Director, National Appeals Division

Alexandria, Virginia
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 21, 2019
Full Time


This is a Term position not to exceed 6 years.

This position is to be filled in accordance with Section 272 of the Federal Crop insurance reform and the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994, Public Law 103-354, 7 U.S.C. 6992. Under this authority the Secretary of Agriculture has legislative authority to appoint the Director. The Director serves for a term of six years. The incumbent will be required to sign a service agreement outlining the specifics of the appointment

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  • This position serves as the Director, National Appeals Division (NAD), Office of the Secretary.
  • The incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing nationwide plans, and governing agency decisions.
  • Utilizes management techniques to develop program goals and objectives to the national and field offices.
  • The Director is principally concerned with adjudication and oversight of administrative appeals nationwide initiated by program participants who wish to contest certain USDA agency adverse decisions.
  • Formulates broad plans, policies, and procedures for administering the process by which a person or organization may appeal and have adjudicated any applicable program administrative decision that adversely affects that person or organization.
  • Oversees all administrative matters relating to the performance of duties by entities comprising the Office of Hearings and Appeals.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Required (SF-278)
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.


To qualify candidates must possess senior level leadership (Supervisory/Managerial) and executive experience. Candidates must have been serving in a position at a high level of difficulty to demonstrate clearly that candidates possess the professional and technical, as well as the program knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this vacancy announcement. Expert experience is typically in or related to the work of the position.

Candidates must possess the following: (1) A professional law degree (LL. B or J.D) and (2) Membership is in good standing of the Bar or State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.

Applicant must have substantial experience in practicing administrative law.

Applicants must meet position qualifications requirements as shown above at the time of appointment.

Failure to meet these qualifications will automatically disqualify an applicant.


Candidates must possess the following: (1) A professional law degree (LL. B or J.D) and (2) Membership is in good standing of the Bar or State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.

Additional information

This is a Term position not to exceed 6 years.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the Position Qualifications listed in the "Qualifications" section above. Applicants who meet these requirements will be placed on the certificate of eligibles and forwarded to the selecting official for further review and consideration. Selections will be made from the certificate of eligibles.

NOTE: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you provided false documentation, you will be removed from consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your application to be complete.
  • Resume which must include all of the information listed below
  • Cover letter - which must include information listed below
  • A copy of your Bar certification

  • Resume must include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisor's phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks.

    Cover letter must include: 1) Knowledge and demonstrated skills and abilities as they relate to the position; and a statement explaining why you would like to be considered for this position.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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