This position is located in the Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Programs, Office of the Community Food Systems.
Responsibilities in this position include serving as a point of coordination between FNCS programs and other USDA agencies and activities such as ERS, AMS, RD. The incumbent will also work across Federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Defense, among others, to coordinate with and connect to similar initiatives and programs in other areas of the Federal family as they intersect with the FNCS mission.Learn more about this agency
As the Program Director for the Office of Community Food Systems, you will be responsible for the following:
- Provide high level technical expertise and policy guidance related to community food systems approaches within FNS' programs, and to coordinate and synch activities with other USDA and Federal agencies to maximize impact and reach.
- Responsible for the prompt provision of advice, guidance, feedback, and program information to the FNS Deputy Administrator.
- Works closely with external stakeholder groups and relevant state agencies and contributes high-level technical expertise and a unique programmatic perspective to the FNS senior leadership team.
- Ensures that grant decisions align with USDA strategic priorities.
- Lead the implementation of the Farm to School Policy and program changes impacting national program segments and projects.
- Develop technical assistance materials and training protocols related to farm to school programming.
- Provide or otherwise disseminate technical assistance and guidance related to farm to school programming.
- Develop selection criteria of farm to school grant programs.
- Communicate community food systems objectives and accomplishments to external stakeholders in order to publicize program activities and accomplishments.
- Develop evaluation methodologies and protocols to monitor community food system program impacts.
- Interpret analyses to provide input on program design and/or policy recommendations.
- Collaborate with other Federal or State Agencies to advance the goals of community food systems.
Occasional travel - Occasional Travel Upon Request
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
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Conditions Of Employment
- US Citizenship is required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- A 1-year probationary period is required.
- Successful completion of a background investigation
- New supervisors/managers who have never held a supervisory appointment in the USDA, or do not have documentation of successful completion of either a USDA agency or Department-level approved new supervisor program must complete the approved USDA-wide new supervisor training program.
- This training must be completed according to regulations; within one year of the effective date of the appointment and prior to the end of the probationary period. Failure to successfully complete the required training and assessment may result in failure to meet the requirements of the probationary period and reassignment to another position in compliance with 5 CFR Part 315, Subpart I.
- Employees who have previously held a supervisory position within USDA and have documented completion of a new supervisor training program approved by the agency training officer are not required to complete the USDA-wide new supervisors training program. This documentation must be provided to the agency’s training officer.
- If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
QualificationsSPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service. Experience for this position includes providing technical information and policy/program advice to senior officials related to Farm to School program(s) at a Federal or State level. Specialized Experience also includes managing or directing a complex organization in the administration of the Farm to School Program at the Federal or State level.
To qualify your resume MUST demonstrate extensive experience implementing and managing community food systems or farm to school programming and have proven effective working relationships with community food systems or farm to school practitioners and coalitions.
Your resume MUST also demonstrate at least 3 of the below specialized experience requirements:
- provide technical information and policy/program advice to senior officials related to Farm to School program(s) at a Federal or State level.
- knowledge of and familiarity with local and regional food systems policy and practice
- knowledge of and familiarity with federal child nutrition assistance programs
- experience operating, or overseeing and/or supporting the implementation of school meal programs.
- ability to provide coordination in program implementation and execution between agencies
NOTES: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- Travel may be required occasionally.
- This is a NONBARGAINING designated position.
- If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.
- Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit towards annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. FNCS may grant service credit for non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service prior to the effective date of the employees entry on duty
- 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).
- This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor
- Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50 showing the full performance level or career ladder of your current or previous position, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above.
Reasonable accommodation policy
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
- Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
- Complete a one-year supervisory or managerial probationary period (unless already completed).
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds transfer.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
- File a Confidential Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
- Successfully complete a background investigation
- Complete a Declaration of Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
How You Will Be Evaluated
- The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.
- You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
- Customer Service
- Decision Making
- Technical Competence
- We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to 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, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
To view the application form, visit: https://fns.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=FCF84ACD-BDEA-4540-947D-A696010B5EDD
Background checks and security clearance
You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
- Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
- DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
- Other required documents may include:
- CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
- 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.
NOTE: 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 upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.
- You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
- We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
- This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
Agency contact information
AddressFood Safety and Inspection Service HR Operational Services
Butler Square West, 4th Floor, 100 North Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55403
The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!
If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/455134800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.