This position is located in the Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
The Directorate’s mission is to develop and promulgate workplace standards, regulations, and guidance materials that address significant workplace risks and appropriately consider the effect of these rules on the economy, affected industries, paperwork burden, and small businesses, as required by applicable executive orders, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. The incumbent of this position serves as Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, operating under the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and the Deputy Assistant Secretaries.
The Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance provides leadership and direction in the planning, formulation, development, and execution of occupational safety and health standards policies, objectives, and programs. The Director oversees the systematic review and evaluation of relevant data and studies on occupational safety and health and maintains inter- and intra-agency liaisons essential to fulfilling related leadership responsibilities in the areas of policy and research. Specific responsibilities include:
- The Director plans and coordinates the development and promulgation of occupational safety and health standards and related rulemaking and guidance materials to provide protection for the nation’s workers from occupational hazards related to exposure to harmful substances and hazardous physical agents, including electrical, mechanical, and fire hazards; safety and health hazards in the maritime industry; ergonomic and physical hazards; carcinogenic, respiratory, and organ system hazards; and biologic, systemic and emerging health hazards. The Director also plans and develops non-regulatory approaches to supplement traditional rule-making, and coordinates related activities. The incumbent develops safety and health standards, policies, and programs while systematically evaluating program objectives and activities to ensure the development of safety and health standards and guidance materials that are feasible, cost effective, environmentally acceptable, and impose minimal paperwork burdens with appropriate consideration of the overall impact on small businesses.
- The Director develops strategies and approaches to facilitate and encourage the implementation of safety and health programs (SHPs) in workplaces throughout the country. The Director develops educational materials, tools, and resources that encourage employers to use SHPs and creates partnerships to elicit participation and raise awareness of the benefits of SHPs. The incumbent also leads and coordinates the agency’s Safe + Sound Campaign and supplementary activities while also evaluating offerings to achieve efficiencies, improve effectiveness, and meet expectations.
- The Director develops long-range plans for accomplishing major program objectives assigned to the organization, considering such factors as legislative mandates, executive orders, OSHA’s Operating Plan, program priorities of the Assistant Secretary, agency programming documents, and the constraints of available resources. The Director recommends to the Assistant Secretary major program initiatives or changes in program direction. The Director also determines allocation of financial and work force resources to various standards and guidance development projects, and sets target dates for major program milestones. The incumbent also takes actions to structure and staff the organization, to establish delegations of authority, to implement internal operating policies and procedures, and to establish organizational objectives. The Director also continually assesses the status of assigned standards and guidance projects and acts to provide for increased efficiency and effectiveness of operations to reduce costs and to improve coordination.
- As one of OSHA’s primary program officials, the Director serves as a key member of the Assistant Secretary’s management staff to provide advice not only on the program assigned, but also on overall agency concerns related to proposed legislation, major changes in OSHA program policy, long-term planning, reorganizations, significant reprogramming requirements, the strategic plan for the agency, and similar matters. The incumbent participates in this capacity in decision-making deliberations that influence the future direction of OSHA programs. Occupational safety and health standards and guidance development is a highly dynamic and subject to intense scrutiny by the President, Congress, and the public, and gives rise to conflicting pressure and controversial issues involving federal and state government relationships and union management relations. As such, the incumbent must be aware of and personally participate in the advocacy of program policies and in the development of the agency’s mandate in the context of current circumstances.
Occasional travel – Maybe required.