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Job Title:Director, Resource Use Science

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:AG-11-2013-0015

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

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SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 to Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0101/0401/0801/1301-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

If you would like to work for a premier agency in the area of conservation and natural resources; the Forest Service is the agency for you. The Forest Service has the responsibility for managing 191 million acres of National Forest System lands across the United States. To learn more about our agency, exciting mission, vision, and guiding principles, please visit (www.fs.fed.us).

This position is SES, General. 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. Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period, unless currently serving under an SES appointment. Visit http://www.opm.gov/ses/ for additional information regarding SES employees.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a background investigation
  • This position may be subject to random drug testing
  • You will be required to do some travel
  • Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment
  • Relocation expense may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulation

DUTIES:

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The Director, Resource Use Sciences (RUS), Washington Office serves as a member of the Forest Service executive staff and, as such, is responsible for providing national leadership to comprehensive scientific programs, many of which have worldwide impact on providing fundamental and applied knowledge to important environmental, conservation, and utilization problems.  The incumbent’s responsibilities include national program and budget development and oversight aimed at ensuring that the knowledge and technology for managing and utilizing the nation’s natural resources are available to resource utilization managers.  The scope of the incumbent’s specific responsibilities is complex including research in economics, social sciences, urban forestry, and utilization.  The RUS program is a large part of the total Forest Service Research program with a current budget of $46 million representing 22 percent of the total Forest Service Research effort.  The research program is conducted by 140 scientists at 23 Forest Service laboratories plus many cooperating scientists at universities, other Federal and private laboratories scattered from the western Pacific to Alaska to Puerto Rico.

Both nationally and internationally there is an increasing public interest and demand to manage public forests and rangelands on a sustainable basis by providing a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all renewable natural resources with each other and with their social and economic relationships.  The incumbent is responsible for developing a national program of research to support the requisite management activities. 

The incumbent serves as the principal consultant and expert advisor to the Chief of the Forest Service, Deputy Chiefs, Research Station Directors, and Regional Foresters on economics, recreation, social influences and impacts, urban forestry, and forest utilization.

As leader of these programs at the national level, develops policies, objectives, and operational concepts.  Determines the relative emphasis that should be placed on basic and applied phases of research to provide an adequate knowledge base for State, Federal, and private forestry and range programs.  Most of these programs call for interdisciplinary research and many represent areas of great public interest and volatility.  The incumbent is responsible for leadership in developing concepts basic principles and practical methodology in professional disciplines such as economics, recreation, social sciences, chemistry, wood engineering, and wood processing.

 Works in the international arena to ensure that issues, such as trade and economic and social trends, are coordinated, are integrated into national and international programs, are included in information exchanges at the international level, and that the interests of the United States are addressed.

Reviews Research Stations in terms of local national and international needs, makes recommendations, and strongly influences the implementation of and identified needed changes, modifications, or adjustments that may be necessary to assure proper program balance and conformity with policies and program objectives.  Makes analyses of long-term financial, personnel, and facility needs with the object of keeping them commensurate with the projected research program.

Stimulates and coordinates long-range cooperative programs with colleges, universities, foundations, Federal, state, and private agencies and other organizations engaged in or interested in research in sociology, forest recreation, wood utilization, and economics.

Represents the Forest Service in Congressional contacts.  Provides information to Congress and gives advice on local and national research programs.

Represents the Forest Service at national and international meetings concerning forest valuation and uses research and associated subject matters.  Makes major presentations of Forest Service programs and goals in these subject matter fields.  Represents the Chief and Deputy Chief o special assignments requiring broad knowledge of Forest Service programs and policies.

Leads and serves on various teams with other Washington Office staff directors to address specific issues as assigned by the Chief to ensure a corporate approach to dealing with issues and problem solving.

Often serves as acting Associate Deputy Chief or Acting Deputy Chief.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.


0101: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

or combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

0801: 

professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics or combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

  • Written Test-- Evidence of having succesfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

    Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

  • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.

1301:physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education

0401: Positions in this series require a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position or a combination of education and experience that include courses equivalent to a major, in the areas above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

More information regarding qualifications and education requirements for these series may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Occupational-Series

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all Mandatory Technical factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp.

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 demonstrated leadership experience in natural resources areas such as forest operations, forest products, urban forestry, recreation, economics and social sciences indicating your ability to strategically integrate this knowledge to accomplish the Forest Service mission?

2. Describe your demonstrated leadership experience in managing research findings to inform policy and recommend the use of research applications and tools to address complex environmental issues.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Some of the benefits for which you are entitled to but not limited to are:

Federal Holidays

Annual & Sick Leave

Federal Employee Retirement System

Thrift Savings Plan

Federal Employees Health Benefits

Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program

Federal Employees Group Life Insurance

Flexible Spending Accounts

Federal Long Term Care Insurance

For more information on these and many other benefits, go to:

http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/enrollment/new_employees.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons within the area of consideration who meet the basic qualifications. Race, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, religion, marital or family status, disability, and other non-merit factors will not be considered.

1. This position is covered under the post-employment restriction of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (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. Applications sent in U.S. Government postage-paid envelope and submitted through Federal Agency courier services will not be considered.

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

4. 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.

5. All application forms are subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act and become the property of USDA.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency at 202-690-1870. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 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.

You can apply for this position via on-line submission. Your online application must include the following documents:

1. Resume

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

3. Supporting Documentation (See required documents for more information)

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

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. Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.

2. Please be sure to click both (FINISHED) buttons when completing your on-line application.

3. Our online application system is 100% compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) versions 5.0 and above.

 

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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 nonpaid 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 per week

Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges 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 - Submit responses to the questions which addresses EACH of the ECQs separately. The purpose of these questions are to provide you, as an applicant, the opportunity to elaborate on your experience, training, and specifically, significant achievements which relates to the ECQs being used to identify the best qualified candidates for this vacancy. DO NOT simply repeat entries from other parts of your application package.

Please provide complete responses to the executive core qualification questions. When addressing the five ECQs the total length of your statement must not exceed 10 pages (no more than 2 pages per ECQ) using 1 inch margins and a 12 point font.

An ECQ statement may include one or two examples of relevant experience. The number of examples is not as important as assuring that your experience matches the ECQ criteria, but please try to limit examples to a maximum of two to ensure a clear and concise narrative that flows.

Please provide your examples using the C-C-A-R Model(Challenge/Context/Action/Results), as described below:

a. Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal.

b. Context: Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale.)

c. Action: Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge

d. Results: Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Examples of the CCAR model, the method of writing your ECQs, can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/guidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf.

3. Responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications

Submit responses to the questions which addresses EACH of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications individually. Your narrative responses must not exceed two (2) pages using 1 inch margins and a 12 point font per Technical Qualification.

4. Supporting Documentation

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. For documentation, you must submit a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade, and tenure.

Submit responses to the questions which addresses EACH of the ECQs separately.

Please be sure to include the announcement number on your application. Also, please omit your social security number from all pages of your application.

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Britnie Tucker
Phone: 202-260-8781
Fax: 202-720-2774
Email: Britnie.Tucker@dm.usda.gov
Agency Information:
US FOREST SERVICE
ERMD
1400 INDEPENDENCE AVE, SW
325-W WHITTEN BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
20250
US
Fax: 202-720-2774

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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


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Job Announcement Number:

AG-11-2013-0015

Control Number:

348037500