Job Overview


The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations. To learn more about NIFA, please visit .

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. 

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 Institute of Food Production and Sustainability is a major component of NIFA. This Institute is responsible for research, education, and extension for enhancing global food security through productive and sustainable agricultural systems.

As the Deputy Director of the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, the incumbent is responsible for providing managerial leadership and direction in implementing policies and programs that support research, education, and extension programs leading to new science to sustainably boost U.S. agricultural production, improve global capacity to meet the growing food demand, and foster innovation in fighting hunger by addressing food security for vulnerable populations.The incumbent serves as a principal management advisor to the Associate Director for Programs in administering, evaluating, planning, directing and coordinating activities related to the mission and function of NIFA, in execution of policies and practices of grants management, in the allocation of resources to carry out these policies and practices.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation Expenses Will Be Authorized