Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
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Job Rank: 
Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Job Institution: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Job Description: 

This Senior Executive Service (SES) position is located in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Washington, DC. For more information on this office, visit their website:  If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

The Director of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) provides leadership in managing all toxics-related and pollution prevention activities in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). The incumbent is responsible for the implementation of several important environmental statutes with broad cross-media impacts, including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act of 2010, and other statutes.

OPPT evaluates industrial chemicals and both requires and promotes risk reduction and responsible risk management practices throughout the life cycle of chemicals; promotes pollution prevention activities and the design, development, and application of safer chemical processes and technologies in the industrial sector; and promotes public understanding of the risks of chemicals and public involvement in environmental decision-making through development and dissemination of information on toxic chemicals.

Specific responsibilities of the Director include: 

  • Providing the vision, programmatic technical expertise, and significant management oversight and direction on key elements of TSCA implementation to ensure that the Agency will meet the challenging deadlines called for in the law.
  • Providing leadership (management and operational) across the full range of programmatic and mission support activities with the primary responsibility to ensure a high performing organization capable of meeting the required deadlines in a sustainable fashion over time with high quality deliverables. 
  • Ensuring that consistent approaches are implemented in meeting programmatic requirements while achieving the necessary consistency in decision-making.
  • Helping OCSPP and EPA meet its chemicals management goals and obligations.
  • Providing leadership to expand partnerships and collaborations within EPA and across federal agencies, and building upon effective working relationships with a broad base of stakeholders.
  • 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.

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.