National Program Leader - Animal Health

Washington D.C.
Jun 27, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
Full Time

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.

This position is located in the Office of National Programs (ONP).  ONP is the principal organizational component of ARS, which develops, for the Administrator, options and recommendations for resource allocations. 

As a National Program Leader for Animal Health, you will be providing technical leadership and guidance in the area of Animal Health.

This position is conveniently located off the Capital Beltway at the George Washington Carver Center (GWCC) in Beltsville, MD.  The GWCC offers free-on-site parking and a free shuttle service to nearby Greenbelt Metro station.  If you utilize public transportation to commute, you may be eligible for our commuter subsidy program.

At ARS, we offer a range of family friendly flexibilities, including flexible work schedules, telework options, and on-site child day care, to name a few.  Depending on your years of employment, you will accumulate vacation (13-26 days per year) and sick leave (13 days per year). Our health insurance program is a nationally recognized model, offering choice and flexibility along with a substantial employer contribution to premiums.  You can pay your share of premiums and out of pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.  For retirement, ARS has the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), consisting of three components: Social Security benefits, a basic annuity plan, and the tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Employees pay full Social Security taxes and a small contribution to the basic annuity plan. ARS makes an automatic 1% of salary contribution to your TSP, and will match your TSP contributions up to a total of 5% of salary.

You are making a great choice when you choose a career with ARS!

**If you are found best qualified for the position, you will be asked to write a short essay response to one or two questions during the interview phase of the selection process.**

  • 25% or Greater
  • 5-7 trips per year. Travel is both international and domestic.

  • Yes
  • Relocation is authorized

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Basic Requirement for Veterinary Medical Science Series, GS-0701

    Degree: 1. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA)., has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools.

    2. Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (Refer to for information about schools in this category) must meet one of the following requirements.

    *Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)

    *Possession of a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT).

    *Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.  Under this provision, equivalency is established only if an AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college accepts the graduate's final transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational program, or training program (e.g.  residency or graduate program).
    Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.  Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below:

    *Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing).  For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE).  Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE;
    *Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing;
    *Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL).  Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.

    In addition to one of the basic requirements above, applicants must possess the following specialized experience:

    GS-15:  Qualifying experience for the GS-15 includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes experience conducting research in the area of Animal Health that resulted in peer reviewed journal articles and/or patents and providing senior level technical leadership in the area of Animal Health.

    **If you are found best qualified for the position, you will be asked to write a short essay response to one or two questions during the interview phase of the selection process.**

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    Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:

    Provides technical leadership and guidance in the area of Animal Health.

    Coordinates scientific research programs in the area of Animal Health.

    Serves as the spokesperson for the Agency on all areas related to Animal Health.

    Provides programmatic oversight of a national scientific research program.

    Responsible for fiscal planning and providing input on proposals for funding projects.

    Sets goals and objectives for research projects and participates in the strategic planning process.

    Manages multidisciplinary research programs and coordinates team based multidisciplinary studies.

    Develops National Research Programs, reviews progress of research, interprets and documents research results, and develops research initiatives.

    Serves as a scientific reviewer and/or provides oversight for various committees involved with Federal, State, and or local/research compliance. 

    Speaks for the Agency through informal conversation and formal gatherings.

    Serves on advisory boards for universities, government agencies and other corporations.

    Develops policy related to Animal Health.

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