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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Director, Recreation and Heritage Resources Staff

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:AG-11-2013-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 09, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0301-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

This announcement has been extended an additional week. It closes on December 3, 2012. If you would like to work for a premier agency in the area of conservation and natural resources; the Forest Service is the agency for you. The Forest Service has the responsibility for managing 191 million acres of National Forest System lands across the United States. To learn more about our agency, exciting mission, vision, and guiding principles, please visit (www.fs.fed.us). The Director, Recreation and Heritage Resources is fully responsible for directing and managing recreation and heritage resources of the Forest Service, USDA.

The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution.

This position is SES, General. Positions in the SES are not graded. The salary range is $119,554 - $179,700 per year. SES employees are also eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veteran's preference is not applicable to the SES. Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period, unless currently serving under an SES appointment. Visit http://www.opm.gov/ses/ for additional information regarding SES employees.

If you would like to work for a premier agency that is focused on enhancing the quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture: ensuring a safe, affordable, nutritious, and accessible food supply; caring for agricultural, forest, and range lands; supporting sound development of rural communities; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents; expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services; and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world, USDA is the place for you. To learn more about our agency, our exciting mission, vision, and guiding principles, please visit http://www.usda.gov 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a background investigation
  • This position may be subject to random drug testing
  • You will be required to do some travel
  • Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment
  • Relocation expense may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulation

DUTIES:

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Is primarily responsible for marketing Forest Service recreational opportunities and products, and assets to Congress, Administration representatives, recreational users, cooperative and special interest groups to maximize opportunities of national forest lands and resources.

 

Exercises the full range of supervisory duties for the Deputy Director, two Assistant Directors and other subordinate employees at various grade levels. Performs the overall work planning, establishes work priorities, and assigns and reviews work. Personally discusses with subordinates the progress of the work and problem areas as they arise. Directs and recommends employee status changes, such as promotions, reassignments, and other personnel changes. Sets performance standards and evaluates performance. Identifies training needed by subordinates, and ensures that training opportunities are provided. Resolves complaints and advises employees on matters related to less than adequate performance. Keeps employees informed of management policies and goals.

 

Directs the Deputy Director and the two Assistant Directors in maintaining and increasing the effectiveness of the Recreation and Heritage Resources programs described below, in policy making, program planning, inspection, training, and evaluation of results nationwide. Activities in the various areas of the program present extremely complex problems in meeting both short-term and long-range objectives of the Forest Service for meeting present National Forest, Recreation, Heritage, and Wilderness Resources, demands and developing and managing these important resources to meet increasing future demands.

 

Negotiates memoranda of understanding and agreements with various public and private sector entities; local, state, and Federal agencies; recreational groups and associations, and interest groups who have concerns and advocacy for the use of national forest lands.


Analyzes problems/opportunities, information, data relating to the recreation and heritage program components and defines solutions and action plans in simple and understandable language and options.

 

Works effectively with the private sector to establish partnerships to strengthen Forest Service assets.

 

Initiates programs, and gives direction to assure the accomplishment of program objectives. Determines functional assignments in the field for the unit and assigns major work projects, initiates new objectives and imaginative approaches to accomplishment of responsibilities as the need becomes apparent, and maintains a continuing surveillance of program accomplishment. As a part of the overall Recreation and Heritage Resources program development, the Director is responsible for determining budgetary requirements.

 

Develops objectives, policies, technical standards, and methodology pertinent to Recreation and Heritage Resources. Analyzes the impact of program studies of complex questions pertinent to Recreation and Heritage Resources for the purpose of evaluating and developing policies, standards, and management practices necessary to meet program objectives effectively and efficiently.

 

Makes and directs program reviews of activities throughout the National Forest System Regions and their field units for performance in Recreation and Heritage Resources. Reviews should also cover compliance with policies and standards, efficiency of operations, quality and quantity of results, and effectiveness of all Recreation and Heritage Resources activities in meeting the overall program and objectives of the Forest Service.

 

On the basis of these reviews and related observations, formulates and recommends changes in policies, regulations, procedures, and action programs.

 

Director serves as a consultant and expert advisor to the Chief and Deputy Chief and Staff of the Forest Service on Recreation and Heritage Resources. Provides expert advice on the relationship of major policy decisions and program objectives as they apply to staff activities and recommends modifications or adjustments to better coordinate Recreation and Heritage Resources activities with other resource functions.

 

The nature of the advice provided is influential in shaping and directing broad Service-wide policy and initiation of specific courses of action on important matters, and in fostering progressive efforts in the various field related National Forest Recreation and Heritage Resources planning and management.

 

Provides expert counsel and maintains close coordination of the use of the Recreation and Heritage Resources of the National Forests with those in State and private ownership to meet total requirements for both the present and the future. This requires continuous close cooperation with other Federal agencies, States, and local governments on problems of mutual interest.

 

Provides expert counsel and maintains close coordination of the use of Recreation and Heritage resources with those in the Research and Development Deputy area and universities to meet total requirements for both the present and the future. This requires continues cooperation on problems of mutual interest.


Represents the Agency and the Department on interagency committees, and to national and international organizations concerned with matters, in the broad fields of Forest Land Management and the specialized area of Recreation and Heritage Resources.

 

Establishes and maintains close working contacts with many other Departments and agencies, members and committees of Congress, high-level representatives of conservation and recreation organizations, and keeps informed on reactions to the Recreation and Heritage Resource programs and policies of Forest Service and determines if they are adequate.

 

Is responsible for providing technical leadership, guidance, assistance, and actively participating in planning, directing, coordinating, and correlating the work programs of the Assistant Directors who are delegated authority to administer their respective programs within overall Forest Service policy and top level administrative decisions.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 non- governmental organizations. 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 factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

A. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ): All applicants must submit written statements. Your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per ECQ.

The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. All applicants must submit written statements describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs.

You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.'

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions.

Additional information on the ECQs is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp.

ECQ 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. (Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility. Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision)

ECQ 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. In addition to this ECQ, 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. (Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building)

ECQ 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. (Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility)

ECQ 4 BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management)

ECQ 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. (Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating)

Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications; Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting; they should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narrative. It is not necessary for you to address the Fundamental Competencies directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole.

The following applicants may omit the mandatory ECQ narrative statements, but must provide proof of status as stated below.

1. Applicants who are currently serving under a SES-Career appointment or who are eligible for reinstatement into the SES. You must provide a recent Standard Form 50 (SF-50) that documents career appointment to the SES.

2. Applicants who are graduates of an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must provide proof of OPM Qualification Review Board certification.

B. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQ): All applicants must submit written statements. Your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per TQ.

1. Describe your demonstrated leadership experience in recreation, landscape architecture, natural resource sciences, land management principles, practices, values and concepts and the ability to strategically integrate and optimize individual, community and societal recreation demands and experiences in a sustainable manner within the environmental capacity of other natural resource values.

2.Describe your demonstrated leadership experience in managing complex portfolios of projects and programs and strategic decision making accountability that respond to multiple customer service, stakeholders, and agency organizational needs.  


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Some of the benefits for which you are entitled to but not limited to are:

Federal Holidays

Annual & Sick Leave

Federal Employee Retirement System

Thrift Savings Plan

Federal Employees Health Benefits

Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program

Federal Employees Group Life Insurance

Flexible Spending Accounts

Federal Long Term Care Insurance

For more information on these and many other benefits, go to:

http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/enrollment/new_employees.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons within the area of consideration who meet the basic qualifications. Race, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, religion, marital or family status, disability, and other non-merit factors will not be considered.

1. This position is covered under the post-employment restriction of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). This law also requires the selectee to file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (Standard Form 278), within 30 days of appointment.

2. Applications sent in U.S. Government postage-paid envelope and submitted through Federal Agency courier services will not be considered.

3. The 1993 Hatch Act Reform Amendments prohibit oral and written political recommendations for Federal jobs.

4. 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.

5. All application forms are subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act and become the property of USDA.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency at 202-690-1870. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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You can apply for this position via on-line submission. Your online application must include the following documents:

1. Resume

2. Responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

3. Supporting Documentation (See required documents for more information)

Candidates who do not submit complete application packages as indicated will not be considered.

Please be sure to remove all PII (e.g. SSN & DOB) from all documents.

Spell out Acronyms the first time used.

Applicants who cannot apply on-line, please mail or fax applications to the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement.

Applications must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date.

Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

1. Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.

2. Please be sure to click both (FINISHED) buttons when completing your on-line application.

3. Our online application system is 100% compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) versions 5.0 and above.

 

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application package will require the submission of:

1. Resume, which must include all of the information listed below.

Vacancy announcement number

Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers

Country of citizenship

Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including; job title, duties and accomplishments , employer's name and address, supervisor name and phone number, duration of employment, and salary and hrs per week

Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities attended, major as well as the type of degree received

Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. Responses to the Executive Core Qualifications - Submit responses to the questions which addresses EACH of the ECQs separately. The purpose of these questions are to provide you, as an applicant, the opportunity to elaborate on your experience, training, and specifically, significant achievements which relates to the ECQs being used to identify the best qualified candidates for this vacancy. DO NOT simply repeat entries from other parts of your application package.

Please provide complete responses to the executive core qualification questions. When addressing the five ECQs the total length of your statement must not exceed 10 pages (no more than 2 pages per ECQ) using 1 inch margins and a 12 point font.

An ECQ statement may include one or two examples of relevant experience. The number of examples is not as important as assuring that your experience matches the ECQ criteria, but please try to limit examples to a maximum of two to ensure a clear and concise narrative that flows.

Please provide your examples using the C-C-A-R Model(Challenge/Context/Action/Results), as described below:

a. Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal.

b. Context: Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale.)

c. Action: Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge

d. Results: Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Examples of the CCAR model, the method of writing your ECQs, can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf.

3. Responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications

Submit responses to the questions which addresses EACH of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications individually. Your narrative responses must not exceed two (2) pages using 1 inch margins and a 12 point font per Technical Qualification.

4. Supporting Documentation

If you are a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program graduate, submit proof of the Office of Personnel Management's certification and a narrative statement addressing only the mandatory technical qualifications.

If you are a current or former SES member, submit documentation of SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the mandatory technical qualifications. For documentation, you must submit a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade, and tenure.

Submit responses to the questions which addresses EACH of the ECQs separately.

Please be sure to include the announcement number on your application. Also, please omit your social security number from all pages of your application.

5. DO NOT submit any additional information, extraneous materials will not be considered.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

SHAUNIECE SMITH
Phone: 202-690-1870
Fax: 202-720-2774
Email: SHAUNIECE.SMITH@DM.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
US FOREST SERVICE
ERMD
1400 INDEPENDENCE AVE, SW
325-W WHITTEN BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
20250
US
Fax: 202-720-2774

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applicants who meet the mandatory requirements in items A (Executive Core Qualifications), and B (Mandatory Technical Qualifications) above will be considered qualified for this position. Rating and ranking to determine the 'best qualified' will be conducted by a panel of experts and will be based upon consideration of the degree to which applicants meet the mandatory requirements as described in the announcement. Interviews and qualifications inquiries may be required.

The Executive Core Qualifications of the selectee are subject to prior approval by the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board (QRB). Unless you have already been certified by an OPM QRB in the past, your ECQs must be certified by an OPM QRB before appointment can occur. When reviewing Executive Core Qualifications Statements, the QRB is looking for experience as well as specific challenges, actions, and results.


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Job Announcement Number:

AG-11-2013-0002

Control Number:

331082500