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Job Title:Assistant Administrator for Technology Transfer

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:AG-03-2013-0019

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 08, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013




Full- time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Beltsville, MD, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from all qualified U.S. Citizens.


Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.

The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised on 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 by 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. Visit http://www/ 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 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 the Agricultural Research Service and its mission and vision, please visit

The Assistant Administrator for Technology Transfer in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has broad responsibility for managing the intellectual property that evolves form the research program of the agency.  The Assistant Administrator also serves as a resource for managemenet of intellectual property across the US Department of Agriculture.  The incumbent leads in ARS for interactions with government agencies, industries, commodity groups and universities on matters dealing with intellectual property.   


  • Successful completion of a background investigation is required
  • You will be required to do some traveling.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year SES probationary period.
  • U.S .Citizenship is Required
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report is required
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered for Selective Service


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The incumbent leads the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) to interact with the ARS Office of National Programs (ONP) to develop unique technology transfer strategies for each of the different research programs; to identify ARS research outcomes that result in intellectual property that needs to be protected either through patents or plant variety protection; and to protect and commercialize the intellectual property through writing and prosecuting patent applications and licensing the resulting patents. OTT is responsible for ongoing issues surrounding the protection and transfer of intellectual property to user groups.  In carrying out these responsibilities OTT interacts with and serves eight Area Directors, their immediate office staffs, and ARS scientists located in the Areas to facilitate their responsibilities for identifying and developing intellectual property derived from ARS research.

OTT is also responsible for helping to protect and transfer ARS intellectual property to users by managing the Cooperative Research and Development Agreements process for ARS scientists and developing relationships with various groups interested in encouraging users to adopt ARS technology. In particular OTT has the primary responsibility for maintaining the relationship of ARS with the Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership program (ATIP) and it’s Foundation, whose primary mission is to facilitate the linkage of ARS research outcomes to private sector entities (corporations, large and small businesses, or entrepreneurs) that will further develop and commercialize technologies to enhance the likelihood that USDA research outcomes will be provided to users and the public in the form of marketable products and services for public benefit.



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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.

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirements and all Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications automatically disqualifies an applicant.


A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet and maintain these requirements could be be grounds for termination.  


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.

Additional information on the ECQs is available at

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.

The following applicants may omit the mandatory ECQ narrative statements, but must provide proof of status as stated below.

1. Applicants who are currently serving under a SES-Career appointment or who are eligible for reinstatement into the SES. You must provide a recent Standard Form 50 (SF-50) that documents career appointment to the SES.

2. Applicants who are graduates of an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must provide proof of OPM Qualification Review Board certification.

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 executive level experience which demonstrates your knowledge of and experience with transferring science and/or technology to users.
2. Describe your executive level experience which demonstrates your knowledge of intellectual property.

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You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:

New employees are automatically covered by the federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info:

You will earn annual vacation leave and sick leave. More info: http:

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty.

Tele-work/telecommuting may be made available after you come on board.

Alternative work schedules options may be available.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation cost may be subsidized.

You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out of pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under your FEHB plan. More info:





1. This position is covered under the post-employment restriction

of the Ethics Government Act of 19078 (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. 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.  

 3. The 1993 Hatch Act Reform Amendments prohibit oral and written political recommendations for Federal jobs.

 4. Include only those materials needed/required to evaluate your application.  Please do not include self-portraits or pictures.

 5. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of
the application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact listed on this
vacancy announcement.  Additional information on persons with disabilities is available at

6. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 522a).  The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

 7. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable sex, marital status, family status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all of part on an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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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.

Spell out Acronyms the first time used.

Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

1. Applications (submitted on-line or faxed) must be received by 11:59 on the closing date.

2.Applications 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 on-line 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 SSN from all pages of your application.

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

7.  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.



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 non paid 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 work per week, Education information, including the name, city and state of college or universities attended, major as well as the type of degree received.

Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. Responses to the Executive Core Qualifications and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications.

3. 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.

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



Rhonda Pratt
Phone: 301-504-4424
Fax: 301-504-3674
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC 2-2149J
Beltsville, MD
Fax: 301-504-3674


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 the 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's Qualifications Review Board (QRB).  Unless you have already been certified by an OPM QRB in the past, your ECQ's must be certified before appointment can occur.  When reviewing ECQ statements, the QRB is looking for experience as well as specific challenges, context, actions, and results.

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