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Job Title:Director, Office of Children's Health Protection

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2014-0024

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SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 03, 2014 to Monday, May 05, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0340-00

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 position is located in the Office of Children’s Health Protection (OCHP), Office of the Administrator. The OCHP is the lead organization in developing, coordinating, and implementing the Agency’s children’s environmental health protection programs. The incumbent of this position will serve as the Director, Office of Children's Health Protection, and be responsible for serving as the Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Children's Health.

OCHP has two staff divisions. One is the Program Implementation and Coordination Staff (PICS) which is responsible for outreach activities that promote understanding by the public of EPA’s missions and goals. The other one is the Regulatory Support and Science Policy Staff (RSSPS) who focuses on the development of new scientific, regulatory, and economic approaches for children’s health issues.

The mission of OCHP is to make the protection of children’s health a fundamental goal of public health and environmental protection. OCHP provides a comprehensive review of child-protective environmental standards and regulations and exposure to pollutants; assesses research agenda; and develops an integrated cross-agency science agenda for children’s environmental health issues.

The Director of OCHP has should have knowledge of and experience with children’s health protection and environment. The incumbent must provide advice and guidance on policy development, planning, coordination and a variety of other matters as they related to children’s environmental health protection. The incumbent must conduct special assignments for the Administrator on matters of special concern or interest relating to children’s environmental health protection.

The incumbent also assist in implementing the President’s newly-created task force on Environmental Health Risks to Children. The incumbent provides support to the task force which is responsible for establishing a coordinated research agenda to identify research and other initiatives the Administrator will take to advance the protection of children’s environmental health and safety.

The incumbent provides leadership to the task force through suggested courses of action that result in advice for the Administrator and Deputy Administrator. Additionally, the incumbent recognizes specific needs for task force advice and developed suggested lines of approach that result in coordinated actions by the several sub-committees of the task force.

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. Serves as Office Director, Office of Children's Health Protection, Office of the Administrator, with responsibility for formulating the Agency's objectives for developing and supporting program and related efforts to improve understanding of children's health protection and environment. Provides advice and guidance on policy development, planning, coordination and a variety of other matters as they relate to children's environmental health protection.

2. Conducts special assignments for the Administrator on matters of special concern or interest relating to children's environmental health protection. Develops assignments on own initiative or in response to requests by the Administrator. Assignments are usually broad based, touching upon wide program areas or activities regarding children's environmental health protection, relationships with other parts of the Agency and other Government agencies, or with various segments of the private sector. Establishes contacts at the highest official levels for this purpose, develops information, evaluates findings and prepares reports incorporating conclusions and specific recommendations. Provides information to the Administrator through personal briefings.

3. Assists in implementing the President's Executive Order to Protect Children from Environmental Health Safety Threats which was signed on April21,1997. In this capacity, will work to ensure that the Agency fulfills the requirements of the Order.

4. Provides support to the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks to Children, co­ chaired by the Administrator and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Task Force's charge is to establish a coordinated agenda to identify research and other initiatives the Administrator will take to advance the protection of children's environmental health and safety, and to enlist public input for these efforts.

5. Attends conferences and meetings with key Agency officials and outside stakeholders to convey the Office's point of view, desired emphasis and goals. Assesses the impact and subsequent relevance of matters discussed and enlists cooperation in developing new, imaginative approaches to problems and objects. Is responsible for briefing the Administrator, Chief of Staff, and other Agency officials on the matters discussed and the recommendations made.

6. Discusses the objectives of the children's environmental health protection issues with key Agency officials and the background and purpose of each program, the viewpoints of the program officials, the existing policies and laws pertaining to the programs, and the problems that have been encountered in carrying out these programs. Provides the Administrator with an estimate of current situations and advises on the probable effect within the Office of Children's Health Protection and the Agency resulting from the actions take. Engages in frequent dialogue with key officials on the objectives and operations of the Office in order to represent the long­ range view and to provide an element of continuity to the mission of the Office of the Administrator.

7. Develops procedures and training to ensure that EPA meets its commitment to set standards that adequately protect against differential health effects facing children. Works with the Science and Technology Policy Council, and individual programs to assess whether there is adequate information to make this finding early in the rule development process. Also, develops procedures and training to ensure coordination of individual rulemakings affecting children's environmental health. The goal is to think about holistic impacts of the environment upon children, including cumulative risks.

8. Assesses current research agenda and develops, in close consultation with the Office of Research and Development and program offices, a proposed research agenda for children's environmental health issues. Conducts peer review of the Agency's research agenda.

9. Expands public information and education on children's environmental health risks. This could include and developing informational materials for families, including brochures and Public Service Announcements. Forges links with public health groups and medical and academic institutions to encourage awareness and training concerning these issues.

10. Keeps currently alert and informed on policies, programs and procedures of the Agency and knowledgeable about substantive programs and organizational relationships relating to children's environmental health protection. Prepares status reports and studies for the Administrator which pertains to Agency problems of unusual breadth and intensity not normally within the purview of a specific program.  
 
11. Works with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Agency planning staff to develop and implement cross-cutting actions that reduce and prevent harmful exposures and health risks to children through the strategic planning process.



 


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-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.

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 in analyzing and advancing children's health policies, including environmental impacts on children's health and development.
 
TQ2.  Demonstrated effective management of organizations engaged in advancing and advocating for children's environmental health protection and development of policies and programs through partnerships with other federal, state, municipal, and county agencies, private industry, and citizen groups.

TQ3.  Demonstrated ability leading and working effectively with stakeholders to implement children's environmental health protection programs. 

C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) - Optional (Note: Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating.) 
DQ1.  Demonstrated experience in developing, promoting, and implementing effective organizational strategies to foster an environment that enhances the professional, technical, and leadership skills of a diverse workforce operating in a dynamic, rapidly changing environment.
 
DQ2.  Demonstrated experience supervising and leading a staff of senior program, scientific, and administrative personnel.

 
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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-2014-0024

Control Number:

366258300