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The Standards and Risk Management Division (SRMD) is located in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW). Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water establishes and implements regulations and programs to ensure Americans receive safe drinking water.  The Standards and Risk Management Division is responsible for the development of regulations and regulatory tools in support of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  SRMD identifies chemical and microbiological contaminants affecting drinking water quality that may require regulation, develops analytical methods, and collects occurrence information on unregulated contaminants.  The Division reviews and revises existing drinking water standards of regulated contaminants.  SRMD coordinates its programs with other EPA offices, States, environmental groups, drinking water providers, laboratories, and other interested parties.  

Standards and Risk Management Division has three branches with a total of six branch level managers and approximately 70 staff.  Two of the branches are located in EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC and are responsible for the identification of contaminants for potential regulation in drinking water, development of drinking water regulations, and review of existing drinking water regulations and development of support materials for drinking water regulations.  The third branch is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and is responsible for the development of regulatory support tools for drinking water, such as analytical methods, for implementing a program to collect drinking water monitoring data, and other technical regulatory support activities. 

The incumbent Director has knowledge of and experience with EPA policy, scientific and regulatory decision-making processes, an ability to lead a division of branch management and staff from a variety of disciplines, a comprehension of environmental and public health issues related to drinking water and must be able to provide policy and scientific recommendations to Office management in a fast-paced, demanding, and visible setting full of deadlines.  The incumbent must have excellent communication skills, and the ability to work with other EPA offices, the EPA regions, other federal agencies, stakeholder groups, the media and the general public on a range of topics relating to providing safe drinking water.  The incumbent will also provide clear communications to branch management and staff related to the development of scientifically sound and legally defensible drinking water regulations. This includes providing clear feedback on scientific, economic and policy analyses, the development and evaluation of drinking water regulations, identification of potential contaminants for regulatory development, and drinking water regulatory support documents, materials and tools. 

Experience or knowledge with the development or implementation of drinking water standards and other Safe Drinking Water Act Programs to protect the Nation’s drinking water and drinking water sources is desirable. 

Duties

  • As Director, Standards and Risk Management Division, incumbent assists the Director, Office of Ground  Water and Drinking Water in the direction and management of those portions of the Office's programs that are related to the establishment, revision and interpretation  of all regulations and guidelines relative to the issuance of primary and secondary drinking water standards and also assists in the interpretation of research results that affect existing standards and the development of future standards. 
  • Incumbent serves as principal advisor to the Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water with respect to policy and substantive matters relating to criteria and standards for organic and inorganic chemicals, microbiological organisms, turbidity, chlorine residual, and radiological contaminates for the purpose of assuring safe and aesthetically desirable water for human consumption under provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Participates with key office officials in policy formulation, program formulation, appraisal and evaluation of current programs, strategy and justification. 
  • Analyzes all relevant scientific factors to assure consistency with the office's program planning strategy, and provides advice and assistance to the Office Director in assuring the inclusion of these factors in the planning, development, coordination and implementation of program planning systems. 
  •  Serves as principal advisor to the Office Director on scientific and engineering aspects of treatment technology.  Makes recommendations relating to the initiation, curtailment, consolidation, or rejection of proposed projects, programs, policies, and procedures, based upon higher experience and expertise. 
  • Serves as principal interface for the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water with the Office of Research and Development (ORD).  Promotes intra- and extramural scientific cooperation.  Assures that appropriate research requirements and goals are established and transmitted to the Office of Research and Development in order to provide sound scientific solutions to environmental and operational program challenges. 
  •  Maintains liaison with scientific and engineering community and with organizations and agencies having programs of mutual interest.  Keeps the Office Director and his/her staff and Regional personnel informed of significant developments.  
  • Serves as an authoritative scientific and engineering specialist, represents the Office Director and/or the Agency in various scientific and engineering activities and on communities and panels concerned with planning agency and inter-agency programs, problems and programs of mutual concern. 
  • Directs the planning, implementation and administration of programs within the division responsibility to accomplish the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. 
  • Supervises the coordination of joint contractual efforts with EPA/ORD, universities, research institutes and other agencies aimed at elucidating the impact of drinking water treatment processes, which alter the types and qualities of the chemical and microbiological contaminants in drinking water. 
  • Develops comprehensive new and revised National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for organic and inorganic chemical and microbiological contaminants. 
  • Develops technical guidance to the EPA Regions and States on the issuance of variances and exemptions to the drinking water regulations.  
  • Serves as public interface for the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water on regulatory technical policy matters including stakeholders, the press, public speaking engagements, and conferences.  
  •  Provides guidance on matters relating to the use of water resources for water supply, including indirect and direct wastewater reuse.  
  • In addition to or in fulfillment of the above, the Division under the incumbent's direction will:  
  • Develop treatment regulations in lieu of assignable maximum contaminant levels.  
  • Serve as a point of liaison and provides technical advice and guidance on matters relating to standards, regulations and guidelines for other technical program areas within EPA and to other Federal agencies.  
  • Assist the companion OGWDW Drinking Water Protection Division to begin to provide training and outreach to constituencies on drinking water regulations. Assist the companion OGWDW Water Security Division on issues related to securing the nation’s drinking water from natural, accidental or intentional contamination events.  
  • Provide technical assistance with respect to solving problems of emergency situations including chemical shortages for water and implement such steps as may be required by Section 1441 of the Safe Drinking Water Act to remedy chemical shortages for water treatment.  
  • Prepare technical guides and manuals relating to drinking water standards and regulations.  
  • Directs and manages the programs, resources and staff assigned. Within delegated authority, establishes goals, develops policies and plans, determines numbers and kinds of staff needed, prepares staffing and budget requests, establishes internal operating  policies and procedures, allocates resources, assigns and evaluates work through subordinate  managers and supervisors, provides for staff development, training and support services, selects or recommends the selection of staff, arranges for appraisal of employees, and carries out the Agency's personnel management  and EEO  program goals and objectives.  
  • Performs other duties as assigned.