Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of Environmental Management (EM), in the U.S. Department of Energy. EM is responsible for the largest nuclear environmental cleanup project in the world. After five decades of nuclear weapons production, the legacy of the cold war has left 1.5 million cubic meters of solid waste and 88 million gallons of liquid waste to be dispositioned. To learn more about EM, please visit our website:

The Waste and Materials Management Office advances strategies to optimize EM waste and materials management projects and processes. The office develops risk-based disposal policy to ensure safe disposal of EM waste. The office provides assistance and oversight to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and the National Transuranic (TRU) Waste Program, develops and implements policy and guidance on low-level and mixed low-level radioactive waste, nuclear materials, enables efficiencies in management and disposition of excess material inventories, safe and efficient packaging and transportation systems, and has the overriding responsibility to support field offices by enabling the effective execution of the mission. The office adheres to DOE radioactive waste management policies and statutory responsibilities related to radioactive waste streams. The office serves as the DOE headquarters certifying official for radioactive and other hazardous material package certifications, co-chair for the TRU Waste Corporate Board in coordination with the CBFO manager, and co-chairs (with the EM Regulatory Compliance Office) the Low-Level Waste (LLW) Disposal Facility Federal Review Group (LFRG).


As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste and Materials Management you will:

  • Determine the internal organization, staffing, and authorities required to accomplish the functions assigned to the Waste and Materials Management Office in the areas of management and disposition of excess material inventories; packaging and transportation systems; and complex-wide integration of waste and materials management to ensure line management accountability.
  • Provide advice to the EM program and field offices. Play a vital role in managing programs and directly and profoundly influences EM-wide policy and planning related decisions. Exercise full managerial authority and seamless integration of all Waste and Materials Management Office policies, practices, and innovative solutions to complex EM regulatory challenges.
  • Direct organizational activities, frames strategic plans based on broad organizational assessments and evaluations of long-term organizational objectives. Determine the financial and personnel resources needed to achieve mission objectives and support mission operations; identify the need for major organizational improvements; and develop the requisite plans and direct implementing actions.
  • Oversee and direct the internal organization, staffing, policies, and personnel authorities required to carry out the responsibilities of the Office, including the recruitment of senior managers and technical experts necessary to ensure the success of the programs.
  • Oversee execution of waste and materials disposition policies and directives, including policy development of national waste management and material disposition initiatives. Serve as a senior EM point of contact with other DOE programs on waste and materials disposition matters to ensure integration and optimization of EM objectives. Oversee the identification of new disposal systems and direct the execution of efforts to develop and propose new systems.
  • Ensure the development, implementation and maintenance of DOE-wide radioactive waste management policies and guidance in compliance with DOE statutory responsibilities related to certain civilian radioactive waste streams. Serve as a senior EM interface on the DOE-wide radioactive material packaging/certification program, transportation policy, and operational support and logistics. Manage Headquarters hazardous (including radioactive) material package certification and the associated audits and inspections.
  • Develop strategy and policy for all EM TRU waste to be disposed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant to ensure safe and effective disposal operations.
  • Represent EM in consultations with key Congressional officials, and high level representatives of the DOE, private contractor business entities, and stakeholders concerning corporate EM and DOE policies and/or EM waste and materials management practices and methods—speaking with full Agency authority in all cases.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel is required for this position.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation/Recruitment incentive or moving expenses may be paid according to Federal Travel Regulations, pending funding availability.