Branch Chief (Agency Employees Only)

Rockville, Maryland
Dec 04, 2021
Dec 07, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time

Applicants for this position may also be considered for other Branch Chief positions within NMSS with equivalent qualification requirements, as openings become available.

As the Branch Chief you will be responsible for managing, supervising, and coordinating branch activities.

As a first line supervisor, you will also be responsible for implementing organizational change, supervising people, facilitating resolution of policy, technical, and administrative issues, and planning and executing activities within the Branch's scope of responsibilities as well as be responsible for the administration of NRC human resources programs relative to employees under your supervision. You will assist the Division Director in the development and maintenance of operating plans, infrastructure documents, and policies.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Must be able to meet/maintain security & suitability requirements.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal 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 after November 22. Information on the vaccination documentation needed may be found at the Safer Federal Workforce website: The agency will provide information on our process to request a legally required exception from this requirement when we extend an offer.

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 is defined as experience that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of regulation of nuclear facilities and/or materials

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

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Ability to direct, lead, and manage a diverse technical staff in mission-critical programs with competing deadlines, conflicting resource demands, and changing environments.

2. Ability to communicate information, ideas, and advice in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing, with colleagues, subordinates, NRC management in headquarters or regions, NRC advisory committees on reactors and/or materials, the Commission, members of the public, representatives of professional groups, Tribal representatives, other Federal or State agencies, and international regulatory counterparts. Ability to build and sustain coalitions across organizations.

3. Knowledge of the applicable NRC rules, regulations, policies, practices, and procedures for entities regulated by the NRC and Agreement States, including regulatory guides, NUREGs, industry codes and standards, and other NRC criteria and ability to interpret, combined with the ability to apply these criteria. Knowledge and ability to apply effective decision making using available information and risk insights.

4. Knowledge of the design, licensing, operation, inspection, and/or decommissioning of NRC-regulated facilities or activities.


Qualification for 0801 Series:
Candidates must possess a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience demonstrating a thorough knowledge of principles, theories, and practices in the field of engineering.

Qualification for 1301 Series:
Candidates must possess a bachelor's or higher degree in 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 an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices in the field of physical science.

Additional information

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.]

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