Washington D.C.
Jul 13, 2017
Aug 03, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

This position is located within the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, located in Washington, DC. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations. The mission of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges.

The successful applicant will lead a dedicated staff of employees to implement human nutrition programs within our agency and with our grant partners. You are making a great choice when you choose a career with NIFA!

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This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on NIFA-M17N-0028. 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
  • Occasional travel may be required for meetings.

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Subject to a 1-year supervisory/managerial probationary period.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

    GS-0401-General Natural Resources Management and Biological Science Series

    A degree in biological science, natural resources management, chemistry or a related discipline appropriate to the position that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the fields listed above; OR

    B.  A combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Specialized experience:

    Qualifying experience includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include the following: (1) conducting, interpreting, or applying research, education or extension activities related to human nutrition; (2) providing direction and leadership to multidisciplinary teams comprised of scientific professionals that administer research, education, or extension programs; (3) collaborating with other scientific professionals to identify research, education, or extension priorities; (4) formulating policies to implement programs to enhance access to nutritious food; and (5) fostering partnerships between university scientists, government agencies, and industry.

    Supervisory/Managerial Competencies - the following KSAs will also be used to evaluate candidates in the interview and selection process:

    1. Ability to lead and accomplish work through others (i.e. team building, conflict management, cultural awareness, strategic thinking, technology management, and political savvy.)

    2. Ability to communicate with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations.

    • 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.
    • CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you will be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report.



    As a Division Director, you will be responsible for providing leadership for nutrition programs and related duties including: Supervising, evaluating, and developing division staff;

    Leading and supervising critical programmatic and organizational tasks;

    Supporting the Deputy Director for the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition in leadership of the Institute;

    Identifying mission-relevant problems, opportunities, and issues requiring federal-level attention and support; conceiving, formulating and initiating program development and multi-disciplinary collaboration; and executing programs and activities;

    Developing and applying science-based knowledge to maximize the focus, scale and impact of NIFA nutrition programs, working with university, federal, public, private sector and other partners;

    Evaluating and assessing quality, outcomes, and impacts of NIFA nutrition programs.

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