US nationals: Director (Water Power Technologies Office)

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸


About the Agency

This position is located in the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The mission of EERE is to create and sustain American leadership in the global transition to a clean energy economy through high-impact research, development, and demonstration RD&D to make clean energy as affordable and convenient as traditional forms of energy and through breaking down barriers to market entry. EERE formulates and directs programs designed to increase the utilization of energy efficiency, renewable power and sustainable transportation technologies.

The mission of the Water Power Technologies Office is to accelerate U.S. deployment of clean, affordable, and reliable domestic water power technologies through research, development, and demonstration. These advanced technology investments directly contribute to the goals for the United States to generate 80 percent of the nation’s electricity from clean, carbon‐free energy sources by 2035; reduce carbon emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025; and reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 by reducing costs and increasing performance of water power systems.


The Director, Water Power Technologies Office leads the planning, research, development, demonstration and deployment strategies for a national water power technologies program that includes hydropower and marine and hydrokinetics (MHK). Manages the formulation and integration of the scientific, engineering and technical requirements and market analyses necessary to structure an effective water power research, development, demonstration, and deployment program. Identifies and interprets legislative requirements for water power technologies, and manages the implementing activities that satisfy these needs. Oversees the development and implementation of water power technologies transfer plans; the review, evaluation, and modification of technology transfer performance; and coordinates with the DOE Power Administrations, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Interior (including Bureau of Reclamation, etc.), and other Federal and State agencies to develop deployment and regulatory strategies for new hydropower and marine and hydrokinetics (MHK) sites.

The incumbent manages hydropower and MHK water power research performed by DOE national laboratories, universities, and industry and establishes critical peer review processes to provide feedback regarding DOE’s water power vision, technical approach, and strategic goals. Develops out-year program budget justifications for Congress, defends these budgets, and approves and manages the use and distribution of funds, providing interpretive guidance to research, development, demonstration and deployment performing organizations. Assists in the development of responses to queries from the DOE senior management, White House, Office of Management and Budget, Government Accountability Office, Inspector General and Congressional committees and subcommittees for assigned technologies. Serves as a focus for U.S. participation in matters related to the international water power.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized in accordance with federal travel regulations. Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized.

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background Investigation is required.
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1 year SES probationary period.
  • A financial disclosure statement is required.


Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of the position. Do not enter “Refer to Resume” to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to “See Resume” are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address all of the mandatory ECQs and/or MTQs, (if required) is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs but must address all MTQs. All non-Senior Executive Service members who do not address each of the required Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ’s) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ’s) statements will result in disqualification of your application. Your application must demonstrate that you possess these qualifications. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ): Applicants must respond to the following MTQs which represent the experience needed to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. You will be given the opportunity to address these MTQs later in the online application process.

MTQ 1: In-depth knowledge of the theories and practices related to water power technologies, through direct programmatic, academic or industry experience in hydropower and/or marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy technologies (wave, currents, and tides).

MTQ 2: Senior-level management experience that includes managing, directing, and implementing an innovative, impactful multi-disciplinary research, development, demonstration and deployment program that advances water power, renewable power, or national clean energy goals.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): Additional information regarding the following five ECQ’s listed below is available on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM’s) Web site at SENIOR Executive SERVICE You will be given the opportunity to address these ECQs later in the online application process. ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. ECQ 2: LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. ECQ 3: RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. ECQ 5: BUILDING COALITIONS: 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. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive core qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12). A selectee’s appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program, certified by the Office of Personnel Management, his/her managerial qualifications must be approved by OPM before appointment can be effected. If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to the U.S. Department of Energy mandatory requirements and will be required to file a public financial disclosure report within 30 days of entry on duty. As a condition of appointment to this position, you will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed. New appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.