Transportation Disaster Assistance Specialist (Medicolegal)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 15, 2019
Closes
Aug 16, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Safety Recommendations and Communications, Transportation Disaster Assistance Division

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Responsibilities

Provides responsive and confidential assistance to accident victims and their family members and coordinates NTSB activities with representatives of transportation organizations, Federal, state and local agencies, and non-profit organizations in the provision of services and facilities to these victims and family members. Assists in the development of policies, programs and procedures to support transportation accident victims and their families. Coordinates family assistance operations within the NTSB; evaluates the effectiveness of existing procedures and proposes necessary changes to improve support activities. Communicates with victims and family members, both orally and in writing during the on-scene phase of the investigation and throughout the course of the investigation. Following transportation accidents, the incumbent will conduct a variety of tasks in support of the NTSB investigative team, victims, and family members affected by the accident. Serves as a subject matter resource to the presiding medicolegal jurisdiction regarding victim recovery, identification, and related medicolegal concerns following transportation mass casualty incidents.

NOTE: The critical nature of this position requires that the incumbent be available 24 hours/day, seven days/week, in an on-call capacity in the event of an accident response. This service may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of an accident response may last up to several weeks with little advance notice, requiring employees to relocate to accident sites that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (see "How to Apply" section.)
  • Suitability for Federal employment
  • Financial Interest in transportation enterprises will be evaluated on a case by case basis
  • Bargaining Unit Position: YES
  • Direct Deposit is required.
  • Trial or probationary period may be required.


Qualifications

To minimally qualify for the GS-14 level, the incumbent must possess at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 or equivalent level. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) demonstrated knowledge of family assistance response operations following transportation accidents, natural disasters, criminal events, or other critical incidents or traumatic events; (2) ability to communicate effectively with victims and family members of victims impacted by disasters or other traumatic events; (3) extensive working knowledge of mass casualty medicolegal operations, to include data management and quality assurance procedures; and (4) experience coordinate efforts between applicable stakeholders to facilitate the recovery and identification of fatally-injured victims associated with transportation accidents, natural disasters, criminal events, or other mass casualty incidents.

Education

No education requirement for this grade level.

Additional information

  • The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. A variety of work life amenities are offered such as alternate work schedules, telework, flextime, fitness benefits and transit benefits.
  • Moving expenses associated with permanent change of station (PCS) ARE NOT authorized for this position.
  • If you left Federal Employment and received a buy out and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the payment.
  • Multiple and subsequent vacancies may be filled from this announcement.
  • If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans' preference. Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service or to internal agency actions such as a reassignment or promotion. When claiming preference, veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other acceptable documentation. Applicants claiming 10 point preference will need to submit Form SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. If you have questions about the applicability of veterans' preference for a particular vacancy please contact the agency posting the announcement. To learn more about veterans' preference, special veteran appointing authorities, and other veteran related topics, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
  • Telework may be authorized on a case-by-case basis.
  • The National Transportation Safety Board provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the National Transportation Safety Board directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be rated using the Category Rating System. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Screening Questions/Occupational Questionnaire for consistency. Applicants must first meet any mandatory education/licensure/certification requirements before experience is evaluated. Failure to meet any mandatory requirement as outlined in the qualifications section will disqualify you from further consideration. Based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training in relation to these competencies, you will be placed into one of the following three categories:
  • Highly Qualified - Applicants with a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all competencies.
  • Well Qualified - Applicants with a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the competencies.
  • Qualified - Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above and any education or selective factor if also required.
The Category Rating Method does not add Veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Documented preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification/eligibility requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to determine your eligibility and qualifications. If mandatory education/licensure/certification requirements are met, your application will be further evaluated based on training, experience and other factors critical to successful job performance such as:

Administration and Management
Interpersonal Skills
Communication
Technical Competence

If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or your application may be removed from further consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. The following documents are required for a COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE:

To fully determine eligibility, all applicable documents listed below must be submitted. Failure to submit any of the below documentation may result in your disqualification from further consideration.
  • Resume
  • Responses to the questionnaire
  • If claiming Veterans Preference, DD-214 or equivalent; if claiming compensable injury, include SF-15 and VA Letter.


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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