Director, Biological and Economic Analysis Division

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 05, 2022
Closes
Oct 12, 2022
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This Senior Executive Service (SES) position is located in the Biological and Economic Analysis Division (BEAD) in the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). OPP is responsible for the registration of pesticides and must make determinations about whether pesticides pose an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment. Large amounts of data from registrants and other sources must be reviewed and reliable schedules must be maintained in order to meet statutory deadlines for both new and existing pesticides.

BEAD carries out a critical component of the process for both new and existing pesticides, particularly assessing the uses, benefits and economic impacts of pesticides - collecting and analyzing information, including application rates and methods, effectiveness, quantities used, and comparison to alternatives. The Director of BEAD is also responsible for acquiring and maintaining data on regional production of pesticide products and analyzing economic impacts of alternative regulatory decisions of special or emergency pesticide use applications and individual program actions or policies. At the gateway to a multi-billion-dollar pesticide market, the Director plays an integral role in OPP's process to help ensure pesticides are regulated fairly and that effective measures for controlling pests are available. Specific responsibilities of the position include:
  • Managing three branches and two laboratories to support all pesticide regulatory divisions and programs.
  • Maintaining operational responsibilities across a full range of programmatic issues with special focus on managing the development of critical "real-world" data on pesticide use/usage and benefits assessments to support registration and registration review decisions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; the Food Quality Protection Act; and the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act.
  • Collaborating with senior level officials at the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, and the Interior, as well as within EPA, in the implementation of the Agency's responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Overseeing OPP's laboratories, located at Ft. Meade, Maryland, which are critical to OPP's mission to protect public health and the environment and to the agency's homeland security efforts.
  • Developing and evaluating methods for determining the efficacy of antimicrobial products as part of the nation's anti-bioterrorism response and other homeland-security related efforts.
  • Validating analytical methods to measure pesticide residues in food, water, and other media.


Requirements

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.

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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 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 individually will result in your application being disqualified.

TQ 1 - Demonstrated experience managing and directing a diverse organization consisting of technical and policy staff in various disciplines to support regulatory programs.

TQ 2 - Demonstrated experience providing leadership and direction for acquiring and maintaining data on the use and importance of products and analyzing the data to determine the economic impacts of alternative regulatory decisions.

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.

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 .