Job Overview


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.


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.


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.