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Job Title:Deputy Director, Office of Civil Rights

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2014-0019

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:

Monday, March 24, 2014 to Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0360-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC 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 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.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • This position involves occasional 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.
  • Pre-employment drug testing is required.

DUTIES:

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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.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have one year of experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform successfully.  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-0360 series:  Applicants must have substantial experience which provides knowledge of the principles that involve performing, supervising, or managing analytical, evaluative, and interpretive equal opportunity and civil rights compliance work. Positions in this series are concerned with the application of civil rights and equal opportunity laws, regulations, and precedent decisions to eliminate illegal discrimination and to remove barriers to equal opportunity. This work involves analyzing and solving equal opportunity and civil rights problems through fact-finding, problem analysis, negotiation, and voluntary compliance programs. The work requires judgment in applying equal opportunity principles to solve problems or recommend action.

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.

Your narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualification statements (ECQs) should not exceed two pages per each ECQ and not more than 10 pages total. 

Your narrative responses to the Mandatory Technical and/or Desirable factors should not exceed two pages per each factor.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

All five ECQs must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application. Your responses 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 at the Federal or State level implementing and advancing nondiscrimination compliance programs for Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended and other nondiscrimination statutes and guidelines. 

TQ2.  Demonstrated experience implementing and advancing equal employment opportunity and/or affirmative action plans. 

TQ3.  Demonstrated experience working with, and communicating to high-level officials at the Federal, State, or local agency level, and other external officials and groups. 

C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) - Optional (Note: Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating.) 
DQ1.  Demonstrated experience in the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution for both formal and informal disputes.

DQ2.  Demonstrated experience in resolving complex and sensitive Equal Employment Opportunity and fairness problems and issues. 
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BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

ETHICS: 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
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act and must submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, upon assuming the position, annually, and upon termination of employment.
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 occasional 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-2014-0019

Control Number:

365183600