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Chief Safety Officer

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U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Gaithersburg, MD
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plays a vital role in supporting technical innovation -- critical to the future economic security of our Nation. NIST accomplishes its mission through a broad interdisciplinary approach leveraging its physical sciences and engineering expertise. Its broad scope and technical expertise is matched by few other laboratories in the world. NIST is organized around scientific and engineering disciplines and encourages research programs that leverage the full talent and expertise across the organization. NIST programs are at the scientific forefront nationally and internationally, and they provide an important contribution in support of industry, academia, and other government entities. NIST is a dynamic and complex organization undertaking research and scientific endeavors in a multidisciplinary, diverse culture. NIST's human resources are also diverse with over 3,000 full-time employees and over 3,500 associates (domestic guest researchers from industry, academia and other federal government and state agencies, contractors, and foreign guest researchers). The primary facilities are located in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Boulder, Colorado. NIST also supports nine joint institutes/centers of excellence partnerships with academia.

The incumbent of this position serves as the principal advisor to the NIST Director and Associate Directors on all matters related to safety, health, and environment (SH&E) and provides executive leadership of the SH&E functions at the Institute.


The incumbent plans, directs, coordinates, and administers the overall NIST-wide Safety, Health and Environment (SH&E) program to help ensure that the NIST mission is accomplished while protecting the worker, the public, and the environment. The incumbent oversees efforts to develop, implement, and maintain a robust, integrated, and risk-based SH&E management system at NIST and to support its implementation. As the Chief Safety Officer (CSO), the incumbent proposes, evaluates, and justifies the overall SH&E program, its objectives, and its activities from technical, policy, and operational standpoints. The incumbent is responsible for the preparation of budget estimates for the program, for the critical review of its budget justifications, and for the allocation and readjustment of funds for various activities. The incumbent strengthens NIST's safety performance by advising management of key initiatives and programs and by obtaining and managing the resources necessary to carry out said initiatives and programs.

The incumbent initiates and leads the strategic and operational planning to improve the NIST SH&E management system and performance. This planning includes the identification of the NIST's SH&E needs; the establishment of objectives to address those needs; the development and implementation of plans for the achievement of those objectives; the evaluation of operational performance; and the provision of feedback back to the planning process to ensure continual improvement.

For coordination of the execution of the SH&E program and plans, the incumbent works with the NIST Director and Associate Directors, the NIST Safety Committee, and the organization's top executive leadership team. The incumbent coordinates the activities of the NIST-wide SH&E program with the managers of the NIST Laboratories and Centers and works closely with the Chief Facilities Management Officer, the Emergency Preparedness Coordinators, and the Boulder Laboratories Operations Manager. The incumbent works with all management and staff, including associates, to inform, instruct, and guide them on the goals, requirements, and intended outcomes of the NIST SH&E program and their roles and responsibilities within it.

The incumbent is the principal spokesperson for NIST on its SH&E program and represents NIST in that capacity to the Administration, Congress, the Department of Commerce, other government agencies, industry, and academia in a variety of forums.

The incumbent maintains liaison with other government agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The incumbent also works with professional SH&E organizations to establish, manage, and help meet NIST's SH&E requirements; to help define the scope and objectives of the NIST SH&E program; and to develop mechanisms of cooperation and collaboration.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to...

Applications will be accepted from all qualified individuals (U.S. citizens only).

Job family (Series)


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

Designated or random drug testing may be required.

Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).

Incumbent may be subject to geographic mobility

Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the duties and assignments of the position.


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess all of the Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below:

This position does not have an educational requirement.


ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)


PTQ 1 - Demonstrated ability to lead a complex program within an organization including development of priorities, alignment of resources to meet those priorities, and ability to develop consensus in deriving and successfully executing an implementation strategy.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing and to collaborate effectively with an audience of experts and non-experts in a scientific or technical organization.

PTQ 3 - Experience in occupational safety and health risk assessment and management. Experience must demonstrate expertise in promoting and sustaining a strong, integrated safety culture in a laboratory environment.

These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, senior level experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in leading and managing a comprehensive program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at


This position does not have an educational requirement.

Additional information

Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see for more information.

Relocation expenses: Payment of relocation expenses are not authorized.

Background investigation: This position requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) within 30 days of their appointment, annually thereafter and upon termination of Federal Government employment.

Qualifications approval and probationary period: Persons newly selected for career appointments within the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one year probationary period.

Drug Testing: Applicants selected for employment in this position may be subject to designated and/or random drug urinalysis to screen for illegal drugs.

Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

Travel: Occasional travel may be required.

Social Security Number: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) to initially access and create an account at the website. However, only the last four (4) digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package.

Privacy Act notice (PL93-579) - The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

False Statements: If you make false statements in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or, you may be subject to fine, imprisonment or other disciplinary action.

Signature: Before you are hired, you may be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

NIST is an equal opportunity employer.

To learn more about NIST, visit NIST's channel on youtube.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) and each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) listed. If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and had your ECQs certified by OPM, then you only need to address each PTQ, and you do not need to submit an ECQ narrative.

All other applicants are required to respond to all ECQs and PTQs, addressing each ECQ and PTQ separately. Please give a complete and detailed answer for each qualification. Please keep in mind each ECQ and PTQ are unique qualifications. Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific qualification. Do not enter Refer to Resume to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to See Resume are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as INCOMPLETE.

All applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the executive core and professional/technical qualifications, and best qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The ERB rating panel will make recommendations on best qualified candidates to the appointing authority. Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, the ECQs, and the PTQs.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Required Documents

In addition to your online application, the following documents must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement:

1. Resume (uploaded as attachment or USAJOBS resume created with USAJOBS Resume Builder)

2. For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your career appointment status in the SES.

3. For current Federal employees: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

4. For SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) Graduates: You must submit your SESCDP OPM-Certification documentation.

ECQ's and PTQ's may be submitted via uploaded attachment, or entered during the application process.

Applicants who fail to submit requested documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an Incomplete rating. If you are unable to upload documents, you may fax your documents using the instructions below. Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet. Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number. Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly.


Once a document has been uploaded or faxed to a particular category (i.e., transcript), you cannot refax or upload additional documents to the same category (i.e., transcript) without overriding the original documents. In this case, please submit the additional documents to the other category. Also note that if you wish to add documents after you have already applied to this vacancy, you must upload or fax the new documents and then reapply to the vacancy so that the new documents can be attached to your application.

FAXING INSTRUCTIONS: Please fax legible documents using the appropriate coversheet. Documents may be faxed at any time during the open period of this announcement by going to http:/

1. Log into MYUSAJOBS

2. Click on Applications

3. Locate the vacancy you applied to

4. Under Applicant Status column, click on More Information

5. Select View/Generate Fax Cover Sheet and click Continue

Do not submit any additional information that is not required: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement.

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 .

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. .

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

Applicants must complete and submit an application online at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USAJOBS website at An account must be established at the OPM website following the instructions provided in order to apply for the position. Once you have completed the USAJOBS process, you will be re-directed to the Monster Government Solutions system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. Applications submitted other than the USAJOBS online application WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED under this announcement.

Your application and all supporting documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants applying on-line for this position will be able to apply until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Please allow adequate time to complete your application.

Problems Completing Your Application

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at . The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. If you have technical difficulties applying to the vacancy on the USAJOBS website, click on Contact USAJOBS. It is suggested that you do not wait until the last day to apply for a vacancy announcement. We will not accept applications other than those submitted through USAJOBS.

As the Applicant, it is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, and submitted is received and is accurate. A complete application package consists of the following:

1. Resume and responses to the online job questions submitted via this website. Your resume should include the following information:

a. Your full name, mailing address (including zip code), and day and evening telephone numbers.

b. Paid and Non-paid job-related work experience. For each job listed you are to provide: (1) Job title (2) Duties and accomplishments (3) Employers' name and address (4) Supervisor's name and phone number (5) Starting and ending dates (month and year) (6) Hours per week (7) Salary (8) If Federal; Title, Series, and grade/pay band

c. Education. Provide name, city and state of all schools attended; i.e., colleges and universities, vocational, trade, business, technical. Provide dates of attendance, major, and type and year of any degrees received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following website:

d. Other Job Related Qualifications Information: Provide training courses, special skills you possess, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, etc., applicable to the position.

2. A narrative statement for each Executive Core and Professional/Technical Qualification. Failure to respond or address any of the Executive Core and Professional/Technical Qualifications marks an application as incomplete and incomplete applications WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED, resulting in an INCOMPLETE rating. Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages and responses to PTQs must not exceed 6 pages).

3. For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your career appointment status in the SES. For current Federal employees: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Didi Hanlein, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 301-975-3020. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users may contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

Agency contact information

Didi Hanlein







100 Bureau Drive

Gaithersburg, Maryland

United States

Next steps

The Office of Executive Resources will provide notification of applicant status at the four points of the hiring process, as applicable, in a timely fashion. The four points of notification are: Application Received; Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Not Met; Panel Rating of Best Qualified (Application referred to the Selecting Official) or Panel Rating of Qualified/Not Qualified (Application not referred to Selecting Official); and Selected or Not Selected.

Applicants can check the status of their application at any time after the announcement closes by accessing the USAJOBS website.

Select My USAJOBS and enter your ID and password. Click the link titled Applications and select the link under Application Status next to the name of the announcement. Your status will be updated as changes occur. If you have any questions, you may contact the Human Resources Specialist at the telephone number listed in the announcement.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process 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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