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Job Title:Director, Office of the USDA Chief Scientist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Office of the Secretary of Agriculture

Job Announcement Number:AG-01-2013-0001

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:

Thursday, January 03, 2013 to Monday, February 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0401-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full time - Permnanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals.

 

 

JOB SUMMARY:

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 in the SES, Career Reserved.  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 and benefits for 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

Research, Education, and Economics is dedicated to the creation of a safe, sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber system, as well as strong communities, families, and youth through integrated research, analysis, and education.  To learn more about the agency, please visit http://www.ree.usda.gov

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Scientist which provides scientific leadership to the Department by ensuring that research supported by and scientific advice provided to the Department and its stakeholders is held to the highest standards of intellectual rigor and scientific integrity. It also identifies and prioritizes Department-wide agricultural research, education, and extension needs.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position
  • Background investigation and/or security clearance is required
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • You may be required to serve a one year probationary perid

DUTIES:

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As Director, Office of the USDA Chief Scientist, the incumbent supervises program planning and execution by Research, Education, and Extension Office (REEO) Staff, including the following activities and functions: Provide expert scientific advice to the Chief Scientist on science policy, and priorities, including planning, and coordination. Facilitate the coordination and collaboration of science leadership across the Department on high priority emerging scientific issues. Including, the facilitation of goal setting for implementation, planning, and building partnerships. 

Promote science education, skills development, and career information across the education, extension, and research sectors through participation in outreach activities. Assists the Chief Scientist in administering the department-wide scientific integrity policy and the Senior Science and Technology Service. Represent the Department on relevant interagency bodies and support the Department in strengthening USDA’s scientific profile. 


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.


0401 - General Biological Science Series: 

Positions in this series require a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience-Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.  More information regarding qualifications and education requirements for this series may be found at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0400/0401.htm

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification 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.  Please limit your written statements to two pages per ECQ with no more than 2 examples per ECQ.  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.

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 leadership experience in planning and coordinating long-range scientific programs and projects of national and international significance.

2.Describe your experience providing expert advice on science and technology in order to develop policy that will strengthen science and enhance outreach and awareness. 


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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 202-720-4766. 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 Executive Core Qualifications

3. Responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications

4. Supporting Documentation (see required documents for more information)

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

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Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Applicants who cannot apply online, please fax your applications to the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement.

8. Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship hard-copy application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:

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

1. Responses to the Executive Core Qualifications

Submit a Supplemental Applicant Statement which addresses EACH of the ECQs separately. Please include your name and the vacancy announcement number on each page of the supplemental applicant statement. The purpose of this statement is 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 qualifications.  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_2012.pdf

3. Responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications

Submit a Supplemental Narrative Statement 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 current or former federal employee, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility.

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.

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jocelyn White
Phone: 202-720-4766
Fax: 202-720-2774
Email: Jocelyn.White@dm.usda.gov
Agency Information:
Office of the Secretary
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-01-2013-0001

Control Number:

334888500