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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Agricultural Economist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Economic Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ERS-M13N-0036

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:

Thursday, June 13, 2013 to Friday, July 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0110-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles and others under special hiring authorities. (Applicants NOT in these groups should apply to Delegated Examining vacancy announcement # ERS-S13N-0035).

JOB SUMMARY:

The Economic Research Service (ERS) conducts broad programs of economic and other social science research and analysis relating to agriculture, food, natural resources and rural America for use by public and private decision makers.  ERS' clients are the executive and legislative branches; environmental, consumer and public interest groups, including farm and industry groups; and the general public.

The Information Services Division (ISD) provides technical leadership, guidance, training, coordination, and other assistance in computing, editing, disseminating information, and operations in support of the economic research and analysis mission of ERS.

 

The Publishing Services Branch (PSB) conducts a publishing and public information program for the Economic Research Service.  The Branch is responsible for the writing, editing, and design and graphics that go into the planning and preparing research manuscripts, outlook newsletters, special reports, and other materials prepared by the Agency both in print and on the Agency’s web site. The Branch advises authors and managers in developing information programs that meet the needs of the Agency’s customers.  The Branch assists the Agency in disseminating its agricultural economic information to its primary clientele as well as to other interested parties. 

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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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The incumbent serves as an Agricultural Economist for the PSB with responsibility for serving as Executive Editor of Amber Waves magazine and Leader of the Amber Waves team. Amber Waves is a major agency vehicle for communicating comprehensive, up-to-date economic analysis of developments in the food and agriculture sectors to a non-research audience. The incumbent also provides strategic oversight of Charts of Note, an online product featuring a daily chart, which highlights current and past ERS research.  The major duties involve independently formulating, planning, and guiding all activities related to the preparation and dissemination of Amber Waves and Charts of Note, securing and evaluating the content of articles and charts, and providing technical guidance and oversight to the Amber Waves team members rand research divisions regarding article and charts content and technical information submitted for publication.

 

The Agricultural Economist reviews the ERS research and analysis program as it relates to the flow of information for use in Amber Waves and Charts of Note and works to ensure the integration and coordination of the magazine and charts with other agency products.  This includes participating fully with the Branch Chief in formulating the broad information policies and programs of ERS and working directly with ERS's policy and program managers to plan, implement, and evaluate specific information programs.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

 

1. Degree: A bachelor’s (or higher) degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

 

OR

 

2. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above:

 

GS-14: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.  For this position, specialized experience is experience leading and managing the dissemination of up-to-date economic analysis on topics relevant to public and private decision makers.


Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under merit promotion procedures.

 

All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

 

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

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:

  • Skill in communicating information on developments in the rural economy, commodity markets, farm input markets, marketing and transportation, resources and technology, food and retail markets, the general economy, and world agricultural trade.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, practices, and techniques of communication and publishing that enable the incumbent to communicate research and analysis to stakeholders and customers.
  • Knowledge of editing, writing, and online publishing to advise agency authors and their supervisors in how best to present and prepare material for effective communication.
  • Knowledge of how economic analysis is used to shed light on economic trends and the effects of public policy. 

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 Friday, July 05, 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.  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.

Note:
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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
908069.  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 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:

Monique Hill
Phone: (301)504-4421
Email: MONIQUE.HILL@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Economic Research Service
USDA/ARS
5601 Sunnyside Avenue Rm 3-1274A
Beltsville, MD
20705

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:

ERS-M13N-0036

Control Number:

345389500