Job Overview


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.


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.

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.