Technical Advisor

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Department Of Energy
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This position is also being advertised to status candidates via Merit Promotion procedures. The announcement number is: DOE-ORP-15-002 MP Permanent Full-time A successful candidate in this position will provide engineering expertise and guidance to multidiscipline engineering and scientific elements throughout the Office of River Protection and is a critical component to completing the Waste Treatment & Immobilization Plant Project. The candidate will provide expert, senior level technical guidance, support agencies and consultants, and provide direction to subordinate technical elements involving precedent-setting decisions, technical issues of extreme complexity, and engineering problems.
This is an Excepted Service position. This appointment will not confer Competitive Service career-conditional or career tenure status. This means that if you are selected, you would have to compete with other applicants in open competition to meet requirements for another Federal position, unless you meet the requirements for reinstatement. Applicants who voluntarily convert from the competitive service, Senior Executive Service, or other pay systems to a non-time limited appointment under this excepted service authority are not afforded "fallback rights" to the pay system previously assigned prior to conversion. You must be a United States Citizen. This employer participates in the e-Verify program. See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements. As the Technical Advisor, you will:
1. Develop strategies and plans to resolve critical technology issues impeding completion of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Project (WPT), Pretreatment and High Level Waste Facility. Direct, oversee, and monitor WTP contractor's implementation of technical solutions and resulting facility designs. Work directly with and provide expert technical advice and input to the Assistant Manager for the WTP, WTP Federal Project Director, WTP Senior Technical Authority and senior leaders from DOE, the WTP Contractor, and DOE National Laboratories. Support agencies and consultants and collaborate with multi-agency committees, panels, and regulatory entities.
2. Draft handbooks, technical notes and instructions to solve technical issues. Interpret policies and procedures used to implement requirements of laws, Orders, and Directives that affect nuclear safety. Ensure corrective actions are taken when variances are identified.
3. Advise management of issues by identifying science and engineering vulnerabilities, technological needs to accelerate project activities, and resolve unique technical issues for operations.
4. Review contractor engineering documents; evaluate critical system design and operations. Provide innovative transition to state-of-the-art, science and technology research, development and demonstration, for WTP projects. Leverage lessons learned and feedback. Provide authoritative interpretation of regulatory requirements to establish policy and guidance criteria.
5. Analyze design of systems, startup, and operations of nuclear facilities and systems. Advise on planning and design processes, and engineering management services for design, construction, sustainment, and commissioning of nuclear facility project. EDUCATION: Transcripts are required.
The General Engineering education and qualifcation requirements can be found in their entirety at the following link:
0801 General Engineering Education and Qualification Standard
If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application.
Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website. OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
This position requires the completion of a Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, and annually thereafter.
This position is designated as a Key Essential position. Incumbent cannot vacate this position during national emergencies.
This position is a designated Senior Technical Safety Manager position and must reflect prerequisites of: 1) technical degree; 2) three or more years of experience in the technical work areas related to the position; and, 3) recognized as a subject matter expert in a technical area.
This position is a Drug Testing Designated Position and requires testing prior to appointment and randomly thereafter.
The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.
Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.
The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.
If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
To preview questions please click here. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Work that advises on, administers, supervises, or performs professional, scientific, or technical work concerned with engineering or architectural projects, facilities, structures, systems, processes, equipment, devices, material or methods. Requires knowledge of the science or art, or both, by which materials, natural resources, and powers are made useful.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide a separate narrative written statement. Instead, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. Please do not write "see resume" in your application, as this will NOT satisfy the requirements.
KSAs required for this position:
1. Mastery of scientific and engineering principles in areas such as chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, and environmental science sufficient to provide technical authority for activities of a large, complex hazardous/radioactive waste treatment, immobilization and disposal project through technical issue resolution and the start-up and commissioning process.
2. Broad experience in leading and implementing project management practices, methods, goals, and techniques in order to plan, direct and fully integrate a large, complex design, construction, and commissioning capital project.
3. In-depth technical expertise, sufficient to be innovative in developing and applying technical criteria and standards where existing guidance is inadequate or incomplete; and solves problems involving modification or adaptation of, or compromise with standards, methods, and techniques for contractor oversight and quality.
4. Extensive knowledge of environmental, safety and health regulations as they apply to DOE nuclear, laboratory, and general facilities and experience in interpreting and applying these regulations.
5. Experience with improving project performance, including the ability to identify and resolve challenges to cost and schedule performance.
6. Experience with implementing safety culture principles in large, complex capital projects involving nuclear, chemical or other high-consequence operations.
7. Expert level of knowledge of federal regulations, directives, technical standards and notices related to engineering, nuclear safety, nuclear facility operations, occurrence reporting and processing of operations information with respect to its impact on nuclear safety.
8. Demonstrated experience in the ability to work collaboratively with technical oversight agencies, regulatory organizations, advisory and review groups, and other external organizations.
"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.
For the security of you and your information, our application tracking system will time-out if you are inactive for a certain period of time. If you are responding to long answer questions, you may likely hit this time-out while you are typing. Therefore, we highly recommend that you view the applicant assessment questions before you apply. Complete your responses to any essay questions in a file on your computer before you start the application process. That way, all you need to do is copy and paste the prepared responses into each field.
Steps to submit a complete application:
1. You must have an active USAJOBS account and be logged in.
2. You must have a completed resume associated with your USAJOBS account. _Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder__._
3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials are ready, click on the 'Apply Online' button to get started.
4. You will be given the option to include your resume, documents, and demographic information from your USAJOBS profile. You will then be transferred to the Department of Energy's application tracking system. _If you select documents from your USAJOBS account, you MUST complete the download process in a later step or your USAJOBS documentation WILL NOT be transferred! See Step 6._
5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 4), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred!_ It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes._
7. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received!
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
Steps to modify or withdraw your application:
1. Return to USAJOBS and log in to your account.
2. In the "My Account" screen, click "Application Status" in the left-hand column.
3. You will see a table list of all the jobs you've applied to, click on the title of the application you want to modify.
4. If the announcement is still open the button which normally says "Apply Online" will instead say "Edit Application", click that button. (If you want to withdraw your application from consideration after the closing date, contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.)
5. You will be directed back to DOE's application tracking system where you can make changes, or you can click "Withdraw Application" to remove your application from being considered.
If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button), please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number.
If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail USAJOBS3. . Regretfully, DOE cannot resolve issues with your USAJOBS account. We regret that we are unable to support any issue with USAJOBS, as this service is maintained by the Office of Personnel Management exclusively.
If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you should list the full name and address of the each employer.
Your experience listing should show the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require the USAJOBS resume format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which is required.
It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.
Displaced Federal employees who qualify for ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under ICTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.
After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.
In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
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