Supervisory Physician (Occupational Medicine)

Washington, D.C
Sep 30, 2020
Oct 08, 2020
Full Time


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.

This vacancy has been extended and the "Additional Information" has been updated to include Physicians' Comparability Allowance (PCA) information.
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  • Do you have a strong desire to lead, inspire and develop people? Do you want your career to leave an enduring impact on others? Do you have a passion for exploration? If you answered yes, we want you! At NASA, the key to our success is our people.
  • We recognize the vital role that supervisors play to empower our diverse workforce to achieve goals. At NASA, supervisors must have a unique combination of technical competence, individual energy, and the ability to connect with and motivate others.
  • In return, we offer a range of missions and people to support, where you'll have the opportunity to contribute to work that matters while helping us create and sustain an environment that fosters connection, engagement, teamwork and innovation.
  • Supervises the work of the organization. Provides administrative and technical leadership and supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the Office of Chief Health and Medical Officer.
  • As a supervisor, you will provide equal opportunity in all Federal human capital and employment programs.
  • You will be expected to make decisions regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, affiliation or non-affiliation with a labor organization, political affiliation, or status as a parent.
  • 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 Federal Workers Comp.
  • 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.
  • Reviews existing occurrences of occupational hazards brought from the center level during regular 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.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
  • Drug designated position subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • A one-year probationary period may be required


In addition to the basic education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade [GS-14], which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

To qualify for the GS-15, specialized experience includes performing duties such as:

* 5 years of relevant clinical experience.

* Experience and background in Occupational and/or Aerospace Medicine.

* Experience in planning, conducting, and evaluating clinical medical programs.

* Experience drafting or managing health policies.

For the GS-15 level: 5 years of graduate training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training is required.

Graduate Training : Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine 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 a hospital or an institution accredited for such training. For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada.

Licensure: Applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.

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Basic Requirements

Degree: Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or equivalent from a school in the United States or Canada. This degree must have been accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association; Association of American Medical Colleges; Liaison Committee on Medical Education; Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association, or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

Degree from Foreign Medical School: A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States. Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (external link), a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation. Official transcripts will be required at the time of selection to verify that you meet the educational requirements.

Additional information

This position may offer physicians? comparability allowance (PCA) and a service agreement will be required. PCA allows up to $14,000 annually to a physician with 24 months or less of service or PCA up to $30,000 annually to a physician with more than 24 months of service.

This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. Recruitment for this position will follow guidelines established by the Office of Personnel Management for use of Direct Hire authority.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:

Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility.

Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for NASA's definition of well qualified.

Be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP if you are selected for the position. This includes copies of your agency notice, most recent Performance Rating and most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

At NASA each organization is free to establish telework procedures that are compatible with mission requirements, while offering employees some options for work/life balance. Specific telework request will need to be approved by the immediate supervisor.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. A Human Resources Specialist will review your resume to determine if you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements as listed in 'Requirements'.

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be assessed using NASA STARS, an automated system that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 point quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

For the purpose of the CTAP and ICTAP, candidates rated in the top quality (90 pt.) category are considered well-qualified.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further 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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