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Job Title:Director, Office of Administrative and Research Support

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2014-0043

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, August 6, 2014 to Friday, September 5, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0340-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
District of Columbia, DC View Map
Durham, NC 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 Senior Executive Service (SES) position is located in the Immediate Office, Office of Administrative and Research Support, Office of Research and Development (ORD). ORD is the scientific research arm of EPA, whose leading-edge research helps provide the solid underpinning of science and technology for the Agency.

The Office of Administrative and Research Support (OARS) is one of three administrative organizations that supports the seven research organizations that comprise ORD. OARS serves as the principal staff to the Assistant Administrator (AA) on administrative matters related to human resources, budget execution, extramural management, facilities management, health and safety, communication, travel, and clerical support. OARS is responsible for the effective implementation of these administrative functions throughout ORD and for the coordination and implementation of ORD operating procedures and internal guidance for these functional areas. OARS works closely with the Office of Program Accountability and Resource Management (OPARM) to ensure that ORD-wide policies related to the OARS functions are developed, disseminated, and integrated within all ORD organizations.

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 and random testing thereafter.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

DUTIES:

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Serves as the Director of OARS and a principal staff officer to the AA and Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) and, as such, provides counsel and advice on all matters related to the responsible management of OARS functions. The incumbent provides the AA and DAA with recommendations on all matters requiring their attention or decision; develops a strategic vision regarding OARS programs and activities; coordinates the strategic plan for ORDs infrastructure (facilities, FTEs, equipment, travel, and other operating expenses); develops and/or assists OPARM in the development of administrative policies affecting ORD; reviews, evaluates, and recommends adjustments in ORD administrative policies for OARS functions; and implements and assures the integration of OARS procedures, systems, and processes throughout ORD. Serves as the principal advisor to the AA and DAA or other senior Agency officials concerned with the development of OARS strategies, policies, processes, and systems.

Exercises technical guidance and administrative direction and control over the OARS organizations. Within the broad administrative framework provided by higher authority, establishes overall operating priorities; establishes long range plans; allocates resources within broad budgetary limitations; recommends changes in program goals to higher authority; establishes priorities for OARS programs; directs all OARS program operations; identifies customer service needs and performance measures; and measures and reports on progress.

Reports to the DAA who is the Senior Resource Official (SRO) and, as such, the incumbent carries out the OARS functional responsibilities for the SRO as reflected in EPA Order 1130.2. Assists the SRO in all phases of implementation of OARS functional responsibilities and represents the SRO on Agency management councils in pursuant to activities performed by OARS.

Provides advice and assistance to ORD staffs, laboratories, centers, and field installations on OARS management systems, processes, and procedures. Serves as a liaison with the Office of Administration and Resources Management, Office of the Inspector General, Office of General Counsel, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Comptroller, Office of Acquisition Management, Office of Human Resources, Office of Administration, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), General Accounting Office (GAO), or Congressional appropriation committees, as needed. Serves as the primary contact point on administrative services governed by the OARS mission.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically this experience can be found in work within this field or a field that is closely related. As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

ES-0340 series: The work of this position is classified in the 0340 series where the qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions and technical or program responsibilities specific to this position. Applicants must have substantive general experience which provides a good basic or general knowledge of the principles of organization, management and administration; and substantive specialized (operating administrative or managerial) experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position.


If you are a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employee, or a graduate of a SES career development program certified by the Office of Personnel Management, you are not required to address the Executive Core Qualification statements (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs), or the Desirable factors (DQs) if listed. However, it is strongly encouraged that you address the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs) and the Desirable factors (DQs) as supplemental statements to your resume. Please limit your responses to no more than 2 pages per each TQ and DQ listed. All other applicants must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications statements (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs) in order to receive consideration for the position. Addressing the Desirable factors (DQs), if listed, is not required but failure to do so will impact your rating score. 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/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdfWhen 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:

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 Qualifications (ECQs), (B) Technical Qualifications (TQs), and (C) Desirable Qualifications (DQs). Reponse to the five ECQs and TQs is mandatory. Failure to address the ECQs and the TQs will result in your application being disqualified. Addresing the DQs is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating. 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/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf

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. Demonstrated experience managing the operations of a large research organization, including developing and implementing the financial, budget, administrative, extramural and communications functions.
TQ2. Demonstrated experience developing long-range plans and policy guidance guidelines on research support, administrative, resource, and fiscal issues.
TQ3. Demonstrated experience representing a major research support organization in a senior capacity at conferences, meetings, etc., relating to administrative and research support issues.
C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) - Optional (Note: Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating.)
DQ1. Demonstrated experience working with a variety of diverse administrative and scientific organizations or programs at national levels including federal, state and local governments and nonprofits including academia.




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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; therefore, the selectee will be eligible for 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:

If you are a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employee, or a graduate of a SES career development program certified by the Office of Personnel Management, you are not required to address the Executive Core Qualification statements (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs), or the Desirable factors (DQs) if listed. However, it is strongly encouraged that you address the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs) and the Desirable factors (DQs) as supplemental statements to your resume. Please limit your responses to no more than 2 pages per each TQ and DQ listed. All other applicants must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications statements (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs) in order to receive consideration for the position. Addressing the Desirable factors (DQs), if listed, is not required but failure to do so will impact your rating score. Additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's we site at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.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 your programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per Executive Core Qualifications, and not more than 10 pages total. Technical Mandatory and/or Desirable factors should be limited to no more than two pages for each factor. 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Executive Resources Div
Phone: 202-564-0394
Fax: 202-564-9612
Email: barnett.howard@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 Howard Barnett, Lead Human Resources Specialist, Executive Resources Division on (202) 564-0394 to get the status of your application.

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Job Announcement Number:

EPA-SES-2014-0043

Control Number:

377604300