Biological Science/Social Science Specialist
This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Program Staff, Institute of Youth, Family & Community, Division of Community and Education, located in Washington, DC.
The mission of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency in the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. NIFA staff provides national leadership and support for science, extension, and education programs and other cooperative activities in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences disciplines. NIFA's vision is to catalyze, transformative discoveries, education and engagement to address agricultural challenges. NIFA is committed to identifying and meeting research, education, and extension priorities as legislated by the Congress and enable the public and private partners to address challenges of Food Security, Climate Variability and Change, Water, Sustainable Bioenergy, Childhood Obesity Prevention, and Food Safety facing agricultural enterprise.
As National Program Leader you will be responsible for performing critical tasks in four broad areas which include the following: Initiate, network and collaborate with partners and stakeholders to identify mission-relevant problems, opportunities and issues requiring Federal attention. Conceive, formulate, and execute programs and activities to respond to existing or emerging problems, opportunities, priorities and issues for development, Apply science-based knowledge to evaluate policy and develop and implement programs in collaboration with universities and other partners. Lastly evaluate and assess the quality, outcomes and impacts of these programs. All the areas involve work in capacity building, competitively awarded, and targeted programs.
This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on. Disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities can apply to the Merit Promotion announcement if they meet criteria for the above and include supporting documents.
- Occasional Travel
- Relocation will be authorized
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
In order to be found minimally qualified, you must meet one of the following basic education requirements AND the specialized experience requirement.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-101-SOCIAL SCIENCE:
Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience: that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-0401-General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series:
Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
At the GS-13:
Qualifying experience for the GS-13 level includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-12 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience includes (1) initiating collaborations with partners on emerging biological or social science issue related to education; (2) disseminating or explaining information relating to research, education and/or extension project results, policy or guidelines; and (3) collecting and analyzing data on impacts of research, education or extension programs.
At the GS-14:
Qualifying experience for the GS-14 level includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-13 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.For this position, specialized experience includes (1) networking and collaborating with stakeholders on emerging biological or social science related issues and opportunities relevant to agricultural production; (2) writing and publishing research papers in referred journals and presenting at professional meetings; (3) formulating recommendations and evaluating impacts of research, education or extension programs; and (4) managing biological or social science research, education or extension programs.
At the GS-15:
Qualifying experience for the GS-15 level includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-14 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience includes (1) participating in and/or leading interagency or academic working groups and task forces related to biological or social science; (2) engaging in high level, multi-organization discussions regarding organizational policies and guidelines in biological or social science; (3) integrating knowledge and information across disciplines to address problems and opportunities in biological or social science; (4)providing vision, direction, and perspective for the U.S. agricultural industry; (5) disseminating the results of research to a variety of audiences, including through peer-reviewed publications and presentations to academic, policy officials, and other professional groups.
• If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
• Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
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Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Initiate, network and collaborate with partners and stakeholders, especially Asian, Pacific islander and Alaskan and/or Native American underserved communities, to identify mission-relevant problems, opportunities and issues requiring Federal attention.
- Concieve, formulate, and execute programs, policies, technical standards, and guidelines related to area of responsibility.
- Organize and coordinate groups of highly-technical experts for the purpose of formulating, directing, and coordinating national research, education, and extension programs.
- Participate in the evaluation of program results and the initiation of appropriate action to assure proper emphasis is given to critical and far-reaching programs.
- Identify challenges and synthesizes information from a wide range of sources and broad experience in order to resolve problems, meet needs, and address opportunities requiring functional, programmatic, or disciplinary integration across a range of NIFA problems and issues.
- Administer programs by anticipating problem areas, recognizing emerging areas, developing new policies, procedures, and guidelines and independently building/influencing coalitions, new programs and partnerships.