Job Overview

Summary

Due to government shutdown, the open period of this vacancy is extended through October 18, 2013.

The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is seeking an internationally recognized science leader for the position of Director of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Division of the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) in Arlington, Virginia.  Learn more about NCEA and IRIS at http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-national-center-environmental-assessment-ncea .

ORD is filling this position using EPA's Title 42 Authority, which offers up to 5-year renewable term appointments at highly competitive, market-based salaries. The salary may be up to $200,000 per year, dependent upon qualifications, experience and other factors (e.g., current salary). The position is part of a larger EPA effort to use state-of-the-science approaches and technologies in its mission of protecting human health and the environment.
SPECIAL NOTE:  The position is subject to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Appointment will be subject to applicant's completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Also, appointment will be subject to applicant's completion of a financial disclosure process which includes completing an OGE Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report.

Duties

This incumbent serves as the Director of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Division of the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) in the Office of Research and Development (ORD) in Arlington, Virginia. 
 
As the IRIS Division Director, the incumbent manages the Agency’s IRIS program, which is conducted in all four divisions in NCEA.  The incumbent is responsible for scientific leadership of the Division and has substantial hands-on involvement and participation in the scientific work of the Division.  The interdisciplinary staff develops IRIS assessments and develops and applies new methods and models targeted to improve the scientific and technical foundation for health risk assessments. 
 
The IRIS Division coordinates cross-NCEA and cross-Agency production of complex, scientific assessments that undergo a series of internal and external reviews prior to being approved for inclusion into the IRIS database.  IRIS assessments include discussions of complex science issues such as uncertainty analysis, use of physiological-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models, mode(s) of action, use of emerging fields such as genomics and metabolomics information in risk assessment, inhalation dosimetry, and benchmark dose and pharmacokinetic modeling.  The IRIS Division Director represents the Agency and ORD in high level science and science policy discussions and helps to identify and oversee the development of key methods, models, and guidance that add to the national and international science discussion on these key human health risk assessment issues.

Major duties are as follows:
- Directs and manages the NCEA IRIS program operations to effectively achieve the IRIS program objectives across all four NCEA divisions;
- Leads the development and oversight of an innovative, integrated chemical hazard assessment program that will incorporate a variety of disciplines including, toxicology, cancer biology, developmental biology, reproductive biology, endocrinology, and neuroscience;
- Defines goals, develops program plans, establishes overall operating policies, priorities and procedures, initiates short and long-term projects, and recommends changes in program goals and policies to the National Center, to the National Program Director for Human Health Risk Assessment, and to ORD executive leadership;
- Formulates and guides efforts directed toward broad scale resolution of scientific problems in frontier areas that are of critical importance and major national concern in the area of environmental pollution and related risk assessment issues;
- Serves as ORD’s principal spokesperson for the IRIS program and principal spokesperson in the area of evaluating the effects that may result from exposure to chemical substances in the environment.