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Job Title:Interdisciplinary: Supervisory Biologist/Toxicologist/Chemist/Food Technologist (Division Director)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Marketing Service

Job Announcement Number:24ST-2014-0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year


Friday, May 02, 2014 to Friday, May 23, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map


This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply to Merit Promotion announcement #6ST-2014-0004.)


Public Trust - Background Investigation




About the Agency

The Monitoring Programs Division (MPD) is responsible for administering a national program that collects statistically reliable pesticide residue data on selected food commodities to address dietary risk assessment and food safety issues. This includes planning and directing operational activities for the Federal/State Pesticide Data Program, collecting and summarizing monitoring program data for comprehensive written and oral reports, managing program information databases, coordinating sampling and testing procedures with participating State Departments of Agriculture and selected federal laboratories, ensuring all data meets statistical sampling and quality assurance requirements, and providing policy statements and program planning in cooperation with Federal and State agencies.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required.


  • No


  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.


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This position is 75% Non-Supervisory and 25% Supervisory and is responsible for administering the Federal/State Pesticide Data Program, providing strategic leadership, and coordinating program activities in keeping with organizational policy. The duties may include, but are not limited to:

-Participates fully with S&T Deputy Administrator (DA), Associate DA, and higher-level Agency and Department officials in formulating policies and programs necessary to administer the Federal/State Pesticide Data Program by providing strategic leadership in developing proposals for implementing new residue monitoring programs and modifications to existing programs.

-Represents the Agency to Federal and State officials, academia, industry, and trade organizations and serves the U.S. a technical representative to international organizations concerned with pesticide, food safety, and alternative and sustainable agricultural issues.

-With other senior managers, advises DA on monitoring programs budget justifications, their execution and required performance measurements.

-Prepares directives, guidelines, and instructions to carry out the functions and activities of the Federal/State Pesticide Data Program and reviews ongoing programs to ensure they are conducted within budgetary limits of available appropriated fiscal year funding.

-Directs a national program that collects statistically reliable chemical residue testing data for a variety of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, milk, nuts, grain products, seafood, and specialty products and oversees the preparation of comprehensive summaries and official reports.

-In cooperation with unit supervisors, plans comprehensive program activities and related work to be performed by technical and support staff and sets priorities and deadlines, assigns projects based on priorities and difficulty, makes decisions regarding employee leave, establishes performance standards and evaluates performance of immediate subordinates, effects minor disciplinary actions and recommends action in more severe cases, advises and instructs employees on technical and administrative matters, hears and attempts resolution of employees grievances and complaints, interviews candidates for positions in the Division and makes employment selections, and identifies the need for employee training and development and implements training programs.

-Provides equal employment opportunity for all subordinates and new hires; prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap condition; and promotes full realization of equal employment through continuous affirmative actions in the work environment.


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Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

TRANSCRIPTS are required. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts


A. Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR
B. Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Degree in toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology.

A. Degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics; OR
B. Combination of education and experience – course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

A. Degree in food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology; OR
B. Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions.

FOR ALL JOB SERIES LISTED ABOVE AT THE GS-15 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
-Communicating high-level technical issues and providing advice and counsel (orally and in writing) to a variety of stakeholders (i.e. Deputy Administrators, Associate Deputy Administrators, Agency and Industry Officials) regarding laboratory operations and user-fee programs.
-Serving as technical representative to domestic and international organizations regarding sampling and testing programs.
-Investigating, designing, and/or implementing new technologies to analyze agricultural commodities and products, checking sample preparation, proficiency testing programs, or food safety issues.
-Testing methodologies and principles in chemistry, biology, and toxicology or food technology.
-Serving as a leading technical authority for laboratory quality control and assurance programs.
-Collaborating with Federal and State laboratories and respective industry officials for planning purposes and resolution of policy and operational issues.

Special Conditions:
-Satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
-This position is designated a public trust position and is subject to satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of initial background investigation and reinvestigation as a condition of employment.
-If you are appointed to a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to complete a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.


Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants’ quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):

-Knowledge of Food Technology and Human Nutrition
-Knowledge of the food industry and marketing techniques
-Ability to communicate orally and in writing
-Ability to analyze and evaluate data
-Decision-making, Leadership, Supervisory Project/Program Management
-Supervisory competency

An automated scoring system will be used to initially rate your application based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses. Based on your responses, you may be invited to participate in a structured interview. Your final category placement will be based on your cumulative score from the structured interview and assessment questionnaire.

Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.
To preview questions please click here.


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  • Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50 showing the full performance level or career ladder of your current or previous position, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is at: OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
  • 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).
  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
  • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


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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.


You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. 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) supervisors 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. All education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran 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 submitted.
  • Other required documents may include:
    • 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.


Phone: 612-336-3326
Fax: 612-336-3560
Agency Information:
Agricultural Marketing Service
100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
Minneapolis, MN
Fax: 612-336-3560


If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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