Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs

Washington, D.C
Oct 05, 2022
Oct 12, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Office of Atmospheric Programs (OAP) carries out national and international programs related to restoring the stratospheric ozone layer, reducing interstate transport of air pollution, increasing energy efficiency and the use of clean energy, and understanding and addressing climate change. OAP programs vary in scope and are designed and operated to provide maximum flexibility and responsiveness to changing circumstances and policy directives from agency leadership. OAP implements both regulatory and partnership programs including market‐based emissions trading programs like ENERGY STAR and the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act.

Specific duties of the Director include:
  • Directing the Office of Atmospheric Programs within the framework of the provisions of governing legislation.
  • Establishing program objectives and formulating action plans for their accomplishment.
  • Defining new program needs and adjusting where necessary.
  • Developing regulations and guides for program administration and implementation of any program changes.
  • Ensuring that key goals, priorities, and values are considered in making decisions.
  • Participating with the Assistant Administrator (AA) and other key program advisors in policy, program, and budgetary formulation, appraisal strategy; and justification.
  • Directing the review of atmospheric programs to provide advice and assistance to the AA.
  • Representing the AA and Office of Air and Radiation on committees or panels.
  • Directing the coordination of programs with various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Providing technical and policy advice and information to top-level Agency and external personnel.
  • Directing the execution of a plan for realizing program objectives via assignment of responsibilities, development and justification of budget proposals, supervision of senior staff, evaluation of programmatic progress, and identification of areas requiring additional research.
  • Ensuring that extramural resources are efficiently and appropriately managed.
  • Exercising supervisory personnel management responsibilities.
  • Serving as Deputy Ethics Official for the OAP.
  • Exercising support for the Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Plan.
  • Remaining objective in appraising employee qualifications and performance.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
  • You may be required to travel less than 25% of each month.

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.



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.

Applicants must also provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of the Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below.

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

TQ 1 - Demonstrated experience applying Clean Air Act and American Innovation and Manufacturing Act and related laws, policies, guidelines, and precedents to develop and direct environmental programs, including regulations and public private partnerships, related to climate change, air quality, or stratospheric ozone depletion.

TQ 2 - Demonstrated experience developing and managing data systems to collect, analyze, verify, and publish environmental data involving a variety of sources and users, such as greenhouse gas emissions.


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.

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

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