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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.

    Position Level 2

    This position is designed as a SES, Career-Reserved.  USDA structures its SES positions into position levels.  This is a position level two with a salary range of $168,311- $178,957 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 incumbent serves as Deputy Administrator and, as such is responsible for formulating policies and administering the full range of activities that fall under Commodity Procurement Program.

    The Commodity Procurement Program (CPP) is responsible for coordinating Agency-wide procurement activities of domestic Agricultural products and services for distribution and use in domestic nutrition and international food aid programs. Pursuant to Section 32 of Public Law 74-320, the National School Lunch Act, the Child Nutrition Act, the Agricultural and Consumer Protection Act, the Older Americans Act, Public Law 480 Grants Fund (Title II, Foreign Assistance Programs), McGovern Dole Food for Progress Program, and other Acts, the Program conducts contracting, program analysis, and other support functions for use in the formulation and execution of programs assigned to CPP, all of which is related to the procurement of agricultural products and the overall AMS mission to facilitate marketing. CPP also coordinates all Agency activities related to the Web-Based Supply Chain Management system (WBSCM), which is the mission-critical system USDA relies on to manage its commodity procurement operations, including purchase, storage, and delivery to customers.

    The incumbent exercises full authority for overall planning, coordinating, and directing program related activities under commodity procurement for international and domestic food assistance programs; providing leadership in developing, coordinating, and integrating Program activities with industry and other Federal, State, and foreign agencies, as appropriate.

    The Deputy Administrator ensures proper program and policy integration by working with and through national policy-making implementation structures and procedures, including Secretarial leadership, interagency reviews, legislative processes, judicial review and international coordination. In addition, the incumbent provides national leadership in developing, coordinating, and integrating Program activities with industry and other Federal, State, and foreign agencies, as appropriate, and provides expert advice and guidance to higher authorities in formulating broad policies and planning overall AMS and Department programs as they relate to the activities under the incumbent’s direction.

    As Deputy Administrator, the incumbent participates fully with the Administrator and the Associate Administrator in developing, recommending, directing, and reviewing programs, policies, and procedures, and modifications to existing programs, policies, and procedures to carry out the functions and procurement activities in support of USDA food assistance programs and directs Agency-wide procurement activities of domestic Agricultural products and services for distribution and use in domestic nutrition and International food aid programs.   On a continuing basis, the employee evaluates assigned Program operations and issues instructions and determinations as are necessary to most effectively accomplish the activities and mission of the Programs.  

    The Deputy Administrator provides leadership in formulating, integrating with overall national policy, and administering long-range and current policies applicable to the Commodity Procurement Program’s responsibilities with respect to administrative and technical direction, coordination, and control in the execution of the approved policies and programs under commodity procurement and responsible for the development and issuance of regulations.

    Reviews and evaluates the Program’s goals, objectives, and accomplishments ensuring requirements for the purpose of evaluating effectiveness of policies and programs. Determines program deficiencies and initiates necessary changes. Evaluates, coordinates, and consolidates program requests in light of budgetary constraints. Develops recommendations for the Administrator and Associate Administrator in cost reduction areas or organizational changes needed for effective management.

    Represents the Program and the Department for the purpose of furnishing expert counsel and technical information, obtaining policy and program recommendations, building understanding and acceptance of policy and program initiatives, and promoting harmonious relationships and cooperation. In carrying out these relationships, the incumbent speaks for the highest levels within USDA consistent with his/her full delegated authority. Directs the analysis of suggestions made by all segments of the industry and others to improve policies and program services, and provides for the implementation of those which will further program objectives.

    Cultivate external partnerships that support the mission of the Agency and assign program objectives by collaborating with industry and trade associations.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - At the agency's discrection.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All groups of qualified individuals. 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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/494824300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.