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.
**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.
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.
1.) Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
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.
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.
A.) Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B.) Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
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.
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.
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.