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Safety & Occupational Health Specialist
This position is part of the School Operations, Bureau of Indian Education. As a Safety & Occupational Health Specialist you will be responsible for the full range of administrative and technical work concerned with the safety and occupational health programs and activities at the ADD level.
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As a Safety & Occupational Health SpecialistGS-0018-9/11, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:
Serve as the Safety and Occupational Health Specialist at the ADD level for assigned schools and programs, providing technical assistance on U.S. Federal Government safety and occupational health regulations, policies, technical standards and operating procedures, and to perform a number of other significant technical assistance functions to support administration of Indian Affairs' safety and occupational health program.
Provide interpretation of and implement safety regulations, policies and procedures within Indian Affairs and Departmental guidelines governing safety and occupational health.
Conduct periodic school and site visits to evaluate safe conditions at work areas, classrooms, and facility yards for compliance with federal OSHA, environmental compliance and NFPA, Department and Indian Affairs regulations and policies.
Occasional travel - Work requires travel away from the duty station on field assignments. Travel involves transit via airplane and motor vehicle.
#### Job family (Series)
0018 Safety and Occupational Health Management
Occupational Health And Safety Specialists
Occupational Health Specialists
Occupational Safety Specialists
Specialists, Occupational Health
Specialists, Occupational Safety
Conditions of Employment
US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED
BACKGROUN SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES
APPOINTMENT MAY BE SUBJECT TO A 1 YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD
APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE
VALID STATE-ISSUED DRIVERS LICENSE IS REQUIRED
TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL BE PAID
Applicants must meet the qualification requirements contained in the OPM Standards. For this position, they are listed below.
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.
1 year of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level performing at least five of the following duties: applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures; effectively implementing safety and health programs directed at reducing the frequency, severity and costs of mishaps; conducting comprehensive annual workplace inspections, program evaluations, and surveys and reviews; providing safety and health technical advice and training to field personnel, supervisors and managers; providing consultation services on OSHA standards, National Fire Codes, Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act, and other regulatory standards; collecting and providing tort and employee loss claim investigations to department level officials; serving as a Workers Compensation Coordinator; and conducting investigations of serious accidents, providing written reports, etc.
1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level and have independently performed all of the following duties: applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures; effectively implementing safety and health programs directed at reducing the frequency, severity and costs of mishaps; conducting comprehensive annual workplace inspections, program evaluations, and surveys and reviews; providing safety and health technical advice and training to field personnel, supervisors and managers; providing consultation services on OSHA standards, National Fire Codes, Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act, and other regulatory standards; collecting and providing tort and employee loss claim investigations to department level officials; serving as a Workers Compensation Coordinator; and conducting investigations of serious accidents, providing written reports, etc.
master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related, as defined below under Undergraduate and Graduate Education.
UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE EDUCATION:
Major study -- safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or degree in other related fields that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of study from among the following (or closely related) disciplines: safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology.
Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date. Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.
Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the educational requirements have been met. To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of your transcripts. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.
Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.
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To qualify based on education; submit a copy of your transcripts or list of courses with credit hours, major, and grade-point average or class ranking. Application materials will not be returned.
Department of the Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. 5 CFR 330, Career Transition Assistance for Surplus and Displaced Federal Employees requires the following order of selection for this position:
a) At Bureau option, personnel actions listed in 5 CFR 330.606(b);
b) Any well-qualified SSP candidate who applies within the local commuting area (Surplus and displaced employees will be given equal consideration);
c) At Bureau option, personnel actions not subject to RPL;
d) Qualified RPL candidates in the local commuting area;
e) At Bureau discretion, any other former displaced well-qualified DOI employee, e.g. a well-qualified RPL candidate who applies from outside the local commuting area;
f) Well-qualified ICTAP applicants in the local commuting area;
g) Other outside applicants (other agencies, nonstatus, etc.);
h) To be considered well-qualified, a CTAP/ICTAP applicant must meet the basic qualification requirements with a minimum score of 85 on the Assessment Questionnaire.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
The Bureau of Indian Education has determined that the duties of this position are suitable scheduled, situational and for emergency telework.
VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA):
Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran's preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 (Member Copy 4) for verification of eligibility. For more information about this program and to determine whether you are eligible, click here.
FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:
Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Ability to Conduct Safety Program Evaluation
Ability to Develop Safety and Occupational Health Procedures and Practices
Knowledge of Concepts, Principles and Practices of Safety Management
Oral and Written Communication
If basically qualified, you will be further evaluated to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience and education in relation to the job related competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position and placed in one of the following categories:
Applicants that possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.
Applicants that possess a majority (i.e., more than half but not all) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.
Applicants meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements but do not meet the definition of Best Qualified or Well Qualified as described above.
Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veteran's preference is absolute within each quality category. Compensable veterans (CPS and CP) will float to the top of the highest category regardless of their final rating, except for Professional positions at GS-9 & above where they would be placed at the top of the category determined by their final rating. Non-compensable veterans (XP and TP) will go to the top of the category provided their final rating meets the cut-off rating for that category.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package
Your resume (include the following):
Dates of employment (include month/year)
Hours worked per week
Current supervisor's name and telephone number
Duties (Please be specific and include any accomplishments)
References (include complete name and telephone number)
Employer - must be with the past 5 years
Personal - three (3)
Other supporting documents:
Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment (required for claiming Indian Preference). The form must be completed by the appropriate official with the federally-recognized tribe where the applicant is enrolled as a member. No other form will be accepted.
Cover Letter, optional
College transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement
Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service)
DD-214 (member copy 4), SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. **ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.
DRIVING REQUIREMENT (Required only at time of appointment):**Incumbent may be required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Education.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST)
on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
To begin, click
*to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents
to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process
You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (****all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: ****If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the Human Resources Office. Please contact Jennifer Ross at **** or (505) 563-5450to obtain an alternative application.
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Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified by email of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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New employee probationary period
This job originated on ****For the full announcement and to apply, visit ****Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at ****will be considered.
Open & closing dates:
06/11/2018 to 07/02/2018
$54,106 to $85,104 per year
Pay scale & grade:
GS 9 - 11