Organization Location: Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, Division of Preparedness and Response

Duty Station: Rockville, Maryland

Supervisor: Kathryn Brock, Director, Division of Preparedness and Response

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As the Senior Level Advisor for Emergency Preparedness/Incident Response, you will serve as a senior technical advisor and office expert in the area of Emergency Preparedness and Incident Response providing authoritative advice, consultation, and support to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) management on complex policy and technical issues and developments in emergency preparedness and response, dose assessment, and related radiological protection matters both domestically and internationally. You will represent the Agency on emergency preparedness and response, and related radiological protection issues before other organizations, such as other Federal agencies, State and local governments, Congressional representatives, international organizations, licensees, news media and in public meetings. You will also assess the implications of new or emerging issues and polices in emergency preparedness and response and makes recommendations for any changes in regulations, national or international standards, statutory changes, or other significant actions as required to respond appropriately, to developments in emergency preparedness and response.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Serving as the NSIR technical expert for complex, specialized projects involving emergency preparedness and incident response issues for nuclear facilities.

Providing authoritative consultation, guidance, assistance and recommendations related to emergency preparedness and incident response to the Commission; Agency management and senior staff on the efficacy of planned and contemplated courses of action.

Coordinating crucial agency interaction with external entities, including international organizations, Government and industry, relating to emergency preparedness and related health physics issues. Coordinates with staff and management for agency interaction with external entities, including international organizations, Government and industry, relating to incident response. Represents the agency in interagency meetings, and public meetings on these subjects.

Reviewing proposed conventions, agreements, protocols, regulations, policies, reports, legislation, and other agency documentation relation to or potentially impacting emergency preparedness and response activities and provides comments, analysis, or suggestions as appropriate. Counsel's office and agency management regarding the likely effect of regulatory or policy actions in or related to emergency preparedness and response.

Serves as a technical trainer and mentor for subordinate level staff, providing guidance regarding methodology, information sources, or scientific or engineering approaches to emergency preparedness and response problems or issues. Leads staff in developing new approaches to policies and challenges.

Identifies requirements and opportunities for research, analysis, or data development or acquisition relating to problems or new technologies associated with emergency preparedness and response, and related radiological protection issues, and evaluates the merit of exiting research and development programs in support of the emergency preparedness and response programs.

Collaborates with other NRC Offices, Federal agencies and committees, State and local organizations (i.e., Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, National Emergency Management Association) and international organizations (i.e., Nuclear Energy Agency, International Atomic Energy Agency, Commission of the European Communities), and industry organizations in communicating the bases for regulatory decision and the evaluation of foreign technical data and regulatory positions and policies to determine emergency preparedness and response significance.

Travel Required

25% or less – Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a drug testing position
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


Specialized Experience: You must also have at least seven to ten years of specialized experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience (e.g., graduate degree), that demonstrates detailed expert knowledge and experience of nuclear principles, concepts, theories, and methods and ability to assess their relationship to emergency preparedness and incident response, and radiological protection issues and programs. This expertise would include specialized experience in physical science technology and associated subjects obtained through experience in radiological accident consequences. Competence must be of a degree to enable independent evaluation of the emergency preparedness significance of various design modifications and operational procedures for NRC-licensed facilities. At least one year of this experience should be comparable in complexity and responsibility to the kind of work normally assigned at the grade 15 level or higher in the Federal government or equivalent.


Degree: physical science or engineering, that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as emergency preparedness, radiological protection, incident response, or nuclear engineering.


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, or specialty, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional information

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via Disability.Resourcenrc.gov. Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit: http: www.fedshirevets.gov/

Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the selecting official. Your resume is of key importance for evaluating your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.) You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at http: www.fedshirevets.gov/.

If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts.

All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Use the "USAJoBs" feature to download documents from your USAJOBs portfolio; or
2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

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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