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This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position located in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. We are recruiting for the position of Director, Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE) located in Washington DC.
The Director, Office of Site Remediation Enforcement, serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Administrator on all matters relating to the conduct of civil and administrative enforcement activities relating to the remediation/clean-up enforcement program. OSRE is EPA’s lead office in the development of remediation enforcement guidance and policies for all remediation enforcement programs. This includes the review of appropriate program guidance, as well as evaluating the impact of the policies. The Director participates in regulation development and reviews matters relating to remediation enforcement activities and participates in the preparation of multi-media enforcement policies and guidance documents. The nationally significant or precedent cases are developed or managed in cooperation with Regional offices and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
OSRE conducts reviews of selected civil enforcement litigation referrals from Regional and media program offices and assures consistency of individual cases with procedural requirements and established policies. In conjunction with Regional or Assistant Administrators, as appropriate, and the DOJ, OSRE prepares overall litigation strategies, provides technical and litigation expertise, and reviews settlements for adherence to national policy and adequacy of results, and provides advice on settlements as necessary. The Office also negotiates cleanup agreements with Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) at hazardous waste sites and, where negotiations fail, takes enforcement actions to require cleanup. OSRE also works to ensure that required legally enforceable institutional controls and financial assurance requirements are in place at Superfund sites to ensure the long-term protectiveness of cleanup actions. Since the inception of the program, enforcement has secured private party commitments for cleanup of over $36 billion ($30.5 billion for cleanup work and $5.8 billion in cost recovery).OSRE is an organization of approximately 80 employees and is comprised of two divisions and a Program Operations Staff with an operating budget of $39M at headquarters and an additional $8 - $10M allocated annually to the Regions. The divisions develop, implement and direct the national program of remediation/clean-up enforcement activities under the authorities of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), and the Agency’s Underground Storage Tanks Program. The OSRE divisions are the Policy and Program Evaluation Division and the Regional Support Division.
1. Develops enforcement and compliance assurance policies for the Office for which he/she is responsible. Assists in the development of policies affecting the entire Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Reviews, evaluates, and recommends adjustments in Agency policies, especially those emanating from or impacted by the results of the Office for which he/she is responsible. Serves on committees and on work groups concerned with the formulation of national enforcement and compliance assurance policy.
2. Exercises technical, and administrative direction and control over the Office. Within the broad administrative framework provided by higher authority, establishes overall operating policies, priorities, and procedures; establishes long-range plans; allocates resources within broad budgetary limitations; recommends changes in program goals and policies to higher authority; and coordinates and reviews program operations.
3. Serves as principal advisor on and policy matters to the Assistant Administrator, Deputy Assistant Administrators, and to the Administrator or other senior Agency officials in the area of responsibility.
4. Represents the Assistant Administrator with key officials from Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, public interest organizations, and private industry, etc. Develops and maintains liaison and exchanges of ideas with officials concerned with EPA and other governmental enforcement and compliance programs and activities.
5. Integrates or assures the integration of assigned programs with those of other organizations both within and outside the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Establishes working relationships, with various organizations including the Department of Justice, and represents the Agency with such organizations in various meetings and conferences.
6. Prepares, directs preparation of, and presents testimony to the Congress on Agency policies and programs in the area of assignment. Interacts directly with members of Congress and congressional committees and staffs. Prepares and delivers speeches and materials on assigned areas to professional, governmental, public interest, and other organizations.
7. As a senior staff member, assists in the review of programs and activities of the Office and advises the Assistant Administrator on the development of long-range plans; relative priorities; resource allocations; initiation, termination or curtailment of activities; balance of intramural vs extramural effort and related matters.
8. Reviews and evaluates the activities of the Office to ensure compliance with approved plans of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and Agency policies and Congressional legislation. Assures the optimum use of assigned resources and, when appropriate reallocates assigned resources to meet new requirements or changing priorities or to assure progress towards existing objectives.
9. Ensures that extramural resources, both procurement (contracts) and assistance (grants, cooperative agreements, and interagency agreements) are efficiently and appropriately managed to maximize use of the Agency's resources. Ensures that managers of these resources comply with regulatory requirements and the Agency's policies and procedures, and that they develop competencies in their extramural resources management staff.
10. Demonstrates leadership and commitment to management integrity as a top priority in the organization consistent with the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act. Oversees the development, assessment, and improvement of management control systems to safeguard programs and achieve mission results. Takes timely corrective actions on all identified management control weaknesses. Participates as needed in the Administrator's Senior Leadership Council and provides leadership in detecting emerging weaknesses in control systems. Supports a full disclosure policy for the organization that provides early detection of emerging control issues.
11. Exercises supervisory personnel management responsibilities over staff members, making assignments and determining responsibilities and priorities, evaluating employee performance, recommending appropriate incentives, initiating corrective actions, assuring safety practices, keeping employees informed of management and personnel policies, counseling employees regarding their benefits, salaries, and the status of requirements of Federal civil servants.
12. Exercises continuing responsibility to effectively support the Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action plan. Is responsible for communicating this support to subordinates and taking positive actions which will motivate and furnish opportunity to all personnel who participate in training, reassignments, details and other actions which prepare for advancement. Is objective in appraising employee's qualifications and performance in selections for in-hiring, promotion and awards.
13. Performs other duties as assigned.