Director, Stratospheric Protection Division

Washington, D.C
Jan 14, 2022
Jan 19, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

EPA's Stratospheric Protection Division (SPD), in the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), Office of Atmospheric Programs (OAP) is responsible for a variety of programmatic and analytical activities related to climate change and stratospheric ozone protection policy, including regulatory development, industrial sector and technology transitions and partnership programs concerning ozone depleting substances (ODS) and their substitutes, and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, especially hydrofluorocarbons (HFC). SPD is responsible for:
  • Implementing Title VI of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the American Innovation in Manufacturing (AIM) Act.
  • Ensuring and promoting U.S. compliance with the international Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol), including co-leading negotiations with the State Department.
  • Attaining emissions reduction goals in the relevant sectors by identifying, developing, and promoting regulations and partnerships for phasing down production and consumption of ODS and HFCs and replacing them with alternatives that have less environmental impact.
  • Using expertise developed through these programs to support the development and implementation of federal, state, local, and international policies, regulations, technical and scientific information.
  • Improving understanding of the costs and benefits of particular ODS and GHG reduction technologies, as well as successful policy and programmatic approaches, including both regulations and partnerships.

Specific duties of the Director include:
  • Advising the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation and the Director of the Office of Atmospheric Programs on current and proposed new environmental policies.
  • Directing the planning, implementation, and administration of the CAA and the AIM Act.
  • Ensuring the phaseout of ODS, phasedown of HFC, and U.S. compliance with the Montreal Protocol through programs, policies, regulations and partnerships.
  • Utilizing the expertise of the Division to develop air pollutant and climate regulations and programs.
  • Identifying strategies and defining programs to reduce ODS and GHGs.
  • Identifying important policy and program gaps and designing effective initiatives to make significant progress to improve the environment.
  • Providing technical advice and information to EPA senior management, other senior government officials, and private sector executives.
  • Maintaining national environmental monitoring networks.
  • Representing SPD and its programs to Agency, interagency, regional, national, and international audiences.
  • Exercising management responsibility over subordinate supervisors and staff.
  • Ensuring that extramural resources are efficiently and appropriately managed.


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.


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 - Demonstrated experience developing and directing programs focused on ozone depleting substances and stratospheric ozone protection.

TQ 2 - Demonstrated experience developing and directing programs focused on greenhouse gases with high global warming potential and analyzing technologies, policies, and processes that reduce those greenhouse gases.


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.

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