Health Science Specialist

Arlington, Virginia
Nov 28, 2021
Nov 30, 2021
Full Time

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:
  • Serves as an expert and consultant to the supervisor in the analysis of occupational health data and other information related to hazard exposure.
  • Serves as a senior level advisor on health policy and develops policy recommendations that assist in proposing Agency health policy to the Assistant Secretary and DOL.
  • Plans and directs special studies and/or projects related to the Agency' s regulatory and non-regulatory activities, and makes recommendations based on findings.
  • Manages and coordinates MSHA' s participation in rulemaking activities to harmonize issues among various agencies nationally and internationally, collaborating with the National Institute for Occupational
    Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other MSHA offices.
  • Maintains active liaison with MSHA's senior technical advisors in order to ensure that health policy projects reflect the Agency' s views.
  • Provides support to the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) in preparation for, and during judicial review of final or existing MSHA standards.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

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.


Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirements


Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must meet the following: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service. Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Specialized Experience for this position includes:
  • Professional knowledge in addressing major, critical health issues; expertise in the evaluation of health effects related to a great variety of workplace hazards being carried out by other governmental agencies at the national and/or international level and by the industry.
  • Skill in developing health standards and reviewing existing health standards.
  • Skill in written and oral communication and preparation and presentation of highly complex technical material.
  • Skill in identifying issues, defining problems, analyzing and conducting complex policy research and evaluations in order to develop detailed reports, regulatory guidance, and options for policy and resource issues.

The incumbent is expected to do the following:
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure with tight timeframes and rigid deadlines.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff within the Agency, other government agencies.


Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

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.


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