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.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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)
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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. To preview questions please click here.