Director, Office of Compliance

Washington, D.C
Jan 07, 2021
Jan 19, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position located in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), Office of Compliance (OC), Washington, DC.

For more information on the office, visit their website:

If you selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

Learn more about this agency


The Office of Compliance (OC) in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Administrator (AA) on the implementation and oversight of national activities in five functions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) enforcement and compliance assurance program. First, OC leads the strategic and annual planning processes and priority setting for the national compliance assurance program, including development and implementation of the national compliance initiatives. Second, OC develops policy, tools, and training for the national compliance monitoring program, which program includes targeting, data analytics, inspections, and other compliance monitoring tools. Third, OC develops, maintains and provides access to the data used to manage the national program and provide public transparency, including the modernization and operation of national data systems that serve EPA, state programs and the public. Fourth, OC leads innovation efforts to use evidence to improve the effectiveness of compliance assurance program and tools, including review of EPA regulations to improve their effectiveness. Fifth, OC leads efforts to collaborate with state authorized programs and provide oversight of state program performance thru the State Review Framework. In addition, OC leads the national compliance assistance program to help regulated entities comply with environmental laws, regulations and provides training for EPA inspectors on environmental laws.

Specific responsibilities of the Director, Office of Compliance include:
  • Serving as principal advisor to the Assistant Administrator, Deputy Assistant Administrators, and to the Administrator or other senior Agency officials in the area of responsibility.
  • Developing enforcement and compliance assurance policies, procedures, information and guidance for OECA and OC; serving on committees and or work groups concerned with the formulation of national enforcement and compliance assurance policy.
  • Representing the Assistant Administrator with key officials from Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, public interest organizations, and private industry, etc.
  • Developing and maintaining liaison and exchanges of ideas with officials concerned with EPA and other governmental enforcement and compliance programs and activities.
  • Integrating or ensuring the integration of assigned programs with those of other organizations both within and outside OECA.
  • Preparing and/or presenting testimonies to the Congress on Agency policies and programs in the area of assignment; preparing and delivering speeches and materials on assigned areas to professional, governmental, public interest and other organizations.
  • Exercising technical and administrative discretion and control over the Office of Compliance; within the broad administrative framework, establishing overall operating policies, priorities, and procedures; establishing long-range plans; allocating resources within broad budgetary limitations; recommending changes in program goals and policies to higher authority; and coordinating and reviewing program operations.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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.

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.


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 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

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

TQ 1 - Experience in planning, directing, implementing and evaluating environmental enforcement and compliance assurance program activities, including experience with the development and implementation of studies, measures, dashboards, and reports using data to evaluate current program performance and test new program tools.

TQ 2 - Experience in the design, development, operation and maintenance, or user support of data systems.


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.

Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.

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.

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 or equivalent 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.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

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 clearly stating 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.

-- A narrative statement covering each of following:
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Required for competitive applicants - Address each of the five factors individually within a limit of ten pages total. Exceeding this limit will result in disqualification of your application.
  • Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Required for all applicants - Address each listed factor individually within a limit of two pages per factor. Exceeding this limit will result in disqualification of your application.

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. Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQ statements and the CCAR model is available at

-- Senior Executive Service (SES) 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, proof of SES noncompetitive eligibility must be submitted:
  • 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; OR
  • A 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.

You are not required to submit a narrative statement addressing the ECQs, but are encouraged to do so.

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

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Similar jobs