National Program Leader - Sustainable Intensification

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jun 19, 2018
Closes
Jun 19, 2018
Function
Management
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - 25% or less


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation is authorized


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Pre-employment Screening Assessment is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • 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.

    Applicants must meet one of the basic requirements:

    Basic Requirement for GS-0470-15:  degree in soil science or a closely related discipline that included 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical, or earth science, with a minimum of 15 semester hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility or courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that included at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical, or earth sciences with at least 15 of those semester hours in the areas specified above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Please see OPM Website for additional information.

    Basic Requirement for  GS-0454-15: 
    degree in range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management.

    Please see OPM Website for additional information.

    Basic Requirement for Agronomist, GS-0471-15:  degree in agronomy; or related discipline of science that included at least 30 semester hours of course work in the basic plant sciences, including at least 15 semester hours in agronomic subjects, such as those dealing with plant breeding, crop production, and soil and crop management; or a combination of education and experience which included at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences, including a minimum of 15 semester hours in agronomic subjects, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Please see OPM Website for additional information.

    Basic Requirement for  GS-1315-15: 
    degree in the physical or natural sciences, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics or a combination of course work shown above plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Please see OPM Website for additional information.


    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    In addition to one of the basic requirements above, applicants must possess the following specialized experience:

    GS-15: Qualifying experience for the GS-15 includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience includes conducting research in the area of sustainable agriculture or sustainable intensification of agricultural production systems that resulted in peer reviewed journal articles, patents, and/or new technologies and providing senior level technical leadership in the area of sustainable intensification.


    **Class titles on transcripts must be fully descriptive and, if not, applicants should provide additional information as to the content of the class as it relates to the list of required educational requirements.  Additionally, it is recommended that you circle on your transcript(s) the completed coursework that meets the criteria described above** 

    More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

    E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465


    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL or ICTAP eligibility see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

    This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.  Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Managements (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of two or three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

    Sustainable Intensification: expertise in the broad areas of agriculture research leading to increased production of food, feed, fiber and biofuels from existing land resources while minimizing pressure on the environment.

    Leadership: Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.

    Planning and evaluating: Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

    Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.


    To view the application form, visit: https://ars.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=AA77CB51-B86E-404B-BCDE-A8E000E10A9B

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