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Lead Safety and Occupational Health Specialist – VA – usajobs.gov


Lead Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Pentagon Force Protection Agency – Falls Church, VA

Department of Defense (DoD)

Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA)

Assistant Director for Support Services

Program Integration Directorate

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) is to provide force protection, security, and law enforcement, as required for the people, facilities, infrastructure and other resources at the Pentagon Reservation and Department of Defense (DoD) activities and DoD-leased facilities not under the jurisdiction of a Military Department within the National Capital Region (NCR) (hereinafter referred to as “the Pentagon Facilities”). This includes addressing the full spectrum of potential threats through robust prevention, preparedness, detection, and response measures. PFPA uses an integrated approach to perform its critical mission, bringing together functions such as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear detection and response, law enforcement, physical security, anti-terrorism/force protection, and surveillance detection. PFPA operates in an environment that requires close coordination between multiple local, state and Federal agencies. For additional information regarding PFPA please visit the website at http://www.pfpa.mil/ .

If you are applying through Merit procedures, the following information applies to you:

This announcement is open to: Current or Former Permanent Civilian Federal Employees in the Competitive Service; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan – ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area; and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Eligible Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. (Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6 or www.opm.gov/disability .)

If you are applying through Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) procedures, the following information applies to you:

This announcement is open to: All U.S. Citizens TRAVEL REQUIRED



Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Application materials must be received by 11:
59PM EST on the closing date.

This is a drug testing designated position.

Must obtain/maintain a Non-Critical Sensitive/Secret security clearance. DUTIES: Back to top

As a Lead Safety and Occupational Health Specialist you will be responsible for the following duties:

Distributes team projects and tasks among team members in accordance with workflow, skill level, and specialization.

Provides advice and guidance on policies, work methods, milestones, deadlines, and time frames for completion, and coaches team in appropriate problem solving methods and in identifying viable solutions.

Assesses, regulates, and preserves environmental conditions to minimize adverse effects on the safety and occupational health of employees.

Coordinates and supports industrial hygiene surveys, analyzes results and executes mitigating actions.

Ensures standard safety criteria and controls are achieved by application or conventional safety and occupational health risk mitigation methodology.

Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates the annual inspection of PFPA work environments in order to identify unnecessary hazards and stress, which may result occupational injuries and/or illnesses.

Investigates personal injury accidents, material damage, and cases of occupational disease.

Performs duties as requires as a Contracting Officer?s Technical Representative for safety and Occupational Safety and Health Administration based contract support.

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The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements.

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0500/accounting-series-0510/ for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Friday, March 14, 2014 .

You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS- 12 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must be reflected in your resume.

Specialized experience required for this position is:

Plans, develops, directs, and evaluates comprehensive safety and occupational health programs that foster a safe working environment.

Provides comprehensive risk analysis for identified hazardous work practices, individual and machine performed, for accident related loss potential.

Investigates personal injury accidents, material damage, and cases of occupational disease.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1. Knowledge of technical and managerial safety and health concepts.

2. Knowledge of a variety of hazard analysis and risk assessment techniques.

3. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Time-in-Grade Requirements:
Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for merit promotion consideration. Time-in-grade is the 52-week requirement Federal employees in competitive service, General Schedule (GS) positions at GS-5 and above must serve before they are eligible for promotion (advancement) to the next grade level. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade, time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the closing date of this announcement: Friday, March 14, 2014

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Full Time



Not Authorized

Not Authorized


Not Required

This position is eligible for telework

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions under Selective Service law. If you are required to register but knowingly and willfully fail to do so, you are ineligible for appointment by executive agencies of the Federal Government.

Other Notes:

Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment,” (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.

This position is subject to the DoD Drug Free Workplace Program. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment. The selectee must test negative for the presence of illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed in this position or other testing designated positions in DoD, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result. All tentative selectees for this position will be required to undergo a urinalysis test to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and periodically thereafter.

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.


How You Will Be Evaluated for Merit Promotion:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

How You Will Be Evaluated for Delegated Examining (Open to the Public):

We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

Best Qualified:
Candidates who possess experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate qualify ranking factor(s). Candidates are highly proficient in all of the job requirements and can perform effectively in the position almost immediately or within a minimum amount of training and/or orientation.

Highly Qualified:
The next lower category for candidates that meet the minimum qualification of the position and are proficient in most, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require minimum training and/or orientation in order to perform the duties of the position.

This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/HiringReformRequirements/CategoryRating/index.aspx .

Names of the candidates in the Best Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

Veterans? Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans? preference, you should indicate the type of veterans? preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans? preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans? preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans’ preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx . BENEFITS: Back to top

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits


Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified is defined as meeting or exceeding the fully successful level for competencies required by the position.

ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified prior to Veteran’s preference points being added. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they met the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible. Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant. http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

Documentation intended to establish preference must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, March 14, 2014. Information on veterans? preference and other veteran entitlements can be found in the VetInfo Guide http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp



  • NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.


Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

  • NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.

Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position.

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