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Job Title:Director, Health and Environmental Impacts Division

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2014-0006

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

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SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 to Monday, January 06, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0340-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Durham, NC View 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.

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. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

DUTIES:

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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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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. 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. 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.

Your narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualification statements (ECQs) should not exceed two pages per each ECQ and not more than 10 pages total. 

Your narrative responses to the Mandatory Technical and/or Desirable factors should not exceed two pages per each factor.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

All five ECQs must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application. Your responses should be clear and concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility. Leadership competencies for each ECQ can be found at http://www.opm.gov/ses/handbook.html

A. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)- Mandatory -- Note: Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified. 
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE 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. 
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. 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. 
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. 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. 
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS.  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.
B. Technical Qualifications (TQs) -- Mandatory -- Note: Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.   
TQ1. An in-depth, working knowledge of technical and analytical approaches and strategies to assess exposure and health risks associated with air pollution emissions.
TQ2. An in-depth, working knowledge of analytical approaches to evaluate costs and benefits of environmental regulations for affected industries and the public.
TQ3. Demonstrated experience implementing domestic and international programs to reduce air pollution emissions, including multi-pollutant approaches to protect both air quality and climate.
C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) - Optional (Note: Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating.) 
DQ1. Demonstrated ability to explain and defend air quality programs before stakeholders that include professional associations, government and non-governmental agencies, international organizations, members of Congress, and the general public.
 
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BENEFITS:

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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. 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. Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts available. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FSA

OTHER INFORMATION:

ETHICS: 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.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Must complete 1-year SES probation period, if not previously completed.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: 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.
DIRECT DEPOSIT: 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 be reimbursed for travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position. 
TELEWORK/FLEXIPLACE: This position has portable work; however, the selectee will not be eligible for telework. 
BACKGROUND/SECURITY INVESTIGATION: If you are selected, a pre-employment background investigation is required.
DRUG TESTING: If you are selected, a pre-employment drug test is required.
TRAVEL: Position involves travel.

HOW TO APPLY:

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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. 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Executive Resources Div
Phone: 202-564-0402
Fax: 202-564-9612
Email: pugh-feaster.aurelia@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 Pugh-Feaster, Human Resources Specialist,  Executive Resources Division on (202) 564-0402 to get the status of your application.

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Job Announcement Number:

EPA-SES-2014-0006

Control Number:

356588600