Deputy Director, Office of Science Advisor, Policy and Engagement

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Dec 02, 2021
Closes
Dec 09, 2021
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The Office of Research and Development (ORD) provides the Agency programs with scientific and technical information, research products, and assistance so that management decisions are sound and the Agency goals are met. The Office of Science Advisor, Policy and Engagement (OSAPE) in the ORD is responsible for:
  • Integrating scientific research and expertise into Agency decisions;
  • Providing Agency leadership on scientific integrity and human subjects research review;
  • Providing advice and vision on science and technology issues;
  • Managing ORD's extramural research programs;
  • Leading ORD's regional science programs;
  • Managing several external advisory boards;
  • Serving as ORD's lead on science policy issues;
  • Coordinating ORD's partnerships with tribes, other federal agencies, key state and local partners, and international organizations.

Specific duties of the Deputy Director include:
  • As the alter ego of the Office Director, sharing full responsibility in planning for, administering, and utilizing resources and materials effectively and efficiently;
  • In the absence of the Office Director, assuming full responsibility for management of financial and resource management systems in place and the organization's financial and material resources;
  • Assessing overall effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of the organization by providing the Office Director with objective, independent counsel of the Office's compliance with Federal, EPA, and ORD regulations and policies concerning financial management, human resources, property, health and safety, scientific quality assurance, and other administrative processes;
  • Establishing, implementing, and maintaining a quality assurance program that supports Agency policies, procedures and regulations.


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.


As required by Executive Order 14043, if you are selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by 11/22/21, or before onboarding with the agency if after 11/22/21, except in limited circumstances. For information about COVID-19 workplace safety at EPA, as well as resources and health and safety guidance, visit COVID-19 Safe Federal Workplace .

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.

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 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 - Demonstrated experience managing the operations of a scientific, research, science policy, or technical organization, including developing and implementing the financial, budget, administrative, and communications functions.

TQ 2 - Demonstrated experience developing strategic and operational plans and policy guidance on science policy, research, administrative, resource, or fiscal issues.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

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.

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