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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.
- 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.