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Job Title:  Deputy Administrator, Insurance Services
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Risk Management Agency
Job Announcement Number:  AG-08-2014-0079

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 to Thursday, September 4, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
All groups of qualified individuals
Public Trust - Background Investigation


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


  • Occasional Travel
  • Meetings and site visits


  • Yes
  • In accordance with travel regulations


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Backgtound investigation and /or security clearance is required.
  • Designated and/ or random drug testing may be required.


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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.


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As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non- governmental organizations. Your resume needs to emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.


A. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ):  All applicants must submit written statements. Your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per ECQ.

The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. All applicants must submit written statements describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs.

There are 5 ECQs: ECQ 1 LEADING CHANGE, ECQ 2 LEADING PEOPLE (In addition to this ECQ, you must also describe your accomplishments in EEO and/ or Civil Rights), ECQ 3 RESULTS DRIVEN, ECQ 4 BUSINESS ACUMEN, and ECQ 5 BUILDING COALITIONS. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible.

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Please limit your written statements to two pages per ECQ with no more than 2 examples per ECQ.

Additional information on the ECQs is available at

Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications; Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting; they should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narrative. It is not necessary for you to address the Fundamental Competencies directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole.

.B. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQ): All applicants must submit written statements. Your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per TQ. You must address each TQ separately. You are required to respond to all TQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible.

Describe your knowledge of the crop insurance program with emphasis on products, program education as well as policy holder service, claims, finance and underwriting practices of direct and reinsurance operations.

Describe your leadership in analyzing and weighing recommendations involving market penetration, policy and program insurance operations while being cognizant of the diverse needs of program participants within private sector and the reinsurance market.

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You can review our benefits at:

Some of the benefits for which you are entitled to but not limited to are:

Federal Holidays

Annual & Sick Leave

Federal Employee Retirement System

Thrift Savings Plan

Federal Employees Health Benefits

Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program

Federal Employees Group Life Insurance

Flexible Spending Accounts

Federal Long Term Care Insurance




Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons within the area of consideration who meet the basic qualifications. Race, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, religion, marital or family status, disability, and other non-merit factors will not be considered.

1. This position is covered under the post-employment restriction of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). This law also requires the selectee to file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (Standard Form 278), within 30 days of appointment.

2. Applications sent in U.S. Government postage-paid envelope and submitted through Federal Agency courier services will not be considered.

3. The 1993 Hatch Act Reform Amendments prohibit oral and written political recommendations for Federal jobs.

4. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an executive agency of the Federal government. This requirement does not apply to Agency employees appointed before November 8, 1985.

5. All application forms are subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act and become the property of USDA.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency at 202-720-4766. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Assistance is available 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 well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship hard-copy application packages with supporting documents must be received 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.

A complete application package will require the submission of:

1. Resume, which must include all of the information listed below.

Vacancy announcement number

Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers

Country of citizenship

Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including; job title, duties and accomplishments , employers name and address, supervisor name and phone number, duration of employment, and salary and hrs per week

Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities attended, major as well as the type of degree received

Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. Responses to the Executive Core Qualifications

Submit a Supplemental Applicant Statement which addresses EACH of the ECQs separately. Please include your name and the vacancy announcement number on each page of the supplemental applicant statement. The purpose of this statement is to provide you, as an applicant, the opportunity to elaborate on your experience, training, and specifically, significant achievements which relates to the ECQs being used to identify the best qualified candidates for this vacancy. DO NOT simply repeat entries from other parts of your application package.

Please provide complete responses to the executive core qualifications. When addressing the five ECQs the total length of your statement must not exceed 10 pages (no more than 2 pages per ECQ) using 1 inch margins and a 12 point font.

An ECQ statement may include one or two examples of relevant experience. The number of examples is not as important as assuring that your experience matches the ECQ criteria, but please try to limit examples to a maximum of two to ensure a clear and concise narrative that flows.

Please provide your examples using the C-C-A-R Model (Challenge/Context/Action/Results), as described below:

a. Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal.

b. Context: Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale.)

c. Action: Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge

d. Results: Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills. Examples of the CCAR model the preferred method of writing your ECQs can be found at:

3. Responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications

Submit a Supplemental Narrative Statement which addresses EACH of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications individually. Your narrative responses must not exceed two (2) pages using 1 inch margins and a 12 point font per Technical Qualification.

4. Supporting Documentation

If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility.

If you are a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program graduate, submit proof of the Office of Personnel Managements certification and a narrative statement addressing only the mandatory technical qualifications.

If you are a current or former SES member, submit documentation of SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the mandatory technical qualifications. For documentation, you must submit a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade, and tenure.

Candidates who do not submit complete application packages as indicated will not be considered.




You can apply for this position via on-line submission. Your online application must include the following documents:

1. Resume

2. Responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

3. Supporting Documentation (See required documents for more information)

Candidates who do not submit complete application packages as indicated will not be considered.

Please be sure to remove all PII (e.g. SSN & DOB) from all documents.

Spell out Acronyms the first time used.

Applicants who cannot apply on-line, please fax applications to the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement.

Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

1. Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.

2. Please be sure to click both (FINISHED) buttons when completing your on-line application.

3. Our online application system is 100% compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) version 5.0 and above.


Debra Jones
Phone: 202-260-8781
Fax: 202-720-2774
Agency Information:
US Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington DC,
Fax: 202-720-2774


Applicants who meet the mandatory requirements in items A (Executive Core Qualifications), and B (Mandatory Technical Qualifications) above will be considered qualified for this position. Rating and ranking to determine the best qualified will be conducted by a panel of experts and will be based upon consideration of the degree to which applicants meet the mandatory requirements as described in the announcement. Interviews and qualifications inquiries may be required.

The Executive Core Qualifications of the selectee are subject to prior approval by the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board (QRB). Unless you have already been certified by an OPM QRB in the past, your ECQs must be certified by an OPM QRB before appointment can occur. When reviewing Executive Core Qualifications Statements, the QRB is looking for experience as well as specific challenges, actions, and results.

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