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Job Title:Director, Office of Small Business Programs

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2014-0038

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SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, June 20, 2014 to Monday, July 21, 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

The Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) is located in the Office of the Administrator (OA). OSBP provides advice and counsel on policy development, planning, coordination, and other matters as they relate to small and disadvantaged business programs. The Director reports directly to the Deputy Administrator. 

The Office of Small Business Programs supports the protection of human health and the environment by advocating and advancing the business, regulatory, and environmental compliance concerns of small and socio-economically disadvantaged businesses, and minority academic institutions. It establishes policies, guidance and assistance to small and disadvantaged businesses, including small businesses in rural areas, minority businesses, women–owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses and other socio-economically disadvantaged businesses and minority academic institutions. OSBP directs the activities of the Asbestos Small Business Ombudsman and the Procurement Opportunities Support Team.

The Office of Small Business Programs develops policies and procedures to aid these business entities with the assistance of the Office of Acquisition Management in the Office of Administration and Resources Managementandthe Grants, Contracts, and the General Law Division in the Office of General Counsel. It is responsible for the collection of data and monitoring the effectiveness of the program, and serves as the principal focal point between EPA and the Minority Business Development Agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

The incumbent has knowledge of and experience with applying the Small Business Act, as amended by P.L. 95-507, under Sections 8 and 15. The incumbent must have excellent communications skills and the ability to work with other EPA offices, the EPA regions, stakeholder groups, and the general public on a range of topics of interest the Agency’s Small Business programs and goals. The incumbent must maintain a continuous awareness of the major national policies relating to the small and disadvantaged business programs of EPA and the policies and programs supported and advocated by the Congress and the Administration in order to provide sound and reliable interpretations, advice, and recommendations to the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, Chief of Staff, and the Deputy Chief of Staff.

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 personal advisor to the Administrator with responsibility for providing advice and counsel on policy development, planning, coordination, and other matters as they relate to the small and disadvantaged business programs of the Agency. Maintains a continuous awareness of the major national policies relating to the small and disadvantaged business programs of EPA and the polices and program supported and advocated by the Congress and the Administration in order to make recommendations to the Administrator concerning the development and implementation of major policies and programs of the Agency. Provide information to the Administrator through personal briefings.

2. Directs the development of policy and procedures implementing the functions and duties under Sections 8 and 15 of the Small Business Act as Amended by P.L. 95-507. Develops policies and procedures implementing the provisions of Executive Order 11625, "Prescribing Additional Arrangements for Developing and Coordinating a National Program for Minority Business Enterprise." Develops and implements a program in accordance with Executive Order 12138 to provide the maximum utilization of women-owned business enterprise in all aspects of EPA contract work and contracts funded under EPA grants and, plans and carries out Agency programs that comply with Executive Order 12432 dealing with Minority Business Development Programs. Furnishes information and assistance to components for the Agency's field offices responsible for carrying out related activities.

3. Directs the development, in collaboration with the Director, Procurement and Contracts Management Division, Office of Administration, and other appropriate EPA officials.

4. Recommends, advises and consults on the assignment of EPA Small and Disadvantaged Business Specialist to assist designated Procurement Center Representatives of the Small Business Administration in their duties relating to sections 8 and 15 of the Small Business Act, as amended. Such EPA Small and Disadvantaged Business Specialist shall be assigned outside OSDBU in other EPA headquarters and field components, and shall be under the functional authority of the incumbent when performing such responsibilities.

5. Establishes, in coordination with Agency's program offices and Procurement and Contracts Management Division, acquisition goals for each component of the Agency's OSDBU program.

6. Maintains liaison with SBA relative to the implementation and execution of the Agency Small and Disadvantaged Programs.

7. Directs the development and issuance of policy and guidance for small, disadvantage, minority and women's business enterprise participation in contracting and subcontracting opportunities in EPA funded financial assistance programs.

8. Develops overall program objectives to assure the participation of other selected emphasis groups, e.g., Historically Black colleges, Minority Bank Deposit Program, etc., in grants and cooperative agreements, issued by the Agency.

9. Represents the Administrator and EPA at hearings, interagency meetings, conferences and other appropriate forums on matters related to the advancement of the above cited business enterprises on EPA Federal Contracting Programs. Acts as EPA spokesman for, and provides liaison between EPA and other Federal, State, private section and citizen groups.

10. Serves as the Deputy Administrator’s alternate on the Interagency Council for Minority Business Enterprises. Provide such staff support as needed for such activities.

11. Directs and manages the programs, staff and resources assigned. Within delegated authority, exercises responsibility for developing plans, preparing the budget for submission within the Agency to OMB and Congress, establishing internal operating policies and procedures, allocating resources, assigning and evaluating work, and establishing objectives for the program.

12. Directs the activities of the Small Business Programs, including the EPA Small Business Ombudsman. In this capacity, the incumbent directs the Agency small business compliance promotion and assistance efforts.

13. Develops and conducts training programs, aimed at acquainting Agency personnel with the policies, procedures and mission of the above identified programs.

14. Assumes the lead role in the identification of small and disadvantaged business services by conducting outreach programs and seminars, establishing liaison with small and disadvantaged firms.

15. Develops the required analyses for and preparing reports (including annual report from the Administrator to the Administrator, SBA and to the Secretary of the Department of Commerce) on the extent of participation of small business, disadvantaged business, labor surplus area, and women-owned concerns in the Agency's grants and acquisition activities.


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.

 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 a small business, or in advancing, designing, or implementing federal or state programs established for promoting small business contracts with government organizations.

TQ2. Demonstrated experience in analyzing and resolving complex issues related to federal and state procurement of goods and services from small or disadvantage businesses, or experience in managing a small business with extensive federal or state contracts.

TQ3. Demonstrated ability to build working relationships across diverse stakeholder groups/organizations, and to deal effectively with high level officials in government agencies, Congress, 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 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. Experience in working with stakholders in more than one environment, program and or organization (headquarters/field experience). 
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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: 202-564-0402
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) 564-0204 to get the status of your application.

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Job Announcement Number:

EPA-SES-2014-0038

Control Number:

373336200