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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.


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.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • 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: