U.S. nationals: Senior Advisor for Dam Safety and Design Estimating and Construction Oversight

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸



The incumbent will serve as the Senior Advisor for Dam Safety and Design, Estimating and Construction (DEC) Oversight. The position reports to the Director, Policy and Programs. The Senior Advisor, Dam Safety and DEC serves as Reclamation’s Dam Safety Officer. Incumbent conducts the audit function of the Dam Safety program and ensures the Bureau’s quality assurance goals associated with design, estimating and construction are achieved.Learn more about this agency


The Senior Advisor for Dam Safety and Design, Estimating and Construction Oversight will:

Serve as the advisor to the Commissioner on the implementation of the Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety.

Provide leadership and broad program guidance associated with Reclamation’s dam safety program. This includes reviewing and performing quality assurance associated with Reclamation’s Dam Safety Program.

Conducts oversight reviews of Reclamation projects involving the design, estimating and construction functions to inform executive-level management and ensure major decisions and products are sound at both the project and Bureau-wide levels.

Serves as the principal advisor to the Director, Policy and Programs regarding the implementation of the relevant policies, directives and standards and associated guidance documents for dam design, estimating and construction.

Provides oversight for engineering designs, estimates and construction activities to quickly identify dams that may pose an increased threat to the public, and to quickly complete analyses in order to expedite corrective action decisions which safeguard the public and associated resources.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status: Yes
Promotion Potential: 00


Conditions of Employment

  • Must possess the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (SCI) security clearance level for this position.
  • Ability to pass pre-employment and periodic drug screens.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Must address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) separately.
  • Selectee will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement.
  • For Veterans Consideration, Submit Applicable Document(s) Under Required Documents.


As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Mandatory Technical Qualifications below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. Failure to meet basic qualification requirements and all mandatory technical qualifications listed automatically disqualifies an applicant.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): ALL applicants must provide separate narrative responses to each of the MTQs listed below. Each narrative response cannot exceed 2 pages per MTQ (not-to-exceed 8 total pages). Narrative responses must: 1.) Include specific examples of your experience, education, and/or accomplishments; and 2.) Address specific challenges, contexts, actions, and results.

MTQ 1: Demonstrated experience in and knowledge of design, estimating and construction of projects associated with the delivery of water and/or generation of power.

MTQ 2: Demonstrated experience in and knowledge of programs associated with dam safety.

MTQ 3: Ability to lead a team of senior technical experts in synthesizing large amounts of information and developing value-added findings and recommendations related to design and construction activities.

MTQ 4: Ability to convey and present complex and detailed information of a technical and/or policy nature, orally and through written communication, to senior management officials within an agency, and representatives of other agencies, state and local governments and the public.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet the following Basic Requirements for the Occupational Series of either 0801 General Engineering in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual –

For 0801 General Engineering
Successful completion of a bachelor’s or higher engineering degree from an accredited college or university. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

Combination of education and experience — college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: (I) Professional registration or licensure — Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board’s eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions; or (II) Written Test — Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico; or (III) Specified academic courses — Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A; or (IV) Related curriculum — Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)


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.

Additional information

Financial Disclosure: The applicant selected for this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278. All forms must be filed within 30 days after the selection for this position.

Background Investigation: The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee.

Current or Former Political Appointees: Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. 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 that to the Human Resources Office.

Travel and Relocation: If applicable, travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.

Click here for general eligibility for a permanent change of station (PCS) move.

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Drug Free Workplace: If applicable, in accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program: Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

Probationary PeriodUnder certain conditions, selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Failure to meet basic qualification requirements and all mandatory technical qualifications listed automatically disqualifies an applicant. Applicants who meet all the mandatory technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the technical qualifications described in this vacancy.

We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material. Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a panel. Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.

Each applicant is required to submit a comprehensive narrative statement addressing each mandatory technical qualification individually. The narrative must demonstrate the necessary level of skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in this Senior Level position. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant’s level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of assignments, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. Applicants who fail to provide this narrative statement in the format requested will not be considered.


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance: Top Secret
Drug test required: Yes
Position sensitivity and risk: Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk
Trust determination process: Suitability/FitnessNational security

Required Documents

1. RESUME (Required) Please note: Your resume cannot exceed seven (7) pages. Only resumes within the 7 page limit will be considered as part of your qualifications. Resumes must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement. Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating. It is recommended that you include the following information:

  • Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
  • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received
  • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including:
    • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
    • Duties and accomplishments
    • Employer’s name and address
    • Supervisor’s name and phone number
    • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
    • Salary
    • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. MTQ NARRATIVE STATEMENT (Required) – You must title each MTQ’s separately to ensure each MTQ is appropriately addressed. Failure to title and address each MTQ separately will result in your disqualification.

Narrative statements must not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical qualification(s). The MTQ package may not exceed 8 total pages. IF YOU EXCEED THESE PAGE LIMITS OR YOU FAIL FOR PROVIDE THE NARRATIVE STATEMENTS AS DESCRIBED, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

3. EDUCATION/DEGREE (Required, if Applicable) : Proof of your degree, which would be outlined in the basic education requirement section if applicable. Proof will consist of unofficial transcripts, which must be attached to this application for consideration to determine basic eligibility.

4. PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL (Required) A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (i.e., within the last 18 months form the closing date of this vacancy announcement, from either the Federal or private sector). Please remove your social security number and date of birth from any documentation you provide. If you are unable to provide your most recent annual performance appraisal, please provide a written justification explaining why you could provide the request documentation. Failure to provide the most recent annual performance appraisal or written justification explaining why you did not provide the requested documentation you will be disqualified for further consideration because your application will be incomplete.

5. SF-50(Applicable to Current or Former Federal Employees Only): If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. Please redact your social security number and date of birth.

6.CTAP/ICTAP (Required, if applicable): If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here.

7. SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION (Required, if applicable): If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

8. VETERANS PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION (Required, if applicable): If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge.

– If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency

– For 5-point veterans’ preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

– For 10-point veterans’ preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form. An SF-15 may be found at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf.

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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How to Apply

To begin, click the Apply button near the bottom (or right) of this screen and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on “My Applications”. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

Follow the prompts to select your resume and other supporting documents to be included in your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted.

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.

It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, and sent is received and is accurate.

To preview the announcement questionnaire, please click on:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11114278

Next steps

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your online assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background checks, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement.