Senior Advisor for Air Quality Planning and Standards

Washington, D.C
May 08, 2021
May 16, 2021
Full Time


This Senior-Level (SL) position is located in the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.

The location will be determined after a selection has been made for the position; if selected, you must work at one of the locations stated in this announcement.

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The Senior Advisor's work will focus on identification and evaluation of air pollution control policy options, consideration of technical factors that affect policy outcomes, and the regulatory development process for Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) rules and guidance.

Specific duties include:
  • Providing advice, assessments, and recommendations to Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) senior leadership, on programs and projects to reduce air pollution from major stationary sources, including those which reduce criteria, hazardous air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
  • Developing recommendations for corporate and program-specific improvements to regulatory processing that improve the quality of OAQPS regulations while reducing staff burden.
  • Anticipating emerging issues related to the control of pollution from stationary sources and providing advice for potential policy solutions.
  • Consulting and coordinating with senior executive level managers and technical experts in the Office of Air and Radiation, as well as other regional and program offices, to develop and implement key OAR stationary source regulations.
  • Providing policy, technical, and management oversight in the development and implementation of complex, interdisciplinary regulatory efforts that involve multiple Federal organizations and that impact high-emitting and economically significant industries.
  • Providing leadership in coordinating with affected stakeholders to ensure that EPA regulatory efforts are both effective at reducing air pollution and implementable by states and sources.
  • Representing the OAR Assistant Administrator and the OAQPS Director in meetings both internal to the EPA and externally.
  • Serving as a specialized, senior expert with the cross-cutting background to provide confidential advice on intra- and interagency policy negotiations across OAQPS' diverse programs.
  • Directing the response to short deadlines from both internal and external EPA customers to address and support the resolution of high level and high impact policy and program issues.

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).
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

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 SL 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.

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.


In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for this SL position, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-15 level defined as providing leadership, oversight, or technical direction for a large organization in developing policy related to air pollution.

You will be evaluated on the mandatory Technical Qualifications listed in this announcement. See the Evaluations section of this announcement.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

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 .

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.

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 further evaluated based on your narrative statements addressing the Technical Qualifications. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the ‘Best Qualified', ‘Well Qualified', or ‘Qualified' category.

Your responses should be clear and concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility.

Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory - Limited to two pages per factor - Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.

TQ1. Demonstrated experience applying knowledge of Clean Air Act requirements and related regulations for reducing air pollution from major stationary sources, including criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions to advise high level officials on national environmental policies and programs.

TQ2. Demonstrated experience collaborating with professional associations, government agencies, non-governmental and international agencies, members of the Congress, and/or the general public on a broad range of national air quality programs.

TQ3. Demonstrated experience developing and applying policies to address new and emerging air pollution matters related to public health and the environment.

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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.

--Veterans' Preference Documents:
Separated veterans claiming 5-point preference:
  • - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service) or other official document/statement from the Armed Forces showing separation, discharge, or release from active duty; document must show separation is under honorable conditions (Honorable or General Discharge)
Separated veterans claiming 10-point preference based on compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more:
  • - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service); document must show separation is under honorable conditions (Honorable or General Discharge); and
  • - VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage); and
  • - SF-15 (use current version: SF-15 Form ) (see page 2 for documents that can be submitted in lieu of the DD-214 and VA letter)

Other separated veterans claiming 10-point preference OR spouses, widows/widowers, or mothers claiming 10-point derived preference:
  • - SF-15 (use current version: SF-15 Form ); and
  • - Other required documentation indicated on the SF-15

Active duty service members:
  • - Certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions (Honorable or General Discharge) within 120 days after you submit the certification)

--Narrative statements covering each Technical Qualification (TQ) - Required - Limited to two pages per factor. Exceeding this limit will result in disqualification of your application. Your examples should emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

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

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