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Job Title:Deputy Director for Management

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2014-0012

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 to Friday, March 14, 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.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). NERL is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and is comprised of six divisions in 4 geographic locationswith approximately 300 employees. In support of EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment, NERL conducts exposure science research to improve methods, measurements, and models to predict, characterize, reduce, and prevent exposures to harmful environmental stressors such aschemicals, microorganisms, and physical agents.

The incumbent shares responsibility with the National Laboratory Director in developing research policies, plans, and priorities for the Laboratory and is also accountable for the strategic integration of the Laboratory’s goals within ORD’s overall strategic plan. The Deputy Director serves as a key advisorto the National Laboratory Director, and assists the Director in the leadership and management of the Laboratory.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Position involves travel.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • 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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

DUTIES:

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1. Provides expertise and assistance to the National Laboratory Director in the management of all Laboratory activities. Represents the Director in executive level meetings and briefings with EPA program offices, Federal Agencies, and outside stakeholders. Provides guidance and direction to Laboratory managers concerning laboratory performance and progress in meeting the Laboratory’s goals and objectives.

2. Superior diplomatic andleadership skills are essential to ensure compliance with Federal, EPA and ORD regulations and policies concerning financial management, human resources and other administrative processes. Provides the necessary linkage between the ORD community, as well as the Agency, in effecting directed changes in management and operation of the Laboratory. Independently identifies problems and oversees implementation of corrective actions.

3. Exercises a leadership role in establishing and maintaining an appropriate control environment consistent with the requirements of the Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA).

4. Responsible for the operational andfinancial accountability of the Laboratory, including: management integrity; extramural resource management; ensuring appropriate and effective systems, procedures, management controls, communications, and outreach are in place; and ensuring an effective quality system that conforms to Agency policy on quality assurance.  

5. Assumes full responsibility, in the absence of the National Laboratory Director, for management of financial and human resources. Provides leadership to senior managers and staff to ensure resources and materials are used effectively and efficiently. Provides guidance and leadership in coordinating, staffing and organizing the Laboratory’s research activities in consultation with the Laboratory Director. Serves as the principal advisor and alter ego to the National Laboratory Director in providing continuity and linkage between staff offices and Divisions, ensuring practices are in conformance with ORD, Agency, and Government-wide financial policies and budget requirements.

6. Exercises independent authority to allocate funds (within the ORD Delegations of Authority). Provides expert guidance to NERL divisions to help manage fiscal obligations consistent with Agency and ORD guidance and commitments. Ensures that all employees with contract, grants, cooperative agreement and/or interagency agreement responsibilities receive required training and adequate support. Ensures that inherently governmental functions are not performed by non-Federal employees.

7. Establishes, implements, and maintains a quality assurance (QA) program to ensure that environmental measurement programs provide data of the type and quality needed to support the intended decisions. Assures compliance with all QA related Agency policies, procedures, and regulations. Ensures that current quality assurance documentation, including Quality Management Plans and QA work plans, are properly maintained.

8. Coordinates Laboratory activities with representatives of foreign, State, and municipal governments, and with other Federal agencies, industry, academia, and private organizations sharing a mutual interest of responsibility with the major program areas assigned to the Laboratory. Develops and maintains a close working relationship with university and private research organizations and other governmental research laboratories that are concerned with programs within the Laboratory’s assigned major program areas.

9. Responsible for overseeing a comprehensive Laboratory communications and outreach program which disseminates NERL and ORD science information to groups, individuals, and the general public. General leadership and guidance of the overall communications program objectives and policies are provided by the Deputy Director.

10. Assists the ORD Senior Resource Official (SRO) in all phases of resources management in matters concerning NERL. Carries out the functional responsibilities for the SRO as referred in EPA Order 1130.2. Serves as the National Laboratory Director in the absence of the Director.

 


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. Demonstrated experience managing the operations of a large research organization, including developing and implementing the financial, budget, administrative, and communication functions.
TQ2. Demonstrated experience developing long-range plans and policy guidance on research, administrative, resource, and fiscal issues.
TQ3. Demonstrated experience representing a major research organization in a senior capacity at conferences, meetings, etc., relating to environmental issues.
C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) -- Optional -- Note: Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating.
DQ1. Demonstrated experience dealing with high-level officials in Congress, Federal, State, and/or local governments, public interest groups, private industry, academia and/or the general public. 
DQ2. Demonstrated experience to communicate politically sensitive policy issues orally and in writing.
DQ3. Experience in more than one environmental/administrative program or agency, and/or in more than one organization or entity.                                                                
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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 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-2014-0012

Control Number:

361484400