Job Overview

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.   

Duties

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.