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Deputy Director, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation

  • ... Washington, District of Columbia, United States
  • ... Full time
  • ... Salary: 221900 per year
  • Posted on: Feb 02, 2024       Expires on:

Deputy Director, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation   

JOB TITLE:

Deputy Director, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation

JOB TYPE:

Full-time

JOB LOCATION:

Washington District of Columbia United States

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Duties

This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position in the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), Office of Superfund Remediation & Technology Innovation (OSRTI), located in Washington, DC.

OSRTI is responsible for developing national strategy, programs, technical policies, regulations and guidelines for the cleanup of abandoned non-federal sites, increasing the application of innovative treatment technology to contaminated soils and ground water, and working with programs within EPA and representatives of various public and private organizations to promote innovative processes and technologies for cleanup.
OSRTI manages the national expertise and assets of the Environmental Response Teams.
The office supports the core mission of OLEM by integrating new technologies and advocating improvements to site characterization and remediation.
OSRTI has a staff of approximately 150 people with multi-disciplinary backgrounds and an annual appropriated budget of approximately $500 million dollars.
OSRTI also oversees the annual expenditure of approximately $200-$250 million in special account funds.
These resources are used for Superfund cleanup activities in the Regions and program planning, information technology and telecommunications, training and administrative support, grants and contracts in headquarters.
The Office has three divisions, consisting of the Resources Management Division, the Technology Innovation and Field Services Division, and the Assessment and Remediation Division.

The OSRTI Deputy Director works with the OLEM Directors and Regional Program Directors to provide strategic and program planning, policy development and implementation, and management and control of the Office and the national programs.
The Deputy shares with the other members of the Executive Team the responsibility for the oversight and coordination of all aspects of OSRTIs work.
In the absence of the Director, the Deputy assumes and carries out the full duties and responsibilities of the Directors position.

In this position, the potential for great environmental accomplishment is high, and the interaction with talented colleagues, both within OLEM and in the Regions, States, and Tribes, is priceless.
This is a position for someone who wants to make a difference for the better, surrounded by other great people.

Specific duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in the formulation of overall programs, policies, strategies, operations, and objectives in conjunction with the Assistant Administrator and Director.
  • Establishing and maintaining professional relationships with internal and external national environmental groups.
  • Coordinating OSRTI's activities with other OLEM, agency, and federal programs.
  • Directing and managing the organizational and operational entities of the Office.
  • Supervising subordinate managers and employees.
  • Coaching and mentoring subordinate managers through advice and counsel in order to promote a more responsive organization.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.
    S.
    citizen.
  • You must submit a 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 large, multi-disciplinary staff, including ability to manage policy discussions within the organization, develop regulations and guidance as appropriate, and ensure successful policy execution.

TQ 2 - Demonstrated experience managing complex and often controversial environmental policy issues of broad national importance.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA.
Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

This position is designated as SES General.
The PLUM Act of 2022 requires the U.
S.
Office of Personnel Management to host a public-facing website with information on policy and supporting positions for the sitting Administration and each subsequent Administration.
Consistent with historical reporting in the Plum Book, information on this position will be reported on the PLUM reporting website, including agency, component, location of the position, employee name, title, appointment type, pay plan, grade or level of pay (if applicable), and tenure and expiration date (if applicable).
It is not possible to decline being listed on the website if appointed to this position.

Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

EPA participates in E-Verify.
E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.
For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA.
Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values.
Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agencys workplace and mission.
We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance.
At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face.
We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization.
The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve.
To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA.


  • Benefits

    A career with the U.
    S.
    government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
    As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, 26 days of paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
    To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

    This position has portable work.
    If selected for this position, you may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.
    Telework is available based on agency policy.

    PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS (PSLF): As a federal employee, you may be eligible for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
    The PSLF program forgives the remaining balance on federal Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying payments while working full-time for a qualifying employer, including EPA.
    Learn more: pslf.
    gov

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.
    Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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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  • Benefits

    A career with the U.
    S.
    government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
    As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, 26 days of paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
    To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

    This position has portable work.
    If selected for this position, you may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.
    Telework is available based on agency policy.

    PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS (PSLF): As a federal employee, you may be eligible for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
    The PSLF program forgives the remaining balance on federal Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying payments while working full-time for a qualifying employer, including EPA.
    Learn more: pslf.
    gov

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.
    Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits.
    Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee.
    You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    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 agencys SES-equivalent personnel system and the SES.

    To learn more about submitting documentation, visit Uploading Documents to USAJOBS.

  • How to Apply

    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 Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and Technical Qualification (TQ).
    Response to the five ECQs and TQs is mandatory.
    Failure to address the ECQs and TQs will result in your application being disqualified.


    To begin the application process, click the Apply button to the top 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 day the announcement closes.


    All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature.


    If you cannot apply online, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed below for assistance no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this announcement.
    You must provide complete application materials by the day the announcement closes.


    For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

    EPA welcomes applications from persons with disabilities.
    Through the reasonable accommodation process, we provide persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment that persons without disabilities enjoy.
    A reasonable accommodation is any change in the work environment or in the way things are customarily done.
    An accommodation removes workplace barriers and enables an applicant with a disability to have an equal opportunity to participate in the application process, be considered for a position, and, if hired, perform the essential functions of their job.

    The EPA National Reasonable Accommodation Coordinators will provide assistance to you, the Human Resources Office, and/or the hiring official as needed.
    For more information, refer to EPAs Reasonable Accommodation website.
    Below is more detailed information about how to request a reasonable accommodation during the application, selection, and hiring process:

    • If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process (submitting the application or completing the application process), contact the Human Resources Office listed below no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this announcement, and the Human Resources Office will work directly with you.
    • If you are referred to the hiring official for consideration and need an accommodation during the selection process, including the interview, notify the person who contacted you from the hiring officials office.
      If you do not hear back within three days about your reasonable accommodation request for the selection process, please notify EPAs National Reasonable Accommodation Coordinators via email at disabilityaccommodations@epa.
      gov.
    • If you are selected and need an accommodation during the hiring process up to orientation, notify the HR Specialist who made the job offer to you.

    Please note: Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Agency contact information

    Matt Swing

    Phone

    202-564-2017

    Email

    swing.
    matt@epa.
    gov

    Address

    Environmental Protection Agency
    U.
    S.
    EPA, HRMD

    Mail Drop: C639-02
    109 T.
    W.
    Alexander Drive, P.
    O.
    Box 12055

    RTP, North Carolina 27711
    United States

    Next steps

    It is your responsibility to check your USAJOBS account for application status information.
    You can track the progress of your application via your USAJOBS account by clicking the Track This Application link.
    Your USAJOBS application status will appear in your profile if your application was received successfully; if your submission was not received, the application status will show as unavailable.
    After the announcement closes, the Human Resources Office will conduct a review of your application package.
    If your application is complete and you meet basic qualification requirements, it will be forwarded to a three-member Rating Panel consisting of SES members for further review of your narrative statements addressing the required ECQs and TQs.
    The Rating Panel will decide which Best Qualified applicants will be referred to the Selecting Official by the Human Resources Office.
    Interviews are arranged through the Selecting Official.
    If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement.
    Your application status will change in USAJOBS when updates are available for each step of the process.

    NOTE: We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education.
    Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent.
    Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

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 agencys SES-equivalent personnel system and the SES.

To learn more about submitting documentation, visit Uploading Documents to USAJOBS.


Help

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.
    S.
    Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.
    S.

  • Senior executives

    Those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

Clarification from the agency

U.
S.
Citizens

Position Details

POSTED:

Feb 02, 2024

EMPLOYMENT:

Full-time

SALARY:

221900 per year

SNAPRECRUIT ID:

S-1707243656-032ff9f7375016c00100068bdfa075af

LOCATION:

District of Columbia United States

CITY:

Washington

Job Origin:

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Duties

This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position in the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), Office of Superfund Remediation & Technology Innovation (OSRTI), located in Washington, DC.

OSRTI is responsible for developing national strategy, programs, technical policies, regulations and guidelines for the cleanup of abandoned non-federal sites, increasing the application of innovative treatment technology to contaminated soils and ground water, and working with programs within EPA and representatives of various public and private organizations to promote innovative processes and technologies for cleanup. OSRTI manages the national expertise and assets of the Environmental Response Teams. The office supports the core mission of OLEM by integrating new technologies and advocating improvements to site characterization and remediation. OSRTI has a staff of approximately 150 people with multi-disciplinary backgrounds and an annual appropriated budget of approximately $500 million dollars. OSRTI also oversees the annual expenditure of approximately $200-$250 million in special account funds. These resources are used for Superfund cleanup activities in the Regions and program planning, information technology and telecommunications, training and administrative support, grants and contracts in headquarters. The Office has three divisions, consisting of the Resources Management Division, the Technology Innovation and Field Services Division, and the Assessment and Remediation Division.

The OSRTI Deputy Director works with the OLEM Directors and Regional Program Directors to provide strategic and program planning, policy development and implementation, and management and control of the Office and the national programs. The Deputy shares with the other members of the Executive Team the responsibility for the oversight and coordination of all aspects of OSRTIs work. In the absence of the Director, the Deputy assumes and carries out the full duties and responsibilities of the Directors position.

In this position, the potential for great environmental accomplishment is high, and the interaction with talented colleagues, both within OLEM and in the Regions, States, and Tribes, is priceless. This is a position for someone who wants to make a difference for the better, surrounded by other great people.

Specific duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in the formulation of overall programs, policies, strategies, operations, and objectives in conjunction with the Assistant Administrator and Director.
  • Establishing and maintaining professional relationships with internal and external national environmental groups.
  • Coordinating OSRTI's activities with other OLEM, agency, and federal programs.
  • Directing and managing the organizational and operational entities of the Office.
  • Supervising subordinate managers and employees.
  • Coaching and mentoring subordinate managers through advice and counsel in order to promote a more responsive organization.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit a 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.

#LI-Onsite

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 large, multi-disciplinary staff, including ability to manage policy discussions within the organization, develop regulations and guidance as appropriate, and ensure successful policy execution.

TQ 2 - Demonstrated experience managing complex and often controversial environmental policy issues of broad national importance.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

This position is designated as SES General. The PLUM Act of 2022 requires the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to host a public-facing website with information on policy and supporting positions for the sitting Administration and each subsequent Administration. Consistent with historical reporting in the Plum Book, information on this position will be reported on the PLUM reporting website, including agency, component, location of the position, employee name, title, appointment type, pay plan, grade or level of pay (if applicable), and tenure and expiration date (if applicable). It is not possible to decline being listed on the website if appointed to this position.

Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agencys workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA.


  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, 26 days of paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

    This position has portable work. If selected for this position, you may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager. Telework is available based on agency policy.

    PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS (PSLF): As a federal employee, you may be eligible for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The PSLF program forgives the remaining balance on federal Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying payments while working full-time for a qualifying employer, including EPA. Learn more: pslf.gov

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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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  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, 26 days of paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

    This position has portable work. If selected for this position, you may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager. Telework is available based on agency policy.

    PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS (PSLF): As a federal employee, you may be eligible for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The PSLF program forgives the remaining balance on federal Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying payments while working full-time for a qualifying employer, including EPA. Learn more: pslf.gov

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    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 agencys SES-equivalent personnel system and the SES.

    To learn more about submitting documentation, visit Uploading Documents to USAJOBS.

  • How to Apply

    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 Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and Technical Qualification (TQ). Response to the five ECQs and TQs is mandatory. Failure to address the ECQs and TQs will result in your application being disqualified.

    To begin the application process, click the Apply button to the top 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 day the announcement closes.

    All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature.

    If you cannot apply online, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed below for assistance no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide complete application materials by the day the announcement closes.

    For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

    EPA welcomes applications from persons with disabilities. Through the reasonable accommodation process, we provide persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment that persons without disabilities enjoy. A reasonable accommodation is any change in the work environment or in the way things are customarily done. An accommodation removes workplace barriers and enables an applicant with a disability to have an equal opportunity to participate in the application process, be considered for a position, and, if hired, perform the essential functions of their job.

    The EPA National Reasonable Accommodation Coordinators will provide assistance to you, the Human Resources Office, and/or the hiring official as needed. For more information, refer to EPAs Reasonable Accommodation website. Below is more detailed information about how to request a reasonable accommodation during the application, selection, and hiring process:

    • If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process (submitting the application or completing the application process), contact the Human Resources Office listed below no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this announcement, and the Human Resources Office will work directly with you.
    • If you are referred to the hiring official for consideration and need an accommodation during the selection process, including the interview, notify the person who contacted you from the hiring officials office. If you do not hear back within three days about your reasonable accommodation request for the selection process, please notify EPAs National Reasonable Accommodation Coordinators via email at disabilityaccommodations@epa.gov.
    • If you are selected and need an accommodation during the hiring process up to orientation, notify the HR Specialist who made the job offer to you.

    Please note: Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Agency contact information

    Matt Swing

    Phone

    202-564-2017

    Email

    swing.matt@epa.gov

    Address

    Environmental Protection Agency
    U.S. EPA, HRMD
    Mail Drop: C639-02
    109 T.W. Alexander Drive, P.O. Box 12055
    RTP, North Carolina 27711
    United States

    Next steps

    It is your responsibility to check your USAJOBS account for application status information. You can track the progress of your application via your USAJOBS account by clicking the Track This Application link. Your USAJOBS application status will appear in your profile if your application was received successfully; if your submission was not received, the application status will show as unavailable. After the announcement closes, the Human Resources Office will conduct a review of your application package. If your application is complete and you meet basic qualification requirements, it will be forwarded to a three-member Rating Panel consisting of SES members for further review of your narrative statements addressing the required ECQs and TQs. The Rating Panel will decide which Best Qualified applicants will be referred to the Selecting Official by the Human Resources Office. Interviews are arranged through the Selecting Official. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement. Your application status will change in USAJOBS when updates are available for each step of the process.

    NOTE: We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

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 agencys SES-equivalent personnel system and the SES.

To learn more about submitting documentation, visit Uploading Documents to USAJOBS.


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  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

  • Senior executives

    Those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

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