reviews of applications for design certification, combined licenses, and new reactor preapplication activities, to ensure that proposed submittals and applications meet the applicable requirements, and there is a reasonable assurance of safety, security, and protection of the environment when the new nuclear plants are designed, built, and operated.
  • Leading change in all aspects of the regulatory framework to develop new guidance and to optimize and modernize established processes.
    • Simultaneously conduct numerous first-of-a-kind licensing activities for non-light water reactor technologies and non-power production and utilization facilities (NPUFs)
    • Licensing, oversight, and event response for diverse portfolio of regulated research and test reactors
    • Resolving numerous, complex technical issues spanning both power reactors and NPUFs
    • Negotiating and driving risk-informed decisions, considering highly diverse and conflicting views provided by internal and external stakeholders.
    • Recruiting, training, and developing staff and first-line supervisors to support implementation of a modern, risk-informed advanced reactor program.
    • Applying agency corporate processes to build programs appropriately and to agilely align budgets with an evolving landscape.
    • Transforming tools, guidance, and communications approaches to support successful achievement of program goals
  • Provides technical expertise to support regional activities, special projects, programs, and policy activities. Reviews are in support of topical reports, consensus standard changes, or new reactor designs.
  • Implements corporate management strategies consistent with the Agency's Strategic Plan.
  • Develops and implements recruitment, development and retention strategies to achieve a high-quality diverse workforce with the skills needed to accomplish program goals and objectives. Identifies critical skill and training needs of the organization and identifies and implements human capital strategies to close critical skill gaps. Staff recruitment, development and retention strategies promote workforce diversity and diversity management.
  • Requests and utilizes financial resources effectively and efficiently to accomplish agency mission and goals.
  • Ensures that staff performance is managed effectively, and performance plans identify key performance priorities and appraisal results indicate meaningful distinctions are made in staff performance assessments.
  • Evaluates staff and organizational effectiveness in accomplishing assigned tasks, and trouble-shoots problems that arise in accomplishing the goals and objectives of the agency. Develops and implements more efficient and streamlined methods and procedures to accomplish the goals and objectives of the agency.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
  • This is a Drug Testing position.


You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

You must have substantial supervisory or leadership experience which demonstrates the ability to successfully carry out the roles and responsibilities described above, typically evidenced by experience in progressively more responsible supervisory or leadership positions. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. Applicants who do not meet or do not demonstrate possession of the ECQs and PTQs in their application will be eliminated from further consideration.

All applicants must submit an online resume and online written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) describing your accomplishments against each of the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately and are required to respond to all ECQs. Abbreviated responses to the ECQs, such as "significant experience" or "see resume" do not provide enough information and should not be used. You will not be considered for this position if you leave any of the ECQs and vacancy questions unanswered.

Qualifications

You must have substantial supervisory or leadership experience which demonstrates the ability to successfully carry out the roles and responsibilities described above, typically evidenced by experience in progressively more responsible supervisory or leadership positions. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. Applicants who do not meet or do not demonstrate possession of the ECQs and PTQs in their application will be eliminated from further consideration.

All applicants must submit an online resume and online written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) describing your accomplishments against each of the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately and are required to respond to all ECQs. Abbreviated responses to the ECQs, such as "significant experience" or "see resume" do not provide enough information and should not be used. You will not be considered for this position if you leave any of the ECQs and vacancy questions unanswered.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):

Applicants must submit online written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately and are required to respond to all ECQs. Note: Current career SES members, former career SES members eligible for reinstatement, and SES Candidate Development graduates (with Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Review Board (QRB) certification) are encouraged, but not required, to address the ECQs to be considered. Use the following approach to describe your accomplishments:

Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model

Use one to two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ. The number of examples is not as important as ensuring that your experience matches the ECQ criteria.

Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.

Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).

Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action-oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of....) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.). Please limit your written statements to the space provide (8,000 characters) per ECQ. You must provide the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of responsible individuals who can verify the information provided for each ECQ.

Additional information on the ECQs is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp . Example ECQ statements are available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf .

Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer 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. Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.

PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQs)

All applicants must submit online written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) of accomplishments that would satisfy the following PTQs. You must address each PTQ separately. Please limit your written statements to the space provided (8,000 characters) per PTQ, attached examples will not be accepted, please use the space provided.

PTQ 1 - Broad knowledge and understanding of scientific and engineering disciplines sufficient to assess significant reactor safety and security issues and vulnerabilities associated with the design, licensing, and operation of nuclear reactor facilities.

PTQ 2 - Broad knowledge and understanding of national nuclear policy, the regulatory program and process, and the regulated industry, including understanding of current risk-informed decision-making expectations, as well as technological and security issues and their implications.

PTQ 3 - Broad knowledge of nuclear safety standards, regulations, codes and guides and their implementation to assure that the operation of licensed reactor facilities will not endanger the health and safety of the public or the environment.

Education

0801 Series:
  • Degree: To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET ; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

  • OR
  • Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT) 1 , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
  • Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

  • 1301 Series:
  • Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
    or
  • Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  • Additional information

    Occasional travel may be required and expenses associated with interview and/or relocation may be paid.

    When NRC determines that, in the absence of such an incentive, it will be difficult to fill the position with a suitable candidate, NRC may offer a relocation incentive to a current Federal employee who is required to geographically move.

    Veteran's Preference does not apply to SES.

    Salary for SES positions varies depending on qualifications and the responsibilities of the position.

    Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period in SES unless required probationary period has been served.

    This position is subject to Public Financial Disclosure Reporting requirements and NRC prohibited securities ownership restrictions. Selected candidate is required to file a "Public Financial Disclosure Report" (OGE Form 278) within 30 days after appointment.

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Disability Program Coordinator at (301) 287-0712. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Selected candidate will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a section 145(b) waiver under the Atomic Energy Act. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you need favorable education verification, and reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a waiver is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

    The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. The individual selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in an NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

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