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    As an Agricultural Economist, you will direct or conduct research on developments in the agricultural economy, the agricultural finance sector, and farm policy as well as develop and maintain tools and complex models for evaluating farm sector or agricultural commodity market conditions and their impact on U.S. agriculture and the performance of the Farm Credit System (FCS) institutions.

    This position is located in the Office of Regulatory Policy, Agricultural and Economic Policy, which manages policy and regulation development activities that ensure the safety and soundness of the FCS.

    The ideal candidate for this position has (1) an advanced degree in economics or agricultural economics that allows him/her to apply economic theories, principles, and standards for monitoring and assessing emerging risks to the FCS and (2) skill in managing and using large data sets.

    This position is being advertised at 3 grade levels: VH-38, VH-39, and VH-40. The salary ranges for each grade include a 24.58% geographic differential for McLean, VA.

    • VH-38 (GS-12 equivalent): $90,352 to $149,080 per annum.
    • VH-39 (GS-13 equivalent): $103,372 to $170,562 per annum.
    • VH-40 (GS-14 equivalent): $118,265 to $195,137 per annum.

    This position is also advertised for non-competitive and status eligible candidates under job opportunity announcement VA-17-0350-MP. If you would like to be considered under both merit promotion (MP) and delegated examining (DE) procedures, you must apply to both announcements.

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    As an Agricultural Economist, you will:

    • Conduct research and prepare various complex economic analyses on emerging risks to FCS institutions, which includes tracking conditions and changes in the agricultural economy, agricultural finance, and agricultural policy and developing and/or analyzing alternative economic scenarios for the U.S. agricultural finance sector and the FCS.
    • Monitor developments in the economic, commodity, policy, financial and operating environment affecting the FCA and the FCS, and prepare reports and presentations for decision-makers and senior management on economic and policy developments.
    • Develop, maintain, and validate analytical tools, complex models, and datasets used for monitoring risk in the Farm Credit System. This includes data/models internal and external including but not limited to those used for assessing risk, evaluating agricultural policy, the agricultural sector, and commodity market conditions.
    • Develop and validate databases containing economic and financial information on agriculture and the FCS. Such data supports the Agency's risk evaluation activities and FCA management's decision-making processes regarding policy evaluation and development.
    • Serve as project manager or team leader for projects and task groups for special studies and analyses of importance to agency management.

    Travel Required

    Not required - Up to 5% for exam support, training and conferences.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    U.S. Citizens

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