<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, Deputy Commandant for Operations, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, Inspections & Compliance Directorate, Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Flag State Control Division, Washington, DC.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />As a Marine Transportation Specialist in the Flag State Control Division, this position serves as the Program Manager for the Coast Guard oversight of companies responsible for implementing safety management systems onboard U.S. flag commercial vessels. This position is also responsible for the development of U.S. laws and regulations, and Coast Guard policies and procedures related to the implementation of safety management systems on commercial vessels. <br /><br />Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:<br /> <ul> <li>Serving as the Coast Guard's subject matter expert on safety management systems implemented onboard U.S. and foreign flagged commercial vessels.</li> <li>Analyzing marine casualty investigation reports, and internal or external reports related to the implementation and effectiveness of commercial vessel safety management systems and developing proposed courses of action to address relevant issues.</li> <li>Developing and maintaining legislative change proposals, regulations and the appropriate policy directives, memorandums of agreement/understanding necessary for the implementation of the commercial vessel safety program.</li> <li>Conducting commercial vessel inspections, vessel or company audits, and oversight activities related to third party organizations acting on behalf of the Coast Guard as warranted.</li> <li>Preparing and delivering lectures and training sessions on compliance and enforcement of commercial vessel standards to Coast Guard field inspection personnel.</li> <li>Representing the Coast Guard at public speaking engagements and high level meetings by preparing, presenting and championing Coast Guard positions and policies.</li> <li>Evaluating counter proposals to achieve equivalent levels of vessel safety.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Occasional travel is required. <br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. Citizenship is required.</li> <li>Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.</li> <li>This position requires a Secret clearance.</li> <li>A one-year probationary period may be required.</li> <li>This position requires ISO 9001 and/or ISM Code lead auditor certification.</li> </ul> <br /><br />All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least one (1) full year of <strong>specialized experience</strong> equivalent to the GS-13 level in Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to perform successfully the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. <br /><br /><strong>Specialized experience for this position includes the following:</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Experience reviewing and analyzing marine casualty investigation reports;</li> <li>Experience conducting commercial vessel inspections, and/or vessel or company audits;</li> <li>Developing and/or modifying auditing standards for maritime safety and security;</li> <li>Serving as a technical authority in commercial vessel inspection and examination; and</li> <li>Delivering lectures and training sessions on compliance and enforcement of commercial vessel standards.</li> </ul> <br />The ideal candidate will possess the following credentials/certifications and/or experience:<br /> <ul> <li>Merchant Mariner Credentials as Deck or Engineering</li> <li>Active qualifications or current experience as a marine inspector, examiner, investigator, surveyor or auditor</li> </ul> <br /><strong>This position requires ISO 9001 and/or ISM Code lead auditor certification. Proof of certification is required at the time of application.</strong><br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />This position does not have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail. <br /><br />FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.<br /><br />DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here <br /><br />Recruitment incentives may be authorized.<br /><br />All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.<br /><br />For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources . Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. See the required documents section of the announcement.<br /><br />More than one (1) selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.<br /><br />If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6351. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories. <br /><br />The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are: <br /> <li>Knowledge of commercial vessel safety, safety management systems and quality management systems, including auditing standards and processes.<br /> </li> <li>Ability to recognize government or industry standards as a marine inspector or marine surveyor.<br /> </li> <li>Knowledge of concepts, theories, principles, and practices of safety management systems and third party inspection schemes in order to develop, revise, or maintain international conventions, legislative change proposals, federal regulations, and Coast Guard policy/doctrine.<br /> </li> <li>Knowledge of international quality standards, auditing and work process controls related to vessel safety management systems under U.S. and international regulations. <br /> </li> <li>Skills to prepare internal position papers and decision memos, regulatory documents, business letters, and Congressional reports or correspondence.<br /> </li> <br /><br />If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories: <br />1. Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis. <br />2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis. <br />3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis. <br /><br />If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume. <br /><br />Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here. <br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />1. Your resume<br />2. Your responses to the online questionnaire<br />3. If qualifying based on education, submit a legible copy of your unofficial college transcript from an accredited college/university. The transcript copy must reflect the college/university name and/or logo. Applicants are highly encouraged to proactively order a copy of their official transcripts to be delivered to their home address so transcripts will be readily available if selected. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts prior to establishing your start date. Foreign education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited institutions in the U.S. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here. <br />4. If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), submit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance rating and most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level and duty location. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position. Please see ICTAP eligibility. <br />5. If you are claiming veterans' preference, submit the following documents. Please see Feds Hire Vets for detail. <br /> a. Veterans claiming 5 point veterans' preference must submit legible Member 4 Copy DD214(s) indicating Character of Service. 5-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.<br /> b. 30% Disabled Veterans must submit their Member Copy 4 DD-214(s), which includes Character of Service, and VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. <br /> c. Other 10 point Preference Eligibles must submit applicable Member Copy 4 DD-214(s), which includes Character of Service, and provide documentation of your other 10 point preference. If claiming 10 point preference, you must provide required documentation described on the back of the SF-15 which proves that you are entitled to such preference. 10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.<br /> d. If you are a current active duty military member who does not have a DD214 and is claiming preference under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces indicating that you will be discharged or released under honorable conditions from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. Certifications must be on letterhead from the appropriate military branch and include the following information: military dates of service and expected discharge or release date, character of service, military rank, type of discharge and date when terminal leave will begin. Certifications must be signed by, or by direction of military members' military personnel offices, unit commanders or higher headquarters.<br />6. OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current Political Appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here. <br /><br />All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with fax number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-123HQ), ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.