Director, Antimicrobials Division
Environmental Protection Agency - Arlington County, VA

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This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position in EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pesticide Programs, located in Arlington, Virgina.

The Director of the Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), is an Agency leadership position in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention that is responsible for the management of all antimicrobial registration and registration review activities under the authorities of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; the amendments to these laws by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996; and the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act. The Director of the Antimicrobials Division is responsible for leading and managing the registration and reevaluation of antimicrobial pesticides. Antimicrobial pesticides are substances or mixtures of substances used to destroy or suppress the growth of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi on inanimate objects and surfaces.

The Antimicrobials Division is led by a Director and has a Deputy Director, four Branches, an Administrative team and a staff of approximately 67 employees. Two of the branches conduct the business of registration and registration review for antimicrobial pesticides. The other two branches are responsible for the registration and registration review activities conducting scientific reviews for antimicrobial pesticides. This includes all aspects of human health risk assessments and environmental fate and ecological effects on chemicals submitted for new registrations, registration review and any special review actions. The Director of AD is also responsible for managing the Antimicrobials Testing Program to ensure that antimicrobial products are efficacious. The Antimicrobials division regulates new and novel technologies that pose complex science and policy issues that involve coordination and partnership with other Federal and international agencies. AD is also responsible for co-leading 21 st century science initiatives that incorporate new and innovative technologies into testing and assessment programs. These efforts are intended to bring about more efficient, scientifically reliable and sustainable safety evaluation strategies.

OPP is EPA’s largest Headquarters program office, with nine divisions, approximately 700 employees, and a daunting workload. OPP is responsible for 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. At the gateway to a multi-billion dollar pesticide market, the Director of the Antimicrobials Division plays a key role in helping to ensure that antimicrobial pesticides are safe for human health, including vulnerable subpopulations, and the environment, and that effective measures for controlling pests are available. KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen. DUTIES:
1. Program Planning: The Director of the Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticides Programs, is responsible for the registration and review activities mandated by FIFRA, FFDCA FQPA, and PRIA and establishing tolerances for pesticide residues. The Director of AD is also responsible for managing the Antimicrobials Testing Program to ensure that antimicrobial products are efficacious.

2. Program Organization: Develops Division strategies, defines major program objectives, estimates required resource levels, reviews and evaluates ongoing program activities, and assesses outputs produced. Participates in Agency-wide program planning and strategy development to ensure full consideration of Office policy and plans and the status of ongoing Office programs.

3. Program Direction: Coordinates planned programs with related or interdependent efforts within the other Divisions and offices of OCSPP.

4. Program Coordination: Maintains liaison and coordination with the other major offices of the Agency on all subject areas within the purview of the Division. Advises superiors on Agency policies and programs affecting the Division.

5. Program Representation: Represents the programs of the Division within the Agency and externally, including with the Congress. Presents OCSPP and Agency viewpoints at conferences and meetings with other Federal agencies and at State and local levels. Promotes close relationships between the Agency and appropriate outside organizations on matters of mutual interest and to improve the effectiveness of the Agency's programs.

6. Program Communication: Provides scientific advice and information concerning areas of responsibility to superiors, to other high level Agency personnel, to other Government agencies and to outside organizations. Promotes close working relationships with appropriate organizations and serves as representative or provides for Divisional representation on Agency, interagency and other technical/scientific committees of national and international importance.

7. Program Operations: Develops or directs the development of budget requests and justification for the major program areas for which the Division is responsible. These requests and justifications are incorporated in the overall agency submissions to both the Office of Management and Budget and Congressional authorization and appropriations committees.

8. Program Management: Directs the human resources management and equal opportunity programs of the Division through subordinate supervisors. Manages the selection, training, motivation, discipline and evaluation of the Divisions employees.

Performs other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically we could find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related. As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must 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 Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications. Please provide a narrative not to exceed two pages per ECQ and not more than 10 pages.

ES-0340 series : You must have substantive general experience which provides knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive (operating, administrative, or managerial) experience in a type of work, or a combination of functions directly related to this position.

1. If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required. 2. Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter. 3. You must be a U.S. citizen.

Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service SES appointment, you are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Career Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications questions in order to receive consideration for the position. Additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/SES_Quals_Guide_2006.pdf . When responding to the Mandatory Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per Executive Core Qualifications, and not more than 10 pages total. Technical Mandatory and/or Desirable factors should be limited to no more than two pages for each factor. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You must provide specific examples of your education, experience, training and awards in the manner and order instructed below which are applicable to each: (A) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), (B) Technical Qualifications (TQs), and (C) Desirable Qualifications (DQs). Response to the five ECQs and TQs is mandatory. Failure to address the ECQs and the TQs will result in your application being disqualified. Addressing the DQs is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating. All five ECQs must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application. Your response should be clear and concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility. In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunction with the resume that you provide. Additional information on the ECQs is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/handbook.html . Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide. You will be evaluated on the following: Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQs), and any Desirable Qualifications (DQs). Failure to address the ECQ and TQ factors will result in your application being disqualified for further consideration. Addressing the DQs are optional, however, failure to do so will impact your rating score.

A. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)- Mandatory ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE This core qualification 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. Leadership Competencies: 1. Creativity and Innovation: Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes. 2. External Awareness: Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment. 3. Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. 4. Resilience: Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks. 5. Strategic Thinking: Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks. 6. Vision: Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action. ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification 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. Leadership Competencies: 1. Conflict Management: Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner. 2. Leveraging Diversity: Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. 3. Developing Others (New): Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods. 4. Team Building: Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals. ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification 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. Leadership Competencies: 1. Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules. 2. Customer Service: Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement. 3. Decisiveness: Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions. 4. Entrepreneurship: Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives. 5. Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations. 6. Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise. ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: 1. Financial Management: Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities. 2. Human Capital Management: Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations. 3. Technology Management: Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems. ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification 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. Leadership Competencies: 1. Partnering: Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals. 2. Political Savvy: Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly. 3. Influencing/Negotiating: Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals. Fundamental Competencies These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications. Competencies: 1. Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations. 2. Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed. 3. Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics. 4. Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience. 5. Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development. 6. Public Service Motivation: Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

B. Technical Qualifications (TQs) -- Mandatory (Note: Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.) Narrative responses to the Technical Qualifications should not be more than two pages for each. All TQs must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application.

TQ1. Experience in managing and directing a diverse organization consisting of technical and policy staff in various disciplines, as well as staff in other occupations, to support regulatory programs.

TQ2. Experience which demonstrates the ability to initiate action, effectively integrate diverse and complex data in support of regulatory programs, and follow through to completion of complex problems and issues.

TQ3. Experience which demonstrates the personal ability to communicate complex and politically sensitive environmental policy issues, both orally and in writing, to higher management and to external interests, as well as the ability to lead others in an organization.

C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) - Optional (Note: Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating.) Narrative responses to the Desirable Qualifications should not be more than two pages for each. All DQs must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application.

DQ1. Experience in dealing effectively with high-level officials in Congress; Federal, state and/or local government; tribal governments; EPA regional offices; public interest groups; private industry; academia; and/or the general public.

DQ2. Knowledge of EPA regulatory programs and policies, including knowledge of EPA’s risk assessment and risk management processes, with an understanding of the provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; the Food Quality Protection Act; the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act; the Endangered Species Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and/or other relevant Federal environmental statues (e.g., Clean Water Act).
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BENEFITS:
You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB . Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#life Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#ltci New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#retr You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#VACA You will earn sick leave . More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#HOLI Tele-work / telecommuting may be made available after you have come on board. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#TELE Alternative work schedule options are available. If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our Human Resources Office can provide additional information on how this program is run. You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans. More Info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FSA OTHER INFORMATION:
Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Career Development Program approved by OPM), you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications questions in order to receive consideration for the position. Additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/SES_Quals_Guide_2006.pdf. When responding to the Mandatory Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per Executive Core Qualifications, and not more than 10 pages total. Technical Mandatory and/or Desirable factors should be limited to no more than two pages apiece. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment. Must complete 1-year SES probation period, if not previously completed. If you are a male and hired, and if you were born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. All Federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act and must submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, upon assuming the position, annually, and upon termination of employment. TRAVEL, TRANSPORTATION AND RELOCATION: In accordance with Federal and Agency travel regulations, the candidate selected for this position will not be reimbursed for travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position. TELEWORK/FLEXIPLACE: This position has portable work; the selectee may be eligible for episodic telework. Background and/or Security Investigation required. Position involves travel.

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