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Job Title:Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist (Branch Chief)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:24BR-2013-0004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, January 18, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0028-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Riverdale, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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 #6BR-2013-0004. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)

JOB SUMMARY:

Relocation expenses will not be paid 

The incumbent serves as the Branch Chief, Biotechnology Environmental Analysis Branch, with responsibility for assisting, leading, managing and evaluating the operating programs associated with the administration of the laws and regulations applicable to Biotechnology Regulatory Services’ (BRS). 

The incubent assists the director, Assistant Deputy Administrator, Associate Deputy Administrator and Deputy Administrator and Environmental Risk Analysis Programs (ERAP) Division Director in developing strategic approaches to carry out to scientific, policy, program and regulatory development efforts within BRS, and to accomplish defined goals and objectives.

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!

APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship

DUTIES:

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The duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides expert consultation to Congressional staff, Departmental, other Federal cooperators, State and local officials, public and private national and international organizations having interests or concerns related to the biotechnology regulatory program administered by USDA and APHIS.
  • Ensures the day to day operations of APHIS biotechnology program including the timely and adequate development of risk assessments, endangered species assessments, and NEPA analyses uses in supporting the Agencies position on the release of biotechnology-derived products to animal and plant health and risks of products related to environmental and product safety.
  • Receives reviews, organizes and analyzes comments submitted to BRS on environmental matter published in the Federal Register.
  • Represents BRS when working with APHIS, USDA and other Federal agencies including the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration, and international organizations to ensure a coordinated approach to environmental workshops, seminars, public hearings, or other related public or agency scheduled meetings.
  • Maintains a wide variety of professional contacts including those associated with the research and educational community to maintain currency with ongoing developments and potential products and projected policy and regulatory issues.
  • Supervises a staff of professional, technical and administrative personnel in the Biotechnology Environmental Analysis Branch. Plans and directs the activities of the staff by setting priorities, guidelines, goals and objectives.
  • Initiates recruitments for job vacancies, evaluates applications, conducts interviews, and recommends selections.
  • Exercises approval authority for leave requests, and handles conduct matters or complaints that arise


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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-14 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:

  • Experience in providing leadership to a staff of professional environmental specialists, including planning and directing staff activities, setting priorities, guidelines, goals, and objectives.
  • Experience in assigning work and reviewing work for competencies, technical accuracy, professional quality, and adherence to policies.
  • Experience in training and performing scientific procedures and techniques used to analyze environmental impacts and leading projects which are reliant on such analysis.
  • Experience in independently preparing technical scientific reports and environmental analysis.
  • Experience and training with interpreting, analyzing, and applying the components of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act, and other environmental laws.

THERE IS NO EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION FOR THE GS-14 GRADE LEVEL.


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.
  • If you are appointed to a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to complete a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Travel may be required
  • In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

  • 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.
    • Knowledge of ecology, biology and physical sciences.
    • Knowledge of environmental acts, policies, laws, and regulations.
    • Leadership, project management and program management skills.
    • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • 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.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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

This salary range does not reflect the general pay increase scheduled for April 2013. 



OTHER INFORMATION:

  • 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


  • HOW TO APPLY:

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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions (you will be prompted to complete these questions during the online application process)
    • 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



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    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)
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    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.
  • AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    DO NOT EMAIL DOCUMENTS
    Phone: 612-336-3345
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Email: Mary.M.Buresh@aphis.usda.gov
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    55403
    US
    Fax: 612-336-3560

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    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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    Job Announcement Number:

    24BR-2013-0004

    Control Number:

    336003900