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.
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.