Job Overview


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.

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. Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period, unless currently serving under an SES appointment. Visit 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 of 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 our agency, our exciting mission, vision, and guiding principles, please visit

Become a part of a premier public health regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The mission of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is to protect consumers by ensuring that the commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products moving in interstate commerce or exported to other countries is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.  Learn more about FSIS by visiting


As a member of the Administrator senior policy staff participates fully with the Administrator and other senior management officials in establishing and effecting the broad policies and objectives of the Agency. The incumbent formulates international policies and programs within the framework of policies and regulations of the Department. The incumbent also serves as the coordinator of the international activities of the Office of Field Operations (OFO), the Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement and Review (OPEER) and the Office of Policy and Program Development (Opted). The Incumbent also works in concert with other USDA and Federal agencies with international food safety responsibilities. these other agencies include the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Foreign Agricultural Service, the U.S. Customs Service and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as non-governmental organizations. Working with Opted, the incumbent determines the need for and approves the establishment of new or modified policies and procedures necessary to initiate and carry out the Agency's international programs.

The incumbent ensures the enforcement of U.S. food safety standards for imported meat, poultry and egg products. The incumbent is responsible for establishing policies and procedures for conducting equivalence evaluations and foreign inspections system audits and participates in making determinations based on these evaluations and audits. The incumbent coordinates inspections of imported products at U.S. ports of entry.

The incumbent oversees the development of international trade agreements regarding imported and exported meat, poultry and egg products; negotiates bilateral and multilateral agreements with foreign countries and requirements for certification of imports and exports and represents the Agency on international bodies including the World Trade Organization.

Provides guidance and technical assistance to all Agency programs and to the industry on regulations and procedures for the export of meat, poultry and egg products to foreign countries.

Represents the U.S. Government in the Executive, Procedural and Regional bodies Codex Alimentarius in the development of international food standards. The incumbent coordinates the development of U.S. positions with other countries, USDA and other Federal Agencies and implements U.S. legislation, proclamations, executive orders and directives related to Codex. Disseminates information to government officials and the public on U.S. Codex activities and influences other Codex member countries to support U.S. positions.