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Director, Gulf Ecosystem Measurement and Modeling Division

Environmental Protection Agency

Summary

This Senior Executive Service (SES) position is in the Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling (CEMM), Gulf Ecosystem Measurement and Modeling Division (GEMMD). About ORD

This is an office-centered position--you must physically report to the duty station stated in this announcement on a regular basis. Partial work-from-home flexibilities may be authorized.

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Overview

  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    03/25/2024 to 04/24/2024

  • Salary

    $191,901 - $221,900 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    ES 00

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    Location

    1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Remote job

    No

  • Telework eligible

    Yes—as determined by the agency policy.

  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be required to travel for this position.

  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

    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: www.relocatefeds.gov

  • Appointment type

    Permanent -

  • Work schedule

    Full-time -

  • Service

    Senior Executive

  • Promotion potential

    00

  • Job family (Series)

    0340 Program Management

  • Supervisory status

    Yes

  • Security clearance

    Not Required

  • Drug test

    No


  • Announcement number

    EPA-SES-2024-0027

  • Control number

    783258400

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Duties

The Gulf Ecosystem Measurement and Modeling Division (GEMMD) provides leadership within the Office of Research and Development (ORD) on coastal ecological research activities. The Division is responsible for specialized research of the physical, chemical, and biological dynamics of coastal wetlands and estuaries, including estuarine assessment and remediation research. GEMMD also applies expertise and efforts to characterize dynamic interactions between microbial populations and the natural environment to determine how these microbial systems react to chemical and biological (genetic) perturbations, as well as assessing the ecological significance of observed or predicted changes in structure and function. GEMMD interfaces with ORD and other EPA offices, as well as other Federal and nonfederal organizations relative to Division programs and services, in order to apply this research to restoring and protecting the environment. 

Specific responsibilities of this position include:

  • Planning, developing, organizing, directing, and implementing several major national research, development, and demonstration programs for the Agency.
  • Selecting and leading a multidisciplined staff to achieve assigned major program objectives.
  • Managing day-to-day operations of the Division's facilities.
  • Assessing needs, defining goals, and developing program plans to establish and maintain the organizational structure of the Division and overall operating policies, priorities, and procedures.
  • Allocating dollar and manpower resources within broad budgetary limitations to evaluate progress and performance of Division activities and take corrective budgetary actions as necessary.

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).

If you are selected, you must complete a 1-year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.

The Ethics in Government Act, P.L. 95-521, requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

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Qualifications

The work of this position is classified in the Program Management, 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.

All applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform in this role. 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 Senior Executive Service, applicants must also 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 Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed below.

A. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Mandatory for competitive applicants - Failure to address these factors individually within a limit of ten (10) pages total will result in your application being disqualified, unless you are a noncompetitive eligible applicant. 

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.

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 in OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications.

B. Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory for all applicants - Failure to address these factors individually within a limit of two (2) pages per factor will result in your application being disqualified.

TQ 1 - Demonstrated experience leading a scientific or research organization including engaging the research portfolio’s stakeholders and managing fiscal and human facilities resources.

TQ 2 - Demonstrated experience evaluating dynamics of coastal wetlands and estuaries and/or the dynamic interactions between microbial populations and the natural environment to restore and protect the environment.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be evaluated based on your narrative statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs). It will then be forwarded to a three member Rating Panel consisting of SES members for further review. The Rating Panel will decide which Best Qualified applicants will be issued to the Selecting Official by the Human Resources Office.


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Required Documents

Documents to be submitted online:

NOTE: You should ensure your social security number, date of birth, and any other personal information are redacted.

-- Resume - Required for all applicants - State your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

-- Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Required for competitive applicants - Address in a narrative statement each of the five factors individually within a limit of ten (10) pages total. Exceeding this limit will result in disqualification of your application.

  • Competitive applicants are those who do not meet the requirements listed below for noncompetitive eligibility. 
  • Noncompetitive applicants are not required to submit a narrative statement addressing the ECQs, but are encouraged to do so.
  • Address in your narrative the ECQs listed in the Qualifications section of this announcement. Your examples should use the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) model to emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.
  • See information on the proper preparation of narrative statements and the CCAR model in OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications.

-- Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Required for all applicants - Address in a narrative statement each listed factor individually within a limit of two (2) pages per factor. Exceeding this limit will result in disqualification of your application.

  • Address in your narrative the TQs listed in the Qualifications section of this announcement. Your examples should use the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) model to emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.
  • See information on the proper preparation of narrative statements and the CCAR model in OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications.

-- Proof of SES noncompetitive eligibility - Required for noncompetitive applicants - If you are currently serving under a Career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, submit one of the following:

  • Certificate of completion from an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP). This applies only if your ECQs have been approved by an OPM Qualifications Review Board through the SES CDP.
  • SF-50 showing your status as a:
    • current Career SES appointee,
    • former Career SES appointee with career SES reinstatement eligibility, or
    • current or reinstatement eligible Career SES-equivalent executive who is/was employed in a federal government agency that has an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) allowing for movement between the agency’s SES-equivalent personnel system and the SES.

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Agency contact information

Claire Worley

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Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. EPA
Mail Drop: C639-02
109 T.W. Alexander Drive, P.O. Box 12055
RTP, North Carolina 27711
United States
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/job/783258400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.