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The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of 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 in the Constitution. Positions in the SES are not graded. SES employees are also eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veteran's preference is not applicable to the SES. Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period, unless currently serving under an SES appointment. Visit for additional information regarding SES employees.

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The Office of National Programs (ONP) provides national scientific and technical leadership for program planning, coordination, review, and evaluation for ARS research programs.  ONP activities ensure the proper interaction, balance, and distribution of research within ARS by providing primary leadership for the National Programs.  The National Program Staff operates as a single staff headed by the Associate Administrator, National Programs, and is subdivided into four major program areas, each led by a Deputy Administrator.  The program areas are Nutrition, Food Safety and Quality (NFSQ); Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems (NRSAS); Animal Production and Protection (APP); and Crop Production and Protection (CPP).  The Deputy Administrators serve as a part of the ONP leadership team and help to develop the vision for the Agency’s research portfolio.  

The incumbent serves as Deputy Administrator, Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems (NRSAS).  As such, serves as the principal ONP lead in planning and managing ARS’ National Research Programs related to natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems.  The Deputy Administrator, NRSAS, is accountable to the Associate Administrator, NPs, for planning, setting priorities, allocating resources, and evaluating research programs.

The Deputy Administrator, NRSAS, is responsible for and provides overall leadership and direction to the natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems group in: national planning and coordination; determination of program content; establishment of research priorities; program implementation; program review and evaluation; international activities; and provide staff support to the Administrator.