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Job Title:Secretary (Executive Assistant)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Marketing Service

Job Announcement Number:24CN-2013-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 8, 2013 to Wednesday, May 1, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Memphis, TN, USView Map


This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6CN-2013-0004. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


Relocation expenses will not be paid. 

This position is located in the Agricultural Marketing Service, Cotton Program, Office of the Deputy Administrator.  The incumbent of this position serves as personal assistant to the Deputy Administrator and provides administrative and secretarial support to the Office of the Deputy Administrator and the Office of the Associate Deputy.   You will collaborate and work with the principal secretaries in the Office of the Deputy Administrator(s) in providing a full range of personal and office services and ensures coverage and integration of office management concerns throughout the AMS organization.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!


  • U.S. Citizenship


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The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • As the secretary for the Deputy Administrator's office you ensure that the practices and procedures used by secretaries in subordinate offices are consistent with those of the Administrator’s Office.
  • Serves in a liaison capacity between the Deputy Administrator, Associate Deputy, and others in the immediate office, and representatives of the private sector, other Federal Agencies, State and Foreign governments, national and international organizations, agricultural interest groups, Congress, other USDA agencies, academia, and others with agricultural interests.
  • Analyzes data obtained from the expenditure and cost records, and historical data in order to independently prepare the upcoming annual operating budget; must be alert to any significant changes (staffing, space, equipment, etc.) anticipated for the office and incorporate the impact into the office plan.
  • You will receive and review all correspondence forwarded for attention by the Deputy Administrator and/or Associate Deputy; replies to mail not requiring the Deputy or Associate Deputy Administrator’s attention; assigns correspondence not needing attention at this level to staff and/or program as appropriate, and follows up to ensure that actions are completed. Screens all correspondence prepared for the Administrator's signature for clarity, completeness of reply and conformance with procedures.
  • Arranges and schedules meetings and conferences involving members of top management and Officials of the agency, Department, and other agencies, as well as national and international visitors for the Deputy and Associate Deputy Administrators.
  • Prepares all travel arrangements for the Deputy Administrator, Associate Deputy Administrator as needed, and applicable senior staff including preparing travel authorizations, transportation reservations, hotel accommodations, etc…
  • Serves as primary timekeeper and prepares all time and attendance materials for Deputy Administrator and staff based on worksheets submitted.  Enters all time and attendance information into system to ensure accurate and timely payroll delivery.  
  • Using a microcomputer, types correspondence and reports in final form from notes or rough drafts.  Inputs, transmits, and receives electronic mail using word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Adheres to Equal Employment and Civil Rights policies, goals and objectives in performing the duties of the position. Assures that written and oral communications are bias free and those differences of other employees and clients are respected and valued.


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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience requirements specified below.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-9 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.

Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating incoming and outgoing executive correspondence, including agency requests for information and maintaining executive accomplishments.
  • Creating and maintaining an office budget and expenditures.
  • Creating and monitoring the travel schedule and arrangements and time and attendance for office personnel.
  • Providing telephone and receptionist services; maintaining records; requisitioning office supplies; repairs on office equipment; filling material and maintaining office filing system.


Special Conditions:

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.


  • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
    • Ability to type and perform stenography – Ability to type at a speed of 40 words per minute, with little or no errors.
    • Knowledge of administrative processes – Ability to create and maintain a filing system, both electronically and manually; to research and procure products using requisitions or a purchase card; to create and analyze travel documents, time & attendance reports, periodic administrative reports.
    • Ability to use office automation – Knowledge of common desktop software used for creating documents.  Ability to use various commercial, internet-based computer programs for travel, purchasing and administrative functions. 
    • Knowledge of office management procedures and processes – Ability to manage priorities with little input from a supervisor to maintain the schedule or calendar of an executive, often with complex arrangements; to create and maintain an office budget used for salaries, equipment and travel.
    • Ability to provide executive assistance – Ability to coordinate small and large meetings/gatherings, including securing space, making travel arrangements and communicating with multiple sources; to develop and implement office procedures. 
  • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
  • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
  • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • 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).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)

    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE

    For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:
  • College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and other Veterans' documents (Veterans Preference)
  • ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)

    Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

  • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
  • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
  • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
  • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.

    Phone: 612-336-3345
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Agricultural Marketing Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click: Checking My Application Status. No additional correspondence will be sent.

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