Job Overview

Summary

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This position functions as the Director of Region 1’s Office of Ecosystem Protection (OEP).  The Office is responsible for the protection of environmental resources and human health in an integrated and holistic manner.  To accomplish this, the Office implements EPA’s Air, Water, Tribal, Climate, and Urban Community Programs.

The mission of this Office is to establish environmental standards and goals, and build state and community capacity for meeting them.  The Office integrates programs such as air permitting, air toxics, indoor air, air quality, climate, municipal and community grants, water permits, water quality, surface water, wetlands, and drinking water in a way that reflects the connections among different environmental media.  The Office uses measures of environmental health to evaluate the effectiveness of the region's efforts, and builds strong relationships with state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the public.

Duties

1. Regional Leadership: Serves as a member of the Region 1 Leadership Team and fully supports its operating principles.  Serves as a key advisor to the Regional Administrator and Deputy Regional Administrator on matters pertaining to its environmental programs.  Serves as a key participant in Region 1’s strategic and operational planning activities, making determinations regarding key priority areas, investments and priorities.  Implements the Agency’s strategic planning objectives as they relate to Office management. Fosters and instills an environmental ethic in staff for pollution prevention, effective resources protection, environmental justices to the Vision and Mission of EPA.

2. Program Planning: Accomplishes or directs planning and other related staff work involved in the review, development, and execution of new or modified rules, regulations, standards, policies, practices, projects and programs.  Program planning is performed in order to achieve the best use of EPA and other state resources to obtain environmental results in the most efficient manner possible. Discusses the objectives of the Office programs with governmental officials as well as representatives of private industry, environmental organizations and the general public.  Studies the general objectives that are required by legislation, the problems that may arise such as the cost of pollution control, economic effects, the background and purposes of the program, and the existing policies and laws pertaining to the program.  Evaluates the situation by considering all of the economic growth, public acceptability and program cost.  Collaborates with other key officials, in developing the plans and programs, both immediate and long range, to be formulated and carried out by the Region in cooperation with the states and localities in order to achieve the legal, regulatory and policy objectives of EPA.

3. Program Organization: Directs the actions involved in organizing the Office and in establishing procedures for carrying out its programs in coordinated fashion with EPA nationally and with the states.  Receives input from the regional office of Administration and Resources Management and determines the allocation and utilization of resources, primarily analyzing the positions, staff, and money required to accomplish the program within the parameters established by legislation and Agency policy.  Reviews the Offices organizational and functional assignments in terms of meeting program goals and objectives.  Integrates the various programs into a viable overall program that balances program objectives with program realities, i.e., what should be done with what can be done.  Collaborates with key EPA administration and technical staff.  Recommends Regional and Agency policies in these areas and formulates the Regional strategy to support requests for staffing and financing needed to implement policy.  Studies and evaluates the organization and operations of State agencies to assure that program objectives receive proper consideration and recommends change or improvements. 

4. Program Direction: Directs the action involved in completing assigned projects, reducing paperwork, establishing priorities, and changing program emphasis.  Directs the work of the following major components of the Office: Air (including climate) Water, Tribal, Grants, and Urban Community Programs; through program units that provide technical expertise to the states, tribes and others to implement federal programs as required by each programs’ mandate.

Establishes methods for communicating directions to subordinates and other staff.  Makes decisions in the administration of work within broad regional policy areas and makes recommendations to the Regional Administrator only in those cases that deviate from established policies or involve new policy areas to assure compliance with governing legal requirements.  Reviews reports and recommendations submitted by office supervisors and branch chiefs to determine the validity of recommendations and conclusions with respect to technical, economic and intergovernmental considerations, and for compliance with statutory, regulatory and other requirements.  Reviews reports and recommendations submitted by office supervisors and branch chiefs to determine the validity of recommendations and conclusions with respect to technical, economic, and intergovernmental considerations, and for compliance with statutory, regulatory, and other requirements.  Coordinates activities with appropriate federal, state, and municipal agencies. 

5. Program Coordination: Directs the actions involved in coordinating the program with internal and external organizations, determining or recommending the compromises to be made, and maintaining effective relations with all interested groups.  Establishes liaison with and meets with key officials of governments, private industry, professional groups, members of environmental organizations, and the general public to resolve environmental problems and advise and coordinate on all aspects of the programs in the office.  Coordinates with the Office of Environmental Stewardship on compliance and enforcement related concerns and with the Office of Regional Counsel in connection with other legal matters.  Coordinates with the Regional Administrator on specific problems which may arise, especially those of a precedent-setting or controversial nature.  Serves on committees and panels and represents the Region at conferences on national, inter-agency, state and local levels.  Makes commitments pertaining to the programs of the Office on behalf of the Regional Administrator. Maintains close liaison with other EPA Regions for the purpose of coordinating technical matters that cross regional boundaries and ensures integration and coordination with states and local programs.  At the Regional level, represents the Agency at conferences with professional societies, educational institutes and industry representatives.  Delivers speeches to both public and private organizations and groups outlining objectives and accomplishments of assigned programs.

6. Management Integrity and Resource Management: Assures organizational planning, budgeting, extramural resource management (management of contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and interagency agreements), and financial accountability reflect the basic principles of the doing the “right things right” and conform to Agency and Federal regulations.  Leads reform in work processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness and makes decisions based on data and facts.  Maximizes the Agency’s return on resources.  Demonstrates knowledge of the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act in order to ensure effective program management and accountability for results.  Implements resource management improvements in support of the Deputy Regional Administrator and the Senior Resource Official (SRO). 

Ensures that extramural resources, both procurement (contracts) and assistance (grants, cooperative agreements, and interagency agreements) are efficiently and appropriately managed to maximize use of the Agency’s resources.  Ensures that managers of these resources comply with regulatory requirements and the Agency’s policies and procedures, and that they develop competencies in their extramural resource management staff.  Ensures controls are in place to guard against improper procurement practices such as contracting for personal services, inherently Governmental functions, and directed subcontracting.

Demonstrates leadership and commitment to management integrity as a top priority in the organization consistent with the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act.  Oversees the development, assessment, and improvement of management control systems to safeguard programs and achieve mission results, including training and certification of personnel involved in extramural resource management.  Takes timely corrective action on all identified management control weaknesses.  May participate, when needed, in the Administrator’s Senior Leadership Council and provides leadership in detecting emerging weaknesses in control systems.  Supports a full disclosure policy for the organization that provides early detection of emerging control issues.

7. Program Control:  Directs the action involved in tracking and evaluating the work of the Office.  Establishes Regional program tracking and information systems and is responsible for input to various EPA accountability systems and tracking systems.  Evaluates existing policies, projects and procedures by reviewing reports, conducting field visits, performing periodic or special studies; studying complaints from interested persons or groups; and studying evaluation reports prepared by other agencies and organizations.  Based upon analysis of trends and problems ahead, directs and/or recommends the development of new or modified methods, policies, standards, procedures, projects or the initiation of enforcement actions in order to achieve the highest possible level of positive enforcement results.

8. Program Forecasting: Accomplishes or directs the actions involved in determining the effect on the Office’s programs of proposed or enacted federal or state legislation, new or proposed program requirements, new or improved technology, emergency situations, court decision and other developments.  Initiates program plan to implement the effects of these forecasts.

9. Program Management: Supervises a large group of EPA employees organized into appropriate and efficient work units.   Plans for staff development including the assessment of training needs and performs supervisory duties involving the establishment and filling of positions, the promotion and assignment of personnel, the provision of employee relations services, the taking of disciplinary and other actions, and the administration of human resources management, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs.  Is responsible for taking appropriate steps to maintain positive employee morale and a cooperative work atmosphere.