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The vacancy is a Senior Executive Service position as Director of the Health and Environmental Impacts Division (HEID), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS), Office of Air and Radiation, located in Research Triangle Park, NC.
The HEID develops policies and strategies to protect public health and the environment from the impacts of criteria pollutants and hazardous air pollutants in coordination with other OAQPS divisions. The Division reviews and revises, as appropriate, the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for the criteria air pollutants. As part of the NAAQS program, the Division manages programs to evaluate the health and ecological effects of criteria pollutants and to assess exposures and risks related to these pollutants.
The Division also supports sector-based regulations and national-scale assessments in the air toxics program by conducting quantitative exposure and risk assessments for toxic air pollutants. The Division conducts economic analysis of the benefits and costs of improving air quality, including developing benefit/cost estimates for numerous regulatory policies and programs, as well as developing innovative economic assessment models and providing economic analytical support to other EPA offices.
The Division promotes efforts to evaluate the linkages between air pollution and climate change and to address international air quality issues such as transboundary air pollution. The incumbent supervises HEID employees located at Research Triangle Park and at the Washington, D.C. office.
1. Plans and manages the periodic reviews of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for criteria air pollutants to protect public health and welfare. Oversees the design and conduct of quantitative risk and exposure assessments for the criteria pollutants and the evaluation of scientific and risk information to inform NAAQS regulations and policies. Manages engagement with the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, state, local, and tribal agencies, industry, environmental and public health groups, the scientific community and the public regarding the NAAQS program. Manages collaboration with internal and external researchers to improve the scientific information on health and welfare effects associated with criteria pollutants. Directs activities related to the development of the Air Quality Index (AQI) and other public health and environmental indicators.
2. Oversees programs to perform quantitative exposure and risk assessments for national air toxics programs, including quantitative assessments of human and environmental exposures and risks due to air toxics emitted from sources which have been identified under the residual risk program or other similar mandate. Directs the adoption of state-of-the-art scientific developments in EPA exposure and risk modeling methodologies in collaboration with researchers throughout the Agency as well as academic, research institutes, and other government organizations. Oversees the development of the National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) in coordination with other OAQPS Divisions and ensures that NATA results are used to inform air toxics monitoring strategies and initiatives nationwide.
3. Manages programs to evaluate the health, ecological and welfare benefits of air quality improvements to support OAQPS programs. Directs the development of methods to estimate the public health and ecological benefits of reducing exposures and risks though programs to reduce air pollution. In support of environmental justice policies and programs, oversees assessments to evaluate exposures, risks, and benefits among different socio-demographic groups and susceptible/vulnerable populations. Directs activities related to providing technical support and expertise on risk, benefit, and impact models.
4. Directs and manages programs to assess the cost and economic impacts of air quality management strategies, programs, and regulations. Oversees the performance of a wide range of economic analyses, including Regulatory Impact Analyses, to address social cost, economic impacts, regulatory flexibility (e.g., impacts on small business and Tribes), and information collection requests. Directs the development of methodologies, models and applied tools for economic analysis and their use in the production of rigorous and transparent economic assessments in support of EPA programs.
5. Manages programs related to the linkages between air quality and climate change in support of EPA and OAQPS program and regulatory activities, with a particular focus on short-lived climate forcers. Manages OAQPS participation and leadership on international initiatives, assessments, and programs which address air quality and climate. Working in close coordination with other OAQPS Divisions, OAR and EPA Offices, State Department and other external organizations, manages international assessments, programs and projects to address the impact of transboundary air pollution on U.S. and global air and environmental quality. Oversees multimedia initiatives relating to air pollution, including policies and programs to address impacts of pollutants such as mercury, nitrogen, and ammonia on waterbodies and ecosystems.
6. Represents HElD with a variety of organizations. Establishes, develops, and maintains effective working relationships with senior Agency officials and Congressional staff, as well as state, local and tribal organizations and environmental and public health groups. Meets with key customers and coordinating officials to assess customer satisfaction, explain organization policy and procedures, and resolve problems that arise. Plans, organizes, and directs the activities of HEID ensuring that the staff provides services that meet organizational and customer needs. Establishes policies and procedures for accomplishment of office mission and plans and schedules work.