About the Agency
This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position i the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), reporting to the Director, Office of Civil Rights. The incumbent serves as the Deputy Director, OCR, within the Office of the Administrator. The Deputy Director ensures that the Director's policies and procedures are properly prioritized, interpreted and followed, and coordinates OCR's information development and analysis activities. The incumbent reports directly to the Director. The incumbent has oversight, management, and supervision over the three Assistant Directors and their teams. The Deputy Director oversees/manages the OCR's administrative functions and assists the Director in running the OCR's administrative functions and is a critical part of the legal and policy decision-making process in the OCR.
The Office of Civil Rights serves as the principal adviser to the Administrator with respect to EPA's nationwide internal and external equal opportunity and civil rights programs and policies. OCR also investigates and resolves complaints of unlawful discrimination either by EPA or its financial assistance recipients. OCR provides leadership, direction, and guidance in carrying out the Agency's equal employment programs. In addition, it provides policy and technical assistance to EPA's headquarters offices, regional offices, and laboratories located throughout the country in carrying out their responsibilities related to civil rights and in complying with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws and regulations which includes, ensuring that employees and applicants for employment are not subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded by the Agency. OCR functional areas are: Affirmative Employment, Employee Complaints Processing, and External Complaints and Compliance.
The Deputy Director, OCR has knowledge of and experience with EEO/Civil Rights policies, and provides leadership in identifying and analyzing emerging, cross-cutting issues of significance to EPA. This includes establishing program/policy goals and the structure and processes necessary to carry them out; assessing policy programs and project feasibility; formulating short and long-term goals and objectives, integrating them into a strategic plan, and setting priorities; anticipating potential problems and devising contingency plans; and utilizing data processing and management information systems as appropriate.
1. Provides strategic advise to the Director on guiding the programs, projects, and policy development of the Office of Civil Rights. This includes establishing program/policy goals and the structure and processes necessary to carry them out; assessing policy, program, and project feasibility; formulating short and long-term goals and objectives, integrating them into a strategic plan, and setting priorities; anticipating potential problems and devising contingency plans to enhance effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, and management of internal control standards; structuring and organizing work; and utilizing data processing and management information systems as appropriate.
2. Develops and oversees processes to plan and track the utilization of resources; this includes but is not limited to, identifying strategies and priorities in all administrative management areas, such as personnel, facilities, and budget. Provides expert advice and technical assistance to the Director, OCR on internal management assessments. Develops and implements management strategy to implement final decisions. Coordinates efforts with other Agency offices to link the office's strategic plan to the overall mission/goal of the Agency as they relate to the Agency's EEO programs.
3. Performs or arranges to have conducted, periodic and special studies of civil rights and equal employment opportunity programs; directs the development of new or modified methods, policies, procedures and programs based upon analysis of trends and problem areas; and provide for technical program policy direction, advice and guidance in the performance of Agency, regional and field activities in OCR's area of responsibility.
4. Ensures that office personnel are appropriately employed, effectively and efficiently utilized, and dealt with in a fair and equitable manner. This involves assisting in the acquiring of staff with the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or potential through appropriate workforce planning, recruitment, and selection process.
5. Exercises supervisory personnel management responsibilities over OCR's Immediate Office staff and subordinate supervisors. Making assignments and determining responsibilities and priorities, evaluating employees' performance, recommending appropriate incentives, initiating corrective actions, ensuring safety practices, keeping employees informed of management and personnel policies, counseling employees regarding their benefits, salaries, etc.
6. Performs special tasks, projects or concerns for the Director independently or, coordinates and directs senior staff leaders in formulating recommendations for consideration by the Director and/or the Administrator. Assignments are broad based, touching upon a wide range of program areas or activities within the scope of the Office including crosscutting.
7. Serves as first line supervisor to the Division Directors. Responsible for all associated supervisory duties: leave approval, performance reviews, recognition, conduct and discipline, promotion, recruitment actions, etc.
8. Assists the ORD Senior Resource Official (SRO) in all phases of resources management in matters concerning NCEA. Carries out the functional responsibilities for the SRO as referred in EPA Order 1130.2. Serves as the Center Director in his/her absence.