Supervisory Mine Safety and Health Specialist (Ventilation)

Norton, Virginia
Jul 21, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Norton, VA.

- This position is outside the bargaining unit.

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-Performs personnel administration/management duties. Provides advice, counsel and instructions to staff on technical and administrative matters. Plans, directs and reviews the work of subordinates performing mine safety and health work and other specialists/support personnel in the work group. Coaches, mentors, and assists employees in the performance of work, with consideration of the difficulty of assignments and capabilities of employees. Distributes work assignments to ensure that workloads are balanced and that work is performed at prescribed intervals. Determines developmental training needs and promotes career development; assists employees in developing skills and knowledge to fully utilize individual talents. Evaluates performance of assigned employees. Observes work rules and regulations, employee relations matters and codes of conduct. Ensures that employees are kept informed of matters affecting employment.

-Ensures equal employment opportunities (EEO) are afforded to all employees in the selection of employees for training, promotions, awards and recognition and other career development opportunities. Ensures fair and unprejudiced employment practices in the selection of candidates for positions. Actively supports the Agency's Equal Opportunity Program in day-to-day activities. Abides by the terms of local bargaining unit agreements, wherever such local agreements exist. Promotes safety practices on the job. Identifies and corrects job safety and health hazards, instructing employees on safety requirements, reviewing and reporting accidents and incidents; and directing the periodic inspection of work locations.

Technical Duties (75%)

-Reviews plans submitted by mine operators to ensure compliance with proper ventilation standards and recommends approval, revisions or disapproval of such plans to the Assistant District Manager (ADM) and District Manager (DM). Conducts mine ventilation system surveys and investigations to ascertain actual conditions and systems prior to recommending approval or disapproval of proposed plans.

-Conducts ventilation surveys and investigation's. Advises and assists industry, union and district officials on ventilation matters. Offers recommendations for the improvement of safety in mines. Interprets and prepare standards for the implementation and application of Federal mine safety and health laws, standards and regulations. Conducts formal classroom training on mine ventilation matters. Provides testimony of fact on ventilation issues at court proceedings as needed.

-On a regular basis, accompanies specialist and other employees during their regular inspections, investigations or special assignments in mines and related facilities to assure the utmost work efficiency and quality: and makes personal examination of ventilation mining operations.

-As required, independently conducts a wide variety of on-site safety and health inspections and investigations of mines, preparation plants and related facilities. Prepares written reports of inspection and investigations, issuing citations and orders for violations found during examinations.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

50% or less - Approximately 30% of travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
13 - This position is at the Full-Performance Level (GS-13).


Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Requires medical exam and must maintain physical requirements.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Requires supervisory probationary period if requirement has not been met.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

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.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position being filled. Examples of creditable experience include direct on-site inspection; special accident investigation; development of mine safety and health standards; data analysis and evaluation of operational mine safety and health programs; special assessments; and development of industry-wide training or safety and health awareness programs.

Medical Requirements

Applicants and employees must be physically able to perform arduous duties efficiently and without hazard to themselves or others. Medical examination is required for all applicants for positions that involve regular or intermittent performance of inspection, investigation, rescue duties, or duties involving on-site visits. Medical conditions that constitute a hazard to safe and efficient job performance are disqualifying. The presence of medical disorders that would be aggravated by the environmental conditions of these positions and thereby hinder safe and efficient job performance are also disqualifying.

Remediable defects and/or curable diseases will not permanently disqualify an applicant for appointment, but may result in the applicant's suspension from the appropriate list of eligibles pending submission of medical evidence or correction of the condition.

Uncorrected distant vision must test at least 20/50 Snellen in one eye and 20/70 in the other, correctable with eyeglasses (contact lenses are not acceptable) to at least 20/30 Snellen in one eye and 20/50 in the other. Near vision must be sufficient to read without strain printed material the size of typewritten characters Normal depth perception and field of vision are required, as is the ability to distinguish basic colors.

Applicants, with or without the use of a hearing aid, must have no hearing loss in either ear of more than 40 decibels in the 500, 1000, or 2000 Hz ranges.


There is no Education substitution at the GS-13 grade level.

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.

All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company which may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105. Certain MSHA employees are required to file a financial disclosure report. For questions, please contact the vacancy contact on this announcement.


Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
  • Problem Solving: Ability to analyze problem and develop alternative solutions, emphasizing new approaches as well as to take calculated risks to move program forward.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships in order to interact and deal effectively with senior DOL, and MSHA officials, subject-matter-experts, as well as with officials of the mining industry, other federal and state agencies, etc.
  • Communication: Skill in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, with MSHA, Federal, State and other Government, union, and industry officials in order to explain, exchange information, interpret policy, negotiate, justify, defend, develop alternatives and encourage adoption of policies, procedures, standards, goals, and recommendations in situations where there are widely varying and strongly held viewpoints.
  • Mine Safety and Health: Knowledge of the enforcement activities and subsequent policies, and regulations required under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.
  • Management Skills: Ability to plan, organize, direct, and supervise a team of professional, technical, and clerical employees so that goals and objectives are achieved effectively.

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). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

Click here for Evaluation details.

INFORMATION FOR CTAP/ICTAP ELIGIBLE(S) ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under CTAP or ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligible(s) will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. 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.

The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step, and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Resumes are required - provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your computer and USAJOBS profile. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list the month, year, and the number of work hours worked for the experience listed on your resume. We also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions, and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP / CTAP Eligibility.

- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) , and showing the character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)

Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents

- Land Management Eligible(s): a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act . This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time-limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here .

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

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.