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Job Title:  Supervisory Dairy Market Reporter
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Agricultural Marketing Service
Job Announcement Number:  6DY-2014-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 to Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Fitchburg, WI   View Map
Current USDA employees nationwide with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles and others under special hiring authorities. Go to the following website for a list of these authorities: Special Hiring Authorities (Applicants NOT in these groups should apply to Case Exam vacancy announcement # 24DY-2014-0003


**Please note supporting documentation required for merit promotion vacancies has changed due to new department regulations. Please see the Required Documents section for more information.**

The Market Information Branch provides timely, accurate, comprehensive market information on milk and dairy products to enhance market transparency in the dairy industry.

This market transparency provides all segments of the industry from producers to consumers with information on current conditions and trends of the market supplies, movements, distribution, demand, prices, and other technical information which serves to promote the orderly and equitable production and marketing of milk and dairy products.The Branch formulates and administers programs relating to a national market reporting service for dairy products and the development and dissemination of specialized marketing information and statistics for the Federal milk order programs.  The Branch also provides assigned statistical and economic services for the Program and provides essential information basic to the effective planning and administering of other Departmental and government programs.
The incumbent directs, administers, and carries out programs and functions delegated to theMadison office and as such serves as the National Supervisor for Dairy Market News.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!


  • U.S. Citizenship


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The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • The incumbent is responsible for the Dairy Market News program and functions which are designed to provide highly technical and complicated milk marketing information to the industry, consumers, other government agencies, and interested individuals and groups.  
  • Non-Supervisory Duties - Dairy Market News Policy and Program Formulation:  Advises on the formulation of operational policy in the administration of both voluntary and mandatory nationwide market news reporting service on milk and dairy products.
  • Program Planning: Within the general limits of overall national policy for market news coordinates collection and dissemination of accurate daily, weekly, monthly, periodic, and annual reports on marketing milk and dairy products.
  • Producer, Industry, Governmental, and Public Relationships:  Represents Market News, Dairy Programs, and the Agricultural Marketing Service in maintaining and developing working relationships with Federal and State agencies, producers, marketing and consumer groups for the purpose of collecting and disseminating market news information, obtaining policy and program recommendations, and promoting harmonious relationships and cooperation
  • General Administration: Collaborates with Market Information Branch (Chief), Economics Division (Director), Dairy Programs (Deputy Administrator) in developing recommendations, and carrying out operations relating to budget, fiscal, personnel, organization, informational, and other administrative management services affecting the Dairy Market News program.
  • Market News Reporting: Plans, directs, coordinates, and carries out technical and administrative operations for assigned regions of all phases of the market news functions.  These functions include:
  • Collects information relative to general and specific market conditions as reflected in supply, demand, price, quality, condition, and movement of milk and dairy products, including such factors as production, storage, receipts, and consumption.
  • Analyzes and verifies market data (obtained through industry contact) to evaluate accuracy and market coverage.   Studies daily and seasonal marketing conditions as well as other marketing areas in order to analyze and evaluate the significance of collected data.
  • Recommends new reports, the termination of existing reports, and new reporting methods, procedures, and techniques to the National Supervisor as changes in marketing patterns and practices develop.
  • Prepares and disseminates assigned daily, weekly, monthly, annual, and special market reports covering sales at multiple levels of the supply chain, including prices and volumes traded, general market conditions, and other information and statistics that may be of interest to the dairy industry.
  • Maintains active public relations with commercial news media for the dissemination of market news.  Prepares talks and participates in various types of group meetings relative to market news, including members of the industry, associations, education fields, and others interested in marketing.
  • Collaborates with Market Information Branch, in continuation of operation during times of emergency, and carrying out operations relating to mandatory reporting and Federal order information services affecting the Market News program.
  • Supervisory Duties - Dairy Market News Program:  Directs the Dairy Market News Service, in collection, analysis and dissemination of milk and dairy products to promote the efficient marketing throughout the industry.
  • Directs and coordinates the collection of both voluntary and mandatory information from the trade and other sources pertaining to supply, demand, prices, trends and other market information on dairy products.
  • The incumbent provides administrative and technical supervision to the dairy market reporters and clerical staff assigned. 


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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience requirements specified below.


Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal service. This experience is typically in, or related to, the work of the position being filled and must have equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below.

Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

  • Directs, reviews, and coordinates the activities of a Dairy Market News program.
  • Collects, analyzes and disseminates milk and dairy products to promote efficient marketing throughout the industry.
  • Reviews and evaluates operating procedures to determine the effectiveness or deficiencies and recommends effective methods of performance to determine desirable changes in programs or operations.
  • Directs, administers, and carries out programs and functions delegated to a Market News program.
There is no education substitution for the GS-12 and GS-13 grade levels.
For more information on OPM Qualifications, visit: OPM Qualification Standards

Special Conditions:

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • If you are appointed to a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to complete a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period. 
  • In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.


  • You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
    • Supervisory Competency
    • General knowledge of agricultural commodity markets and marketing practices
    • Ability to collect, analyze and evaluate data in order to provide factual, unbiased, timely information on supply, demand, price, movement and trade conditions pertaining to agricultural commodities
    • Ability to organize and prioritize work, meet deadlines and adapt to changing work locations and environments
    • Ability to use information technology to compile, track, analyze and report agricultural commodity data and news
    • Oral Communication Ability
    • Written Communication Ability
    • Ability to instruct, lead and supervise other and manage an agriculture program office or marketing organization
    • Knowledge of the methods, principles, techniques and requirements pertaining to the reporting of market news covering dairy products
  • We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
  • Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


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    Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
    The following instructions outline our application process.
    • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
    • We are available to assist you 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 during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted 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.

    Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
    Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
    Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
    You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.


    **Please note the supporting documentation required when applying to USDA positions has changed. All applicants qualifying based on education must submit a copy of their transcripts. This also applies to status applicants who are applying to a position in the same occupational series in which they currently serve or to which they were previously appointed. All current and/or former Federal employees must submit a copy of a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) or equivalent. (Previously, MRP employees were not required to submit an SF-50.) All current Federal employees must submit a performance appraisal to be considered.**
    A complete Application Package must be submitted and received prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date. The following documents are required for your application package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
    • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisor's phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
    • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.

    Other required documents as applicable:
    • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional: MUST submit a copy of your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, your federal status, position title, series and grade; AND current Federal employees must also 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.
    • Veteran Hiring Authority Eligibles: VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy). Disabled veterans must include a copy of your VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
    • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment: Sch A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
    • Non-Competitive Reassignment/Transfer/Reinstatement: Most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) in the competitive service with the same or higher promotion potential as this position.
    • Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473: MUST submit verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage), a copy of your spouse’s DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) AND one of the following: a copy of your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders issued within the last 2 years that lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; OR verification of the member's 100% disability (VA Letter); OR verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate).
    • CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency certification; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position from which you will be separated.
    • Other Special Hiring Authorities: If you are claiming eligibility under a Special Hiring Authority, you must submit supporting documentation. For more information, click: Supporting Documentation


    Phone: 612-336-3410
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Agricultural Marketing Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click: Checking My Application Status. No additional correspondence will be sent.

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