Director, Water Enforcement Division

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 30, 2022
Closes
Jul 07, 2022
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position is located in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), Office of Civil Enforcement (OCE), Water Enforcement Division (WED). The Director provides national direction and leadership through development of national policies and in case selection, development, resolution, and appeal of civil judicial and administrative enforcement actions pursuant to statutory authority and ensures enforceability of rules and regulations promulgated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Clean Water Act (CWA), the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). The WED Director serves as an advisor to OECA's Assistant Administrator (AA), Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator (PDAA), Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) and the Director of OCE on matters pertaining to the deterrence of noncompliance by the development and implementation of judicial and administrative enforcement activities and policies.

Duties include:
  • Conducting and overseeing enforcement of programs governed by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Clean Water Act (CWA), the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA).
  • Providing an active or lead role (as counsel of record) in CWA civil judicial and administrative litigation having national significance or precedential value.
  • Participating directly in the development of nationally significant litigation working with the Department of Justice and personnel from EPA Headquarters and Regional offices.
  • Serving as principal advisor to the Director or Deputy Director of OCE, or to the Assistant Administrator of OECA, in the area of responsibility.
  • Developing enforcement and compliance assurance polices for the national enforcement programs, CWA, SDWA, MPRSA and OPA.
  • Reviewing, evaluating, and recommending adjustments in Agency policies, including those emanating from or impacted by results of the national water enforcement program.
  • Representing OCE or OECA on committees and workgroups concerned with the formulation of national enforcement and compliance assurance policies.
  • Leading actions relating to issues arising under the CWA as a result of natural disasters and other exigent circumstances.
  • Overseeing and managing Division operations and resources by establishing overall operating policies, priorities, annual budget operating plans, and procedures; developing long-range staffing and work management plans; allocating and overseeing human and fiscal resources within budgetary limitations.
  • Representing the Division, and as appropriate, OCE and/or the Assistant Administrator for OECA, with other EPA officials, key officials from Congress, other Federal agencies, state and local governments, public interest groups and private industry.
  • Conducting outreach and information exchange activities regarding EPA enforcement activities under the CWA with state and local governments, industry groups; nongovernmental organizations and citizens.
  • Preparing and/or directing preparation of testimony to the Congress on Agency policies and programs in the area of assignment.
  • Integrating, or ensuring the integration of, assigned programs with those of other organizations both within and outside OECA.


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, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • An LL.B. or J.D. is required.


To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

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 General Attorney, 0905 series. Applicants must have a LL.B or J.D. degree from an accredited law school; must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U. S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions. The incumbent must have significant experience in providing legal advice and counsel at EPA; other federal, state, or local agencies; or in private practice.

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 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 at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf

B. Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory for all applicants - Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.

TQ 1 - Demonstrating experience in directing and leading an organization charged with developing and resolving judicial cases that address violations of environmental laws.

TQ 2 - Demonstrating experience in leading a diverse organization consisting of legal and technical staff while building relationships and collaborating with leaders in other organizations to accomplish your work.

Education

Applicants must have a LL.B or J.D. degree from an accredited law school; must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U. S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions. The incumbent must have significant experience in providing legal advice and counsel at EPA; other federal, state, or local agencies; or in private practice.

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.

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 .

Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

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 Agency's 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 . You can also hear a diverse group of attorneys talk about their careers at EPA on the Legal Careers at EPA Webinar .