Director, Engineering Laboratory

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Posted
May 10, 2021
Closes
May 18, 2021
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Director, Engineering Laboratory (EL) is primarily responsible for managing and directing the research and service programs of the EL.

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Responsibilities

The Director, Engineering Laboratory (EL) is primarily responsible for managing and directing the research and service programs of the EL. The incumbent represents NIST and the EL both inside and outside the Institute and assists the Director and Associate Directors in accomplishing the Institute's mission. The incumbent serves as primary point of contact for EL research and service programs with customers and stakeholders and is responsible for programmatic and operational direction of the EL. Specific responsibilities include:
  • Ensuring mission related research and services are provided in a reliable and consistent manner to customers and stakeholders;
  • Leading the employees of the Laboratory to anticipate and respond to the needs of NIST, the Department, and the Nation;
  • Developing and disseminating advanced manufacturing technologies, guidelines, standards activities, and services to the U.S. manufacturing industries;
  • Overseeing research, codes and standards activities and statutory responsibilities in disaster resilience and resilient materials, including the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program, and the National Construction Safety Team.
  • Serving as the primary point of contact for NIST and the Department on matters related to engineering research, development, and deployment; and,
  • Directing the EL activities including measurement science research, performance metrics, tools and methodologies for engineering application, and critical technical contributions to standards and codes development.

The Director, EL is responsible for maintaining collaborative relationships with the Department within the scope of his/her responsibilities. The EL Director represents the Director and the Institute with senior Administration officials, Congress, other Federal agencies, industry leaders, and national and international organizations on matters affecting the EL.

The Director, EL carries out other assignments and manages special programs as assigned by NIST leadership.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional to frequent travel may be required.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Incumbent may be subject to geographic mobility.
  • Minimum education requirement.
  • Designated or random drug testing may be required.


Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the duties and assignments of the position. Applicants must meet the basic education requirement to be eligible for consideration for this position.

Qualifications

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess all of the Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. Applicants must also meet the OPM Individual Occupational Requirements for this position.

Basic Requirements:

  • Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. OR
  • Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  • EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):

    ECQ 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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

    ECQ 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. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

    ECQ 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. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

    ECQ 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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

    PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQs):

    PTQ 1 - Demonstrated experience providing authoritative leadership and supervision of a scientific and engineering laboratory of significant size, resources, scope, and complexity.

    PTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience directing and achieving operational results as evidenced by experience applying analytic, diagnostic, and qualitative techniques sufficient to identify, evaluate, and recommend appropriate solutions to resolve the most complex, interrelated technical problems and make associated recommendations at all staff levels.

    PTQ 3 - Expert knowledge of engineering as it relates to manufacturing and/or building and fire research and associated services. Knowledge should be evidenced by leadership positions and results in the field, technical experience, publications, presentations, and/or substantial participation and recognition in the engineering, manufacturing or construction communities.

    Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and each Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) listed. If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and had your ECQs certified by OPM, then you only need to address each PTQ, and you do not need to submit an ECQ narrative.

    The above qualifications would typically be acquired through education, senior level experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in leading and managing a comprehensive program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf

    Education

    This position has an education requirement. Please submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment. You may list degree and/or course information to satisfy the basic education requirement. Applicants who do not meet the basic education requirement will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education:
    Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc .

    You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    Additional information

    Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see https://www.sss.gov/ for more information.

    Relocation expenses: Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized.

    Background investigation: This position requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

    Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) within 30 days of their appointment, annually thereafter and upon termination of Federal Government employment.

    Qualifications approval and probationary period: Persons newly selected for career appointments within the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one year probationary period.

    Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

    Travel: Occasional to frequent travel may be required.

    Social Security Number: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) to initially access and create an account at the https://www.usajobs.gov/ website. However, only the last four (4) digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package.

    Privacy Act notice (PL93-579) - The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

    False Statements: If you make false statements in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or, you may be subject to fine, imprisonment or other disciplinary action.

    Signature: Before you are hired, you may be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

    The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

    NIST is an equal opportunity employer.

    To learn more about NIST, visit NIST's channel on youtube.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) and each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) listed. If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and had your ECQs certified by OPM, then you only need to address each PTQ, and you do not need to submit an ECQ narrative.

    All other applicants are required to respond to all ECQs and PTQs, addressing each ECQ and PTQ separately. Please give a complete and detailed answer for each qualification. Please keep in mind each ECQ and PTQ are unique qualifications. Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific qualification. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".

    All applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the executive core and professional/technical qualifications, and best qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The ERB rating panel will make recommendations on best qualified candidates to the appointing authority. Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, the ECQs, and the PTQs.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

    In addition to your online application, the following documents must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement:

    1. Resume (uploaded as attachment or USAJOBS resume created with USAJOBS Resume Builder)

    2. For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your career appointment status in the SES.

    3. For current Federal employees: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

    4. For SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) Graduates: You must submit your SESCDP OPM-Certification documentation.

    ECQ's and PTQ's may be submitted via uploaded attachment, or entered during the application process.

    Applicants who fail to submit requested documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating. If you are unable to upload documents, you may fax your documents using the instructions below. Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet. Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number. Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly.

    NOTE: Once a document has been uploaded or faxed to a particular category (i.e., transcript), you cannot refax or upload additional documents to the same category (i.e., transcript) without overriding the original documents. In this case, please submit the additional documents to the "other" category. Also note that if you wish to add documents after you have already applied to this vacancy, you must upload or fax the new documents and then reapply to the vacancy so that the new documents can be attached to your application.

    Do not submit any additional information that is not required: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

    If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement.

    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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