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Job Title:Program Specialist (Food Safety/Food Science)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Job Announcement Number:NIFA-M13N-0020

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, February 25, 2013 to Monday, March 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies 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 U.S. Citizen may apply to Delegated Examining vacancy announcement number NIFA-S13N-0019.

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.

This position is located in the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition and serves as a Program Specialist responsible for assisting National Program Leaders, the Division Director, and/or the Assistant Director in the establishment and coordination of program objectives, policies, and schedules.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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At the full performance level, this position has the following responsibilities:

  • Provides technical leadership and direction in the development and implementation of the peer review process;
  • Performs reviews of research grant proposals;
  • Responds to questions from Congress and the public;
  • Monitors progress of funded proposals;
  • Suggests future programs; and
  • Visits research institutions to promote and explain the purpose and objectives of agency programs.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-09

To qualify at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-07 which is directly related to the work of this position.  Qualifying experience could have been under close supervision and may have been limited to various routine segments of a food safety research, education, extension, or grants program. Examples may include performing a variety of recurring professional, scientific, technical or administrative tasks, especially in support of a research, education, extension, or grants program, including, selecting work methods, planning and carrying out routine work, solving minor problems, performing scientific analysis or technical writing in support of projects assigned to senior team members, etc.;   

OR You may substitute 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.  Equivalent combination of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

OR You may have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described in options A and B, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%. NOTE: Only education in excess of the first year is creditable. To calculate, first determine your total number of graduate semester hours beyond the first 18, and divide that number by 18. Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience.

GS-11

To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, you must possess one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-09 which is directly related to the work of this position.  Qualifying experience should demonstrate progressively more responsible and independent work with all segments of a food safety research, education, extension, or grants program, including providing technical assistance in implementing or modifying program requirements, performing preliminary reviews of new program information, etc.  

OR You may substitute 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D., or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or a LL.M., that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.  Equivalent combination of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

OR You may have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described in options A and B, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%.   NOTE: Only education in excess of the first two years is creditable.   To calculate, first determine your total number of graduate semester hours beyond the first 36, and divide that number by 18.   Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 12.   Now add your percentages of education and experience.   The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience. 


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

A) A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position (such as food safety or food science), 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.

NOTE: If you meet the basic requirements for A or B, and/or you are using education to substitute for specialized experience, you are REQUIRED to submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education.

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

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

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

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.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:  

1. Technical Competence in Food Safety/Food Science  

2. Grants Program Management 

3. Oral Communication 

4. Writing   

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 Monday, March 11, 2013.  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 809891.  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:

Eboni Wiggins
Phone: (301)504-1757
Email: EBONI.WIGGINS@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-0020

Control Number:

337911100