NATIONAL PROGRAM LEADER- PLANT PATHOLOGY
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. To learn more about NIFA, please visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov.
This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on NIFA-M17N-0032. 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.
- Relocation expenses may be authorized in accordance in Federal Travel Regulations
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 Biological Science Series
A. 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.
GS-13: Qualifying experience for the GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-12 level that is directly related to the work of this position and has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience includes: (1) experience developing and evaluating plant pathology programs; (2) conducting research, extension and/or teaching programs directed towards plant pathology topics; (3) obtaining grants and/or evaluating plant pathology research, education, and extension programs; (4) oral and written communications describing the results of plant pathology programs, including referred journal articles or extension publications.
GS-14: Qualifying experience for the GS-14 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-13 level that is directly related to the work of this position and has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience includes: (1) networking and collaborating with stakeholders on emerging issues in plant pathology; (2) writing and publishing plant pathology research or extension papers in journals and presenting results at professional meetings; (3) formulating recommendations and evaluating impact of research, education or extension programs; and (4) managing plant pathology research, education, or extension programs.
GS-15: Qualifying experience at the GS-15 level includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-14 level that is directly related to the work of this position and has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience includes: (1) participating in and/or leading interagency or academic working groups and tasks forces related to plant pathology; (2) engaging in high level, multi-organization discussions regarding government policies and guidelines that impact plant pathology programs and agricultural production systems; (3) integrating knowledge and information across disciplines to address pest management problems and opportunities in agricultural systems; (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 experts, policy officials, industry representatives and other professional groups.
For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp
• 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 National Program Leader, the incumbent is responsible for performing task in four broad areas which include the following:
Networking and collaborating with partners and stakeholders to identify mission relevant problems, opportunities and issues requiring Federal attention and support;
Conceiving formulating, and executing programs and activities in response to existing or emerging problems, opportunities, priorities and issues for development;
Developing and applying science based knowledge by working with university and other partners; and
Evaluating and assessing the quality, outcomes and impacts of the programs.