Project Manager

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 22, 2021
Full Time


This position is in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR), Division of Advanced Reactors and Non-power Production and Utilization Facilities (DANU), Advanced Reactor Licensing Branch (UARL). The supervisor is William Kennedy. This position is in the Bargaining Unit. Selectee is not subject to Office of Government Ethics Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements (subject to change). This position is subject to security ownership restriction reporting requirements

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Serves as project manager for one or multiple projects involving applicants, licensees, industry groups, other governmental agencies, international regulators, or vendors, as well as agency stakeholders. Manages and resolves unusual or complex technical, regulatory, licensing and/or policy issues and projects that may include complicated and precedent setting tasks. Performs a wide variety of project management administration activities, such as developing project schedules and supporting acceptance reviews. Conducts work assignments by implementing modern, risk-informed, and/or transformational approaches.

Manages, coordinates, and performs reviews of license applications or licensing actions. Coordinates the development of regulatory infrastructure and/or guidance to support reviews. Recommends agency action for licensing actions. Ensures reviews are consistent with NRC policies and regulations, precedents, and other documents. Manages the resolution of unique, first-of-a-kind technical issues identified in the review.

Performs complex technical reviews within areas of expertise, to include those that are unprecedented. Independently develops and/or reviews requests for additional information, the various sections of safety evaluations, and other key correspondence prepared by technical organizations. Prepares safety evaluations, public notices, routine correspondence, etc., for final processing by administrative staff.

Assists in the resolution of inconsistencies and differences of opinion among NRC technical organizations, NRR staff, licensees, and the industry group, owner's group, or vendor. Ensures that actions are completed within prescribed time periods in accordance with office goals.

Performs a wide variety of project management administration duties.

Schedules, conducts, and participates in meetings with applicants, licensees, industry groups, other governmental agencies, international regulators, or vendors, as well as agency stakeholders. Prepares the agenda and coordinates preparation for discussions on technical or policy issues. Coordinates and/or presents briefings on design, licensing, or operational issues, and other technical or policy issues to staff review groups, NRC upper management, and the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS).

May lead or support Agency participation in international activities within areas of expertise consistent with NRC policies, as assigned by the supervisor.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 25% Occasional Travel

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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-13) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience managing safety or environmental reviews, resolving licensing or policy considerations, developing guidance, and/or performing rulemakings which demonstrate technical knowledge of NRC programs and policies.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience should be addressed in your resume, responses to the vacancy questions, and in the additional space provided for your supplemental response.


GG-0801 (General Engineering Series):

Basic Requirements:
    • Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR
    • Combination of education and experience: college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by meeting additional OPM requirements.

GG-1301, (General Physical Science Series):

Basic requirements:
  • Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. OR
  • Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional information

If additional vacancies occur, additional selections may be made.

Telework: Following the agency's re-entry date of November 7, 2021, the position advertised in this vacancy announcement is not approved for full-time remote or full-time fixed telework. However, most NRC positions are eligible for some type of telework, in accordance with agency policy.

Salary rates subject to change if a pay adjustment is approved for 2021.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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 and responses to any vacancy questions 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.

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

As 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. You may do so either electronically, following the instructions below (preferred method), or by sending one copy by e-mail to:

Lindsey Redden, HR Specialist

All supplemental documents can now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. File uploads are limited to 5MB in size per document. If your file size exceeds 5MB it will not upload. You can reduce the file size by using the reduce file size feature in Adobe Acrobat before upload 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 plan to submit copies of your educational transcripts, please do so under the transcripts heading.

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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