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Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:TA12-2754-0362G-EB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$98,680.00 to $150,900.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 2, 2012 to Friday, July 13, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0101/0401/1301-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Hilo, HawaiiView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

**Applications will be reviewed manually. Please read the vacancy announcement carefully to ensure all required documentation is submitted by the application deadlines listed in the vacancy announcement.

This position is a Supervisory Social Science Analyst/Biologist/Physical Scientist.

Additional Area of Consideration: This announcement is open to current career or career-conditional federal employees with competitive status. Reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles, certain military spouses, disabled veterans with a 30% or more disability, former Peace Corps and VISTA volunteers may be considered under special hiring authorities.

This position serves as a Program Manager (also known as Director) for the Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) assigned to manage the science program for the Institute of Pacific Island Forestry (IPIF).

Salary will be adjusted to include a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). See the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at http://www.opm.gov/oca/cola/index.asp for additional information.

This position is being advertised under both Merit Promotion (internal) and Demonstration project (external) procedures under separate announcements. The Demonstration project (external) vacancy announcement number is TA12-2754-0362DP-EB. Applicants who wish to be considered under both procedures must apply to each announcement and follow the specific instructions.

Interdisciplinary Position: This position is being filled through one of the following series: GS-0101, GS-0401, or GS-1301. Please indicate the specific series for which you want to be considered or if you would like to be considered for all series. Each series is being advertised under vacancy announcement number TA12-2754-0362G-EB.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Jane Hayes at (510) 559-6313 or jlhayes@fs.fed.us.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:

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**Applications will be reviewed manually. Please read the vacancy announcement carefully to ensure all required documentation is submitted by the application deadlines listed in the vacancy announcement.

This position serves as a Program Manager (also known as Director) for the Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) assigned to manage the science program for the Institute of Pacific Island Forestry (IPIF) and coordinate with PSW science program areas. Serves as part of the Station's leadership team in developing strategies for planning and developing major agency programs of national scope and impact and links these to the Station's overall goals, strategies, and plans.

Develops, coordinates, and implements strategic plans to include mission, goals, objectives, and implementation strategies. Formulates and implements plans to improve program policies, practices, methods, and organizational structure. Assigns responsibilities for carrying out objectives, coordinates and directs the work among individuals and several research teams, sets performance targets, and resolves differences where required.

Plans and directs the overall work of the unit performed through team leaders, subordinate supervisors, or similar personnel. Sets and adjusts short-term priorities and schedules and makes decisions on work problems of subordinate supervisors. Ensures that personnel management within the organizational entity under supervision is accomplished without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. Is responsible for keeping abreast of developments, policy issuances, and other similar material in the equal opportunity field, and for fully supporting the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Equal Opportunity Program.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience as follows:

GS-14: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.

GS-15: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level.

Specialized experience directly related to this position should be documented in your application. In your application, you should describe the duties performed relative to the specialized experience defined for this position. Show percentage of time performing these duties if work involved a variety of different duties, i.e., where only a portion of the work experience would be creditable for this position.

GS-14: For the purpose of this vacancy announcement, specialized experience is further defined as experience designing natural resources research projects, including identifying and implementing necessary actions related to implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Conducting planning studies designed to improve management systems and solve problems for natural resources programs. Reviewing, advising on, and conducting complex analysis and/or development studies in support of major natural resources programs. Preparing and contributing to reports, briefing papers, strategic program reviews, and other presentations on natural resources program planning and evaluation.

GS-15: For the purpose of this vacancy announcement, specialized experience is further defined as experience developing and participating in short- and long-range planning for natural resources research programs, including establishing program goals and priorities, developing budget needs, and recommending the allocation of funds. Conducting technical reviews of professional natural resources studies, research, and analysis and applied findings in the development of national guidance or directives. Serving as a consultant on the planning, monitoring, and administration of natural resources projects and programs with national impact. Formulating and implementing plans to improve policies, practices, methods, and organizational structure for natural resources programs.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

**If you do not meet the qualification requirements listed below under the QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED and/or EDUCATION sections, then you do not need to proceed any further.

Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements will be further evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications to determine Quality candidates. Prepare a concise narrative addressing each Technical Qualification to show how your experience and/or education provided you with those criteria. You must address each Technical Qualification separately. Applicants who fail to respond to the Technical Qualifications risk not being considered.


1.) Technical Qualification: Skill in leading and managing the development and implementation of a natural resources research program in a culturally diverse and complex stakeholder environment.

--Describe how you have designed, planned, and implemented natural resources research programs that met an agency/organization's scientific mission.


2.) ECQ 1 Leading Change: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and to establish an organizational vision and implement it in a continuously changing environment. Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.

--Describe how you have developed and implemented policies necessary to solve organizational and operational issues and problems.

--Describe how you have developed and implemented strategies that demonstrated innovative ideas, vision, and flexibility.


3.) ECQ 2 Leading People: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals and the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building, Integrity, and Honesty.

--Describe how you have motivated staff through strategies that encouraged teamwork, pride, and trust while proactively preventing unpleasant confrontations.

--Describe how you have demonstrated a value for cultural diversity and other differences; fostered an environment where people who are culturally diverse can work together cooperatively and effectively in achieving organizational goals.


4.) ECQ 3 Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations and make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.

--Describe how you have applied statutes, regulations, and procedures; formulated plans, and utilized human capital to make timely, effective decisions and produce results.

--Describe how you have formulated accountability measures that were used to monitor, evaluate, and adjust the delivery of services provided by the organization.


5.) ECQ 4 Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.

--Describe how you have effectively managed an organization by incorporating human, financial and information resources into the strategic decision making process.


6.) ECQ 5 Building Coalitions: 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. Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating, Interpersonal Skills, Written Communication, Oral Communication.

--Describe how you have represented the organizational unit and its work to those within and outside the agency.

--Describe how you have developed and enhanced alliances with external groups, making clear and convincing presentations and facilitating an open exchange of ideas.


EDUCATION:

U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualifications standards for the GS-0101, GS-0401, and/or GS-1301 series will be used to determine whether applicants are qualified and can be reviewed in any Federal Personnel Office or are available on the Internet at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.htm.

This position has a positive education requirement; therefore, legible copies of your college transcript(s) are required. Transcript(s) must be submitted by the application deadlines listed in the announcement; please include your name and the announcement number on all documents. Applicants who fail to submit their transcript(s) by the application deadlines listed in the announcement will not be given credit for their education.

GS-0101:

Basic Requirements:

1.) Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

2.) Combination of education and experience -- that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

OR

3.) Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

GS-0401:

Basic Requirements:

A.) Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

B.) Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

GS-1301:

Basic Requirements:

A.) Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

OR

B.) Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS POSITION: This education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business or technical school and one year of full-time graduate study is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the one year of full-time study requirement.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. educational programs. There is normally a fee associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that are accredited to evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. This documentation must be submitted by the application deadlines listed in the announcement. Applicants who fail to submit the evaluation of their foreign education by the application deadlines listed in the announcement will not be given credit for their foreign education.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements with 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Former federal employees applying to positions at a higher graded position than previously held may be subject to TIG requirements as well.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification and time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

If appointed, you will need to successfully complete a background investigation. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

BASIS OF RATING: You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you recorded in the work experience or resume relative to this position which show the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed on this vacancy announcement.


BENEFITS:

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There are a variety of health insurance plans; retirement systems with investment options; paid holidays; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; subsidized transportation; flexible work schedules; training and development opportunities; family/worklife programs, etc.

OTHER INFORMATION:

If selection is made at a lower grade level, promotion to the target grade will be non-competitive upon completion of training, performance, and specialized experience requirements.

Financial Disclosure: The individual selected for this position will be required to file a financial disclosure report within 30-days after appointment, and annually thereafter (and upon leaving the position, under the public disclosure process). Further, each employee is subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations with which he or she has a financial interest.

The Forest Service inspires public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes described at http://www.usda-ethics.net/science/index.htm. Any possible conflict of interest must be resolved prior to a candidate's appointment, you are encouraged to review this information.

Transfer of station/relocation expenses are authorized.

Bargaining Unit Status: Not Eligible.

Forest Service affiliated child/daycare facilities are not available.

Government housing is not available.

Probationary Period: This appointment requires completion of a one-year probationary period (unless previously completed). During this time period, the employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if the employee will be retained.

Applicants chosen for this position must also serve a one-year probationary period (served concurrently) if a supervisory/managerial probation has not previously been completed in a federal civilian position.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of 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 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 USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER.

Reasonable Accommodation: The USDA Forest Service provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the point of contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Applicants covered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Intergovernmental Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) may apply and will be given priority consideration if determined to be well-qualified. Well-qualified is defined as meeting the qualification standards, selective factors, quality ranking factors, and physical qualifications under the Agency's specific selection process.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications may be mailed, faxed, or emailed.

--Emailed applications should be sent to asc_hcm_staffing@fs.fed.us with the subject: TA12-2754-0362G-EB.

--Mailed applications should be sent to USDA Forest Service - ASC-HRM, 4000 Masthead Street NE, MS 211 (PSW-0362G-EB), Albuquerque, NM 87109.

--Faxed applications should be sent to 1-866-339-1634.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To receive consideration for this position, faxed or emailed applications MUST be received in this office by 11:59 p.m. EST/EDT on the closing date of this announcement. Hard-copy mailed applications received after the closing date MUST be postmarked on or before the closing date. Applications postmarked after the closing date will not be considered.

The Forest Service assumes no responsibility for late delivery of applications. It remains the responsibility of the applicant to ensure successful delivery of their entire application package no later than the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants must also ensure that applications contain accurate information, are complete and legible, and that emailed applications are compatible with Forest Service computer systems (PC based).

READ CAREFULLY: The following information MUST be submitted to evaluate applicant qualifications and to determine if applicants meet legal requirements for Federal employment.

1.) Please attach a cover sheet to the front of your application package that clearly shows:

a.) Announcement Number: TA12-2754-0362G-EB.

b.) Job title, Series, and Grade of the job for which you are applying.

c.) Your full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers (with area code), and email address.

d.) Present employer, job title, and annual salary.

e.) If you are or previously were a federal employee, if so, indicate the highest grade you held and the duration of that job.

2.) For your application data, you may use a resume or any other written format you choose. Regardless of the format used, your application must contain sufficient information to validate qualifications and the specialized experience required for this position. The specialized experience required for this position is defined in the QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED section.

DATA YOU NEED TO INCLUDE IN YOUR APPLICATION:

Personal Information-Your country of citizenship, and the following if applicable; Veterans' Preference, proof of Federal employment, reinstatement eligibility and highest Federal civilian grade and series held. Also, if this announcement is for a multi-grade level job, indicate the lowest grade you will accept.

Education-Indicate the high school (name, city, state, and zip code), date of diploma or GED, colleges and universities (name, city, state, and zip code) attended with the majors, type and year of degrees received (if no degree, show total semester or quarter hours earned. Please specify if your school is on a semester or quarter hour system. Provide the semester/quarter credits earned and your overall and major courses grade point averages (GPA) so that education can be fully credited. Copies of your college transcript(s) are required if education is needed to meet qualifications. If you submit your transcript(s) separate from your application, you MUST have the vacancy announcement number on your transcript(s), otherwise you will not receive credit for your education.

Work Experience-Give the following information for paid and volunteer work experience especially that which is related to the job you are applying for: Job title, (include series and grade if federal job), main duties and responsibilities, employers' names and addresses, supervisors' names and phone numbers, starting and ending dates (month and year), work hours per week, and annual salary amounts. Do not send official job descriptions. Please indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.

Other Qualifications-List job-related training courses (course title and year completed) and job related skills, such as other languages, computer/software/hardware, tools, machinery, and typing speed; current job related certificates and licenses; and job-related awards, honors, and special accomplishments such as publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and performance awards.

3.) Legible copies of your college transcript(s) are required. If you submit your transcript(s) separate from your application, you MUST have the vacancy announcement number on your transcript(s). Transcript(s) must be submitted by the application deadlines. Applicants who fail to submit their transcript(s) by the application deadlines will not be given credit for their education.

4.) To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. educational programs. This documentation must be submitted by the application deadlines. Applicants who fail to submit the evaluation of their foreign education by the application deadlines will not be given credit for their foreign education.

5.) A separate concise narrative, which addresses the Technical Qualification and shows how your experience and/or education provided you with that qualification. Provide specific examples to illustrate this.

6.) A separate concise narrative, which addresses the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and shows how your experience and/or education provided you with that qualification. Provide specific examples to illustrate this.

7.) If you are claiming Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) priority consideration, you will need to submit the CTAP or ICTAP notification; such as RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area, Certificate of Expected Separation, or letter from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), or agency documentation of your priority consideration status, or other official notice indicating that you are in a surplus organization, occupation, or eligible for discontinued service retirement.

8.) Applicants not currently employed with the Forest Service must submit an SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action or equivalent documentation to verify current or former federal employment status.

9.) Copy of most recent performance appraisal for current Federal employees (submitting the performance appraisal is optional, but encouraged).

10.) If you have any special considerations or needs that you need us to be aware of, please include that information in your application data including physical accommodations, particular work restrictions, restrictions related to travel availability or work schedules, etc.

11.) Applicants applying under the VRA or VEOA authorities must submit a DD-214, Member 4 copy to verify eligibility. If applicable, submit a SF-15, Application for 10-Point preference and a letter dated 1991 to present from the VA or military department indicating your disability rating. If you are still on active duty, then you must submit one of the following documentation: (1) official orders or citation entitling you to a campaign badge; (2) statement of service from a commanding officer or someone else in authority attesting to your active duty which identifies dates of entry and anticipated separation; rank at time of discharge; and anticipated character of discharge; or (3) in the case of someone claiming service during the first Gulf War or since 9/11/01, any official document attesting to your presence on active duty during the appropriate calendar periods.

12.) Spouses of military veterans who are applying under the noncompetitive hiring authority for certain military spouses must provide applicable supporting documentation prior to appointment, if selected.

13.) Demographic Information on Applicants Form: http://www.nga.gov/pdf/app_bg_survey.pdf. Completion of this form is strictly voluntary and the information provided will be kept highly confidential. The information provided on this form will NOT be shared with the selecting official.

Incomplete, illegible, or inaccurate information may result in you not being considered for this position. Please complete your application information carefully and be sure to submit all information within the assigned timeframe to receive full consideration. Do not submit any original documents you will need for your personal records because applications received under this announcement will not be returned.

Do not submit your application in a notebook, binder, or other cumbersome covering.

Applications submitted in postage-paid Government envelopes will not be considered. Use of postage-paid government agency envelopes to file job applications is a violation of Federal laws and regulations. The Forest Service will not pay for certified mail, express mail, or postage on any applications.

Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

ASC-HRM Contact Center
Phone: 18773727248
Fax: 18663391634
TDD: 18008778339
Email: asc_hcm_staffing@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service -- ASC-HRM
4000 Masthead Street NE
MS211 (PSW-0362G-EB)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
87109
US
Fax: 18663391634

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Please allow 20 working days after the closing date of this announcement before you inquire as to the status of your application. We expect to make a final job offer within 60-90 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants will be notified of non-selection.

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Job Announcement Number:

TA12-2754-0362G-EB

Control Number:

320451800