Job Overview


The closing date has been extended until December 23, 2013. 

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, General. Positions in the SES are not graded. 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 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


The incumbent serves as Assistant General Counsel responsible for assisting in managing and supervising the Marketing, Regulatory and Food Safety Programs Division, providing legal support to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). Legal support provided to AMS is critical to the proper administration of programs that facilitate the efficient and fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber, and specialty crops. AMS programs include: Dairy; Fruit and Vegetable; Livestock, Poultry and Seed; Cotton and Tobacco; the National Organic Program; Science and Technology, and transportation and marketing. APHIS is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. Legal support to these efforts impacts the overall mission of USDA to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related matters. Finally, the incumbent provides legal support to GIPSA, a USDA agency that facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals, oilseeds and related agricultural products, and promotes fair and competitive trading practices for the overall benefit of consumers and American agriculture. The incumbent supervises the provision of a full range of legal services to all of these agencies and programs, including the drafting and review of legislation, regulations, and other documents, the provision of both formal and informal legal advice, assisting the Department of Justice with the prosecution and defense of Federal cases, and conducting administrative litigation for the Department of Agriculture. Finally, the incumbent is responsible for completing special assignments from the Associate General Counsel involving matters of considerable complexity, sensitivity, difficulty, and significance to the Department's marketing, regulatory, and food safety programs.