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Job opening: Branch Chief

Salary: $163 964 - 191 900 per year
Relocation: YES
City: Rockville
Published at: Apr 19 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
The position is located in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR), Division of Risk Assessment (DRA) , PRA Licensing Branch B (APLB).  The supervisor is Meena Khanna. This position is a Non-Bargaining Unit.  This position is subject to Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements. This position is subject to security ownership restriction reporting requirements.


The successful candidate will perform the full range of Branch Chief duties.  Such duties include but are not limited to:


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Must be able to meet/maintain security & suitability requirements.


In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.  The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:1. Ability to direct, lead, and manage a diverse technical staff in mission-critical programs with competing deadlines, conflicting resource demands, and changing environments. Describe specific training, education, and experience that demonstrates your ability to manage a diverse workforce; create and foster a positive team environment within and across Branches, Divisions, and Offices; implement changes in practices and policies; identify personnel needs; select, motivate, and develop personnel; apply equal employment opportunity (EEO) principles and practices; balance work among employees; establish standards and evaluate performance; ensure adequacy of internal controls; identify labor market conditions affecting availability of resources; recognize potential; and delegate authority. 2. Ability to communicate information, ideas, and advice in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing, with colleagues, subordinates, NRC management in headquarters or regions, ACRS, the Commission, members of the public, representatives of professional groups or other Federal or State agencies.  Ability to build and sustain coalitions across organizations.  Describe specific experience, training, and accomplishments which demonstrate communication skills and your ability to: use formal and informal networks to build support for programs; lead complex and technical discussions and consolidate complex and diverse opinions into concise, balanced and well-founded recommendations; and communicate effectively in work relationships with subordinates, peers, management, and/or government or industry officials to develop solutions to regulatory problems and issues. Describe the kinds of oral and written presentations you have made to represent agency positions to others and complex technical documents you have developed. Describe what editorial review of work prepared by technical staff you have conducted, if any. 3. Knowledge of the applicable NRC rules, regulations, policies, practices, and procedures for either power reactors or similar regulated entities, including regulatory guides, industry codes and standards and other NRC criteria, and ability to interpret and apply these criteria.  Knowledge and ability to apply effective decision making using available information and risk insights. Describe specific experience, education, and training in this area. Give specific examples of how you applied and interpreted policies, regulatory guides, industry codes, standards and other criteria. The focus of this rating factor is the breadth of your knowledge and experience in this area. 4. Knowledge of the fundamentals of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) as they relate to design, licensing, operation, and inspection of nuclear power plants.  Describe work experience, education, training or developmental assignments which have provided you with knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of PRA as they relate to design, licensing, operation, and inspection of power plants. If applicable, describe knowledge in specific areas such as: fault tree and event tree analysis, containment analysis, consequence analysis, significance determination process, risk-informed licensing, and risk-informed inspections.    If applicable, also describe work experience in leading projects to risk-inform regulatory activities.  Describe knowledge in applying risk insights to regulatory decisions for nuclear power plants.  The focus of this factor is the depth and ability to apply your knowledge and experience to risk-informed oversight activities.  SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as: experience that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of NRC programs with emphasis in one or more of the following areas: fire protection, engineering support, risk assessment, licensing, rulemaking, and NRC inspection and oversight programs.   A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume.


GG-0801 (General Engineering Series):

Degree: 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.


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:

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.

Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

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.

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.)

GG-1301, (General Physical Science Series):

Basic requirements: Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  • Address NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Human Resources Attn: Joanne Kennedy Washington, District of Columbia 20555 United States
  • Name: Joanne Kennedy
  • Phone: 301-415-0431
  • Email: [email protected]


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