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Job Title:Director, Office of Civil Rights

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2013-0015

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 20, 2013 to Monday, July 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0360-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

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 position is located in the Office of Civil Rights under the Office of the Administrator.  The scope of the programs and responsibilities of the Office are Agency-wide and apply to all Agency programs and activities. The Director serves as the principal adviser to the Administrator with respect to EPA’s nationwide internal and external equal opportunity and civil rights programs and the impact of Agency’s programs on minorities, women, and person with disabilities. In this capacity, the incumbent provides leadership for technical programs, policy, direction, advice, and guidance in the performance of Headquarters, Regional and field activities in the Office’s areas of responsibility.  Under the direction of the Director, the Office also implements the Agency’s Reasonable Accommodation Program mandated by the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) and ADA Amendments of 2009.  OCR has field offices located in Cincinnati, Research Triangle Park, and Las Vegas, headed by Area Directors which provide the full range of civil rights activities for laboratory employees.  The Director for the Office of Civil Rights ensures that the Agency operates in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management’s Equal Opportunity Regulations. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.

DUTIES:

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  • Serves as Director for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).   In this capacity, the Director provides Strategic advice to the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, Chief of Staff, and Deputy Chief of Staff of EPA on issues related to policy and procedures; works in close coordination with the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff to execute decisions made by the Administrator and Deputy Administrator.  The Director may represent the Agency in coordinating and providing technical assistance between Headquarters/Regional components and State/Local governments and the public in addressing broad, cross-cutting civil rights issues.
  • Develops and oversees processes to plan and track the utilization of resources; this includes, but is not limited to, identifying strategies and priorities in all administrative management areas, such as personnel, facilities, and budget.  Provides expert advice and technical assistance to the Administrator and Deputy Administrator for EPA on internal and external management assessments relating to Civil Rights programs.  Develops and implements management strategy to implement final decisions.  Coordinates efforts with other Agency offices to link the office’s strategic plan to the overall mission/goal of the Agency.
  • Directs the External Compliance Staff, Employment Complaints and Resolution Staff, Affirmative Employment Analysis and Accountability Staff as well as the Area Offices and provides oversight for broad overall operations.  In coordination with the immediate supervisor and area directors, oversees the development and implementation of budget and programmatic plans as well as the prioritization of all projects and assignments to ensure they link to the Agency’s mission and goals.
  • Represents EPA on workgroups and task forces with external agencies regarding related matters that are governed by these agencies.
  • Leads EPA’s network of Civil Rights officials in Headquarters program and Regional offices to implement the Agency’s goals and Administrator’s policies with respect to civil rights and EEO.   Works closely with OCR staff and management to gain knowledge, exchange information, resolve issues, and/or discover opportunities that can assist EPA in meeting its civil rights goals and objectives.
  • The Director takes the primary responsibility for leading OCR’s management team in strategic planning, budget planning and establishing human resources practices and policies.  As such, the Director oversees the evaluation of employee performance, recommends incentives, initiates corrective actions, keeps employees informed of OCR’s and Agency policies and procedures, counsels employees as appropriate, etc.  In addition, provides leadership in the development and implementation of OCR’s operating procedures and policies.
  • Serves as the Deputy Ethics Official for OCR, responsible for providing ethics advice to employees, reviewing their confidential financial disclosure forms, examining requests for outside activity, and assessing requests to accept travel expenses from non-federal sources.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Administrator or Deputy Administrator based on the needs of the office and Agency. 


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 below. 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-0360 series: You must have general experience which provides knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive (operating, administrative, or managerial) experience in information access and analysis programs in order to accomplish the goals of the Agency.


Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). However, you must address the mandatoryTechnical and/or Desirable Qualifications listed in the vacancy. 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/SES_Quals_Guide_2006.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-278prior 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/handbook.html. 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 experience   at the state or federal level in implementing, and advancing nondiscrimination compliance programs for Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended and other nondiscrimination statutes and guidelines.

TQ2 .  Demonstrated experience in implementing and advancing equal employment opportunity and/or Affirmative Action Plans.

TQ3.   Demonstrated experience working with, and communicating to high-level officials at the Federal, State, or local agencies, and other external officials and groups.

B.  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 must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application.

DQ1.   Demonstrated experience in the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution for both formal and informal disputes.

DQ2.   Demonstrated experience in resolving complex and sensitive EEO and fairness problems and issues.


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BENEFITS:

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You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB. Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#life Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#ltci New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#retr You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#VACA You will earn sick leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#HOLI Tele-work / telecommuting may be made available after you have come on board. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#TELE Alternative work schedule options are available. If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run. You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans. More Info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FSA

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 Dersirable 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/SES_Quals_Guide_2006.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. 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 be reimbursed for travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position. Position involves travel.  This position has portable work; the selectee may be eligible for episodic telework.

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/handbook.html. 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 to the right 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://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm.

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/SES_Quals_Guide_2006.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: 202-564-0402
Fax: 202-564-9612
Email: pugh-feaster.aurelia@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 564-0402 to get the status of your application.

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Job Announcement Number:

EPA-SES-2013-0015

Control Number:

346079600