Environmental Protection Agency Director, Water Protection Division in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Environmental Protection Agency
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Philadelphia, PA
Work Schedule is Full-time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (17 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (13 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

The position of the Director, Water Protection Division (WPD), is responsible for the management and implementation of the Region’s programs to protect, preserve and improve the quality of water resources in the Mid-Atlantic States. The Director assures the enforcement of federal clean water and safe drinking water laws, provides support for municipal wastewater treatment plants, and takes part in pollution prevention efforts aimed at protecting watersheds and sources of drinking water. The WPD Director administers programs authorized by the Clean Water Act; Safe Drinking Water Act; Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act; and Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments. This includes watershed planning, water body monitoring, permitting, compliance and enforcement activities, and managing grants. The Director recommends to the Regional Administrator (RA) goals, priorities, objectives and policies for these programs.

The Director serves as the senior policy advisor to the Regional Administrator and Deputy Regional Administrator on all clean water and safe drinking water issues in the Region.

The Director supports and assists Mid-Atlantic states, localities, and interstate commissions in developing comprehensive environmental programs for achievement of environmental goals and standards pertaining to water resources. The Director oversees and evaluates the effectiveness of states which are authorized to implement federal programs. The division manages continuing environmental program grants which are provided to states and individual project assistance agreements funded through competitive program grants and special appropriations from Congress.

The Director has lead for the inter-state Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and works in close cooperation with the Director of the Chesapeake Bay Program Office to conduct oversight of state implementation of the TMDL through the Watershed Implementation Plans. Produces annual reports of progress under the TMDL and directs EPA actions as necessary to ensure state accountability with the pollution reduction goals and deadlines established. Directs a number of EPA implementation activities in support of the Bay restoration goals including enforcement, permit oversight, targeted grant and contract funding, state program assessments, and help ensure the TMDL goals and Executive Order commitments are met.

  1. Program Planning - Plans the development and execution of new or modified rules, regulations, policies, and practices pertaining to Division functions with EPA officials and other interested Federal and non-Federal government officials, as well as representatives of private industry, environmental organizations and the general public. Evaluates program plans and activities by considering factors which may influence the program and collaborates with other key officials within the Region and with other Federal and non-Federal government officials in developing plans and programs, both immediate and long-range, to be formulated and carried out by the Region (and indirectly by the states and localities that comprise the Region) to achieve the legal, regulatory, and policy objectives of the Division’s programs.

  2. Program Organization - Receives input from planning and resources management staffs and determines the allocation and utilization of resources, including financial and manpower, required to accomplish the program within the parameters established by legislation and Agency policy. Reviews organizational and functional assignments to meet program goals and objectives. Integrates the various components of the program(s) into a viable organization that balances objectives with realities and constraints. Collaborates with key Regional/Agency-level officials, administrative and technical staff to define program priorities and requirements. Recommends Regional/Agency policies in these areas and formulates the regional strategy to support requests for staffing and funding needed to implement the program.

  3. Program Direction - Accomplishes or directs the actions involved in redirecting work, establishing priorities, and changing program emphasis. Explains policies to subordinate supervisors and managers and ensures they are carried out. Monitors the accomplishment of and reviews all projects and initiatives pertaining to the program. Makes decisions in the administration of the work within broad overall Regional policy and makes recommendations to the Regional Administrator in those cases that seriously affect established policies or require new policy decisions.

  4. Program Coordination - Accomplishes or directs the actions involved in coordinating the program with internal and external organizations, determining or recommending actions to be taken. Maintains effective relations with interested groups. Establishes liaison positions and meets with key officials of EPA, other Federal and non-Federal agencies (including representatives of state and local governments), representatives of private industry, professional groups, environmental organizations and the general public to ascertain problems and advise and coordinate the Division’s programs. Coordinates with the Regional Administrator and appropriate Assistant Administrator on specific problems which may arise, especially those of a precedent-setting or unusually controversial nature.

  5. Program Control - Establishes or directs the establishment of controls to monitor and evaluate the work of the Division’s program. Evaluates existing policies and procedures by reviewing reports, conducting field visits, performing or directing the performance of periodic and special studies; assessing complaints from interested persons and groups; and studying evaluation reports prepared by other agencies and organizations. Determines the existence of developments and trends which appear to significantly influence division programs and recognizes the need for further study if necessary. Based on analysis of trends and problem areas, directs and/or recommends the development of new or modified methods, policies, standards or procedures.

  6. Program Operations - Directs the day-to-day operation of the program. Provides technical and policy guidance to state, local and Regional offices to ensure proper interpretation and consistent application of Federal regulations and statutes at all government levels. Coordinates activities with state and local governments to maximize the effectiveness of Regional pollution abatement activities.

  7. Program Management - Supervises a large division of employees organized into units headed by subordinate managers and supervisors. Plans for staff development including assessment of training needs, and performs supervisory duties involving the establishment and filling of positions, promotion and assignment of personnel, the provision of employee and labor relations services, the taking of disciplinary actions, and overall administration of human resources and equal employment opportunity programs within the Division. Develops and implements the Division’s administrative and program budgets.


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • This position involves occasional travel.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • In accordance with Federal and Agency travel regulations, the candidate selected for this position will be reimbursed for travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.
  • The selectee must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.

All applicants 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 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 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.

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/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals2012.pdfWhen 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.

Your narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualification statements (ECQs) should not exceed two pages per each ECQ and not more than 10 pages total.

Your narrative responses to the Mandatory Technical and/or Desirable factors should not exceed two pages per each factor.

Security Clearance

Top Secret

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Technical Qualifications (TQs)and Desirable Qualifications (DQs), and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. If your application meets the basic qualifications, it will then be forwarded to a three member Rating Panel consisting of SES career members here at EPA for further review. The Rating Panel decides which Best Qualified applicants will be forwarded to the Selecting Official to make a selection. Interviews are arranged through the Selecting Official. If your application is not forwarded to the Rating Panel, you will be notified of the outcome of your application. You may call Howard Barnett, Lead Human Resources Specialist, Executive Resources Division on (202) 564-0394 to get the status of your application.


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ETHICS: 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. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Must complete 1-year SES probation period, if not previously completed. SELECTIVE SERVICE: 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. DIRECT DEPOSIT: 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 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/SECURITY INVESTIGATION: The selectee must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance. DRUG TESTING: If you are selected, a pre-employment drug test is required. TRAVEL: Position involves occasional travel. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the Agency to provide equal opportunity in Federal employment for all persons and to prohibit discrimination in employment through a continuing affirmative program. DIVERSITY STATEMENT: EPA values diversity and believes that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will foster a productive work environment in which talents are fully utilized.

Salary Range: $123,175.00 to $185,100.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: ES-0340-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Any U.S. citizen may apply.

Control Number: 452299500

Job Announcement Number: EPA-SES-2016-0051