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Job Title:Director, Field and External Affairs Division

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2014-0005

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:

Friday, December 27, 2013 to Tuesday, February 04, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0340-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Any U.S. citizen may apply.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

THE CLOSING DATE FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 4, 2014.

This Senior Executive Service (SES) position is located in the Field and External Affairs Division (FEAD), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.  The Director of FEAD is responsible for the coordination of strategic program policies and regulations; working with EPA regional offices, states, tribal governments and others to develop and implement programs in the field; working with international programs to harmonize data requirements; and for program outreach and communications.  FEAD serves as the point of contact for non-financial program audits by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and EPA's Inspector General.  

In the area of program development and implementation, the Director of FEAD is responsible for developing and implementing field and international programs.  As OPP's primary communications link with the regions, states, tribes, and foreign governments, the Director of FEAD is  provides policy interpretation, shares information, and maintains effective liaison with these organizations.  FEAD also monitors field impacts of specific OPP decisions and applies this field experience to further policy and guidance development; and funds technical assistance, training, materials development, and outreach and education for field programs, including worker protection, and certification and training of pesticide applicators.  FEAD serves as the primary link with states and tribes for the interpretation of OPP policies, and coordinates OPP's interaction with these entities. 
 
In the area of outreach and communication, the Director of FEAD ensures the coordination and support for prepared communications strategies associated with every major OPP action to ensure effective communication and outreach to affected parties.  The Director of FEAD  leads the preparation and dissemination of information aimed at the general public, either to accompany public announcements of OPP actions or policies or to fulfill an independent need for public information, and to respond to requests from the public for information about pesticides. FEAD also serves as OPP's principal link to Congress, public interest groups, trade associations, and both domestic and foreign government agencies.   

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

DUTIES:

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1. The Field and External Affairs Division (FEAD), under the leadership of the Director, is broadly responsible in OPP for developing and implementing field and international programs.  Serves as OPP's primary communications link with the Regions, States, Tribes, and foreign governments, providing policy interpretation, sharing information, and maintaining effective liaison. Monitors field impacts of specific OPP decisions, and applies this field experience to further policy and guidance development. Funds technical assistance, training, materials development, and outreach education for field programs including worker protection, certification and training of pesticide applicators, development of state groundwater management plans, and endangered species protection.  In its international programs coordinates technical assistance to developing nations and consults with developed national and international agencies to harmonize data requirements, hazard classification systems, and acceptable residue levels in foods.  In the area of outreach and communication, coordinates and supports the preparation of communication strategies associated with every major OPP affected party.  Also has the OPP lead for preparing and disseminating information aimed at the general public, either to accompany public announcement of OPP actions or policies, or to fulfill an independent need for public information.

2. Coordinates and reviews the analytical basis of all  major POP (Persistent Organic Pollutants) regulation and polices. Develops, formulates and carries out cost-benefit, economic and long-term analytical studies, both in-house and through contracts, to support the policy decisions of the Office Director.

3. Reviews all major regulations and policies for the quality and consistency of their analytical support before they are submitted to the office Director for a decision.  

4. Personally responsible for leading and representing the Program's international policies, which includes formulation, development, review and coordination of the Program's international policies and providing technical assistance to the international community at a senior Agency level.

5. Supervises all non-budgetary activities governing the programs relations with Congress.  This includes developing legislative amendments necessary to the resolution of debilitating administrative impediments and the most efficient realization of program objectives, preparing senior management for Congressional hearings, preparing position documents to Congress to initiate dialogue on issues or in response to Congressional inquiries, analyzing legislative proposals of other groups, and advising the Director of OPP and other top management officials of special issues, problems, and activities requiring Agency action.

6. Coordinates and pursues unique situations, problems, and special projects for the Director of OPP, serving to initiate work by the Divisions and ensuring timely, quality inputs.  Includes independent analyses of problem and creative resolution through program policies and administration.  Special projects can include establishing special work groups on problems cutting across Division lines, serving as a representative of the Director of OPP on sensitive Federal /State issues, and projects sensitivity, complexity, novelty, or importance of Program's mission.

7. Analyzes internal Program problems identified through external criticisms, and initiating and participating in the policy development to resolve those problems.

8. Supervises the preparation, often on short notice, of briefing materials, fact sheets and other action items for the Administrator or other top officials regarding general policy or specific issues.  Such material must be succinct and pertinent. If preparation is for a meeting or appearance before Congress or with an outside group,  material must alert the Administrator et al, to anticipated issues or problems likely to be raised by such group based on contact with that group and the program position on such issues.

9.  Supervises analysis of all Environmental Impact Statements involving pest control submitted by other Agencies, including APHIS and U.S. Forest Service.

10. Supervises analysis of GAO and IG reports and preparation of timely responses to them.

11. Supervises staff preparation of special reports such as advanced notices of proposed rule-making and other Federal Register notices, progress reports and other studies as directed by the Director, Office of Pesticide Programs.


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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

All five ECQs must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application. Your response 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. Experience managing a diverse organization of technical and policy staff in various disciplines, as well as staff in other occupations, to support regulatory programs, including rulemaking, regulatory policy, and voluntary programs.
TQ2. Experience demonstrating the ability to initiate action, effectively integrate diverse and complex information in support of regulatory programs and follow through to completion.
TQ3. Experience demonstrating the ability to communicate complex and politically sensitive environmental policy issues to higher management and to external interests, and the ability to lead others.
C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) -- Optional -- Note: Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating.
DQ1. An indepth, working knowledge of regulatory programs and policies with an understanding of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; the Food Quality Protection Act; and/or other relevant federal environmental statutes. 
 
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BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

ETHICS/FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: 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.
TRAVEL, TRANSPORTATION AND RELOCATION: In accordance with Federal and Agency travel regulations, the candidate selected for this position will not be reimbursed for travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position. 
TELEWORK/FLEXIPLACE:  This position has portable work; the selectee may be eligible for episodic 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: 202-564-0394
Fax: 202-564-9612
Email: barnett.howard@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 Howard Barnett, Lead Human Resources Specialist,  Executive Resources Division on (202) 564-0394 to get the status of your application.

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Job Announcement Number:

EPA-SES-2014-0005

Control Number:

358198700