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Job Title:  Supervisory Business Manager
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Natural Resources Conservation Service
Job Announcement Number:  MP-14-1199344-CB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$82,642.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 to Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
16 vacancies in the following location(s):
Little Rock, AR View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
Denver, CO View Map
Tolland, CT View Map
Dover, DE View Map
More Locations  (11)
Current Career/Career-Conditional employees of the NRCS only
Public Trust - Background Investigation


US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is known worldwide for its accomplishments and innovations in conservation. The agency has kept a commitment to protecting and conserving soil and other natural resources on America's private land. The employees of USDA NRCS are recognized for their talent, dedication, and ingenuity in making the agency's programs run effectively. USDA NRCS employs Soil Scientists, Soil Conservationists, related technicians, and a host of other administrative, technical, and management personnel to ensure that the country enjoy the benefits of productive soil, clean water, and everything else that comes from healthy natural resources.

Note on Salary: The duty locations will pay the normal locality rate base on geographic location.

Vacancy ID: 1199344


  • Occasional Travel
  • Up to 25% (6 to 10 nights per month max.)


  • Yes
  • As permitted by regulations


  • Career/Career-Conditional USDA NRCS employee
  • Resume, SF-50 and supporting documents (See How to Apply)


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Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday - Friday

The incumbent of this position serves as the Supervisory Business Manager in the office of the State Conservationist (STC), within one of the state offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The incumbent has responsibility for managing a unit within the state that is responsible for integrating conservation strategy/planning and financial, personnel, and other resources and business and locally-based administrative services necessary to deliver on the mission of the state, area and field offices. The incumbent provides supervision, direction, and management of a subordinate staff consisting of the Financial Resources Specialist, the Business Services Partner, and other professional, administrative, or clerical positions as allocated within the state office.


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Area of Consideration: This announcement is only open to current Career/Career-Conditional employees of the USDA NRCS. Applicants MUST submit a recent SF-50 reflecting this status.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you apply to the correct specialty code. Failure to do so could result in a rating of ineligible. Guidance can be found on these specialty codes following the qualifications.

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion applicants holding or having held a GS position in the past 52 weeks must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements. One year at the GS-12 is required to be eligible for the GS-13. Time-in-Grade requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. Applicants MUST submit an SF-50 illustrating time-in-grade. No Award SF-50 will be accepted. Time-in-grade requirements also apply to VEOA applicants having held a GS position in the past year.

Minimum Qualifications


Specialized Experience: One or more years of specialized work experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 level of the Federal service, performing the following duties: integrating conservation strategy with the planning, allocation, utilization, and evaluation of financial and other resources; assessing the performance and accountability of conservation programs and operations; coordinating roll-outs of conservation, business or administrative initiatives with the senior leadership team and staff; and directing locally-based administrative support services.

PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your claim of qualifying experience, we will not allow credit for your response(s). All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Agriculture requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Suitability as a condition of placement in this Non-Sensitive level position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

SPECIALTY CODES: This position is open only to current Career/Career-Conditional employees of the USDA NRCS. Please use the following guidance to apply to the correct merit promotion or noncompetitive specialty code. Choosing the inappropriate specialty code may result in loss of consideration. Additional information on the various hiring authorities can be found HERE, information on Veterans services may be found HERE.

1. Promotion seeking permanent competitive service employees and Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles: Please choose Occupational Specialty 001 (Merit Promotion/VEOA Eligibles) when applying.

2. Reinstatement and transfer seeking current permanent competitive service employees, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) eligibles, 30% or more Disabled Veterans, Military spouse preference eligibles, Schedule A applicants, Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers, and Miscellaneous Authorities: Please choose Occupational Specialty 002 (Non-competitive Candidates) when applying.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire, and is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Program Management
  • Performance Management and Analysis
  • Business Advisory and Support Functions
  • Supervisory Duties


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Benefits: The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. More information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility may be found at 5 CFR 330 and HERE.

This position is telework eligible.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume

2. Recent SF-50 reflecting current Career/Career-Conditional NRCS employment status (must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, type of service, and career status)

3. Current Performance Appraisal/rating (dated within 18 months), or a statement advising the performance appraisal/rating is unavailable and the reason (this applies only to current Federal employees)

4. A complete Assessment Questionnaire (View Occupational Questionnaire)

5. Other supporting documents:

- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

- College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
- Any other supporting documentation required for verification as described in the announcement.

Applicants with current Federal status are required to submit their 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. A performance plan is not an acceptable substitute. If the applicant fails to provide a copy of the performance appraisal, or a statement advising why it is unavailable, the applicant will be removed from further consideration.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to be redirected to Application Manager where you will complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Application status can be checked via your USA Jobs account. Uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hard copy application packages 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 an as-needed basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.


Your complete Application Package (containing the above required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.


Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Agency Information:
OPM Midwest Services Branch
Call or e-mail us with your questions
Thank You, MO


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

Appointment Requirements: Applicants must wait at least 90 days after a non-temporary competitive appointment before they can be promoted, transferred, reinstated, reassigned, or detailed to a different position and/or different geographical area.

Non-Discrimination Policy: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) 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). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Use of government franked envelopes to mail applications is prohibited by Federal laws and regulations. Applications submitted in government franked envelopes will not be accepted.

Additional Duty Location Info

16 vacancies in the following locations:
Little Rock, AR View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
Denver, CO View Map
Tolland, CT View Map
Dover, DE View Map
Honolulu, HI View Map
Amherst, MA View Map
Jackson, MS View Map
Durham, NH View Map
Harrisburg, PA View Map
Warwick, RI View Map
Huron, SD View Map
Nashville, TN View Map
Salt Lake City, UT View Map
Morgantown, WV View Map
Casper, WY View Map

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