Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Supervisory Civil Engineer or Supervisory Geologist (Branch Chief) in Chicago, Illinois
About the Agency
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking a highly motivated and qualified candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position within the Division of Dam Safety and Inspections of the Office of Energy Projects. The position is located in the Chicago Regional Office. The Branch Chief will ensure that all programmatic responsibilities of the Regional Office are effectively accomplished. In so doing, the incumbent will work as a team with other Branch Chiefs and OEP staff to support the Commission's and OEP's mission and program objectives. The incumbent will oversee the inspection, engineering evaluation and analysis of non-federal hydroelectric projects including dams to insure the safety of the projects and compliance with the terms of the license, the provisions of the Federal Power Act, FERC regulations and current engineering dam safety criteria and guidelines. Assignments may require substantial travel and can involve hiking in mountainous terrain, climbing steeply inclined faces of dams, and descending into dam galleries, penstocks, and tunnels.
This position is excluded from the bargaining unit. More than one selection may be made from this announcement, and the office for that selection may vary. Please note - only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.
The incumbent will ensure that all programmatic responsibilities of the Regional Office are effectively accomplished. In so doing, the incumbent will work as a team with Branch Chiefs and OEP staff to support the Commission's and OEP's mission and program objectives. The incumbent will oversee the inspection, engineering evaluation and analysis of non-federal hydroelectric projects including dams to insure the safety of the projects and compliance with the terms of the license, the provisions of the Federal Power Act, FERC regulations and current engineering dam safety criteria and guidelines.
The following are the major duties of this position and include:
Leads staff and carries out management responsibilities.
Ensures all programmatic responsibilities of the Branch are effectively accomplished.
Reviews team work products and assists teams in in preparing research, reports, recommendations, orders, and other decisions for Commission consideration.
- 25% or Greater
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Must meet specialized experience
- Most recent SF-50 and transcripts required at time of application
- Successfully complete a background investigation.
- PE or Eng Geol lic/reg must be submitted at time of application
- Supervisory Probationary Period required
In addition to meeting the basic educational requirements and licensure requirements, candidates must have one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level. Specialized Experience is defined as: Experience in dam safety inspection, analysis and engineering analysis of dams.
Selective Placement Factor: Candidates must hold either a current Professional Engineering license or registration in any State(s), District of Columbia, Guam or territory of the United States OR Engineering Geologist license or registration in any State(s), District of Columbia, Guam or territory of the United States.
To be considered, candidates must meet the educational requirements for an Engineer or Geologist. The link to the OPM Qualification Standard for Engineer is:
The OPM Qualification Standard for Geologist is:
CANDIDATES MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS IN ORDER FOR COURSEWORK TO BE VERIFIED; MUST ALSO PROVIDE LICENSE DOCUMENTATION (FOR PE OR PROF GEOLOGIST); FAILURE TO INCLUDE TRANSCRIPTS AND LICENSE DOCUMENTATION WILL RESULT IN CANDIDATES NOT BEING CONSIDERED; TRANSCRIPTS AND LICENSE INFORMATION MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION; SF-50 ALSO REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION.
Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. All required documents must be received by the closing of this announcement. For this vacancy you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 showing your current grade level. If you do not submit a required document, (e.g. most recent SF-50, transcripts, etc) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. FERC employees (and all applicants) must submit all the required documentation to include the SF-50, transcripts, Prof Engineering or Geologist registration documentation by the close of the announcement.
What To Expect Next
Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You can check the status of your application by logging into your My USAJobs account. You may be notified up to four points in the application process. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
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You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your resume will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Relocation expenses will not be paid.
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Salary Range: $131,508.00 to $161,900.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0810, 1350-15/15
Promotion Potential: 15
Supervisory Status: Yes
Who May Apply: Applications will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities.
Control Number: 472450700
Job Announcement Number: FERC-MP-2017-0068