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    United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Dairy Programs Federal Milk Market Administrator falls under the Excepted Service.

    This position will be filled in the MA 1146 Marketing Specialist series.

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    As the Marketing Specialist Lab Manager in this position, you will:

    • Supervise and develop laboratory staff and ensure that specified lab performance metrics are met.
    • Oversee the laboratory's analysis of raw milk for fat, protein, lactose, and solids by infrared and wet chemical techniques, and somatic cell count using direct microscopic counts.
    • Interact with dairy industry and/or laboratory representatives to address industry testing needs or problems.
    • Work with laboratory staff in other Federal Milk Order on common projects and issues.
    • Oversee the proper operation of lab equipment and ensure that testing regimens and results are in compliance with Quality Management System (QMS) guidelines.
    • Provide technical information and advice regarding milk testing topics and issues to other departments and staff of the California Federal Order. Analyze lab data and test results using spreadsheets and graphical analysis to produce reports.
    • Keep apprised of industry milk testing topics so you can recommend and or adopt new testing methods and/or improve current processes as appropriate.
    • Oversee the evaluation of cooperative and or private industry testing laboratories for proper operation and/or performance issues.
    NOTE: This position falls under pay bands MA 10-22. Selectee's pay will be set between the MA 18-21 pay bands based on years of education and/or experience.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1146 Agricultural Marketing

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen
    • You will be required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see Legal and regulatory guidance below).
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
    • There is a required one-year probationary period.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit position.


    In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

    Basic Requirement: Applicants must have bachelor's degree in one of the following: marketing, economics, business administration, agriculture, agricultural economics, agricultural business, accounting, statistics, mathematics, or dairy science(Must provide transcripts).
    OR have the appropriate years of general experience required for the grade level as follows: MA -10 - 2 years; MA-11 - 2 ½ years; MA-12 - 3years. General experience is any progressively responsible experience in one or more aspects of agricultural marketing functions such as distribution, inspection, storage, transportation, merchandising, standardizing, etc. This experience should have equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform at the grade level to which appointed.

    Professional Experience Qualification Requirements: TO QUALIFY FOR MA- 18 AND/OR ABOVE. In addition to the basic requirement listed above, ADDITIONALLY applicants must have 3 years of general experience AND have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level as follows: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the MA-17 for the MA 18 level; OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to the MA-18 for the MA- 19 level; OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to the MA-19 for the MA- 20 level, OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to the MA-20 for the MA- 21 level,
    • Performing laboratory analysis of milk for fat, protein, lactose, and solids and somatic cell count of raw milk by infrared and wet chemical techniques;
    • Analyzing data using spreadsheet and graphical analysis to produce reports and being able to analyze, interpret and, present information to internal and external stakeholders;
    • Direct supervision of the operations of milk test lab and associated lab employees or having held a supervisor level position within a Federal Milk Market Administration Office. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to Federal service or obtained either in private or public sectors.
    Part-time or unpaid experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    Volunteer or unpaid experience: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    Education Requirements: You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    Foreign education: 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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here. You must provide translated transcripts.

    Additional information

    Dairy Programs offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.

    If you receive a tentative offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    If you are unable to apply online please email the contact listed on this announcement.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of 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 of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

    The applicant must be a high-school graduate, 18 years of age or older, have a valid driver license, provide proof of insurability, and pass a driving record test. You must be a U.S. citizen. Males born after 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service. You will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; or may be fired after you begin work; and you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361. Privacy Act Notice (PL93-579)

    Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement closes, we will conduct a review of your application package to verify your eligibility and qualifications. Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures and USDA policy using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on the results of the online occupational questionnaire, the applicants' quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

    • Data Collection, Analysis and Research
    • Oral Communication
    • Technical Competence
    • Writing

    Applicants must include a detailed and comprehensive Resume which fully identifies your qualifications and illustrates how your skills might be used to address the significant duties of the position. Please share how your specific Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities address the Job Summary, Qualifications, and Requirements outlined above. You will be rated on the information provided. Applications which do not address these qualifications will not be considered.

    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 may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or 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.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your Resume listing hours worked per week, dates of employment (month/year) and duties performed for each position held.
    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire.
    3. Transcripts if qualifying based on education OR education is part of the basic education requirement
    4. Veterans documents (if applicable): DD-214 including character of service, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days, and if applicable, SF-15 Form, VA letter, or other documentation required by that form.

    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. Veterans' preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.

    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

    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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    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.

    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.

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    How to Apply

    Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. 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.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application, occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. To view the occupational questionnaire select https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11191784

    Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

    To begin, click Apply Online. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.

    You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application. You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.

    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    Agency contact information

    Vanessa Perkins-Glover


    Agricultural Marketing Service
    250 Marquette Avenue, Suite 410
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
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    The mission of the Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Program is to facilitate the efficient marketing of milk and dairy products. Dairy Programs' vision is to be efficient, effective, and innovative in program service delivery in the continually changing industry and government environments.

    The Dairy Programs Federal Milk Market Administrator is an excepted service agency under the Schedule A, 213.3113(F)(4) Hiring Process.

    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position, and whether or not your application is referred to the selecting official. You will be contacted directly if further evaluation or an interview is required.

    You will be notified via email of your application status at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You may check your application status by accessing the USAJOBS website and clicking "Application Status".

    The amount of notices that each applicant receives may vary. The four points of notification are:

    • Application Received or Application Incomplete
    • Minimum Qualification Requirement Met/Not Met
    • Eligible (Application Referred) or Eligible (Application Not referred)
    • Selected or Not Selected

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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/613049500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.