Supervisory Safety Engineer (Assistant Area Director)

Department Of Labor Birmingham , AL 35202

Posted 4 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

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Responsibilities

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Birmingham, AL and Jackson, MS Area Offices.

The mission of OSHA is to develop and promulgate occupational safety and health standards, develop and issue regulations; conduct investigations and inspections to determine the status of compliance with safety and health standards and regulations; issue citations and proposes penalties for non-compliance with safety and health standards and regulations.

ATTENTION TO ALL APPLICANTS: This position may be filled either as the Supervisory Industrial Hygienist advertised in this announcement or may be filled as a Supervisory Safety and Occupational Health Specialist advertised under announcements #MS-19-ATL-OSHA-142 and as a Supervisory Industrial Hygienist advertised under announcement MS-19-ATL-OSHA-143. Applicants are encouraged to review ALL announcements and apply if interested/eligible.

This position is outside the bargaining unit.

Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement.

A written assessment may be part of the interview process.

PCS Expenses will not be reimbursed.

This position has a positive education requirement. A copy of all college transcripts are required when applying. Failure to submit a copy of all college transcripts will result in your application being rated ineligible/incomplete.

The professional selected will serve as the Assistant Area Director for the Jacksonville Area Office. They will oversee the operations and operating efficiency of a multidisciplinary group of Industrial Hygienist, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist and/or Safety Engineers, providing technical and administrative guidance and direction. Provides management support and oversight, Identifies tasks, distributes and balances the workload and tasks among employees in accordance with OSHA procedures, to accomplish the work in accordance with OSHA's Strategic and Operational Plans. Makes work assignments to include acceptable time frames for completion. Conducts on-the-job assessments and monitors performance in the field.

Duties include serving as Supervisor to a multi-disciplinary group of Industrial Hygienists, Safety and Occupational Health Specialists, and Safety Engineers.

  • Identifying, distribute and balance workload and tasks.

  • Review case files to ensure proper application of standards and proposed penalties as well as reasonable abatement dates and documentation that is legally sufficient and consistent with OSHA policies and directives.

  • Communicate assignments and applicable time frames.

  • Conduct on-the-job assessments of workload progress, productivity, and quality to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.

  • Make recommendations on promotions, reassignments, awards, training, and other career development opportunities.

  • Assist in the formulation of new or revised draft performance standards.

  • Provide and sign written performance appraisals based on daily observation of work.

  • Approve the use of annual, sick, and/or credit leave of short duration.

  • Participate in and conduct informal conferences and negotiate settlement agreements relative to safety and health inspections.

  • Lead inspections/investigations involving difficult and complex cases involving high risk operations, imminent danger, non-existent or inadequate standards where use of the general duty clause would be required, catastrophes and discrimination complaints.

  • Work with the Regional Solicitor in developing cases under contest and coordinate hearings.

  • Serve as a witness before judicial hearing and trials, including criminal investigations, providing technical expertise in occupational safety.

  • Represent OSHA at meetings of employer or labor organizations, trade associations and other groups interested in safety and health.

  • Ensure that OSHA's Strategic Plan, mission, and vision are communicated and integrated into the goals, objectives, work plan, and customer service.

They will serve as Acting Area Director when required;

  • Provide technical and administrative direction;

  • Take action on complaints received;

  • Make required decisions concerning the Area Office enforcement programs.

Travel Required
25% or less

  • Occasional Travel

  • To conduct inspections, assessments or provide training.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential
13

  • This position has no further promotion potential.
  • Job family (Series)
    0803 Safety Engineering

  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship. Must be at least 16 years of age.

  • Subject to random drug testing after hire.

  • Requires a medical examination annually after hire.

  • Requires a supervisory probationary period if it has not been met.

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

You may not be aware, but in the regulations for agency ethics programs, there are requirements for supervisors. Section 2638.103 of Title 5 of the CFR states:

Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials. Supervisors are also responsible for working with agency ethics officials to help resolve conflicts of interests and enforce government ethics laws and regulations, including those requiring certain employees to file financial disclosure reports. In addition, supervisors are responsible, when requested, for assisting agency ethics officials in evaluating potential conflicts of interest and identifying positions subject to financial disclosure requirements.

Qualifications

THIS POSITION HAS A BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET THIS REQUIREMENT IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED.

Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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 professional 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 one of the following:

  • Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

  • Written Test-- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

  • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.

WHEN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. Specialized Experience: 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.

Evaluation of Experience

  • Qualifying experience involves the recognition, evaluation, corrective actions, and elimination of environmental conditions in the workplace that causes sickness, impaired health, or illness. This experience must demonstrate a professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of industrial hygiene and closely related sciences such as physics and engineering controls.

Such work must have involved experience in all of the following areas: the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative data, and the measurement of exposures for a variety of chemical, physical, and biological stresses; the analysis of the data acquired and the prediction of probable effects of exposures on the health and well-being of workers; and the selection and recommendation of appropriate controls, including management, medical, engineering, education or training, and personal protective equipment.

Education

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.


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