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Job Title:Director, Division of Environmental Science & Assessment

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2014-0027

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:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 to Friday, June 20, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0401/0801/1301-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Edison, NJ View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Any U.S. citizen may apply.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The Director of the Division of Environmental Science and Assessment (DESA) is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and coordinating the implementation of Region 2’s environmental science and assessment programs specific to the requirements under the following statutes: Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act/Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (CERCLA/SARA).

DESA is a major organizational unit of Region 2. Located in Edison, New Jersey, the Division supports the Agency's regional and national compliance monitoring and ambient monitoring programs. It includes three branches and has approximately 90 federal employee, contractor and grantee positions, comprising a diverse group of scientists, engineers, environmental protection specialists, and support staff.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • This position involves occasional travel.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.

DUTIES:

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1. Directing the collection, analysis and evaluation of environmental data in support of regionally directed and national monitoring programs, and for enforcement programs;

2. Directing the operations of sub-regional laboratory elements, providing chemical, biological, microbiological and other laboratory support to regional activities for the analysis of soil, sediment, tissue, wipe, drinking and ambient water, and hazardous waste samples;

3. Providing policy guidance and technical assistance to other federal, state, local and tribal agencies, concerning surveillance and monitoring techniques, analytical methodologies and quality assurance/control principles;

4. Conducting special studies, investigations, analyses and surveys to acquire the necessary environmental data to support program offices within EPA;

5. Directing the Region’s research programs, determining areas in which initial and increased efforts are warranted;

6. Coordinating science and assessment activities with state and local government agencies to maximize the effectiveness of regulatory pollution abatement activities, especially through the mechanism of state/EPA agreements;

7. Directing the Region’s quality assurance program to assure generation of appropriate quality data to be incorporated into the decision making processes;

8. Leading the Region’s Citizen Science Program to empower communities to collect quality environmental data with which to advocate for their health; and

9. Leading the Region’s Caribbean Science Consortium to expand science collaboration between universities, government agencies and non-governmental organizations to address critical public health issues in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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ES-0401 series:  You must have one (1) year of specialized experience studying, analyzing, and/or resolving from a scientific or engineering perspective complex environmental protection issues, data, and/or problems AND/OR one year of specialized experience directing programs charged with doing so.


Education: You must possess a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

or

Combination of education and exprience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

ES-0801 series: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience studying, analyzing, and/or resolving from a scientific or engineering perspective complex environmental protection issues, data, and/or problems AND/OR one year of specialized experience directing programs charged with doing so.

Education: You must possess a degree in engineering.  To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

or

Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

ES-1301 series:  You must have one (1) year of specialized experience studying, analyzing, and/or resolving from a scientific or engineering perspective complex environmental protection issues, data, and/or problems AND/OR one year of specialized experience directing programs charged with doing so.


Education: You must possess a degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

or

Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 14 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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.


1. 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. Experience in managing, directing and overseeing a large interdisciplinary and diverse organization involving complex scientific, regulatory, technical and resource management programs. 

TQ2. Experience in initiating regulatory and non-regulatory actions and/or approaches and following through to completion the resolution of complex problems and issues.

TQ3. Ability to communicate and negotiate complex and/or controversial environmental policy issues orally and in writing.

C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) - Optional (Note: Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating.) 
DQ1. Experience interacting with high-level officials including federal, state, local and tribal governments, elected officials, non-governmental organizations, industrial entities, academia and the general public on environmental management processes, program planning and decision making.

DQ2. Experience in directing the collection, analysis and evaluation of environmental data associated with at least three of the following programs: Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act/Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (CERCLA/SARA).

DQ3. Experience working with communities on environmental issues and empowering them to collect quality environmental data to advocate for public health protection.
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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; therefore, the selectee will be eligible for telework. 
BACKGROUND/SECURITY INVESTIGATION: If you are selected, a top secret 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: 202-564-0520
Fax: 202-564-9612
Email: hackley.jessica@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 Ann Hackley, Human Resources Specialist,  Executive Resources Division on (202) 564-0520 to get the status of your application.

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Job Announcement Number:

EPA-SES-2014-0027

Control Number:

370449700