Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

The Director of the Registration Division (RD), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), is an agency leadership position in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention that is responsible for managing and leading the division in all pesticide registration and for conventional chemical pesticides under the authorities of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996; the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act; and the Endangered Species Act.

The Registration Division has approximately 100 employees, with a director, two deputy directors and eight branches. The RD Director is a key leadership position in the Office of Pesticide Programs. The RD Director oversees pesticide product registrations, amendments, pesticide tolerances (allowable pesticide residues on food), experimental use permits, emergency exemptions, and state registrations for special local needs. In addition, the RD Director oversees the development of guidelines in the area of efficacy and provides technical expertise and recommendations to the Health Effects and the Environmental Fate and Effects Divisions in the development of testing guidelines for registrants. The RD Director also oversees the evaluation of efficacy, acute hazard and product chemistry data submitted by the registrant to determine conformity with standards and guidelines. In addition, the RD Director develops division strategies, defines major program objectives, estimates required resource levels, reviews and evaluates ongoing program activities, and assesses outputs produced. The RD Director maintains coordination with other program offices on all subject areas within the purview of the division, and advises superiors on agency policies and programs affecting the division.

OPP is EPA’s largest program office, with nine divisions, approximately 700 employees, and a daunting workload. Large amounts of data from registrants and other sources must be reviewed and reliable schedules must be maintained in order to meet statutory deadlines for both new and existing pesticides. At the gateway to a multi-billion dollar pesticide market, the Director of the Registration Division plays a critical role in ensuring that conventional pesticides are regulated through sound science to meet the legal standard to protect public health, including vulnerable subpopulations, and the environment.

Duties

1. A key leadership position, responsible for more than 100 employees, with a director, two deputy directors and eight branches.

2. Oversees pesticide product registrations, amendments, pesticide tolerances (allowable pesticide residues on food), experimental use permits, emergency exemptions, and state registrations for special local needs. In addition, the RD Director oversees the development of guidelines in the area of efficacy and technical expertise and recommendations to the Health Effects and the Environmental Fate and Effects Divisions in the development of testing guidelines for registrants. The Director also oversees the evaluation of efficacy, acute hazard and product chemistry data submitted by the registrant to determine conformity with standards and guidelines.

3. Develops division strategies, defines major program objectives, estimates required resource levels, reviews and evaluates ongoing program activities, and assesses outputs produced. Participates in agency-wide program planning and strategy development to ensure full consideration of office policies and plans.

4. Coordinates planned programs with related or interdependent efforts within the other divisions and offices. Maintains coordination with other program offices on all subject areas within the purview of the division. Advises superiors on agency policies and programs affecting the division.

5. Represents the division within the agency and externally, including with Congress. Presents the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention’s and the agency’s viewpoints at conferences and meetings with other federal agencies and at state and local levels. Promotes close relationships between the agency and appropriate outside organizations on matters of mutual interest and to improve the effectiveness of the agency’s programs to protect pollinators, endangered species and migratory birds.

6. Provides divisional representation on agency, interagency and other technical/scientific committees of national and international importance.

7. Develops or directs the development of budget requests and justification for major program areas for which the division is responsible.

8. Directs the personnel management and equal opportunity programs of the division through subordinate supervisors. Manages the selection, training, motivation, discipline, and evaluation of division employees.

9. Performs other duties as assigned.

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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.