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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, Career-Reserved or 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

    If you would like to work for a premier agency focused on enhancing the quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture; ensuring safe, affordable, nutritious and accessible food supply; forest and range lands; supporting sound development of rural communities; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents; expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services; and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world, then the USDA is for you. To learn more about our agency, our exciting mission, vision and guiding principles, please visit http://www.usda.gov.

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    This position serves as the Associate Director, Midwest Area (MWA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  (There are two Associate Directors in the ARS Area Offices.) The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  The ARS mission is to conduct research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products; assess the nutritional needs of Americans; sustain a competitive agricultural economy; enhance the natural resource base and the environment; and provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.  The mission of the MWA is to conduct innovative, fundamental and applied scientific research to develop and transfer solutions that address agricultural and human health problems of high national priority such as: 1) maintaining and improving the plentiful supply of healthful and safe food, fiber, bioenergy and agriculture-derived value-added products to all Americans; 2) protecting and enhancing the natural resource base and the environment; 3) providing innovative technology to enhance economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and the society as a whole; and 4) assuring a competitive position of American agriculture in the global economy.  The MWA encompasses 14 research centers and laboratories and 2 worksites located in 9 midwestern states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin). 

    The Associate Director, MWA plans and implements broad, goal-oriented research and management programs within the Area.  These activities involve interpretations of general policy and difficult and important decisions regarding the conduct, coordination, and integration of fundamental and applied multi-disciplinary research programs in relation to available resources and support of Agency priorities.

    In conjunction with the Director, MWA and other Associate Director, MWA, plans and develops the overall research missions, goals, and policies for the Area. This involves the interpretation and adaptation of broad program and policy objectives, and a wide variety of difficult and important decisions regarding program capabilities in relation to resource availability. 

    2. Provides for an organized, programmed approach for systematic, goal-related program reviews with a view to evaluating the effectiveness of program operations in terms of long-and short-range objectives and time schedules, utilization of resources, qualitative research output, and other related considerations.

    3. Keeps the Area Director, the Administrator and staff, and other officials fully informed of program-related considerations having significant bearing upon the planning, development, and administration of research programs.  Identifies new problem areas requiring attention and recommends approaches to be taken, i.e., in-house, extramural, cooperative endeavor or regional multidisciplinary cooperatives.  Recommends curtailment of unproductive research programs or approaches.

    4. Participates with the Area Director, the Administrator and staff, and other research program leaders in developing criteria for budgetary priorities and projections; provides leadership in developing and coordinating program research projections; evaluates and consolidates budgetary requests, and recommends and supports such requests.

    5. Fosters and develops cooperative research relationships with state, local and private agencies in an effort to complement, supplement, and otherwise enlarge the research capability of the Area programs within the parameters of authorized scientific missions and goals.

    6. Provides input with the other Associate Director to the Area Director on allocating, on controlling, and efficient use of resources (funds, personnel, property) assigned to research programs.

    7. Develops and directs programs of multidisciplinary research through program leaders, and provides continuing vigilance over the application of policies and procedures concerned with the selection, development, and utilization of the scientific staff and associated support personnel.

    8. Provides the Area Director, the Administrator, and other key officials with advice on highly technical problems.

    9. Acts for the Area Director as designated.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - At the agency's discretion

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Applications will be accepted from qualified (1) United States citizens, (2) a current /former career SES appointees, (3) alumnus of an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Plan, or (4) a current GS-14 or 15 federal employees who can demonstrate the mandatory technical qualifications for the position.

    Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/503057200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.