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Job Title:Associate Deputy Administrator

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Marketing & Regulatory Programs

Job Announcement Number:APHIS-SES-2012-0003

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 12, 2012 to Monday, March 12, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Riverdale, MD, US


All Qualified Persons


You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. It is difficult to predict the frequency with which such emergency situations may occur and could range from several emergencies in a year to none the course of many years. In the event that you are called upon to support an emergency program, this may require irregular working hours, and may include duties other than those specified in your official position description. While some emergency program support assignments may be able to be performed at the employee's current duty station, in other cases employees may be asked to go on-site to a temporary duty station location. In addition, it may be necessary for employees to participate in multiple rotations to an emergency program assignment. Attempts will be made to keep disruption to the employee to a minimum. To learn more about our agency, our exciting mission, vision, and guiding principles, please visit us at:

To apply for this position you need only submit a resume which CANNOT exceed five (5) pages using 1 inch margins and a 12 point font.  Any information submitted in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.  You must submit a resume which provides evidence of how you possess the five Executive Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications(s) listed below in one document.



  • Background and/or Security Investigation required


As Associate Deputy Administrator, shares responsibility with Deputy Administrator in developing, recommending, and supporting the broad missions, goals, and policies of APHIS oriented to the Nation's agricultural and consumer protection requirements. Planning and developing overall objectives, policies, and procedures for broad goal-oriented regulatory, controls, and eradication programs; provides executive direction essential to implementing program and policy objectives involving difficult and important decisions and determinations regarding the conduct, coordination, and integration of regulatory and control programs conducted by the various organizational segments under his/her direction. Providing leadership in extending plant protection and quarantine efforts by fostering and developing cooperative objectives and programs with Federal, State, and foreign officials and other interested groups or individuals. Keeps the Administrator, APHIS, and other officials fully informed of program and related considerations having significant bearing upon the planning, development, and administration of the overall plant protection and quarantine programs. Providing leadership and direction in evaluating the effectiveness of program operations in terms of adherence to operating plans and time schedules, the maximum utilization of resources, the qualitative value of the end product, or results, as measured by the planned objectives and cooperative relationships. Evaluating, coordinating, and consolidating program requests in terms of budgetary planning systems, and develops recommendations for the administrator, APHIS; and supports such requests with the Administrator before Departmental and Office of Management. Makes decisions regarding commitment of resources and problem-solving needs having direct effect on the conduct, intensification, extension, and termination of program operations; and recommends the initiation of new programs that will produce maximum accomplishments in areas of utmost or emergency requirements.


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.  Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. 

A) Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, OR B) A combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Special Conditions

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an executive agency of the Federal government. This requirement does not apply to Agency employees appointed before November 8, 1985.
  • Continued service in this position is subject to a satisfactory background investigation.
  • Incumbent of this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use on an ongoing basis after appointment, as directed.
  • This position is covered under the post-employment restriction of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.F. 95-521). This law also requires the selectee to file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (Standard From 278) within 30 days of appointment.
  • Selectee may be subject to a one-year probationary period.


    The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY (5-Page Maximum).  To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a resume, which provides evidence of how you possess the five Executive Core Qualifictions (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications listed below.  Your resume needs to emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. 


    Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.  A) Executive Core Qualifications (leadership skills needed to succeed in the SES) which are a prerequisite to the initial SES career appointment to any SES position, and which must be certified by a Qualifications Review Board established by the Office of Personnel Management. Successful performance in the SES requires competence in each of the following:

    1. LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision)

    In addition to ECQ2, you must also describe your accomplishments in EEO and/or CIVIL RIGHTS.  This includes opportunities provided to minorities and women to receive grants and/or contracts, employment and advancement, training, award recognition, and program benefits.

    2. LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building) 

    3. RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Creditably)

    4.BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital, Technology Management)

    5. BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.(Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating)

    For additional information, samples, and guidance, please visit 2010.pdf


    B) Technical Qualifications (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other job requirements) critical to the successful performance in the specific SES position to be filled.
  • Experience that demonstrates a broad knowledge of national plant protection and quarantine activities. Examples might include: knowledge of rulemaking procedures and requirements for government programs on plant health; skills in applying regulatory principles to preventing and controlling plant disease outbreaks; or ability to incorporate principles of risk assessment into planning and evaluating programs.
  • Describe your experience in managing complex national cooperative plant protection and quarantine programs involving survey, control, and quarantine activities. Examples might include: Experience in planning, modifying and executing scientific programs of vital concern to the nation's agricultural industries; knowledge of domestic and exotic plant pests and diseases, their transmission, control and eradication; or knowledge of the application of allied sciences (bacteriology, pathology, virology, etc.)
  • Applicants for this position will be evaluated on the basis of: (a) information provided in the application or resume; (b) information provided in the applicant's supplemental statement relating to his/her qualifications and ECQs. The evaluation will be conducted by the Agency Executive Merit Staffing Board and will be used to determine which applicants are the best-qualified candidates for the position.
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    Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


    Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons within the area of consideration who meet the basic qualifications. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency at (202)-720-3010. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The 1993 Hatch Act Reform Amendments prohibit oral and written political recommendations for Federal jobs. All application forms are subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act and become property of the USDA.


    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    1. Resume (limited to 5 pages)
    2. Supporting Documentation (See Required Documents for more information)
    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    All applicants are required to submit the following information. The initial competition and identification of candidates to be interviewed will be made solely on the basis of this material. Candidates who do not submit complete packages as indicated below will not be considered. 

    1.  Resume (limited to 5 pages) which includes the following information:  (a) Vacancy Announcement Number and Position Title (b) Your full name, social security number, day and evening phone numbers, e-mail and mailing address, country of citizenship.  If applicable, reinstatement eligibility to the Senior Executive Service and dates held on th SES career appointment (c) Name, city and state of high schools and colleges/universities attended with date(s) of diploma.  For college include majors, and typ;e and date of degree(s) (d) Job titles, salaries, employers' names and addresses, supervisor's names and phone numbers (indicate if we may contact your current and former supervisors), starting and ending dates and hours per week of unpaid or non-paid work experience that relates to this vacancy. (e) Job-related training courses, special skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards and publications.  (f) For reference checks purposes, you must submit the names, current addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references, including a current or recent supervisor (or someone in your current chain of command), who has knowledge of your past performance. 

    2. If you are a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program graduate, submit proof of the Office of Personnel Management's certification and address only the mandatory technical qualifications. 

    - If you are a current or former SES member, submit documentation of SES status and address only the mandatory technical qualifications.  For documentation, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) 

    - If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit a copy of your last SF-50 showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. 

    3. You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement.


                  Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

    All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date.

    • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
    • Submit documents which are clear and legible. Illegible documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.
    • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
    • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
    • If you are using the system generated fax cover sheet, please fax to the number listed on the fax cover sheet.
    • Applications sent in U.S. Government postage-paid envelope and submitted through Federal Agency courier services will not be considered.
    • Applicants who cannot apply on-line, please mail or fax applications to the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement.


    Judy Craney
    Phone: 202-799-7086
    Fax: 202-720-5703
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    1400 Independence Ave SW
    Room 1726 - SB
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 202-720-5703


    Applicants who meet the mandatory requirements in the Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications above will be considered qualified for this position. Rating and ranking to determine the "best qualified" will be conducted by a panel of experts and will be based upon consideration of the degree to which applicants meet the mandatory knowledge, skills, and abilities described in items A and B. Interviews and qualifications inquiries may be required. The executive core qualifications of the selectee are subject to prior approval by the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board. When reviewing Executive Core Qualifications Statements, the Qualifications Review Board is looking for specific challenges, actions, and results.

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