Weights and Measures Coordinator, ZA-1101-III

Gaithersburg, Maryland
Jul 26, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time


NIST works with industry and science to advance innovation and improve quality of life. We're looking for a Weights and Measures Coordinator to join our team!

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The duties of this position include providing, under periodic supervision, technical assistance, interpretations, guidance, and training to weights and measures officials and industry representatives regarding: (1) NIST Handbook 44 specifications, tolerances, and other technical requirements for weighing and measuring devices and select OIML recommendations; (2) NCWM Publication 14 weighing and or measuring device procedures and test criteria; (3) test procedures included in NIST Examination Procedure Outlines (EPOs); (4) NIST field manuals and other technical guidance documents, including those related to weights and measures practices and interpretations of NIST standard and test procedures; and (5) relevant model laws and regulations in NIST Handbook 130, with emphasis on commercial weighing and measuring devices and associated practices. Duties also include developing, under close supervision, U.S. positions on OIML documents and issues based on comments from U.S. industry and the weights and measures community; communicating those positions to the international community; and managing U.S. representation to and participation in select technical committees. Additionally, the successful candidate will, under supervision, conduct studies and collect information from appropriate sources to analyze the technical merit, market impact, and cost/benefit of a wide variety of weights and measures issues related to national and international weights and measures standards, test procedures, and practices referenced above in order to provide guidance and leadership to technical committees and working groups. Duties also include, under periodic supervision, participating in the development and updating of training material; developing and delivering formal talks and presentations; writing technical articles, field manuals, papers, and guidance documents on weights and measures issues; working with media representatives to promote and educate the general community on legal metrology issues; reviewing draft documents written by others; and preparing meeting agendas and reports. The successful candidate will assist in coordinating the development and resolution for weights and measures issues with U.S. industry representatives and weights and measures officials; and serve as technical advisors and/or chair at technical meetings, with a focus on achieving consensus positions which will serve the best interests of the national and international weights and measures system.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 4 regional weights and measures meetings per year, 2 national weights and measures meetings per year, 1 NTEP meeting per year, 2 off-site training classes per year

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
04 - Known promotion potential to ZA-IV


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment
  • Merit applicants must meet time-in-grade/band requirements, as applicable

Requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level (ZA-II at NIST) in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience (1) applying legal metrology laws, regulations, standards, and test procedures during field inspection and testing of commercial weighing and measuring devices of those devices; (2) providing input to and/or participating in the process by which legal metrology standards or other documentary standards are developed; and (3) providing technical assistance to a variety of audiences, such as government and industry representatives, weighing and measuring device owners/operators, weighing and measuring device service personnel, and the general public.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done. We will credit all qualifying volunteer experience in your application.

The qualification requirements in this vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook .

Applicant Reconsideration


Additional information

The physical worksite for this position is located in Gaithersburg, MD. However, the Physical Measurement Laboratory is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position's telework schedule will likely change in the future when the Physical Measurement Laboratory moves away from its maximum telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit's telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Payment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this Job Opportunity Announcement. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.

This position is covered under NIST's Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). The APMS is a pay-for-performance system with excellent HR flexibilities to help NIST recruit and retain top talent. Find out more about the APMS here !

A probationary period may be required.

We may share your application package with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like this one. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documents to assess your qualifications for this position. If the minimum qualifications are met, we will compare this information to the responses on the occupational questionnaire (i.e. True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). The application must support the responses to the questionnaire, or we may lower the score.

Applications will be assessed on the following competencies:

*Ability to apply legal metrology laws and regulations to commercial weighing and/or measuring devices;

*Ability to apply legal metrology requirements, standards, and test procedures;

*Knowledge of the standards development process for legal metrology and other standards;

*Knowledge of adult learning techniques; conducting a training needs assessment; Blooms Taxonomy; the ADDIE model for training design; designing, developing, and teaching technical subjects to adult learners; and evaluating training results;

*Ability to communicate clear guidance verbally and in writing;

*Ability to apply critical thinking skills to complex problem solving; and

*Ability to work effectively with people individually and through teams, committees, and working groups.

Resume Guidance

Evaluation Process

CTAP and ICTAP Eligibility

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The documents required vary based on how you're applying (i.e., as a veteran or disabled veteran, current or former Federal employee, etc.). Please review the Required Documents for this position to find out if there are any documents required with your application.

Failure to submit required documents, based upon how you apply, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package.

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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