The incumbent serves as the Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications (ARD-SA) in the Office of the Regional Director in Hadley, MA.Learn more about this agency
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R5-20-10729354-ED-MP and is open to status candidates, VEOA, PLC, and LMWFA. You must apply to each announcement separately to be considered under both recruitment methods.
As the ARD-SA, the incumbent is responsible for providing effective leadership, direction, and coordination in the development and execution of high-priority Regional science activities to support large-scale or nationwide natural resource management studies and programs related to landscape conservation and collaborative conservation. The incumbent serves a critical role in cross-program, cross-ecosystem, cross-Regional, and cross-agency integration and coordination for all scientific activities. As such, the incumbent serves as the Regional Director's liaison across and between program areas and agencies.
Major Duties include:
- Providing effective leadership, direction and coordination in the development and execution of high-priority Regional science activities, including activities involving adaptive management, research, planning and monitoring, climate change and landscape conservation.
- Leading a diverse team of employees using supervisory and management principles;
- Working closely with the Regional Directorate on budget development and allocation.
- Coordinating and integrating with conservation deliverers, science providers, and internal and external partners to achieve high priority conservation outcomes.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position to attend meetings and training.
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Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
- Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination
- May be required to successfully complete a one year supervisory probationary period
- Valid state driver's license is required
- Will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 annually
- New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment
- New employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment
QualificationsOnly experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement may be used to qualify.
BASIC QUALIFICATION(S) - Applicants must meet one of the following basic qualifications:
- Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR
- Possess courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses, as shown in A above, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education; OR
- Possess four years of experience that demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study as described in A above.
- One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service, leading and directing large-scale or nationwide natural resource management studies and programs related to landscape conservation and collaborative conservation approaches; reviewing and evaluating proposed studies to determine their scientific soundness, appropriateness, and costs; providing authoritative guidance on various habitat modeling and management techniques; identifying the research, planning, and monitoring goals and objectives for an organization and planning programs, policies, and resources to appropriately fund and staff those projects; using supervisory and management principles to effectively lead and manage a diverse team of employees and partners; and developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with a variety of organizations, agencies, and groups to achieve high priority conservation outcomes.
PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified (score 85 or higher); and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
- Selective Service Registration: To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
- Additional Vacancies: More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
- Alternate Application Information: If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, go to https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Knowledge of natural resource conservation principles and practices
- Ability to develop and lead natural resource conservation programs and interpret and implement laws, policies, and regulations to provide authoritative advice and recommendations
- Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and structure of scientific organizations in order to deal effectively with problems, concerns, and questions, and to develop opportunities to promote the goals of the Service
- Skill in applying supervisory/managerial principles and methods in order to direct and motivate a diverse staff; and, a high degree of leadership knowledge and skill in order to implement agency changes through the integration of a highly specialized and scientifically sophisticated workforce
- Skill in communicating technical and scientific information to promote collaboration
- Skill in building and maintaining collaborative relationships with key stakeholders from diverse groups
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.
To apply for this position, applicants must submit a complete APPLICATION PACKAGE, which includes:
- **RESUME or APPLICATION. At a minimum, the resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS provides a template to ensure a complete resume, which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk.
- *OFFICIAL or UNOFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS (if applicable). If this position has education requirements or if education is being used to qualify, applicants must submit copies of their official or unofficial college transcripts. Education must be obtained from an accredited college or university that has received its accreditation from an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of official transcripts will be required if selected. Applicants using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
- VETERAN'S PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION (if applicable), such as DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character or service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.
- CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION (if applicable), including Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 documenting Reduction-In-Force separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
- Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.
- Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
- You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.
- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
- Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is received. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
- You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select "yes" and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.
- Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated "yes" in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section.
- To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10729353
Agency contact information
Division of Human Resources
AddressDivision of Human Resources
Division of Human Resources
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
Next stepsOnce you submit all the required documents and the online application in USAJOBS, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted by the customer office.You will be notified if this job is filled or canceled. Timelines for this process vary widely.You may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to your USAJobs Account as we will not be responding to inquiries about the status of applications as long as the system has been updated.
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