Director, Office of Project Assessment

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Germantown, Maryland
Posted
Jun 13, 2019
Closes
Jun 20, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Office of Project Assessment provides independent advice to the Director of the Office of Science (SC) relating to those activities essential to constructing and operating major research facilities. In addition, this office provides professional management and staff support regarding these functions to SC program offices.

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Responsibilities

As the Director, Office of Project Assessment you will:
  • Serve as the principal construction and project management advisor to the supervisor, and as the principal construction management authority within the organization.
  • Direct all activities involved with technical, cost, schedule and management reviews of the organizations projects and continuously evaluates progress for all projects; and
  • Manage, supervise, and direct a staff consisting of professional, administrative, and clerical positions.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • This employer participates in the eVerify program.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. 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, his/her executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected.
PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): Selected candidate must file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual's initial SES career appointment becomed final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.
A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) , governing personal identity.
DRUG TESTING POSITION. You will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.

You must be a U.S. Citizen

Qualifications

The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the rest of the application package.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): A supplemental narrative must be submitted separately addressing each MTQ below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments.

Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs:

MTQ #1: Demonstrated skill in providing leadership, direction, and construction of nationally recognized large-scale research and development facilities. Demonstrates a general understanding of science and technology. Demonstrates an extensive experience in and knowledge in applying laws, regulations, and business policies and practices applicable to construction and project management; human resource management; security; procurement; financial management; property management; and environment, safety, and health management.

MTQ #2: Demonstrated experience in government (or industry equivalent) contract management, with particular emphasis on project management of large construction contracts for research and development facilities. This also includes demonstrated experience in all activities involved with technical scope, cost, schedule and management. Demonstrated ability to review project management organizations and continuously evaluate progress for all projects and provide independent assessment to upper management. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with subject matter experts in a wide variety of specialized disciples is essential; e.g. scientists, engineers, financial analysts, and safety professions.

MTQ #3: Demonstrated skill in communicating with senior management officials, government/public officials, scientists, the public, and national laboratory/contractor management (or industry equivalent) to develop support for complex the construction of research and development facilities. Demonstrates the ability to accomplish the mission and vision of a professional organization through implementation of results-oriented management and leadership techniques.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): the ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed as an SES; they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." Your resume and application must demonstrate and address the ECQs and include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize their level of responsibilities; address the scope and complexity of the programs, activities or services managed; program accomplishments; describe policy initiatives undertaken; define level of contacts; convey the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; the results of actions taken. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the SES prior to appointment. The five ECQs are as follows:
  • ECQ 1: Leading Change - Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision an dto implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • ECQ 2: Leading People - Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals, and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • ECQ 3: Results Driven - Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • ECQ 4: Business Acumen - Ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.
  • ECQ 5: Building Coalitions - 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.

For additional information on ECQs, please review the detailed information provided by OPM at the following link: Executive Core Qualifications .

Education

Degree: Engineering. 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 engineering. 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

  • If education is required: You must provide a copy of your transcripts from an accredited institution. Be sure to include those transcripts directly applicable to determining your meeting the education requirements. Failure to provide proof of education will result in non-consideration for this position. OFFICIAL ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS will be required to be provided prior to entrance-on-duty for individuals selected.

    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see Department of Education

    Additional information

    Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
    You may be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.
    Faxed or e-mailed applications and/or resumes will not be accepted.
    Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
    New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify ."
    EEO/Diversity Policy and Privacy Act
    Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, parental status, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93-579, 5 USC 552a) and is used to determine qualifications for employment as authorized under 5 USC Sections 3302 and 3361.
    Selective Service
    All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants must submit a five (5) page ECQ-based Resume and a separate narrative addressign each MTQ (maximum of one (1) page per MTQ). Pages submitted in excess of the limits described above will not be considered. Substituting pages for other required documents in the application is not acceptable (e.g., submitting only a four-page resume but adding an additional page to address an MTQ). Do not use borders, provide photos or list a Social Security number or date of birth on any attachment.

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extend of your total accomplishments, experience, and education (if applicable). Your application will be rated and ranked by an Executve Resources Board (ERB) Panel, comprised of at least three SES members, using only the information submitted within the application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate in their application sufficient possession of the ECQs and MTQs will be determined ineligible for further consideration.

    As part of the "Resume Based" recruitment method, the ERB panel conducts a structured interview for all applicants, both competitive and non-competitive, who are determied to be in the top category from the ERB Rating Panel. Based on the Panel's evaluation, applicants who were determined Best Qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

    Once a candidate has been identified for selection, reference checks may be completed. The Department's appointing official(s) will make a final approval of the selection, an in compettive cases, OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB) must certify the ECQs before final appointment can occur. If OPM approval is requried for hte ECQs, the candidate is required to assist in the development of the QRB template for submission to the QRB. Verification of performance, suitability and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

    If you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you will be rated "ineligible."
  • 5-page ECQ-based Resume
  • MTQ Narrative (no more than one page per MTQ)
  • Current or former career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing current status or reinstatement eligibility.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their certification.
  • Current or former Federal civilian employee, please provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action)
  • If this position has a positive education requirement, you must submit a copy of your transcript or a separate course listing showing the college name, course title, department, hours earned (quarter or semester), and grade. If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. The National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit Department of Education

  • Applicants will be prompted at the "Vacancy Documents" section of the application to add their required documents. Please review and follow the instructions listed to successfully submit your documents. Failure to submit the required documentation by 11:59 pm EST of the closing date will result in loss of consideration. Make sure you include the announcement number for this position. Incomplete applications will result in a loss of consideration.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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