Agriculturist (National Policy Manager)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Riverdale, Maryland
Posted
Jun 22, 2021
Closes
Jun 29, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located within APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ). You will be tasked to coordinate national pest programs, coordinate plant health emergencies, manage pest surveys and detections, and/or develop regulatory strategies for pest incursions.
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Responsibilities

  • The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Serves as the primary lead for a pest portfolio, emerging pest, or new pest introduction
  • Is responsible for day-to-day program management, including performance management, tracking deadlines and issues, and records management for assigned portfolio
  • Participates in the operational planning, development, implementation, management and evaluation of long term projects for those pests that are not mitigated
  • Leads or serves on teams of plant health and quarantine experts of study, evaluates, assesses and/or responds to new, emerging, and established plant health risks
  • Identifies, evaluates, and performs analysis of the issues; develops options and recommendations supported by in-depth, accurate and appropriate technical data; communicates findings
  • Conducts national program reviews and monitors feedback to ensure overall program effectiveness
  • Is responsible for developing guidance for scientific-based regulatory policies, protocols, operational plans, budgets, strategic plans, action plans, regulations, guidelines and Federal Orders
  • Discusses technical issues, renders expert advice, resolves problems, coordinates projects and activities, conducts sensitive negotiations, and convinces high-level agency and industry officials
  • Prepares written administrative documents and presentations, including pest survey reports, situational reports, operational plans, briefing papers, decision memorandum, information memos, and/or position papers
  • Leads national budget development, manages financial accounts; plays a key role in determining allocation of funds for programs being led
  • Represents the Agency on matters related to domestic quarantine pest detections, fosters partnerships and interactions with associated Federal, and State agencies, as well as key support and stakeholder groups


Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/
  • In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
  • Occasionally, some discomfort is encountered on field trips that may require some walking, bending, climbing, and other light to moderate physical exertion.


Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, 0401
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements above, applicants must have the specialized experience as indicated below:

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 in:

- Participating in projects, programs or other related activities for a plant pest and/or disease program

- Making recommendations for plans and strategies for plant pest and/or disease programs and/or emergencies

- Participating in reviewing and evaluating plant pest and/or disease programs, and making recommendations for procedures that improve effectiveness or streamline processes

- Assisting with budget management, distribution of funds, and tracking expenditures for multiple plant pest and/or disease programs

- Drafting/writing program operational documents

Note: There is no education substitution for the specialized experience required for this grade level.

FOR THE GS-14 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates experience in:

- Leading, managing and/or coordinating projects, programs or other related activities for a plant pest and/or disease program that require collaboration with multiple staffs/units/programs

- Coordinating plant pest and/or disease programs and/or emergencies and developing plans and strategies for effective resolution

- Reviewing and evaluating plant pest and/or disease programs or other initiatives, making recommendations and/or implementing procedures that improve or streamline current processes

- Budget management, coordinating the distribution of funds to appropriate entities, and tracking expenditures for multiple plant pest and/or disease programs

- Drafting/writing policy documents, for multiple audiences

Note: There is no education substitution for the specialized experience required for this grade level.

TRANSCRIPTS are required.
  • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
  • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-13/14 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that 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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

Please see above for education qualification requirement information.

Additional information

  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. 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.
  • First time hires to the federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
  • This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.
  • Travel Statement: Frequent travel may be required over single and multi-day periods of time.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

This is a Direct-Hire Authority position, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, to include any specialized experience and/or selective placement factor(s), if applicable, will be referred to the selecting official. Before a certificate is issued to the selecting official, your application is reviewed to ensure that you meet all the qualification requirements. A rating will not be used; veteran's preference does not apply due to the existence of the Direct Hire authority for this position.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be found ineligible. 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.

To preview the application questionnaire, please visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11132698

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications; and 5) supervisors name and phone number for each work period listed and whether or not they may be contacted for reference checks.
  • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, visit the following: Foreign Education Evaluation . All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
  • Although veterans' preference doesn't apply under Direct Hire Authority, applicants are encouraged to provide documentation of their eligibility. If claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions within 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service.
  • If claiming 10-point veterans' preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS
  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), last performance appraisal that is at least fully successful or its equivalent, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
  • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
  • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

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