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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.

Duties

  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.