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Job Title:Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2013-0016

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, June 06, 2013 to Monday, July 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0340-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Any U.S. citizen may apply.

JOB SUMMARY:

Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come help us protect the environment! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities. Find yourself at EPA. See more about us here: http://www.epa.gov.

This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, located at Potomac Yard in Arlington, VA. 

ORCR is an organization of about 180 people, with four Divisions, managing a total budget of approximately $40 million annually and about $100 million in state and tribal assistance grants.  ORCR develops and implements national waste management and clean up program policy and regulations working collaboratively with EPA Regional Offices and the States.  The Office is a leader in promoting sustainable materials management to conserve natural resources, reduce climate impacts, and to foster innovative thinking about wastes as commodities. The Office develops programs and partnerships with governmental and non-governmental entities to support resource conservation through environmentally sound recycling.  Ensuring the safe and protective management of these materials requires a comprehensive approach, including innovative regulatory and incentivized approaches to achieve these objectives.  ORCR also implements the program for remediation and disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act.

The Director of ORCR will lead a highly talented office with work that is of high priority and high visibility.  The selected individual should come to the position already deeply familiar with waste programs.   High priority areas requiring the Office Director's deep and sustained personal involvement are likely to include 1) development of  a new program for compiling and tracking the movement of hazardous waste across the U.S., involving development of the regulatory structure, the new IT system to ultimately provide real-time tracking of hazardous waste, and the new fee structure to recoup the costs of the program from the regulated community; 2) development of high profile, controversial regulations such as coal  combustion residuals and a groundbreaking rule under  CERCLA to provide financial assurance for current and anticipated hazardous substance releases; 3) approaches to enable the beneficial use of non-hazardous secondary materials as well as hazardous wastes in a safe and protective manner, 4) advancing  the sustainable materials management program through strategic focus on key opportunity areas; and 5) updating national goals for the RCRA corrective action cleanup program.  Effective management and leadership skills are critical to achieving progress in this ambitious portfolio.  Personal expertise in these areas and the ability to manage them will be key. 

This position requires an ability to manage many active projects at once.  Workload is heavy.  At the same time, the potential for great environmental accomplishment is also high, and the interaction with talented colleagues, both within OSWER and in the Regions, States, and Tribes, is priceless.  This is a position for someone who wants to make a difference for the better, surrounded by other great people.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

DUTIES:

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1.  Directs the conception and planning for the national hazardous and solid waste management program assigned to the Agency under the Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965 as amended by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976.  Responsibilities include:  providing program policy direction to and evaluation of such activities throughout the Agency; establishing hazardous and solid waste research requirements for the EPA; determining the scope of functions; developing intermediate and long-range objectives and goals; recommending broad program staffing requirements and financial resources allocations; formulating strategies to support resource requests from OMB and the Congress; and ascertaining the activities to be carried out by the Headquarters organizations and Regional offices.

2.  Through subordinate supervisors, provides for the complicated and diverse administration of the development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the national program which includes such activities as:  (a) construction, demonstration, and application of waste management and resources recovery systems for the preservation of air, water, and land resources; (b) technical and financial assistance to agencies in planning and developing resource recovery and waste disposal programs; (c) national research and development programs to develop test methods of dealing with collection, separation, recovery, recycling, and safe disposal of non-recoverable waste; (d) guidelines for the collection, transportation, separation, and recovery and disposal of solid waste; and (e) training grants in occupations involving design, operation, and maintenance of solid waste disposal systems.

3.  Discusses the objectives of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Program with EPA officials and other interested federal and non-federal governmental officials as well as representatives of private industry, agricultural groups and the general public.  Studies the general objectives that are required by legislation, the problems that may arise, the background and purpose of the program, and the existing policies and laws pertaining to the program.  Evaluates the situation by considering all of the factors which may influence the program and collaborates with the staff of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and other EPA, Federal, and non-Federal governmental offices in developing the plans and programs, both immediate and long-range, to be formulated and carried out by EPA Headquarters and its field offices in order to achieve the legal, regulatory, and policy objectives of the hazardous and solid waste program.

4.  Establishes or directs and monitors the establishment of controls in reviewing the accomplishment of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Program.  Evaluates existing policies and programs by reviewing reports, conducting field visits, performing periodic and special studies, studying complaints from interested persons and groups, studying evaluation reports prepared by other agencies and organizations, etc.  Determines existence of developments and trends which appear to significantly influence the program and recognize the need for further studies.  Based upon analysis of trends and problem areas, directs and/or recommends the development of new or modified methods, policies, standards, procedures and programs.

5.  Establishes and maintains liaison and/or close working relationships with professional groups such as the National Center for Resource Recovery, National Association of Recycling Industries, Inc., and others active in solid waste management work in order to bring the Agency’s programs to their attention, to assemble and correlate information on the activities of these groups and coordinate this with the work of the Agency, and to enlist their cooperation.  Works closely with top management representatives of the industrial sector and citizens groups.

6.  Participates with this Assistant Administrator and his key staff members in formulating policy and developing and defining this broad programmatic direction for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, with particular emphasis on solid waste, hazardous wastes, and resource recovery and their relationship and interrelationship with the other program areas within the Office.

7.  Serves or provides for program representation on Agency, interagency, and technical society committees of national and international importance.

8.  Directs the activities of the employees of the Office through subordinate supervisors.  Plans for staff development including assessment of training needs and performs supervisory duties including the periodic assessment of work assignments of the immediate staff to determine the most effective use of available manpower.

9.  Plays a key role in proposing and formulating the hazardous and solid waste management legislative program for the agency.

10.  Directs the personnel management and equal opportunity programs of hazardous and solid waste through subordinate supervisors.  Manages the selection, training, motivation, discipline and evaluation of Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery employees.

11.  Exercises oversight of contracts management and evaluates employee performance relative to contracts management responsibilities.  Responsible, through subordinates, for contractor performance and cost status to ensure that EPA receives the products or services purchased by the government.  Incumbent devotes not more than 20% of his/her time to miscellaneous contracts management.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically we could find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed.

You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications. Please provide a narrative not to exceed two pages per ECQ and not more than 10 pages.

ES-0340 series: You must have substantive general experience which provides knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive (operating, administrative, or managerial) experience in a type of work, or a combination of functions directly related to this position.

1. If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

2. Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.

3. You must be a U.S. citizen.


Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service SES appointment, you are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Career Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications questions in order to receive consideration for the position. Additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf 

When responding to the Mandatory Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per Executive Core Qualifications, and not more than 10 pages total. Technical Mandatory and/or Desirable factors should be limited to no more than two pages for each factor. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You must provide specific examples of your education, experience, training and awards in the manner and order instructed below which are applicable to each: (A) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), (B) Technical Qualifications (TQs), and (C) Desirable Qualifications (DQs). Response to the five ECQs and TQs is mandatory. Failure to address the ECQs and the TQs will result in your application being disqualified. Addressing the DQs is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating. All five ECQs must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application.Your response should be clear and concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility. In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunction with the resume that you provide. Additional information on the ECQs is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp

Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide. You will be evaluated on the following: Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQs), and any Desirable Qualifications (DQs). Failure to address the ECQ and TQ factors will result in your application being disqualified for further consideration. Addressing the DQs are optional, however, failure to do so will impact your rating score.

A. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)- Mandatory

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: 1. Creativity and Innovation - Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes. 2. External Awareness -Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment. 3. Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. 4. Resilience - Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks. 5. Strategic Thinking - Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks. 6. Vision - Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: 1. Conflict Management - Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner. 2. Leveraging Diversity - Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. 3. Developing Others (New) - Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods. 4. Team Building - Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: 1. Accountability - Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules. 2. Customer Service - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement. 3. Decisiveness - Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions. 4. Entrepreneurship - Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives. 5. Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations. 6. Technical Credibility - Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: 1. Financial Management - Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities. 2. Human Capital Management - Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations. 3. Technology Management - Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies: 1. Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals. 2. Political Savvy - Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly. 3. Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

Fundamental Competencies. These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications. Competencies: 1. Interpersonal Skills - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations. 2. Oral Communication - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed. 3. Integrity/Honesty - Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics. 4. Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience. 5. Continual Learning - Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development. 6. Public Service Motivation - Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

B. Technical Qualifications (TQs) -- Mandatory (Note: Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.) Narrative responses to the Technical Qualifications should not be more than two pages for each. All TQs must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application.

TQ1. Demonstrated ability to manage (demonstrated through direct experience or other comparable experience) complex and often controversial environmental policy issues of broad national importance.  

TQ2. Demonstrated experience dealing effectively with high level officials in international, federal, state and tribal, and/or local organizations.

TQ3. Demonstrated experience reaching out broadly and effectively to stakeholders representing all viewpoints, including stakeholders who have not previously been able to participate effectively.

TQ4. Demonstrated experience leading a large, multi-disciplinary staff, including ability to manage policy discussions within the organization, develop regulations and guidance as appropriate, and ensure successful policy execution. 

C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) - Optional (Note: Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating.) Narrative responses to the Desirable Qualifications should not be more than two pages for each. All DQs must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application.

DQ1. Knowledge and expertise, at the national or international level, the nation's solid waste and hazardous waste issues, including programs under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

DQ2. Demonstrated experience working in a large, complex, multi-mission organization, EPA or similar.

DQ3. Demonstrated experience in more than one environmental/administrative program and/or in more than one organization or entity, e.g., headquarters and field experience.


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BENEFITS:

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Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit Benefits.  To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Career Development Program approved by OPM), you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications,Technical Qualifications and Desirable Qualifications questions in order to receive consideration for the position. Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your ratiing.  Additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf

When responding to the Mandatory Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications.

Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per Executive Core Qualifications, and not more than 10 pages total. Technical Mandatory and/or Desirable factors should be limited to no more than two pages apiece.

The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

You must complete 1-year SES probation period, if not previously completed.

If you are a male and hired, and if you were born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

All Federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act and must submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, upon assuming the position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

TRAVEL, TRANSPORTATION AND RELOCATION: In accordance with Federal and Agency travel regulations, the candidate selected for this position will not be reimbursed for travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position. Position involves travel. 

TELEWORK/FLEXIPLACE:  This position has some portable work; therefore, the selectee may be eligible for episodic telework.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

Position involves travel.



HOW TO APPLY:

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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position. You must provide specific examples of your education, experience, training and awards in the manner and order instructed below which are applicable to each: (A) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), (B) Technical Qualifications (TQs), and (c) Desirable Qualifications (DQs).

Response to the five ECQs and TQs is mandatory. Failure to address the ECQs and TQs will result in your application being disqualified. Addressing the Desirable Qualifications (DQs) is optional however, not addressing them will impact your rating.  All five ECQs must be addressed in a supplemental statement of our application.

Your response should be clear and concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility. In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunction with the OF-612 or resume that you provide. Additional information on the ECQs is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp.

To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.

To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement. All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature.

If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement. For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to http://www.epa.gov/careers/evapr.html



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Career Development Program approved by OPM), you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications, Technical Qualifications and Desirable Qualifications questions in order to receive consideration for the position.

Additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf.

When responding to the Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

You should limit your narrative to two pages per Executive Core Qualifications, and not more than 10 pages total. Technical Mandatory and/or Desirable factors should be limited to no more than two pages apiece. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Executive Resources Div
Phone: 202-564-0394
Fax: 202-564-9612
Email: barnett.howard@epa.gov
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
OHR, Executive Resources Division, Mail Code 3606A
Washington, DC
20460
US
Fax: 202-564-9612

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs), and any supporting documentation.

You will be notified of the status of your application after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package.

If your application meets the basic qualifications, it will then be forwarded to a three member Rating Panel consisting of SES career members here at EPA for further review. The Rating Panel decides which Best Qualified applicants will be forwarded to the Selecting Official to make a selection. Interviews are arranged through the Selecting Official.

If your application is not forwarded to the Rating Panel, you will be notified of the outcome of your application. You may call the Executive Resources Division on 564-0394 to get the status of your application.


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Job Announcement Number:

EPA-SES-2013-0016

Control Number:

345063000