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Job Title:  Supervisory Technical Information Specialist
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Agricultural Research Service
Job Announcement Number:  UK934463 ARS SG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 26, 2013 to Friday, September 06, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Beltsville, MD United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)





Note:  This position is being filled using the Alternative Merit Promotion System.

NOTE: This vacancy is also currently advertised under the following announcement.

Job Announcement #UK936215-ARS-SG - Delegated Examining (all citizens with or without status - ALSO applicants with status as current or former federal employees or applicants eligible under special hiring authority).


Complete applications must be received for each job announcement applied to; additional information about who may apply can be found in each job announcement.


The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) works to ensure that Americans have reliable, adequate supplies of high-quality food and other agricultural products. ARS accomplishes its goals through scientific discoveries that help solve problems in crop and livestock production and protection, human nutrition, and the interaction of agriculture and the environment.


AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  Current or former Federal employees with competitive service reinstatement eligibility.  Individuals with disabilities, former Peace Corps, Vista, and Action Cooperative volunteers, VRA eligibles, VEOA, Veterans Preference eligibles, 30% Disabled Veterans, and others eligible for special hiring authorities may be considered. CTAP and ICTAP candidates. 


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Some travel may be required (2 times a year).
  • Meet basic and experience requirements.
  • Complete the Occupational Questionnaire/submit resume/supporting documents.
  • This announcement may be used to fill more than one position.


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The National Agricultural Library (NAL) is the nation's primary resource for agricultural information in all formats and is one of four national libraries of the United States.  NAL also serves as the Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This position is located in the Information & Customer Services Branch (ICSB), NAL, in Beltsville, Maryland.  

The ICSB provides national and international leadership in the provision of and access to agricultural and related scientific and technical information in specialized subject areas to a wide range of national and international customers including scientists, educators, policy makers, public officials, business and industry, farmers, and the general public.  The ICSB's complex information research programs and systems are essential to national food and agricultural industries and advances in science.

The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) is congressionally-mandated to provide information about animal welfare, animal care and use and improved methodologies to those regulated under the Animal Welfare Act - those using animals in biomedical research, testing, higher education, and on exhibit.  The Center is a resource for information and expertise in areas mentioned in the 1985 amendments to the Animal Welfare Act, including training laboratory personnel, alternative methods to animal research, improved handling and care of laboratory/research animals, refined research procedures, and ways to reduce duplication of animal research.  The Center also provides information related to the philosophical and ethical issues surrounding the use of animals in the aforementioned endeavors.

This position serves as the Program Leader for the Animal Health and Welfare Program responsible for policy making, planning, directing and evaluating program requirements, activities, and functions of NAL's specialized information center in animal health and welfare.  As program leader, the incumbent serves as the Coordinator for the Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC).

This position participates with the Branch Chief in planning, developing and setting policy for the development of information research programs in animal welfare.  In this capacity, the position leads, guides, and facilitates planning activities for information programs addressing emerging issues in animal welfare.

The NAL advances access to global information for agriculture by connecting customers to information through technology.  The Information Products Division provides direct and indirect services to accomplish this mission, including mediated and non-mediated reference and the development of targeted Web-based information products.

The position provides leadership, management and vision for the strategic development of science-based information programs, services and products critical to the animal welfare community.


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Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by Friday, September 06, 2013. 


This position has a Basic Requirement:

  • Have at least four-years of experience that provided knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, and terminology within animal science or related biological sciences; and an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field.  Such experience must have been equivalent to that which would have been gained through a 4-year college curriculum.    OR
  • Have completed a full four-year course of study that meets all the requirements for a bachelor’s degree with major study in animal science, agricultural science, ecology or related biological sciences.     OR
  • Have a combination of education and experience as described above.
  •                                                                   AND

Specialized Experience:  Have at least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or private sector.  

Experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the following duties: 

  • Serve as a Program Leader responsible for the planning, evaluating, coordinating, and implementing innovative educational and information al Web-based and in-person activities related to animal health and welfare and/or library services in the animal or biological sciences;
  • Managing and administering a program budget, including establishing and overseeing agreements and contracts;
  • Assessing and evaluating program activities, ensuring goals are consistent with strategic plans, government guidelines and accepted customer service standards, and applying and evaluating appropriate performance metrics;
  • Establishing relationships with various groups, organizations, libraries and government agencies involved in animal health and welfare to consult or collaborate on issues of common concern and/or promote relevant services and programs;
  • Performing a full range of supervisory, administrative and human resources responsibilities including planning, scheduling and setting priorities for assigned work, developing performance standards and recruiting, hiring, evaluating and developing employees.


You must meet the Basic Requirements and the Specialized Experience requirements to qualify for this position.


Supervisory Probationary Period: Section 303 of the Civil Service Reform Act (Public Law 95-454) established a probationary period of one year for newly appointed managers and supervisors.

College Transcript:  If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume.   You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process.   Please refer to the "How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials" section, for instructions on submitting the transcript, if applicable.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work.  An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS:    Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the time-in-grade restriction. 

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and full background investigation.  Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the pre-employment check.  Retention in the position is based upon a favorable adjudication of the background investigation.  The incumbent will be subject to periodic reinvestigations.



You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Biological Science and Animal Welfare.

  • Planning and Evaluation.

  • Communication.

  • Results Driven.

  • Leading (including leading projects, teams and people).


    We will review your application materials to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic requirements on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. The Occupational Questionnaire is used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. The questions are related to the fundamental competencies required for the job for which you are applying, such as customer service, decision making, flexibility, interpersonal skills, learning, oral communication, planning and evaluating, self-management, teamwork, and writing.


    Merit Promotion Applicants - If you meet the qualification requirements, you will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position.  An automated scoring system, based on your responses to the online application process, is used to determine the Best Qualified applicants. 


    Note:  If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete, you may receive a lower or ineligible rating.



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Permanent employees are eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be covered by a Retirement System. Employees will earn annual and sick leave.  For additional information on benefits, click here. 

DIRECT DEPOSIT:  All federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.  click here.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP):   If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 80 or above excluding veteran's preference points.

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See


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Please read all the instructions before you begin. 

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, which includes the following:

1.  Resume. You may either use USAJOBS Resume Builder to create a resume or create your own; however, your resume must contain the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire.
3. Additional Required Documents i.e., college transcripts, Veterans documents, etc (see Required Documents section below).

To begin this process, click the "Apply Online" button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Please print your "Confirmation of your Submission to Application Manager" for your records. The online Occupational Questionnaire must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 06, 2013.  Applications are not screened for required documents before determining minimum qualifications. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received in the office by the close of business on or before the closing date of this announcement. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc.

Alternative Method for Submitting Your Application Materials:

If you are unable to apply online, you may fax your application materials to 1-478-757-3144. 

   ·    Click View Occupational Questionnaire to download the questions, and
   ·    Click here to download the OPM Form 1203FX, this form is used to record your responses on, and
   ·    Click here to download the required fax cover page.

If applying online or faxing your application materials poses a hardship, please contact the servicing human resources office during core business hours (8:00am to 4:30 pm central time) prior to the closing date. Requests for hardship will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Make requests in a timely manner to allow enough time to obtain documents and return the completed information to our office.


In addition to your Occupational Questionnaire and Online Resume, other documents may be required.

1) If this vacancy announcement has a basic education requirement and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. 

2) If you are applying for Veteran Preference, submit evidence of eligibility, such as DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (Standard Form 15), and the proof requested on the form. 

3) If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career-conditional/career status, position title, series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50). Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating. 

4) If you are a current Federal employee, you must submit your most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating. 

5) If you are eligible for appointment based on a disability under the Schedule A hiring authority, you must provide a certification of disability. The certification of disability can be documented in one of several ways; by a counselor at either the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs; by a statement or letter on a physician/medical professionals letterhead stationary; or by statements, records or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. The certification must verify the applicant has a severe disability and is therefore eligible under a Schedule A appointment authority, and he or she is able to perform the essential duties of the position. The certification must also describe any needed reasonable accommodation. 

6) If you are eligible for appointment based on Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), or 30% Disabled Veterans, service in the Peace Corps, Vista, Action Cooperative, or another special authority, submit proof of eligibility.


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Once your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a qualification review of your complete application package has been made, you will be notified as to the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.  You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at

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