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    The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of the 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 designed as a SES General.  USDA structures its SES positions into position levels.  This is a position level one with a salary range of $164,201-$168,310 per year.  Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.  SES employees are also eligible to receive bonuses and performance-based awards.  Visit http://www.opm.gov/ses/ for additional information and benefits for SES employees

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    The Director is primarily responsible for strategic leadership, policy development, implementation, and program delivery for Forest Service recreational opportunities, administrative land uses, products, and assets to Congress, Administration representatives, recreational users, cooperators, and special interest groups to maximize opportunities of national forest lands and resources. This includes 26,000 recreation special use authorizations worth nearly $2 billion to their holders, enabling thousands of private-sector professionals to support local, regional and national economies through outdoor recreational activities on Forest Service lands. The Director also provides strategic leadership and direction to delivering conservation and protection of Cultural and Heritage resources and volunteer, conservation service and other public engagement activities.

    The Director exercises the full range of supervisory duties for two Assistant Directors and other subordinate supervisors and employees. Performs the overall work planning, establishes work priorities, and assigns and reviews work. Personally discusses with subordinates the progress of the work and problem areas as they arise. Directs and recommends employee status changes, such as promotions, reassignments, and other personnel changes. Sets performance standards and evaluates performance. Identifies training needed by subordinates, and ensures that training opportunities are provided. Resolves complaints and advises employees on matters related to less than adequate performance. Keeps employees informed of management policies and goals.

    The Director directs the two Assistant Directors in maintaining and increasing the effectiveness of the Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources programs described below in policy making, program planning, inspection, training, and evaluation of results nationwide. Activities in the various areas of the program present extremely complex problems in meeting both short-term and long-range objectives of the Forest Service for meeting present National Forest, Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources demands, and developing and managing these important resources to meet increasing future demands.

    The Director negotiates memoranda of understanding and agreements with various public and private sector entities; local, state, and Federal agencies; recreational groups and associations, and interest groups who have concerns and advocacy for the use of national forest lands.

    Analyzes problems/opportunities, information, and data relating to the recreation and heritage program components and defines solutions and action plans in simple and understandable language and options, and works effectively with the private sector to establish partnerships to strengthen Forest Service assets.  Initiates programs and gives direction to assure the accomplishment of program objectives. Determines functional assignments in the field and assigns major work projects, initiates new objectives and imaginative approaches to accomplishment of responsibilities as the need becomes apparent, and maintains a continuing surveillance of program accomplishment. As a part of the overall Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources program development, the Director is responsible for determining budgetary requirements.

    The Director develops objectives, policies, technical standards, and methodology pertinent to Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources; and analyzes the impact of program studies of complex questions for the purpose of evaluating and developing policies, standards, and management practices necessary to meet program objectives effectively and efficiently.  Makes and directs program reviews of activities throughout the National Forest System Regions and their field units for performance in Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources. Reviews also cover compliance with policies and standards, efficiency of operations, quality and quantity of results, and effectiveness of all Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources activities in meeting the overall program and objectives of the Forest Service. On the basis of these reviews and related observations, formulates and recommends changes in policies, regulations, procedures, and action programs.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Some business travel may be required to successfully perfom the duties of this position

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Outside the civil service:

    All groups of qualified individual. You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting your application.  Failure to follow instructions may disqualify you from further consideration.

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    0340 Program Management

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