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Job Title:Deputy Director, Office of Grants and Debarment

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2014-0034

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:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 to Wednesday, June 25, 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 Grants and Debarment, Office of the Administration and Resources Management. The incumbent serves as the Deputy Director, Office of Grants and Debarment (OGD). In this capacity, participates fully with the Office of Grants and Debarment, in the planning, organizing, directing, controlling and coordinating the programs of responsibility. Works to integrate functions and operations where appropriate and leads special priority efforts at the direction of the Director. The Office of Grants and Debarment provides supervision and direction to, and serves as the steward for, the Agency’s assistance agreement, Interagency Agreement (IA), fellowship agreement, and suspension and debarment programs, and other designated management activities. The Office of Grants and Debarment performs the following functions in a National Program Manager capacity:

Grants and IA Operations: OGD is responsible for cradle-to-grave administrative management of all Headquarters-administered assistance agreements (grants, loans, cooperative agreements and fellowships). It is responsible, in partnership EPA Region 10 under a Shared Service Center structure, for the administrative management of all Agency IAs. Grants and IA oversight, policy, training and information technology (IT) OGD is responsible for the development and implementation of Agency policies and internal controls governing the administrative management of assistance agreements and IAs, the provision of associated training and IT systems, and administration of the Agency’s assistance agreement competition program. Suspension and Debarment: OGD is responsible for the investigations, case development and decision-making for all EPA suspension and debarment activity to ensure that only responsible persons participate in Agency contract and assistance programs.

Management Activities:OGD is responsible for providing advice, guidance, and support to government-wide initiatives, issues and priorities, including, but not limited to, the government-wide Council on Federal Assistance Reform, the Award Committee for E-Government, the Grants and Loans committee for E-Government, and the Interagency Committee on Suspension and Debarment. It is also responsible for providing advice, guidance, and support to Agency-wide initiatives and priorities, including overseeing the implementation of EPA’s long-term Grants Management Plan and convening the senior-level Grants Management Council.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Pre-employment drug testing is required.

DUTIES:

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  1. Program Planning: Accomplishes or directs the planning and other related staff work involved in the review, development, and execution of new or modified plans (i.e., long-term strategic and shorter-term action) and programs for the overall OGD Program. Discusses the objectives of the program with EPA officials and other interested Federal and non-Federal government officials as well as representatives of private industry, management groups, environmental organizations, academia, learned societies, and the general public. Studies the general objectives that are required by legislation, the problem that may arise, the background and purposes of the program; and the existing policies and laws pertaining to the program. Evaluates the situation by considering all of the factors which may influence the program, and collaborates with the other key officials of the Agency and with other Federal and non-Federal government officials in developing the plan and programs, both immediate and long-range, to be formulated and carried-out by the Agency in order to achieve the legal, regulatory, and policy objectives of OGD program. As part of this process, reviews and integrates divisional plans and programs into the overall program and recommends alternatives to the Assistant Administrator. 
  2. Program Organization: Accomplished or directs the actions involved in organizing the OGD program. Receives inputs from division directors, administrative staffs, and others and determines the allocation and utilization of resources (i.e., primarily staff and money) required to accomplish the program within the parameters established by legislation and Agency Policy. Reviews the OGD organizational and functional assignments in terms of meeting program goals and objectives. Integrates the various OGD programs into, a viable overall program that balances program objectives with program realities, i.e., what should be done vis-à-vis what can be done. Collaborates with the key Agency administrative and technical staff in defining the fundamental and far-reaching questions as they relate to the OGD program. Recommends or determines Agency policies in these areas and formulates the OGD strategy to support requests for staffing and financing needed to implement policy. Studies and evaluates the organization and operations of regional and Agency human resources and related offices to assure that program objectives receive proper consideration and recommends changes or improvements, as required.


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.  Extensive knowledge of Federal grant and interagency agreement regulations, law, rules, procedures and techniques and the expert ability to interpret and determine their appropriatness to agency-wide situations and needs. 
TQ2.  Demonstrated experience in managing at the pre-award and post-award stages, complex program and project grants and interagency agreements.  This includes the ability to identify and implement improvements to the Agency's grant and interagency agreement programs, processes and policiies, including creating and developing innovative solutions to complex issues.
TQ3.  Demonstrated expereince in peforming and managing grant and interagency agreement oversight and performance assessment processes, including the ability to identify best-practices as well as areas in need of improvement or corrective aciton.  This includes the ability to work collegially with individuals and organizations with divese interests tin providing expert advice to implement neccessary improvement.
C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) - Optional (Note: Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating.) 
DQ1.  Demonstrated experience overseeing grant or interagency agreement information management systems, including managing new ystem implementation, migration and/or integration.  
DQ2.  Extensive knowledge of Federal Suspension and Debarment regulations, law, rules and procedures.
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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 not 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: 202-564-0402
Fax: 202-564-9612
Email: pugh-feaster.aurelia@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 Aurelia Feaster Human Resources Specialist,  Executive Resources Division on (202) 564-0402 to get the status of your application.

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Job Announcement Number:

EPA-SES-2014-0034

Control Number:

369906800