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 Technical Support and Emergency Management, Office of Occupational Medicine. The Medical Officer (Occupational Medicine/Administration) serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Agency and the Office of Occupational Medicine.
Location: OSHA Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Office of Occupational Medicine; Washington, D.C.
Bargaining Unit: Outside
THERE MAY BE A WRITING ASSESSMENT AT THE TIME OF THE INTERVIEW.
TRAVEL AND RELOCATION COSTS MAY BE PROVIDED.
You must be a U.S. citizen. PROOF OF PUBLICATIONS must be submitted.
You may be required to complete a supervisory probationary period.
Five point veterans must submit a DD-214.
Ten point veterans must submit a DD-215, SF-15, and letter from VA.
CTAP/ICTAP candidates must submit proof of eligibililty.
This position requires travel at least 4 times per year.
Provides medical, toxicological, and epidemiological expertise and advice to the Assistant Secretary, the Director of DTSEM, and National Office and regional OSHA personnel on existing or proposed regulatory activities or actions, standards setting, and interpretation and administration of investigative and compliance programs. Plans for and ensures that timely medical support is provided to OSHA offices in areas, such as interpretation of standards and emerging occupational health issues.
Directs, supervises, plans, and organizes the overall assignments and activities of the Office of Occupational Medicine. Provides leadership and technical guidance to subordinate employees, resolves operating problems, and controls work results. Keeps the Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM) director apprised of all emerging medical projects and developing issues.
Prepares clear and concise medical documents and materials for agency leadership, including the Office of the Assistant Secretary.
Coordinates short turn-around on requests from the Assistant Secretary’s office for reviews, edits, and responses related to occupational health issues, healthcare policy, and other issues where a high degree of occupational medicine expertise is required.
Coordinates with OSHA national and regional offices; other DOL entities, including the Office of the Solicitor; federal agencies; state and local governments; and private institutions that have common or similar goals and concerns to promote occupational health program objectives. Cooperates in developing and recommending solutions to problems or obstacles.
Represents OSHA and establishes and maintains liaisons with other federal and state agencies (e.g. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Centers for Disease Control) and academic, labor, trade, and professional organizations, such as the American Medical Association and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, in order to present, defend, and clarify agency goals, policies, practices and position on issues related to occupational and environmental medicine, with emphasis on standard setting and enforcement.
Prepares and makes written and oral presentations on complex, technical occupational health topics to a wide variety of audiences with varying technical expertise, such as government officials, medical professionals, labor and industry officials, and professional organization representatives.
Coordinates, through subordinate medical specialists and staff scientists, medical investigations related to enforcement and ongoing standards development of the Agency. Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship between the Office of Occupational Medicine and the field on investigations of occupational health problems.
Manages and supervises the implementation of the OSHA Medical Access Order Program in accordance with 29 CFR 1913.10, rules concerning OSHA access to employee medical records, and 29 CFR 1910.1020, access to employee exposure and medical records. Provides policy interpretations and direction for the program. Coordinates the preparation of Medical Access Orders and serves as the delegated Medical Records Officer for the program upon the appointment of the Assistant Secretary. Reviews and evaluates the program’s administration to ensure implementation consistency.
Manages and supervises the implementation of the OSHA Medical Examination Program in accordance with OPM regulations and 29 CFR 1910.1020l. Oversees maintenance of OSHA staff medical records to ensure security and confidentiality of OSHA staff medical files. Provides policy interpretations and direction for the program, including the development of program requirements, coordinating medical examinations, rendering qualification determinations, and performing technical and administrative tasks.
Plans and prioritizes the functions of the office, including development of strategic and operating plan components related to occupational medicine to support agency goals and overseeing preparation of schedules for completion of work to meet established deadlines.
Performs the full range of supervisory responsibilities, including: (a) directing office activities and making assignments to subordinate employees; (b) reviewing work products of subordinates and accepting, amending, or rejecting work; (c) providing leadership and technical guidance to staff through the resolution of operating problems, and controlling work results through staff meetings, work conferences, and review of work products; (d) identifying and initiating actions to provide development and training for subordinate employees; (e) establishing performance standards, evaluating job performance, and assigning performance ratings; (f) effecting minor disciplinary measures and recommending action in more serious cases; (g) hearing and resolving employee complaints and referring grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to higher level supervisors or managers; (h) interviewing candidates for subordinate positions and recommending appointment, promotion, or reassignment involving such positions; (i) approving and disapproving leave requests; and (j) recommending actions to effect personnel changes.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required by the Position
Expert knowledge of oral and written communication techniques sufficient to help attain OSHA’s goal of providing effective medical, toxicological, and epidemiological expertise and represent the agency at conferences and meetings with federal and state officials, industry organizations, labor, and professional groups on issues related to occupational health.
Expert 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.
Expert knowledge in applying epidemiological principles and procedures to investigate, review, analyze, and determine the causes of problems, situations, inconsistencies, and issues related to populations of employees.
Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).] For more information, go to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0600/0602.htm . Also, click Evaluation of Foreign Education .
In addition to a residency program in occupational medicine, knowledge, skills, and abilities for work in this program area may have been acquired in family practice, internal medicine, surgery, pathology, dermatology, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, public health, aerospace medicine, and general preventive medicine.
For this GS-15 position, applicants must have one year of appropriate graduate training or experience in occupational health programs equivalent to at least the GS-14 level. For more information, go to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0600/0602.htm .
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 technical competence, planning and evaluating, managing human resources, reasoning, interpersonal skills, oral communication, and written communication
Category B : Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a moderate level of competency in technical competence, planning and evaluating, managing human resources, reasoning, interpersonal skills, oral communication, and written communication
Category C : Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a basic level of competency in technical competence, planning and evaluating, managing human resources, reasoning, interpersonal skills, oral communication, and written communication
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
Technical Competence : Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one’s job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; and advises others on technical issues
Planning and Evaluating : Organizing work, setting priorities, and determining resource requirements; determining short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinating with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitoring progress and evaluating outcomes
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
Reasoning : Identifying rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzing information and making correct inferences or drawing accurate conclusions
Interpersonal Skills : Developing and maintaining effective relationships with others; effectively dealing with individuals who are hostile, difficult, or distressed; relating well to people of varied backgrounds and different situations
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 : Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, including technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience
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 .
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