Senior Site Liaison Coordinator

Washington, D.C
Apr 19, 2021
Apr 22, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time


The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the Senior Site Liaison Coordinator for APDAS Field Operations, and is responsible for performing extremely broad and extensive study assignments related to EM policy and/or programs which are of significant interest to the public and Congress.

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As the Senior Site Liaison Coordinator, you will:

  • Provide authoritative advice and guidance to DOE EM HQ Offices and EM Field Office(s) on the interpretation of a wide variety of requirements, policies, and protocols, while working proactively with all EM HQ site liaisons and field office(s) to identify and resolve both internal and external issues and barriers impacting timely or successful completion of the EM mission.
  • Oversee site-related activities of other EM HQ and DOE offices and site integrated assessment activity calendars to formulate or influence assessment activities and policies to drive efficiency and to minimize disruption of field office work.
  • Report to the APDAS for Field Ops at DOE EM HQ.
  • Provide expert advice in collaborating with EM HQ and other stakeholders on field requirements, budget needs, project status, strategies, and planned or accomplished work.
  • Provide recommendations on budget formulation input.
  • Assist sites with gaining support for and deployment of implementation strategies based on complex-wide lessons learned which drive effective and efficient accomplishment of the EM mission.
  • Apply modern or emerging concepts, trends, and technological change to day-to-day responsibilities in effort to integrate ideas from diverse sources into cohesive plans of action for the future.
  • Represent EM HQ leadership, field managers, deputy managers, or federal project directors in EM and DOE forums, national laboratories, industry, and/or other offices on problems/issues concerning issues related to EM site(s) as appropriate.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact and spokesperson for Office of Field Operations policies and programs at EM sites, for which contacts are made across the senior leadership and officials within and outside the DOE, including the Executive Branch, Congress; other Federal, state, and local agencies; regulators; contractors; and other stakeholders.
  • Manage a small staff as follows: plan work to be accomplished by subordinates; set and adjust both short and long-range priorities; prepare objectives and schedules to ensure the completion of the work; establish performance standards, evaluate and rate work performance; make recommendations for awards.
  • Possess skill in planning, organizing, directing work, and effectively conducting critical negotiations with management to accept and implement recommendations.
  • Provide advice, counsel, or instruction to staff.
  • Utilize appropriate position management techniques to best use the staff available and to promote effective team relationships and improved business practices.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel (1-5 nights per month) may be required for this position to attend conferences, meetings, and training

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 - Not Applicable


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 2-year trial period
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test; random testing after appointment
  • This employer participates in the eVerify program

This is an Excepted Service position. This appointment will not confer Competitive Service career-conditional or career tenure status. This means that if you are selected, you would have to compete with other applicants in open competition to meet requirements for another Federal position, unless you meet the requirements for reinstatement. Applicants who voluntarily convert from the competitive service, Senior Executive Service, or other pay systems to a non-time limited appointment under this excepted service authority are not afforded "fallback rights" to the pay system previously assigned prior to conversion.

Conditions of Employment
  • If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to the U.S. Department of Energy mandatory requirements and will be required to file a confidential financial disclosure report within 30 days of entry on duty.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE-Q level security clearance.
  • As a condition of appointment to this 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.
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12). A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement (OGE-460) upon entering the position, and annually thereafter.
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 2 year trial period


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/pay band in the Federal service. For this position, experience must be at least equivalent to the EJ/EK-IV or GS-14/15 level.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as performing complex project management and contract oversight assignments related to policy and/or programs which are related to environmental remediation and defense nuclear facility legacy cleanup (i.e., nuclear and/or transuranic waste management, deactivation & decommissioning, etc.).

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your resume how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the Competencies/KSAs identified below:
  • Mastery of the principles, concepts, and methods associated with Government policy and protocol sufficient to serve as a technical authority and key advisor to senior Agency leadership on Agency and National policy and related strategy, planning, and implementation issues.
  • Thorough knowledge and ability to be able to conduct analysis, provide professional expert advice and to develop recommendations on issues/problems which have a major degree of complexity
  • Ability to formulate detailed and well thought out strategies to resolve inter-related and complex issues/problems
  • Extensive knowledge and ability to analyze and evaluate methods and techniques for assessing program development or execution and improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Expert knowledge and mastery of a wide range of superior qualitative and quantitative analytical and evaluative methods and techniques for the assessment and improvement of effectiveness and efficiency, and the improvement of complex management process and systems.
  • Expert skill in communicating ideas, concepts, methods, analyses, evaluations and recommendations in a logical and convincing manner, either by oral or written means of communication to a variety of audiences including management, professional, technical and administrative organizations.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of management principles, analytical techniques, and review processes as related to organizational management and administration.
  • Mastery of knowledge of a wide variety of techniques for management and analysis, and expert skill in planning, organizing, directing, and conducting complex studies, as well as skills in justifying or resolving matters involving significant or controversial issues.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service Programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


While this position does not have a positive education requirement, a scientific or engineering background is beneficial.

Additional information

  • The Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • 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 .
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links ate the bottom of the page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well-qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
  • 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.
  • Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 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.
EEO Policy Statement Reasonable Accommodation Policy Veteran's Information Telework: Selective Service Registration:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Evaluations: The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating Procedures. Then the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure that you have been placed into the appropriate quality category. Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position. The quality categories are "Best Qualified" (applicants who possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements of the position), "Well Qualified" (applicants who possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements of the position). and "Qualified" (applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the position). If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be placed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated "ineligible", "not qualified", or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

Selecting official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration. References will be checked on the selectee prior to an employment offer.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more. ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
  • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
  • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting grade/salary for each position and the highest grade/salary you earned (if different).
  • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
  • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.

Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action). To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following: 1) Full position title; 2) appointment type; 3) occupational series; 4) pay plan, grade, and step; 5) tenure code; 6) service computation date (SCD).
  • Note: If you are a current DOE/NNSA employee, you do not need to provide your latest SF-50. This note does not apply to FERC and BPA employees.

Specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information. Displaced Federal employees who qualify for I/CTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information. Veterans: Veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA letter, SF-15 as applicable). Please note, if you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency which will allow you to apply under the (Veterans Opportunity to Work ) VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist or any Federal, state or District of Columbia agency or US territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.
If you are selected for this position, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to verify your responses.

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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