Safety and Occupational Health Manager- SV-0018-J
Department Of Homeland Security 1,255 reviews - Arlington, VA

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Must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
Must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
Travel to subordinate offices and field locations is required.
You may be required to complete a one year Supervisory Probation Period.
Disclosure of your financial information is required.
See additional "Conditions of Employment" in "Other Information" section DUTIES:

This Safety and Occupational Health Manager position is located in the Occupational Safety and Health Branch of the Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment Division, within the Office of Finance and Administration; Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will be responsible to plan, organize, direct, lead, and evaluate TSA's comprehensive nationwide occupational safety and health program affecting more than 500 geographically dispersed workplaces and over 60,000 employees, ensuring compliance with a broad range of occupational safety and health standards and regulations.

The work is carried out through constant and extensive contacts with technical specialists, project managers, mission planners, training specialists, and contract personnel. Contacts are both internal and external to the agency, and require effective negotiating skills and technical expertise to resolve unique and controversial occupational safety and health issues. You will also provide technical guidance and expert advice to TSA leadership, various program offices, subordinates, and the labor union, ensuring effective implementation and regulatory compliance of the TSA occupational safety and health program.

Duties include:
Supervising more than one unit, project, or program within the Occupational Safety and Health Branch, which encompasses 11 subordinates of which 5 are geographically dispersed.

Serving as the principal point of contact with authority to make recommendations in the development and application of new occupational safety and health policies and procedures at stakeholder meetings, interagency meetings, and national conferences.

Formulating and recommending positions on major occupational safety and health projects, policies, and issues to senior management.

Develop briefings to internal and external audiences on TSA strategic vision and policies.

Drafting, editing, and reviewing policies and procedures, project papers, statistical reports, and correspondence within the framework of current goals and objectives, legislation, and Executive Orders.

Identifying operational needs and managing the procurement, development, integration, modification, and operations and maintenance of a safety information system.

Supervisory/Managerial duties include serving as a first line supervisor for the organization. This includes but is not limited to: assigning work, setting priorities, and reviewing and evaluating work and performance of subordinates; approving leave; coaching and developing employees; recommending corrective or disciplinary actions; assisting in budget planning and projecting short-term needs; managing projects within assigned resources; resolving routine problems that typically impact the objectives of the organizational unit; when required, coordinating with customers outside the immediate organization.

To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-I Pay Band or GS-13 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes experience in occupational safety and health program management to include planning, coordinating, and meeting program objectives and requirements through the acquisition of any mix of in-house, contract, or reimbursable support resources; experience in developing, and implementing acquisition plans, and administering and managing occupational safety and health-related contracts; and experience creating technical reports, briefing papers, safety and health policy and manuals, requiring the development of new and innovative approaches to communicate to a variety of audiences.

NOTE : Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation. You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

When completing the assessment questionnaire for this position, you will be prompted to elect if you wish for your application to be considered as External (where Veterans' Preference applies), as Status (current or former Federal Employees), and/or Internal to TSA as a current permanent or competitive temporary employee. At that time, please select the answer(s) that apply to you and your application to this position.
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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "benefits."

You must be able to obtain a Contracting Officer Representative and Program Manager I Certification within 18 months from the start date of employment.

Travel to subordinate offices and field locations is required.

Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period Requirements: Unless previously completed, you must satisfactorily complete a one-year supervisory probationary period to continue in this supervisory/managerial position.

Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at:

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized. Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

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