Executive Director, NIES

Washington D.C.
Aug 01, 2017
Aug 31, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

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 (http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/overall/large). 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 .  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 http://www.opm.gov/ses/ 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 http://www.usda.gov.

  • Occasional Travel
  • At the agency's discretion.

  • Yes
  • At the agency's discretion.

  • 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. 

    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 experience that demonstrates your leadership developing, directing and implementing policies and leading program operations for animal health, import and export of live animals and animal products and agricultural select agents and toxins. Include any examples of your ability to determine and guide the effectiveness and improvements of such programs and their effect on industry, stakeholders, or customers.

    2. Describe your experience that demonstrates your ability to maximize communication, collaboration, and consensus building to support programs, policy development, or policy implementation to meet strategic goals or outcomes. Include any examples of success garnered through cooperative relationships and activities with associates, subordinates, stakeholders, and customers.

    0401 Series Degree:

    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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.   

    0701 Series  

    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). The AVMA web site, http://www.avma.org (external link) , has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools.                                                   


    Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (Refer to AVMA web site, http://www.avma.org (external link) for information about schools in this category) must meet one of the following requirements.

    •  Travel will be required.
    •  Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry.

    Top Secret/SCI


    This position is located in the National Import Export Service (NIES) unit of Veterinary Services (VS). The Executive Director oversees and coordinates operations and policy for key NIES Centers and Services.

    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out the wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues. All Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments away from their assigned duty station to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS.

    Develops, directs and implements Agency policies and leads critical program operations that support Agency, Departmental, and Governmental missions, goals, and objectives.

    Reviews and evaluates the effectiveness of program operations and accomplishments, initiates necessary modifications and improvements, and negotiates necessary changes with cooperating stakeholders, organizations, and individuals to achieve program goals and objectives.

    Provides leadership in defining the necessary budgetary and technology resources to effectively operate APHIS animal health programs.

    Provides leadership in communication efforts to establish and implement national policies, program goals, and professional leadership in support of the VS mission.

    Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with Federal, State, and regional agencies and organizations, Animal Health organizations, international regulatory counterpart, and with stakeholders, customers, and other individuals to ensure the efficiency and proper direction of APHIS animal health programs.

    Develops, directs, and implements animal health and cooperative programs to detect, control, and eradicate animal diseases and enforce Federal quarantines to control the movement and importation of regulated livestock and poultry. Cooperates with State and other officials in enforcing Federal and State quarantines regulating the movement of livestock and poultry that may cause the spread of disease.

    Serves as a member of the VS Executive Team, participating with the office of the VS Deputy Administrator and other members, contributing key advice, analysis, and policy considerations for consensus decisions on the scope, direction, and implementation of VS programs and initiatives.

    Fosters and develops cooperative relationships with Federal, State, and local agencies in an effort to complement and enlarge the capability of VS programs within the boundaries of the mission.

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