Supervisory Medical Officer (Occupational Medicine)

Washington D.C.
Jul 14, 2017
Aug 08, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency


Closing date has been extended to 8/7/17

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer, NASA Headquarters and reports to the Deputy Chief Health and Medical Officer. The incumbent serves as the manager of the NASA Health and Medical Systems Division, which is responsible for formulating and implementing policy related to the health and safety of the NASA workforce in all environments, ensuring occupational health regulatory compliance, and optimizing employee performance and wellbeing. The Agency's Occupational Health activities include Occupational Medicine, Aerospace Medicine, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, Health Promotion, Food Safety, Fitness, Employee Assistance, and the Federal Workers Compensation program. The incumbent of this position also serves as the expert for Operational Safety Medicine and medical consultant to the NASA Chief Health and Medical Officer.

The following competencies are desired of all applicants interested in a Supervisory position at NASA.

1. Manage projects
2. Managing People
3. Communication Skills
4. Interpersonal Skills


This position is being announced in conjunction with a Merit Promotion vacancy announcement number HQ17C0086. Current and former Federal employees, disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities wishing to be considered under merit promotion procedures may apply to vacancy announcement HQ17C0086. Only one position will be filled as a result of these two vacancy announcements.

Please list your General Schedule (GS) equivalency on your resume for every federal position you have held.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
  • A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

    Specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level is defined as experience in the following skill sets:

    Skill Set 1) Providing leadership to subordinate employees performing the work and functions of an organization.

    Skill Set 2) Planning and developing procedure and directives governing occupational medicine and aerospace medicine.

    Skill Set 3) Providing clear and consistent communication with program customers and stakeholders in the areas of responsibility.


    Basic Requirements:

    Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).

    Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. Graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

    Licensure: Candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Applications will be accepted from physicians who are not currently licensed; however, if selected for appointment, they must (a) obtain a license before entering on duty, or (b) meet the following provision:

    Waiver of Licensure Requirement: An agency may waive the licensure requirement for positions not involving direct patient care, e.g., positions performing disability evaluations, positions performing solely research, or administrative program managers. If the agency does not waive the license requirement for these kinds of positions, candidates may be appointed subject to obtaining a license within 1 year.

    Appointments Pending Meeting Licensure Requirement: Individual circumstances may warrant appointments pending meeting the licensure requirement (e.g., when a candidate has a temporary license to practice until the next regular session of the licensing board). Persons appointed pending licensure may not be retained beyond 1 year of appointment if they do not obtain the license.

    Additional Requirements:

    In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements listed above, candidates must meet the following requirement:

    5 years of residency training or equivalent experience and training in Occupational Medical Programs. In addition to a residency in occupational medicine (or one of the other preventive medicine specialty areas), knowledge, skills, and abilities for work in this program area may have been acquired in family practice, internal medicine, surgery, pathology, dermatology, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, public health, aerospace medicine, and general preventive medicine.

    1 year of appropriate graduate training or experience in occupational health programs equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-14.

    U.S. citizenship is required.



    Manages the organization’s Health and Medical Systems programs. Oversees all aspects of NASA occupational health and medicine and serves as the program manager for occupational health practice. Develops agency-level policies, procedures, and directives governing occupational and preventive medicine. Provides policies and oversight for occupational health functions to include: Occupational Medicine, Aerospace Medicine, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, Health Promotion, Food Safety, Fitness, Employee Assistance, and the Federal Workers Compensation program.

    Suggests improvements and monitors the quality of medical care delivered across the agency through a variety of methods, including onsite reviews. Advises NASA medical staff on special standards of medical care to determine fitness for duty and other special duties, and determines recommendations on waivers of medical standards. Serves as the primary occupational medical expert for coordination of the Agency’s health, medical, and environmental mishap investigation boards. Boards. Reviews existing occurrences of occupational hazards brought from the center level during regular OCHMO review boards and identifies definable risks, employee health implications and scope. Collaborates with Safety officers and all levels of management in reducing or eliminating occupational health hazards. Interacts with medical staff and is kept abreast of occupational health problems. Supports program integration of relevant Health and Medical Technical Authority, as well as new or existing health and performance requirements.

    Responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity and diversity by taking positive steps to support the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in all areas under his/her supervision.

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