Washington D.C.
Jul 10, 2017
Aug 01, 2017
Full Time

Agricultural Marketing Service is an exciting and rewarding place to start, build and/or continue your Federal career.  Be part of our team and support the well-being of American agriculture and the American public.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service ( Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience.

The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of the government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution.

Position Level 2

This position is designed as a SES, Career-Reserved or General.  USDA structures its SES positions into position levels.  This is a position level two with a salary range of $165,716 - $176,359 per year.  Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.  SES employees are also eligible to receive bonuses and performance-based awards.  Visit for additional information and benefits for SES employees.

 If you would like to work for a premier agency focused on enhancing the quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture; ensuring safe, affordable, nutritious and accessible food supply; forest and range lands; supporting sound development of rural communities; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents; expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services; and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world, then the USDA is for you. To learn more about our agency, our exciting mission, vision and guiding principles, please visit

  • Occasional Travel
  • At the agency discretion

  • No

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Required (SF-278)
  • Veterans Preference is not applicable in the Senior Executive Service
  • Initial appointments are required to serve a 1-year probationary period
  • Narrative Statements for the ECQs must not exceed 10 pages
  • As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.
    As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as: • Directing the work of an organizational unit;
    • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
    • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
    • Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.
     Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and address all Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors will result in your application being disqualified.

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.  All applicants must submit a written narrative to address the ECQs.  Your narrative must address each ECQ separately and should contain at least two examples per ECQ describing your experiences and accomplishments/results.  The narrative should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy Initiatives undertaken and the results of your actions.  Applicants should not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer.  The narrative must not exceed 10 pages.    

    NOTE: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs.

    1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

    2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)
     3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

    4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

    5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the 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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

    Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications; Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting; and should be addressed over the course of each ECQ narratives. It is not necessary for you to address the Fundamental Competencies directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole.

    Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Result (C-C-A-R) model outlined in the guide. 
    Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.

    Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).

    Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

    Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

    Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website. You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements. 

    1.     MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following TQs. You must address each TQ separately. Each TQ narratives must not exceed two (2) pages. Please give examples and explain the complexity of the knowledge possessed and the sensitivity of the issued you handled. 

    1. Describe your demonstrated ability to partner with operational divisions in an organization to develop information technology solutions, provide outstanding customer service, and deliver information technology services with an emphasis on application services and infrastructure.

    2. Describe your demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership and direction in all matters relating to the development of overall information technology, including anticipating future needs and requirements to help an organization meet its goals and objectives.  Examples should include demonstrated experience in monitoring and measuring the success of these efforts.

    •  This position requires up to    25  % travel.
    •  Requires incumbent to obtain/maintain a top secret security clearance

    Top Secret


    The incumbent serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the Information Technology Service (ITS), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. AMS facilitates the strategic marketing of agricultural products in domestic and international markets while ensuring fair trading practices and promoting a competitive and efficient marketplace. The ITS provides technology support services to all of the agency’s business units and is responsible for guiding the effective and efficient use of information technology across AMS.

    As the CIO for AMS, the incumbent is responsible for all aspects of information technology (IT) management in AMS, providing high-level policy and strategic leadership coupled with detailed attention to the daily operations of the AMS IT program. Of paramount significance, the CIO is the principal advisor to AMS leadership on overall information resources/systems management, and strives to improve the operations and service delivery of AMS programs through the effective and efficient use of IT.

    The CIO advances the achievement of the AMS mission by effectively assisting senior management in recognizing where IT can add value, while transforming or supporting program operations.  The CIO evaluates and provides guidance and leadership in matters of policy and technical consequence that frequently have far-reaching strategic impacts on the Agency and the programs for which it is responsible.  Within this framework, the CIO:

    • Assures that IT is acquired and information resources are managed for all Agency programs in a manner that implements the requirements of the relevant laws and regulations pertaining to IT, including the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA).

    • Provides leadership and direction in all matters relating to the development of overall IT within AMS, and is responsible for planning, developing, administering, and evaluating all long- and short-term information management activities carried out in AMS.

    • Provides leadership in anticipating future needs and requirements in the area of IT to help the Agency meet its goals and objectives as efficiently and effectively as possible. Provides recommendations on the strategy for developing and maintaining major IT systems and oversees implementation initiatives.

    • Develops principles, policies, and guidelines for all information management activities within the Agency, based on the strategic value of information as a key resource.  Develops an AMS IT strategic plan that integrates IT into future Agency programs and operations, according to validated business requirements and Agency priorities. Creates decision-making processes and management structures to plan and implement appropriate IT solutions, to monitor and measure the success of these efforts, and to make all necessary subsequent decisions.

    • Oversees an AMS-wide technical review process that assures technology consistency and compatibility that optimizes the Agency's investments in IT. Reviews major computer hardware, software, and service procurements to assure compliance with Federal and Department regulations and that they meet the IT service requirements of all AMS customers.  Unless otherwise delegated, the CIO is the only authorized technology signatory for the purchase of IT in the Agency.

    • Directs the establishment of business system process priorities for AMS information functions, coordinating presentations on IT business systems requirement activities to senior management.  Advocates research, development, and engineering efforts needed to define IT alternatives that can improve operations and customer service, as well as keeping current with user requirements and customer satisfaction concerning products and services.

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