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Job Title:Division Director (Bioenergy)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Job Announcement Number:NIFA-M13N-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Wednesday, December 26, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0101/0401-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current and former status applicants, VEOA eligibles and persons eligible under special hiring authorities. This vacancy is also being announced under Delegated Examining. Any US Citizen may apply to Delegated Examining vacancy announcement number NIFA-S13N-0004.

JOB SUMMARY:

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations. To learn more about NIFA, please visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov.

The Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment is a major component of NIFA.  This Institute is responsible for advancing energy security by promoting research and development of clean, biobased energy systems; ensuring sustainable and adaptive agro-ecosystems in response to climate change; and identifying sustainable ecosystems services from the nation's limited natural resources base.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Financial Disclosure required

DUTIES:

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As Division Director, you will be responsible for providing national leadership for the Bioenergy program and related services, including

  • Leading and supervising critical tasks involving initiating program development and collaboration;
  • Identifying mission-relevant problems, opportunities, and issues requiring Federal attention and support;
  • Conceiving, formulating, and executing programs and activities to respond to existing or emerging opportunities, priorities, and issues for development;
  • Developing and applying science-based knowledge by working with university and other partners; and
  • Evaluating and assessing the quality, outcomes and impacts of these programs


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level. Specialized experience is typically in or related to the work of the position and demonstrates possession of the competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. For this position, examples of specialized experience include the following:

  1. Supervising a staff, largely comprised of advanced or expert scientific professionals, which administers research, education, and extension grants in Bioenergy, economics, or natural resources;
  2. Developing grant solicitations which call for research on Bioenergy, economics, or natural resources;
  3. Making public presentations or writing materials which relay science-based information to professional audiences;
  4. Collaborating with other scientific professionals to identify research priorities in Bioenergy, economics, or natural resources and translate them into grant solicitations;
  5. Analyzing and monitoring detailed budget information, including analysis of historical expenditures and categorizing them on spreadsheets for reports;
  6. Participating in scientific endeavors that involve Bioenergy including economics, natural resources, and crop production;
  7. Identifying outcome-based objectives which lead the development of strategic plans and portfolio reviews;
  8. Conducting pertinent research in the area of Bioenergy development and producing research-based and peer-reviewed publications; and
  9. Fostering partnerships between university scientists, government agencies, and businesses to pursue science-based work.


This position has a minimum education requirement. You must possess only one of the requirements below to meet the minimum education requirement for the 0401 or 0101 occupational series.

GS-0401, General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences

A) A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the fields listed above;

OR

B) A combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

OR

GS-0101, Social Science

A) A degree in a behavioral or social science, or related discipline appropriate to the position that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences;

OR

B) A 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, as shown in A above;

OR

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

Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Merit Promotion.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made.  Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire.  We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.

  • Technical Competency in Bioenergy
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Writing
  • Leadership
  • Financial Management

Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.


BENEFITS:

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A benefits package is authorized for this position. CLICK HERE for more information concerning federal benefits.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.
CLICK HERE for further information.

Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment:
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.
CLICK HERE to access the Optional Form 306.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the
REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.


HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, December 26, 2012.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link:  https://applicationmanager.gov/.  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page

2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 790404.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire, and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.  



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  • Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
  • Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted) 


In addition, you may also need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Merit Promotion:  If you are a current or previous Federal employee with competitive status and would like to be considered for this position, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 and performance appraisal.  Additionally, if you are requesting consideration for non-competitive eligibility, but do not yet hold the full performance level of this position, you must submit an SF-50 that documents your full performance level.  Failure to do so may cause you to lose consideration for this position.

Special Hiring Authorities:  To be considered under special hiring authorities (e.g. Schedule A, VRA, 30% or More Disabled Veteran's Program, etc.), you must submit documentation that provides evidence of this eligibility.  For further information click here.
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA):  If you are applying to this position based on your eligibility through the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, you must submit documentation to support your eligibility.  Generally, this will be your DD-214.

 

Transcripts:  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information. CLICK HERE for more information on this topic.

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 educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. There is normally a fee associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that are accredited to evaluate education, visit
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Aminatu Thomas
Phone: (301)504-2416
Email: AMINATU.THOMAS@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
800 9th Street SW
Washington, DC
20024

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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Job Announcement Number:

NIFA-M13N-0005

Control Number:

331601100