Full Job Description
This position is located in the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Region 1.
- This position is inside the bargaining unit.
- Writing sample required at time of interview.
- The salary reflects Rest of U.S. scale and will be adjusted to meet the locality pay of the duty location upon selection.
Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:
- Plans, develops, and recommends operational procedures for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program ensuring maximum utilization of available staff and resources.
- Employs ADR techniques to resolve whistleblower complaints designated through the ADR Program at various stages of the investigative process.
- Determines which cases are appropriate for ADR in consultation with the Assistant Regional Administrator (ARA), Regional Supervisory Investigators (RSIs) and/or Regional Investigators.
- Ensures ADR activities are handled in accordance with Agency policies, procedures, and directives. Oversees coordination with other federal, state, local or private agencies.
- Uses a variety of ADR methods and techniques to establish and build positive professional relationships between the parties; establish communication; clarify misperceptions; and deal with strong emotions while building trust necessary to enable all parties to reach a cooperative whistleblower resolution.
- Determines whether ADR is a viable resolution or may reject one or both parties request for ADR, and/or declare settlement impasse.
- Prepares, analyzes and reviews evidentiary materials submitted by the parties to develop strategies.
- Facilitates conferences with the individual parties to understand the nature of the dispute, issues involved, and positions of the parties. Develops and recommends options for resolution whenever possible. Uses dispute resolution techniques to provide parties with options and facilitate their interaction towards successful resolution.
- Communicates professionally with individuals with a wide range of educational levels to convey information, engages in conflict resolution during ADR discussions/negotiations, and communicates an analysis of complex evidentiary material to all appropriate parties.
- Prepares complex written communications to complainants, employers and/or their representatives for the purpose of resolving claims. Prepares clear, concise, in-depth, well-written reports, OSHA or other settlement agreements entered into by the parties, and audit reports.
50% or less – Occasional Travel.
13 – This position is at the Full Promotion Potential level (FPL).
Job family (Series)
1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship.
- Requires a valid drivers license.
- Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
- Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Also advertised as job #MS-22-BOS-OSHA-38 for status applicants, VEOA eligible, Vet Recruitment Appointment; 30% or more compensable disabled veterans; Sch A eligibles; Peace Corps (PC) or AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers or PC Employees. To be considered for each vacancy, apply to BOTH jobs.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the “Required Documents” section for additional requirements.
Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency (if later than November 22, 2021). The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience: To qualify for the GS-13 position applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, GS-12 in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience analyzing labor and employment discrimination law, principles and practices of mediation proceedings or to assist parties in resolving whistleblower retaliation complaints.
There is no education substitution for specialized experience.
DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.
Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement, if authorized.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A (BQ)-Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B (WQ)-Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C (Q)-Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) – All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
Influencing/Negotiating – Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
Interpersonal Skills -Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
Self-Management – Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
Writing – Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a brief, clear, and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
Problem Solving – Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
Oral Communication – Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence – Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, Government regulations, Executive orders, agency rules.
The information you provide on your resume may be verified by a review of your work experience, employment start/end dates/hours worked and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments.
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered “well-qualified”.
Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
To preview questions please click here.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.
– Resume – All Applicants are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. Cover letters are optional. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.
- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran’s Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
- Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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.
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This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
U.S. Citizens; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Prog and Career Transition Assistance Prog eligibles in the local commuting area.