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Job Title:Supervisory Agricultural Economist (Branch Chief)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Economic Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ERS-S14N-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 to Thursday, November 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0110-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All US Citizens. (Status Candidates, VEOA eligibles, and those eligible under noncompetitive or special appointing authorities should apply to vacancy announcement number ERS-M14N-0002.)

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

NOTE: This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date.  Applications will be accepted up until 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

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 mission of the Resource and Rural Economics Division (RRED) is to provide information and analysis to enhance public policy, and to conduct analysis that informs national public and private decisions involving the interrelationship among natural resources, environmental amenities, rural development, and agricultural activities, agricultural research and development, technology and productivity, the structure of farming, upstream agricultural and other rural businesses, farm income, and the well-being of farm and rural households.

The Conservation and Environment Branch (CEB) addresses a wide spectrum of issues as they relate to conservation and environmental policies that affect the agricultural sector. CEB analyzes the effect of Federal policies and programs on the adoption of conservation practices, input use, and land allocation to the extent that these changes are likely to affect agricultural resources or environmental quality. Topics include the cost-effectiveness and design of USDA conservation programs (technical and financial assistance), regulatory programs affecting agricultural producers, and environmental markets, strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, the economics of organic agriculture, and the potential environmental consequences of farm commodity, crop insurance, and disaster programs.

This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and a 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.

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

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

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 Economic Research Service (ERS) seeks a Branch Chief responsible for planning, directing, and managing the Conservation and Environment Branch’s (CEB) program of agricultural economic research, analysis, and information dissemination. The Branch Chief is responsible for serving as the agency's reference point to provide economic advice and counsel relating to the Branch's area of responsibility. This includes providing technical information to other U.S. government agencies, and serving on various Department-level committees, as well as interagency and interdepartmental task forces.  The Branch Chief is responsible for identifying and prioritizing research activities and resources required to complete the work assigned to the Branch. The incumbent has final authority for allocating resources and defining research studies and analyses to be undertaken within the CEB, and is responsible for the validity and integrity of the economic results produced.


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-15: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 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 planning, conducting, coordinating, and directing a complex agricultural economic research program that addresses issues related to conservation and environmental policies that affect the agricultural sector and disseminating the results of that research to a variety of audiences, including peer-reviewed publications and presentations to academic, policy, and other professional groups.  

NOTE: Please see the ‘Required Documents’ section for more information regarding the documentation required to verify the basic education requirements for this position.



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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  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:  

  • Knowledge of advanced economic theory and quantitative methods.
  • Skill in conducting and disseminating complex research that demonstrates linkages between agriculture and the environment; such as conservation programs, environmental markets, strategies for climate change mitigation or adaptation or other related research topics.
  • Skill in communicating economic concepts and research results to policy and academic audiences, including peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
  • Skill in the development of a complex database supporting advanced econometric or programming model analyses.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and direct professional staff conducting a complex program of economic research and analysis.
  • Skill in the development and justification of budgets and the allocation of fiscal and staff resources.  
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. on Thursday, November 21, 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.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  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.

If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link:  https://applicationmanager.gov/\.  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

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 982475.  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.

Veterans' Preference:  To determine your eligibility for Veterans' Preference, CLICK HERE.  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.

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:

Diane Wolf
Phone: (301)504-1366
Email: DIANE.WOLF@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-S14N-0001

Control Number:

353876800