Supervisory Safety and Occupational Health Specialist
Department Of Labor - Washington, DC

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mission is to ensure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

This position is located in the Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Office of Chemical Process Safety and Enforcement Initiatives . The office is responsible for developing a comprehensive program for occupational safety inspections and investigations related mostly to chemical and safety engineering.

Location: OSHA Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Office of Chemical Process Safety and Enforcement Initiatives; Washington, D.C.

Bargaining Unit: Outside



You must be a U.S. citizen. This position requires travel up to 5 x year.

You may be required to complete a supervisory probationary period.

This position requires drug testing and financial disclosure.

Five-point veterans must submit a DD-214.

Ten-point veterans must submit a DD-214, SF-15, and letter from the VA.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates must submit proof of eligibility.

Performs the full range of supervisory responsibilities: directs office activities and makes assignments to subordinate employees; provides leadership and technical guidance to staff through the resolution of operating problems; controls work results through staff meetings, work conferences, and review of work products; provides on-the-job and formal training to employees; evaluates job performance and assigns performance ratings; interviews and selects candidates to fill vacant positions; approves and disapproves leave requests; recommends actions to affect personnel changes.

Plans and implements the administrative management of resources required to fulfill agency-wide safety compliance and integration requirements. Provides technical leadership nationwide and work results are considered authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change.

Serves as an advisor to the office director who establishes and implements program and administrative policies, and in planning program operations within the framework of general policy determinations made by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. Serves as acting office director in the absence of the director.

Serves as a senior agency representative presenting and briefing other countries and foreign governments on OSHA standards, enforcement policies, and inspection techniques.

Recommends, develops, and implements a program to provide enforcement policies relative to OSHA’s regulations, procedures, manuals, and instructions for the nationwide conduct of occupational safety inspections and investigations for all workplaces. Where appropriate, provides guidance to construction and maritime activities covered by the OSH Act of 1970 and for directives that have general application to the overall agency enforcement program, including, but not limited to, fatality and incident investigations, appropriation exemptions, the Field Operations Manual, inspection targeting programs, and enforcement cases.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required by the Position

Expert knowledge of the concepts and principles of occupational safety and health program management sufficient to analyze safety and health programs and the relationship of their components and elements to plan, design, and accomplish programs for chemical safety enforcement assistance.

Comprehensive knowledge of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Field Operations Manual, agency directives, instructions, policy commitments, etc. sufficient to coordinate and carry out broad, complex projects; to provide guidance, direction, and technical assistance to other experts; and to advise on special problems involving diverse high hazard safety risk operations.

Thorough knowledge of agency field operations, organizational structure, field resources, work practices, etc. sufficient to fully ensure the accuracy of compliance and enforcement policies and procedures and standard interpretations regarding enforcement assistance.

Analytical skills and abilities sufficient to plan for the accomplishment of the mission of the office and directorate and sufficient to perform such functions as prioritizing target industries or work processes for enforcement priorities.

Mastery of and skill in communication and public relations techniques sufficient to represent and serve as a spokesperson for OSHA at conferences and intra-agency meetings and to provide consultation to state agencies, employer/employee groups, labor unions, national industry organizations and special interest groups concerning the full range of occupational safety standards, regulations, programs, and issues, particularly as they relate to enforcement issues.

Ability to plan, organize, and supervise work sufficient to meet tight deadlines, and ability to take responsibility sufficient to follow a project through to completion.

You must have at least one year of specialized experience comparable to the next lower grade. Specialized experience is work in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

Managing safety or occupational health program elements.

Developing and recommending safety and occupational health policy to higher levels of management.

Applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements.

Developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards.

Developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses.

Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.

Designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards.

Inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify potential new hazards.

Training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects.

Work in occupational fields such as industrial hygienist, safety engineer, fire prevention engineer, health physicist, and occupational health nurse.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.


Category A : Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a high level of competency in public safety and security, managing human resources, planning and evaluating, reasoning, oral communication, written communication, interpersonal skills, organizational awareness, and self management

Category B : Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a moderate level of competency in public safety and security, managing human resources, planning and evaluating, reasoning, oral communication, written communication, interpersonal skills, organizational awareness, and self management

Category C : Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a basic level of competency in public safety and security, managing human resources, planning and evaluating, reasoning, oral communication, written communication, interpersonal skills, organizational awareness, and self management

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

Public Safety and Security : Knowledge of occupational health and safety; investigation and inspection techniques

Managing Human Resources : Planning, distributing, coordinating, and monitoring assignments of others; evaluating work performance and providing feedback to others on their performance; ensuring that staff are appropriately selected, utilized, developed and that they are treated in a fair and equitable manner

Planning and Evaluating : Organizing work, setting priorities, and determining resource requirements; determining short- and long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinating with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; and monitoring progress and evaluating outcomes

Reasoning : Analyzing information and making correct inferences or drawing accurate conclusions

Oral Communication : Expressing information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; making clear and convincing oral presentations; listening to others, attending to nonverbal cues and responding appropriately

Written Communication : Recognizing and using correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicating information in a succinct and organized manner; producing written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience

Interpersonal Skills : Developing and maintaining effective relationships with others; effectively dealing with individuals who are hostile, difficult, or distressed

Organizational Awareness : Knowledge of the organization’s mission and functions and how their social, political, and technological systems work; and the ability to effectively work within them

Self Management : Displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment toward completing assignments in a timely manner

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".
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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM . For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS .

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION , PROBATIONARY PERIOD , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - 21 months ago - save job - block
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