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
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|Friday, January 18, 2013 to
Friday, February 01, 2013|
SERIES & GRADE:
|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.)
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
DUTIES:Back to top
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:Back to top
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.
- 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:
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- 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.