This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Director, Biological and Economic Analysis Division

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2013-0022

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, June 21, 2013 to Tuesday, July 23, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0340-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington County, 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 Senior Executive Service (SES) position in the Biological & Economic Analysis Division (BEAD), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, located at Potomac Yards in Arlington, VA.

OPP is responsible for registration of pesticides and must make determinations about whether pesticides pose an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment.  Large amounts of data from registrants and other sources must be reviewed and reliable schedules must be maintained in order to meet statutory deadlines for both new and existing pesticides.  A critical component of the process for both new and existing pesticides is the work carried out by BEAD.  In particular, BEAD assesses the uses, benefits and economic impacts of pesticides – collecting and analyzing information, including application rates and methods, effectiveness, quantities used, and comparison to alternatives.  The Director of BEAD is also responsible for acquiring and maintaining data on regional production of pesticide products; and analyzing economic impacts of alternative regulatory decisions of special or emergency pesticide use applications and of individual program actions or policies.  At the gateway to a multi-billion dollar pesticide market, the Director of BEAD plays an integral part of OPP’s process to help ensure pesticides are regulated fairly and that effective measures for controlling pests are available.  The Director of BEAD is responsible for the management of three Branches and four analytical chemistry and antimicrobial efficacy laboratories that support all pesticide regulatory divisions and programs.  The Director has management and operational responsibilities across a full range of programmatic issues with special focus on managing the development of critical “real-world” data on pesticide use/usage and benefits assessments to support registration and reregistration decisions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; the Food Quality Protection Act; and the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act.  Also, the incumbent plays a leadership role and works extensively with senior level officials at the U.S. Departments of State and Agriculture, and within EPA, in the development of the annual Critical Use Exemption Nominations for the fumigant, Methyl Bromide.  Also, the Director of BEAD provides senior leadership and oversight of OPP’s laboratories.  The incumbent must be able to manage organizations that are not co-located with the rest of OPP, with laboratories located at Ft. Meade, Maryland, and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.  The OPP laboratories are critical to OPP’s mission to protect public health and the environment, and to the Agency’s homeland security efforts.  For example, the incumbent directs the Agency’s evaluation of products under the Antimicrobial Testing Program to ensure that hospital disinfectants are efficacious.  In addition, the laboratories develop methods to determine the efficacy of antimicrobial products making homeland security-related claims.  A key technical responsibility involves the evaluation and development of methods for determining the efficacy of antimicrobial products as part of the nation’s anti-bioterrorism response and other homeland-security related efforts.  The laboratories also develop and validate analytical methods to measure pesticide residues in food, water, and other media.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

DUTIES:

Back to top

  1. As Director, is responsible for pesticide biological and economic analysis and data gathering support for the Office of Pesticide Programs. Retrieves, validates and interprets scientific and technical data, relative to the benefits derived from the use of pesticides. Develops use profiles, use analyses, identification of alternative pesticides, economic and social analyses, and synthesizes benefit analyses from them through multidisciplinary teams. Conducts economic analyses on the impact of cancellations/suspensions and on special emergency pesticide use applications as well as on the plans and policies of individual program actions. Maintains pesticide laboratory capability to detect pesticide traces in environmental media and other tissues and to characterize components of complex chemical formulations. Develops data by special projects on toxic contaminants in products for use in residues and metabolites through analytical methods development, exposure and risk for use by the hazard assessment and regulatory programs. Conducts programs to develop data on pesticide levels and trends in air, water, soil and certain animals. Develops data on the amount of environmental exposure from pesticides of regulatory concern to the Agency that may trigger cancellation/suspension activities and form the scientific background for legal proceedings. Develops and administers contracts to support division programs and activities. Oversees the post-market efficacy evaluation of EPA-registered hospital disinfectants, enhancement of a wide variety of efficacy test methods and development of new methods against emerging pathogens. Maintains Good Laboratory Practice Standards (GLPs) and adherence to ISO 17025 for the studies conducted at laboratories.
  2. Develops Division strategies, defines major program objectives, estimates required resource levels, reviews and evaluates ongoing program activities, and assesses outputs produced. Participates in Agency-wide program planning and strategy development to ensure full consideration of office policy and plans and the status of ongoing office programs.
  3. Coordinates planned programs with related or interdependent efforts within other Divisions and offices of OCSPP.
  4. Maintains liaison and coordination with the other major offices of the Agency on all subject areas within the purview of the Division. Advises superiors of Agency policies and programs affecting the Division. Supports the Agency’s Homeland Security efforts, including maintaining capabilities for bioterrorism response. 
  5. Represents the programs of the Division within the Agency and externally, including with the Congress. Presents OCSPP and Agency viewpoints at conferences and meetings with other Federal agencies and at state and local levels. Promotes closer relationships between the Agency and appropriate outside organizations on matters of mutual interest and to improve the effectiveness of the Agency’s programs.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Back to top

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-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/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-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/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 in managing and directing a diverse organization consisting of technical and policy staff in various disciplines, as well as staff in other occupations, to support regulatory programs.

TQ2. Experience which demonstrates the ability to initiate action, effectively integrate diverse and complex data in support of regulatory programs, and follow through to completion of complex problems and issues.

TQ3. Experience which demonstrates the personal ability to communicate complex and politically sensitive environmental policy issues, both orally and in writing, to higher management and to external interests, as well as the ability to lead others in an organization.

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. Experience in dealing effectively with high-level officials in Congress; Federal, state and/or local government; tribal governments; EPA regional offices; public interest groups; private industry; academia; and/or the general public.

DQ2.  Indepth knowledge of environmental regulatory programs and policies which involve risk assessment and risk management processes, along with an understanding of the provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; the Food Quality Protection Act; the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act; the Endangered Species Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and/or other relevant Federal environmental statues (e.g., Clean Water Act).


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

Back to top
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 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 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 not be reimbursed for travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position.  TELEWORK/FLEXIPLACE:  This position has portable work; the selectee may be eligible for episodic telework.  Background and/or Security Investigation required. Position involves travel.

HOW TO APPLY:

Back to top
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 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 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 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), Technical Qualifications (TQs)and Desirable Qualifications (DQs), 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 Aurelia Feaster  Human Resources Specialist,  Executive Resources Division on (202) 564-0402 to get the status of your application.

Back to top
Dock
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:

EPA-SES-2013-0022

Control Number:

346103800