Director, Directorate of Enforcement

Washington, D.C
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Directorate of Enforcement Programs provides a balanced enforcement program for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and provides compliance guidance and assistance.

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As Director, the incumbent acts as an extension of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, and is responsible for achieving a high degree of comparability and inter-regional consistency in OSHA enforcement programs by: (1) providing OSHA Regional Administrators a single source for enforcement program direction, guidance, and policy interpretation; (2) providing technical and programmatic enforcement assistance on specific operational problems; (3) representing the Regional Administrators before the Assistant Secretary on all enforcement matters; and (4) designing and establishing the priorities for, and coordinating at the national level, numerous special emphasis enforcement programs having substantial enforcement significance.

The Director provides leadership and direction in the formulation, development, and execution of the Directorate's multiple functional responsibilities. Provides direction in the establishment of program objectives, the evaluation of achievements, and the correction of inadequacies.

Represents the Assistant Secretary in the development of major OSHA enforcement policies, goals, and capabilities. Provides careful scrutiny and examination of operating potentials to ascertain that goals are effective, consistent, uniformed, and attainable, during coverage and implementation at the operating level. Brings to focus, evaluates, and synthesizes Regional recommendations in enforcement program areas to ensure that the program is responsive to Regional Administrators.

Serves as a liaison capacity for the Assistant Secretary and Regional Administrators in providing a direct flow of enforcement guidance outside the Agency. Maintains appropriate coordination with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Transportation, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal agencies, the programs of which have a direct bearing on OSHA field enforcement (or where OSHA field actions or decisions might have direct bearing on the agencies).

Maintains knowledge and informs Regional Administrators of trends and development of the legislative, policy, and regulatory fronts affecting enforcement, so that they may be apprised of potential changes in programs and program emphasis.

Directs the planning and implementation, and reviews the accomplishments of, any Federal Agency Program which is responsible for assuring that each Federal agency is provided with all the guidance necessary to implement an effective occupational safety and health program.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 25% or Greater

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to a security background investigation.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • U. S. Citizenship.

Candidates must have a broad background in the administrative or managerial aspects of safety engineering, safety management or industrial hygiene or a combination of directly related functions or comparable work, which has demonstrated abilities of the candidate to perform the duties of the position. Candidates must demonstrate managerial ability or potential to perform in a managerial capacity at a senior management level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the Federal service).


To qualify for this position, all applicants must write a narrative in the spaces provided detailing accomplishments that would satisfy each of the ECQs and MTQs. You must address each ECQ and MTQ separately. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible.

In writing your responses to the ECQs, your narrative must address each ECQ separately in the spaces provided. Each ECQ should contain at least two examples describing your experiences and accomplishments/results.

Responses to ECQ's must not exceed 10 pages. It is recommended that applicants draft their ECQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each ECQ to ensure length requirements. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the following link: .

Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the Guide.


1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves 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.

2. Leading People: This core qualification involves 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.

3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves 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.

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves 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.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS (MTQs): In writing your narrative responses to the MTQs, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people with whom you interacted, the sensitivity of the issues you handled. etc.

1. Extensive knowledge and experience of the planning, implementation, and review of comprehensive occupational safety and health enforcement and enforcement-assistance policies, applicable to the general - including chemical safety -- and maritime industries, to ensure enforcement with occupational safety and health standards.

2. Demonstrated acumen in identifying, focusing, evaluating, and synthesizing recommendations to address problem areas of major significance to the operational aspects of OSHA goals and programs based on a comprehensive and technical understanding of field enforcement program administration.

3. Extensive experience understanding occupational safety and health stakeholder roles, and developing, leading, and maintaining critical existing relationships within OSHA and between state and local governments, trade associations, unions, and private-industry stakeholders.

4. Demonstrated experience in the formulation of new or revised safety and health standards to ensure maximum consideration of the practicality for enforcement programs.


The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from Federal employment to removal from Federal service.

Additional information

PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP: Prior to entry on duty, persons selected for employment with the Department of Labor who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship in the form of a passport, birth certificate or other approved documentation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated based on your experience and your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substitute your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, your application will be rated ineligible.

Current/Former Career SES or SES Candidate Development graduates who have been certified by OPM must provide a narrative response to address each of the MTQs, but need not address the ECQs. In order to successfully complete the online application process you must input the term, "noncompetitive eligible" in the text boxes for each of the ECQs. You must submit a Standard Form 50 that documents your SES Career appointment or a copy of your OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program certificate.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

1. SF-50 documentation of career SES appointment or other Federal appointment (if applicable) 2. Certificate of completion of OPM certified SES candidate program (if applicable) 3. Copy of most recent performance appraisal (optional)

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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