Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Supervisory Civil Engineer or Supervisory Geologist (Branch Chief) in Chicago, Illinois

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

If you are ready to begin your new career or are looking for a place to make an impact, what better place than a top 5 agency? We are looking for the best and brightest to join our team of dedicated professionals here at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

FERC’s role is to oversee various aspects of the energy industry, including transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. We also analyze proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines and license hydropower projects. To help support the modernization of the electric system here in the U.S., we are focusing on issues associated with a smarter grid.

Our employees gain valuable work experience that provides them with the career boost that they are seeking. We need people like you to help us move the industry forward and continue to shape the future of energy policy. Join us and help make a difference!

This position is excluded from the bargaining unit. Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official. More than one selection may be made from this announcement and the office for that selection may vary.


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.

The duties of the position are:

  • 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

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • .
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must meet specialized experience; supervisory probationary period required.
  • PE or Eng Geol Reg is required;submit documentation at time of application
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • A background investigation is required.
  • Transcripts are required at time of application

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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0800/0800.htm; the OPM Qualification Standard for Geologist is http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs1300/1350.htm **You must meet these educational requirements by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer. - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your application up to four times throughout 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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Other Information

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. You must submit all required information by the closing date. 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. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid. A probationary period as well as a supervisory probationary period is required.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. Please use the following link for additional information: Mythbusters of Federal Hiring Policies.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472450900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

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: Open All Sources

Control Number: 472450900

Job Announcement Number: FERC-DE-2017-0119