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Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  RTP-ORD-42-2014-0005

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$157,100.00 to $200,000.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 28, 2014 to Monday, September 29, 2014
Full-time - This is a term position of up to 5 years which may be renewed
1 vacancy - Arlington, VA   View Map
Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens and permanent residents as allowed by appropriations and statute.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date.

The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is seeking an internationally recognized science leader for the position of Director of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Division of the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) in Arlington, Virginia. Learn more about NCEA at .

ORD is filling this position using EPA's Title 42 Authority, which offers up to 5-year renewable term appointments at highly competitive, market-based salaries. The salary may be up to $200,000 per year, dependent upon qualifications, experience and other factors (e.g., current salary). The position is part of a larger EPA effort to use state-of-the-science approaches and technologies in its mission of protecting human health and the environment.

SPECIAL NOTE: The position is subject to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Appointment will be subject to applicant's completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Also, appointment will be subject to applicant's completion of a financial disclosure process which includes completing an OGE Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report.


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  • If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid by EPA according to applicable rules. You can read more about these expenses on this web site:



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    The incumbent serves as Director of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Division, which is responsible for all aspects of the operation and maintenance of the IRIS program and IRIS database. IRIS is a human health assessment program that evaluates quantitative and qualitative risk information on effects that may result from exposure to specific chemical substances found in the environment. Through the IRIS program, EPA provides the highest quality science-based human health assessments to support the Agencys regulatory activities. The IRIS database contains information for more than 540 chemical substances that can be used to support the first two steps (hazard identification and dose-response evaluation) of the risk assessment process. When supported by available data, IRIS provides oral reference doses (RfDs) and inhalation reference concentrations (RfCs) for chronic noncancer health effects and cancer assessments.

    The incumbent:

    - Plans, directs, organizes, coordinates, and controls the efforts of the IRIS Division and reviews the scientific aspects of the IRIS program within overall objectives assigned to the Office by the National Center Director.

    - Provides scientific leadership for the IRIS Division and has substantial hands-on involvement and participation in the scientific assessments and research of the staff.

    - Serves as a leader in the development and oversight of an innovative, integrated chemical hazard assessment program, incorporating a variety of scientific disciplines.

    - Communicates the results of IRIS assessments to partners within the Agency and to entities outside the Agency.

    - Serves as the responsible ORD official for formulating and guiding efforts directed toward broad-scale resolution of scientific problems in frontier areas which are of critical importance and major national concern in the area of environmental pollution and related risk assessment issues.

    - With regard to IRIS assessments, defines goals, develops program plans, establishes overall operating policies, priorities and procedures, initiates short and long-term projects, and recommends changes in program goals and policies to the National Center, to the National Program Director for Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA), and to ORD executive leadership.

    - Represents ORD and EPA at conferences, committee meetings, and seminars of national and international significance.

    - Serves as senior spokesperson/representative for ORD in the area of evaluating the effects that may result from exposure to chemical substances in the environment, including participation on workgroups and advisory panels within and outside EPA.


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    If selected for this position, you will provide leadership across ORD in the activities stated previously. You should have a combination of technical expertise, management, and supervisory experience applicable to the activities above.

    To meet the eligibility criteria, you must have a doctoral degree in a scientific discipline related to NCEA's research and substantive specialized experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position. You should be nationally and internationally recognized as an authority and leader on complex problems of concern to EPA for which risk assessment is relevant. You should have received honors and awards from major national and/or international organizations for your accomplishments and be sought as an advisor and expert on scientific and technological programs relevant to NCEA's mission. As evidence of your qualifications and scientific contributions, you may also: 1) hold, or have held, elected position(s) in scientific societies; 2) have served on journal editorial boards; 3) have received an extensive number of invitations to write and speak on issues related to chemical hazard assessment sciences; 4) have written numerous book chapters and peer reviewed publications in high quality journals; 5) have served in leadership roles on numerous task forces/committees; and/or 6) have been an advisor to national and international institutions/governments.

    Appointment will be subject to your completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.


    You will be evaluated on the basis of meeting the qualifications stated previously. In determining the degree to which candidates possess the required or desired knowledge, skills, and abilities, an evaluation panel will consider related experience, education, training, awards, and professional references.
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    Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.


    This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

    Non-U.S. citizens who are U.S. permanent residents may be appointed as allowed by appropriations and statute and must be seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B). For more information on Federal employment of non-U.S. citizens, go to

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    Send the following information:
    - A cover letter (1-2 pages), to include your experience leading a research program and how your experience relates to the duties of this position;
    - Curriculum vitae;
    - The names and contact information for three references;
    - Citizenship status;
    - Compensation requirements;
    - How you heard about this vacancy.
    Please cite announcement number RTP-ORD-42-2014-0005 in your application. Applications should be sent via email to or mailed to the attention of Ms. Dorothy Carr, U.S. EPA, HRMD, MD-C639-02, 109 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711.
    Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 29, 2014, in order to be considered. Applications will not be considered if submitted via USAJOBS.


    Electronic submission of the application materials referenced above is encouraged. Applications sent via email must be submitted in a format readable by this office, such as MS Word, portable document format (PDF), rich text format (RTF), or plain text. Use of any format we cannot read may invalidate your application.


    Dorothy Carr
    Phone: 800-433-9633
    Fax: 919-541-0160
    Agency Information:
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Human Resources Management Division
    109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02
    Durham, NC
    Fax: 919-541-0160


    For additional information, Ms. Carr can also be reached at (800) 433-9633. Technical questions pertaining to this vacancy may be addressed to Debra Walsh at (919) 541-7659 or via email to

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