Principal Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure & Operations

Washington, D.C
Jun 14, 2021
Jun 22, 2021
Full Time


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The incumbent serves as the Principal Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations in the performance of the following managerial duties and responsibilities:
  • Provides strategic direction and oversight of the safety, infrastructure, packaging, nuclear materials management, and sustainability programs. Including planning, programming, budgeting, and execution of these programs for the National Security Enterprise.
  • Ensures a safe and sustainable capability to execute mission objectives now and in the future by balancing near-term and longer-term requirements related to safe and effective operations and infrastructure.
  • Leads key aspects of enterprise acquisition strategy development regarding safety, infrastructure, and environmental services.
  • Provides strategic direction to assure the safe storage, packaging, and transportation of radioactive and hazardous materials.
  • Provides executive leadership and direction to ensure long-term stewardship activities are performed to protect human health and the environment and maintain compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations.
  • Provides strategic and tactical planning, implementation, and development of NNSA sustainability and energy activities.
  • Provides strategic leadership for nuclear materials management; developing integrated plans for consolidation and disposition of excess nuclear materials; and providing life-cycle management of accountable nuclear materials.
  • Promotes and improves the performance culture in NA-50 to ensure that the organization's values and behaviors modeled by its leaders and internalized by its members. Ensures staff development and the continuous improvement efforts to make NA-50 operations efficient, effective, data- and risk-driven, and repeatable, predictable, and transparent.
  • Directs, oversees, and evaluates overall work accomplishment of staff. Reviews projects, reports, group, and individual performance for consistency with policies, regulations, technical adequacy, timeliness, and effective utilization of resources.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Domestic and overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 - This position does not have promotion potential.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be U.S. Citizen.
  • New SES appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period
  • A DOE "Q" level clearance is required.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278).
  • The position is subject to drug testing and random screening.
  • The incumbent is subject to SES mobility.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, candidates must possess specialized experience at a senior level which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties described above; including progressively responsible supervisory or managerial experience demonstrating the ability to manage people and resources.

Candidates must fully address all Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) in order to receive consideration. Your responses must demonstrate possession of these qualifications; typically acquired through education, experience or training, and reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive program and/or organization. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to see resume are considered incomplete and will not receive further consideration. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities. Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment; eligible for reinstatement into the SES; or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs; but MUST address all MTQs. Failure by non-Senior Executive Service member to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs and MTQs will result in loss of consideration.

Executive Core Qualifications: NOTE: Please limit your written statements to a two page limit per ECQ. Each response to the ECQs must be written in the Challenge-Context-Action-Results model . For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to first review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications

Leading Change - Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

Leading People - Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and support constructive resolution of conflicts.

Results Driven - 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.

Business Acumen - Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Business Coalitions - 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 Qualifications (MTQs): Please limit your written statements to two pages per MTQ.

1. Describe your experience in providing executive leadership and decision-making regarding safety, and/or infrastructure and/or operations (including environmental protection, resilience, and sustainability), relative to a highly complex, geographically dispersed technical organization.

2. Describe your experience developing/evaluating/executing strategies, programs, initiatives, policies, and directives required to achieve mission goals/objectives for safety, infrastructure sustainment, and/or operations. Provide examples of strategies, programs, initiatives, policies, and directives involved, actions taken, and the resulting outcomes.

3. Describe your experience leading and developing a diverse group of professionals.

4. Describe your experience directing the day-to-day operations of a complex organization, managing highly technical personnel to achieve high-level goals and objectives.


This position does not have a positive education requirement.

Additional information

EEO/Diversity Policy and Privacy Act Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, parental status, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93-579, 5 USC 552a), and is used to determine qualifications for employment as authorized under 5 USC Sections 3302 and 3361.

Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Candidates will be rated and ranked by a Merit Staffing Panel using only the information submitted within their application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) AND demonstrated specialized experience, training, and/or education in support of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) by answering ALL the questions for this vacancy announcement, will be determined ineligible for further consideration. Based on the Panel's evaluation, applicants who were determined best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Once a candidate has been identified for selection, the Executive Resources Board will make final approval, and in competitive cases, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Qualifications Review Board (QRB), will certify qualifications. This process can take up to 90 working days .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status.

If the position has an education requirement, also submit a copy of your transcript/s to verify your eligibility.

If you are a graduate of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), please submit on-line a copy of your CDP certification for non-competitive eligibility. You must respond to, answer, and meet all mandatory technical qualifications.

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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