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    Summary

    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 designated 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.

    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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    Responsibilities

    This position is located in the Office of Civil Rights, Office of the Under Secretary, Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  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 FPAC Mission Area is USDA’s focal point for the nation’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners for crop insurance, conservation programs and technical assistance, and commodity lending and disaster programs with over 22,000 employees, nearly $22 billion in budget authority, and 5,000 offices located in all 50 States, American Samoa, Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. 

    • As FPAC’s Director, Civil Rights, participates and collaborates with the FPAC Under Secretary, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Agency Heads for Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Risk Management Agency (RMA), other Mission Area officials, and USDA’s Office of Civil Rights in planning, developing, and evaluating FPAC national program policies and determinations, activities, and functions related to civil rights and equal employment opportunity. Serves as a strategic partner to FPAC leadership in leveraging available resources for civil rights programs and activities.  
    • The Director of Civil Rights is responsible for national leadership in planning, organizing, directing, and monitoring the total FPAC Civil Rights and EEO program.  The Director formulates and activates broad policies, program plans, and standards for Civil Rights for FPAC.  Develops understanding and acceptance of civil rights objectives by operating officials and encourages their participation in accomplishing these goals. Makes recommendations to the Under Secretary, COO, Agency Heads and other senior management for new or redirected civil rights efforts, activities, and policies. 
    • Consults with the Under Secretary, COO and Agency Heads in the formulation of major programs and policies and gives expert advice and guidance on civil rights aspects relating to the execution of technical and administrative programs.  Attends and participates fully on matters relating to civil rights having FPAC-wide implications and impact.   
    • The Director directs the coordination of civil rights activities with all FPAC programs and activities covering commodity, conservation, credit, crop insurance, disaster, and energy programs and Mission Support functions including acquisition/procurement, budget, financial management, management services, program appeals and litigation, accountability and performance, information technology, grants and agreements, emergency preparedness, environmental activities, external affairs, economic and policy analysis, and all other similar activities of FPAC.
    •  The Director administers Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and related laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in program services on the basis of race, sex, color, marital status, national origin, age, religion, or handicap.  Plans, organizes, promotes, and directs FPAC-wide programs and activities to ensure nondiscrimination in Federal financial assistance (Title VI) programs at all levels of administration.  Independently analyzes and evaluates Mission Area programs and activities to identify those subject to the requirements of the Secretary's nondiscrimination regulations, and recommends standards and procedures for ensuring full compliance with the Civil Rights Act and related regulations of the Secretary of Agriculture.  
    • Develops broad strategies and policy level coordination to carry out the USDA mission related to 1890 schools, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the American Indian Colleges, as appropriate. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - At the Agency's discretion

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    00

    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/506392600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.