Supervisory Health Scientist

Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 19, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM), Office of Science and Technology Assessment (OSTA).

- This position is at the Full Performance Level.

- This position is outside the Bargaining Unit.

- Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement, if authorized.

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Major duties for this position include but are not limited to the following:
  • Provides expert and specialized technical advisory services on complex occupational safety and health and industrial hygiene issues including, but not limited, to chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear, and infectious disease preparedness and response policies, strategies, plans, proposals, studies, standards, and guidance for OSHA.
  • Applies technical skills in order to: Build and lead coalitions of subject matter experts in occupational safety and health and industrial hygiene issues to develop
    evidence and consensus-based recommendations, compliance assistance products, toolkits, and other materials for OSHA field staff and the public; Perform in-depth research to develop and integrate approaches for the evaluation and control of specific occupational hazards.
  • Evaluate workplace technical developments involving industry practices and specific work processes in order to advise OSHA program offices of their impact on existing OSHA regulations, priorities and procedures; Develop technical data and required material to support OSHA's program objectives.
  • Represents OSHA and establishes and maintains liaisons with other federal and state agencies, academic institutions and research and development organizations in order to keep informed of the technological advancements, workplace processes of new standards, and elevate worker safety and health issues and defend and clarify Agency goals, policies, practices and positions related to industrial hygiene and health sciences during national policy-making processes.
  • Coordinates with OSHA national and regional offices; other DOL entities including Office of the Solicitor; Federal Agencies; State and local governments; and private institutions which have common or similar goals and concerns to promote occupational worker safety and health objectives, develop and disseminate technical occupational safety and health documents, and cooperate in developing and recommending solutions to problems/obstacles.
  • Plans, organizes and operates agency-wide comprehensive safety and health program; evaluates the effectiveness of occupational safety and health requirements in the work environment; assesses the degree of compliance with applicable regulations and standards; and develops changes and modifications to a broad range of work processes, equipment operations, and protective devices to minimize injuries to employees and damage to agency property.
    Assures active participation in the program occurs at all levels of the organization and evaluates safety requirements proposed for future facilities and new equipment procurement's.
  • Conducts agency-wide comprehensive inspection activity, evaluates the effectiveness of occupational safety requirements in the work environment, assesses the degree of compliance with applicable regulations and standards, and develops changes and modifications to a broad range of work processes, equipment operations, and protective devices to minimize injuries to employees and damage to agency property.
  • Plans, develops, and implements agency-wide safety and occupational health standards appropriate to protect the safety and health of Agency staff and contractors in light of current and evolving hazards.
  • Performs the full range of supervisory responsibilities including: (a) directs office activities and makes assignments to subordinate employees; (b) reviews work products of subordinates and accepts, amends, or rejects work; (c) provides leadership and technical guidance to staff through
    the resolution of operating problems, and controls work results through staff meetings, work conferences, and review of work products; (d) identifies and initiates actions to provide development and training for subordinate employees; (e) establishes performance standards,
    evaluates job performance and assigns performance ratings; (f) effects minor disciplinary measures and recommends action in more serious cases; (g) hears and resolves employee complaints and refers grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to higher level supervisors or managers; (h) interviews candidates for subordinate positions and recommends appointment, promotion, or reassignment involving such positions; (i) approves/disapproves leave requests; and (j) recommends actions to effect personnel changes.
  • Plans and prioritizes the functions of the office including development of strategic and operating plans components related to providing technical assistance and support to further Agency goals and oversees preparation of schedules for completion of work to meet established deadlines.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
15 - This position is at the full performance level. (FPL)


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires supervisory probationary period if requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

You may not be aware, but in the regulations for agency ethics programs, there are requirements for supervisors. Section 2638.103 of Title 5 of the CFR states:

Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials. Supervisors are also responsible for working with agency ethics officials to help resolve conflicts of interests and enforce government ethics laws and regulations, including those requiring certain employees to file financial disclosure reports. In addition, supervisors are responsible, when requested, for assisting agency ethics officials in evaluating potential conflicts of interest and identifying positions subject to financial disclosure requirements.


Basic Requirements:

Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained.

To qualify for the GS-15 position:

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-14, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience coordinating and implementing complex safety and health policies, analyses, evaluations, recommendations and expertise of the scientific aspects of emerging issues and technologies and their practical application in occupational safety and health. In addition, the position requires specialized expertise in developing strategic and operating plan components related to providing technical assistance and leading teams to evaluate and design abatement strategies for complex OSH issues.


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.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.


Category A (Best Qualified) - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B (Well Qualified) - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C (Qualified) - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Technical Credibility - Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized experience.

Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of public safety and security operations; occupational health and safety; investigation and inspection techniques; or rules, regulations, precautions, and prevention techniques for the protection of people, data, and property.

Managing Human Resources - Plans, distributes, coordinates, and monitors work assignments of others; evaluates work performance and provides feedback to others on their performance; ensures that staff are appropriately selected, utilized, and developed, and that they are treated in a fair and equitable manner.

Administration & Management - Knowledge of planning, coordination, and execution of business functions, resource allocation, and production.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

- Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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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