Center Director
Department Of Agriculture - Parlier, CA

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This position is Center Director and Location Coordinator, San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center (SJVASC), Parlier, California. Research at SJVASC is conducted under three research management units: 1) Water Management Research; 2) Crop Diseases, Pests and Genetics Research; and 3) Commodity Protection and Quality Research. The Location also houses and provides administrative support for the National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resource Unit, a worksite of the National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Tree Fruit, Nut Crops and Grapes, Davis, California.

The mission of SJVASC is to develop science-based environmentally acceptable and sustainable agricultural production systems; improve the traits of horticultural crops; control invasive pests and diseases; ensure access and maintenance of the postharvest quality and safety of tree fruits and nuts, and small fruits; and protect natural resources by improved irrigation and drainage water management, and water quality.


Veterans' Preference Will Apply

Background Investigation

Specialized Education

In consultation with the Area Director and Office of National Programs, the Center Director is responsible for formulating and guiding a broad-scale multidisciplinary research program covering crop production, fundamental and applied plant sciences, plant protection, pre- and post-harvest plant physiology, plant genetics/plant breeding, and entomology. Manages an annual base budget of $11.8 million in addition to extramural and in kind resources that augment the base program.

Determines the priority and nature of research activities to be conducted through Agency policy and broad guidance provided by the ARS Office of National Programs and the Pacific West Area Director. Ensures research is consistent with the mission of the Center and its Research Units and that research addresses critical issues of the industry. Makes decisions having direct effect on the conduct, evaluation, and extension or termination of research investigations.

Directs planning, organizing, and implementation of the program activities of SJVASC, which involves leading staff and coordinating the activities of partners and scientific leaders in developing research programs and carrying out the mission of the Center. Acts as liaison with other agencies within the Department, industry, and other stakeholders. Keeps well informed on the conduct and accomplishments of the Center's research programs.

Is responsible for maintaining updated and safe state-of-the-art facilities. Is responsible for an active safety program that is in compliance with biological safety and hazardous waste regulations. Identifies potential safety problems, and responds to requests for assistance from appropriate safety personnel.

You must:
  • have been conferred a doctoral level degree in the fields of biological sciences, agriculture or allied disciplines pertinent to the work of this position;
  • have conducted outstanding research in the fields of agriculture;
  • have national or international recognition within the scientific community as an authority in the agricultural aspects of biological sciences or a related discipline;
  • have demonstrated knowledge/experience in working on large and highly complex studies, based on current theory, science, and state-of-the-art-practice; and
  • have experience indicating the ability to collaborate effectively with high-level government officials, the scientific and academic communities, national or international scientific organizations, diverse community and non-governmental groups, and the public at large.
Doctoral Degree (e.g., PhD.) in the fields of biological sciences, agriculture or allied disciplines pertinent to the work of this position is REQUIRED.

All qualification requirements must be met by
the closing date of this announcement.

Males born after 12/31/59 desiring Federal
employment must be registered with the Selective
Service System.

A background security investigation will be
required for all new hires. Appointment will be
subject to the applicant's successful completion
of a background security investigation and
favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully
meet these requirements will be grounds for

The use of Federal Government postage-paid
envelopes in filing applications is a violation
of federal law and will disqualify you from

Applicants must meet the qualification requirements as outlined above to be eligible for further consideration, and must provide detailed evidence of the experience, knowledge, skill, ability, and other personal characteristic requirements and show how and when they were used. The evidence must include clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishments and degree of responsibility. Qualification determinations will be based on the information supplied by the applicant.

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You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: .

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: .

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info: .

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info:

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: .
You will earn sick leave. More info: .

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:

Tele-work / telecommuting may be made available after you have come on board. More info:

Alternative work schedule options are available.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

Qualified federal employees may be covered by our child care subsidy program or dependent care flexible spending account. Our human resources office can provide additional information on eligibility. More info: .
You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans. More Info:

The Department of Agriculture provides
reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you
need a reasonable accommodation for any part of
the application and hiring process, please
notify the point of contact listed on this
vacancy announcement. Additionals information
on persons with disabilities is available at

Persons with disabilities who require
alternative means for communication of program
information (Braille, large print, audiotape,
etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at 202-
720-2600 (voice and TDD).

The application contains information subject to
the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 522a). The
information is used to determine qualifications
for employment, and is authorized under Title 5,
USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

Applications for this position will be accepted from both US Citizens and Foreign Nationals who meet both Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements.

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