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.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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