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Job opening: Director, Division of Safety Research

Salary: $183 500 - 235 600 per year
Relocation: YES
Published at: Aug 11 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
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The incumbent will: Provide advice and assistance on program scientific policies, activities, and operations. Serve as an expert advisor to the NIOSH Director and Deputy Director on all matters related to the work of the Division of Safety Research, including any implications of state and local-level health and safety requirements. Plan, develop, evaluate, and manage occupational safety and health public health science and research programs. Provide leadership for the Division and Institute in establishing programmatic goals to ensure the Division's mission is met/exceeded within approved within appropriations/budget. Establish measurement and analysis systems for units managed to assess efficiency, effectiveness, and compliance with regulatory procedures and requirements. Identify occupational safety and health research needs, develop priorities to provide the basis for developing effective prevention strategies and for determining criteria for safety and health standards. Correlate the various inputs from internal and external organizations addressing the task of identifying specific high-risk occupations and work situations. Develop multi-year project plans to carry out the agency's mission and goals. Provide leadership in partnering, liaising with, and recommend, review, and advise senior/executive level leaders advancing the Division and Institute's mission and programs. Build and maintain effective working relationships and national and/or international partnerships with individuals and organizations on occupational safety and health research, prevention, and health promotion. Develop and lead high-level scientific collaborations (such as federal agencies, medical schools, schools of public health, WHO, PAHO, foundations, professional organizations). Advise senior staff and management on the operational aspects of occupational safety and health research, and scientific and investigations. Represent the Division and Institute and advances the organization's public health research goals and objectives through partnerships and liaisons with inter-agency and/or cross-entity committees, workgroups, workshops, inter-agency projects, etc. Develop goals and objectives that integrate the organization's mission and programs with occupational and public health objectives necessary to successfully achieve mission and implement quality improvements as needed.


  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.


Current federal employees must be at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level or above to be considered for this position. Basic Qualifications for RF-801: Applicants must possess a degree in Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1 , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. 2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional. 3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A .4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) In addition to the basic qualifications requirement, a doctoral degree in engineering is required. Candidates must show clear evidence of specialized experience. Specialized experience is that which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, such as applying ethical principles and standards in the administration, research and promotion of occupational and public health science and innovation; and experience working with a broad range of stakeholders, policy, and decision makers. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This position has a positive education requirement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts or a list of applicable courses with their application package. This also applies to status applicants who are applying to a position in a different occupational series than they are currently or were previously appointed. Applicants who do not submit their transcripts (or list of applicable course work) will be evaluated based on the information provided in their application package (and/or resume) along with their responses to a self-certification question asking if they meet the basic qualifications listed in the vacancy announcement. Those deemed tentatively qualified will be referred for consideration. If selected, applicants will be required to provide an official transcript prior to the final job offer. If the official transcript does not support the educational requirements of the position, the applicant will be considered ineligible for the position.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that:
  • the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs
  • such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program, or that full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

For further information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications.


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