Director, Sustainability, Prevention and Right-To-Know Division

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U.S. EPA; Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

Director, Sustainability, Prevention and Right-To-Know Division 2

Position description

The Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention’s mission is to protect you, your family, and the environment from potential risks from pesticides and toxic chemicals. Through innovative partnerships and collaboration, we also work to prevent pollution before it begins. This reduces waste, saves energy and natural resources, and leaves our homes, schools and workplaces cleaner and safer.

The Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics evaluates risks of chemicals and requires risk reduction and responsible risk management practices through the life cycle of these chemicals; promotes pollution prevention activities and the design, development, and application of safer chemical processes and technologies in the industrial sector; and provides the public with information about releases of toxic chemicals in their communities to improve chemical safety and protect public health and the environment.


SPRKD provides both national program leadership and support for work that primarily focuses on implementing the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA), as well as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Specific responsibilities of the director include:

– Establishing national grant programs to implement pollution prevention mandates under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including innovations to address environmental justice more explicitly through the grants. 

– Establishing national programs under the Inflation Reduction Act to support businesses developing environmental product declarations (EPDs) for construction products and materials and to establish a labeling program for low-embodied carbon in those products and materials.

– Providing assessment, information, and recommendations of environmentally preferable standards, specifications, and ecolabels, to support procurement across federal agencies.

– Leading the full life cycle of the Safer Choice product labeling program and Safer Chemical Ingredients List, including product review and certification.

– Assessing and developing case studies and success stories from PPA initiatives for safer chemistry and safer chemical practices to support potential risk management under TSCA.


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.

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