Deputy Director, Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation

Washington, D.C
Oct 13, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


This position is located in the Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC), Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP). The mission of DCMWC is developing, establishing and implementing policies, regulations, and procedures necessary for the administration of benefit provisions of the Federal Safety and Health Act of 1977, as amended.

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The Deputy Director specific responsibilities include:

Participating with and assisting the Director in providing national implementation and support of a comprehensive and integrated program to assure effective implementation of the workers' compensation provisions of the Federal Safety and Health Act of 1977.

Sharing responsibility for overseeing the development and administration of the Black Lung Benefit Program claims adjudication process. This involves the interpretation of legislation, policies and regulations.

Providing authoritative advice and guidance and ensures the development, establishment and administration of fiscal, medical and other policies and procedures which govern the adjudication of claims in highly technical and controversial areas, under the Coal Mine Act in contested cases.

Directing supervisors of a professional staff of management analysts, program analysts, claims examiners, policy analysts, fiscal operations specialists, payment systems specialists, program support specialists, and workers' compensation assistants.

Serving as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health (Board) for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

Travel Required

25% or less - Less than 25%.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to a security background investigation.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Must meet Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.

Candidates must possess technical and management experience and have developed the knowledge and skills required for effective performance of the specific duties of this position.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency (if later than November 22, 2021). The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.


To qualify for this position, all applicants must write a narrative in the spaces provided detailing accomplishments that would satisfy each of the ECQs and MTQs. You must address each ECQ and MTQ separately. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible.

In writing your responses to the ECQs, your narrative must address each ECQ separately in the spaces provided. Each ECQ should contain at least two examples describing your experiences and accomplishments/results.

Responses to ECQ's must not exceed 10 pages. It is recommended that applicants draft their ECQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each ECQ to ensure length requirements. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the following link:

Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

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.

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.

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.

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): In writing your narrative responses to the MTQs, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. APPLICANTS SHOULD LIMIT THEIR RESPONSES TO ONE (1) SINGLE SPACED PAGE PER EACH MTQ WITH THE FONT SIZE NO SMALLER THAN POINT 12. It is recommended that applicants draft their MTQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each MTQ to ensure length requirements.

1. Demonstrated proficiency with running multi-faceted organizations, preferably as a lead policy and operations manager, and the proven ability to manage a diverse workforce and diverse customer base.

2. Demonstrated effectiveness in leading large workforces in meeting detailed operational targets and in adjusting work processes when the organization faces performance challenges due to external or internal factors in order to achieve operating plan goals in timeliness, accuracy, quality, efficiency, and customer service.

3. Knowledge and understanding of workers' compensation systems and the insurance industry business and fiduciary practices.

Desirable Technical Qualification:

4. Knowledge and understanding of federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures governing the administration of claims under the Black Lung Benefits Act and related statues.


Additional information

PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP: Prior to entry on duty, persons selected for employment with the Department of Labor who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship in the form of a passport, birth certificate or other approved documentation.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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 based on your experience and your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, your application will be rated ineligible.

Current/Former Career SES or SES Candidate Development graduates who have been certified by OPM must provide a narrative response to address each of the MTQ's, but need not address the ECQs. In order to successfully complete the online application process you must input the term, "noncompetitive eligible" in the text boxes for each of the ECQs. You must submit a Standard Form 50 that documents your SES Career appointment or a copy of your OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program certificate.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

1. SF-50 documentation of career SES appointment or other Federal appointment (if applicable) 2. Certificate of completion of OPM certified SES candidate program (if applicable) 3. Copy of most recent performance appraisal (optional).

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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