Job Overview


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, Career Reserved. 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 for 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 position is located in the Risk Management Agency (RMA). RMA operates and manages the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). RMA, through FCIC, provides crop insurance to American farmers and ranchers. The Agency has three divisions: Insurance Services, Product Management, and Risk Compliance. Risk Compliance monitors compliance with program provisions by both producers and private insurance companies that participate in the program. To learn more about the agency, visit


The incumbent of this position serves as the Deputy Administrator for Insurance Services, Risk Management Agency. The primary purpose for this position is to manage a $1.9 billion crop insurance program; provide policy making recommendations to the Administrator that impact the often conflicting needs of farm industry, agents, the Corporation, Congress and the Administration.

Under broad delegated authority, provides leadership and guidance and is responsible for the planning, development, and management of significant aspects of the crop insurance and reinsurance program including:

• Oversees the development and implementation of national policy, plans, and objectives for the crop insurance program. This planning is complicated by the changing agricultural scene and the variety of situations encountered which call for sharp analysis, thoughtful evaluation, and innovative thinking. Serves as an expert advisor to the Administrator on all program matters, including design, development, and implementation. Assess issues to make recommendation to the Administrator for legislative or regulatory changes.

• Directs all actions involved in organizing, implementing, and administering the reinsurance agreements, sales and service delivery, program education, claims, and underwriting programs.

• Provides oversight on actions involved in managing program delivery, completing assigned projects, redirecting work, establishing priorities, and changing program emphasis as deemed necessary. Explains crop insurance and reinsurance program policies to private sector companies, division directors, branch chiefs, and section heads, and monitors the review and accomplishment of all projects and initiatives pertaining to the program.

• Accomplishes or directs the actions involved in determining the effect on the national crop insurance program of proposed or enacted Federal or State legislation insurance and reinsurance programs, new or proposed program requirements, emergency situations, or court decisions.  Coordinates these within the Risk Management Agency and with USDA and other Federal or non-Federal officials as required.

• Directs the day-to-day operations of the program delivery, such as implementing agreements and contracts with commercial insurance carriers; planning efforts to process claims and handle loss adjustments; and overseeing underwriting policy and review. Implements changes in the systems that result from controversy that arises; always in keeping with the scope and intent of statute.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Meetings and site visits

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • In accordance with travel regulations

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

All groups of qualified individuals

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