Branch Chief

Rockville, Maryland
Jul 31, 2021
Aug 05, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The duty station for this position is Rockville, MD.

The supervisor will be Susan Salter.

This position IS not in the Bargaining Unit.

Although NRC has operated under full time telework for most staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the position advertised in this vacancy announcement will not be approved for post-pandemic full time telework and the selectee will be expected to relocate to the stated duty station.

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As the Branch Chief in the Operations Branch, you will support the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer mission to provide leadership, guidance, and support to NRC staff and management in attracting, developing, and retaining a high-performing, diverse, and agile workforce in support of the agency's mission. You will provide supervision and leadership to staff responsible for the development, management, and implementation of Agency-wide human capital programs. The successful candidate will perform the full range of duties. Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Supervises a staff of HR professionals in the full range of HR operations work related to recruitment, staffing, placement, position management and classification encompassing clerical, administrative, scientific, and technical positions.
  • Interprets existing laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures for use in decision making by managers, supervisors and ensure that advice and guidance regarding all aspects of the implementation of policies and procedures is available for all employees and managers.
  • Provides professional advice and guidance in arriving at acceptable alternatives for meeting immediate and future human resources needs, and in the implementation and execution of the human resources management functions specifically related to the agency's staffing and placement program.
  • Develops solutions, including IT solutions, to complicated, complex or non-standard problems related to the agency's staffing, placement and onboarding activities.
  • Takes a lead role in planning and implementing human resources management projects.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Minimal local and overnight travel may be required for participation in training opportunities and attendance at meetings and conferences.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
15 - The full performance level is a GG-15.


Conditions of Employment

  • This is a Drug Testing position.

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GG-14) in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: demonstrates a thorough knowledge of human resources management regulations, policies, procedures, and practices pertaining to the functional areas of staffing, classification and position management.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Demonstrated ability applying the full range of leadership competencies to direct the work of a unit through the success of staff.

2. Extensive knowledge of Federal human resources laws, regulations, theories, practices, and procedures to provide authoritative leadership, guidance, and advice to staff members, and to advise management on sound recruitment and organizational management policies. Examples may include experience in recruitment and placement, workforce restructuring and reshaping, workforce analysis and data analytics, strategic workforce planning, and/or position classification.

3. Demonstrated ability to present ideas and advice in a clear, concise and logical manner, both orally and in writing, to operating officials, groups of applicants, employees, peers within the organization, the general public and staff at other federal agencies.

4. Knowledge of computer-based applications sufficient to oversee the operation of personnel information systems and to oversee the use of other automation tools in order to provide support to managers and employees.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume. You may also provide additional information related to your qualifications in the vacancy question provided for supplemental response.


There is no substitution of education for experience to qualify for the GG-15 level.

Additional information

Selectee will be subject to Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements. This position is not subject to security restriction reporting requirements.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

Please keep in mind your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
L Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.) You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Use the "USAJOBs" feature to download documents from your USAJOBs portfolio; or
2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

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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