Agricultural Marketing Specialist (Regulatory)

Washington D.C.
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018
Full Time

25% or less - Travel for training and work assignement may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation may be authorized

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Special Conditions:

    • Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
    • Successful completion of a 1 year probationary period (if new hire to the Federal service).
    • This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
    • Physical Demands
      The incumbent must be able to withstand the rigors of extensive periods of travel.  Occasional extended periods of travel, both domestically and internationally, are necessary to conduct detailed reviews of accredited certifying agents and recognized government accrediting bodies.  Travel destinations may include remote areas where considerable walking may be required in order to review organic production areas.  Physical demands may include light to moderate lifting of presentation equipment and training materials. 
    • Work Environment
      Traveling to certifiers’ offices, farms, handling facilities and other locations to conduct audits, reviews and training events is required approximately 30 percent of the time. The remaining work is conducted in an office setting.

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

    FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
    • Auditing, assessing and evaluating agricultural programs or organizations for compliance with regulations and policies.
    • Reviewing reports and quality management system documentation to determine compliance and corrective action reports to determine the adequacy or proposed actions.
    • Experience using the National Organic Program regulations in Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 205.
    • Experience with USDA certified organic crop production, wild crop harvesting, livestock production, or food processing; or experience participating in the certification of such operations. 
    (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)
    FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
    • Experience applying the National Organic Program regulations in Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 205 by: (a) Independently inspecting organic crop, wild crop, livestock, and/or food processing operations; or
      (b) Overseeing a USDA accredited certifier’s quality system in a management position to develop policies and procedures to support the implementation or improvement of the quality system.
    • Writing a variety of briefing papers, policy statements, correspondences, and issue summaries that communicate technical content to diverse audiences.
    • Representing the organization to internal partners, external industry contacts, and the general public in order to explain, justify, and negotiate the organization’s policies and decisions.

    (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

    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.

    This position does not have an education qualification requirement.

    • 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 eligible see 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
    • 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 I-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.
    • 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:

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    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. The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Category placement will be determined on applicants quality of experience and the extend they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

    • Knowledge of agricultural marketing and regulatory accreditation and international activities.
    • Knowledge of agricultural marketing and regulatory compliance and enforcement.
    • Communication Skills

    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 and including removal from the Federal Service.

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