The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of 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. Positions in the SES are not graded. SES employees are also eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veteran's preference is not applicable to the SES. Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period, unless currently serving under an SES appointment. Visit http://www.opm.gov/ses/ for additional information regarding SES employees.
If you would like to work for a premier agency that is focused on enhancing the quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture: ensuring a safe, affordable, nutritious, and accessible food supply; caring for agricultural, 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, USDA is the place for you. KEY REQUIREMENTS
You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position
You must be able to obtain/maintain a background investigation
This position may be subject to randon drug testing
You will be required to do some travel
Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment DUTIES:
The APHIS Investigative and Enforcement Services (IES) program is responsible for investigations and enforcement nationwide to ensure uniform compliance with APHIS’ regulatory programs, including those of Animal Care, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, Plant Protection and Quarantine, and Veterinary Services. The functions of IES are to plan and implement an integrated enforcement and compliance program which is an integral part of the Agency’s overall regulatory and inspection program for protecting America’s agriculture.
1. The Director participates fully with the Administrator, Associate Administrator, Deputy Administrators and other senior key officials within APHIS and Marketing and Regulatory Programs in planning, developing and implanting programs in the purview of IES. The Director coordinates and integrates the IES programs and operations primarily with other units in APHIS, but also with other USDA agencies, other Federal or State agencies and outside organizations or intuitions.
2. The Director is responsible for a field force investigators located nationwide and responsible for investigating incidents and potential violations of the myriad of Agency program regulations, enforcing quarantines, and tracking animals, plants and agricultural products that may be infected or exposed to foreign pests or diseases. The Director is independently responsible for resolving violations with warnings, civil penalties or formal administrative or criminal prosecution. IES activities contribute substantially to increasing voluntary compliance, deterring further violations, and stopping illegal activities threatening U.S. Agriculture.
3. Participates with top Agency and Department officials in formulating and implanting technical and administrative policies and programs within the framework and guidance of Departmental policies. The incumbent is primarily responsible for planning and formulating policy for APHIS programs that promote compliance with and enforcement of animal and plant health inspections laws and regulations. Agriculture-focused emergency programs, agricultural bio-terrorism, and homeland security are significant priorities of Congress and the Administration and are of Keen interest to the Nation and international audiences. The Director is the Agency’s primary enforcement liaison for the Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection activities and works closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protections and Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Food and Drug Administration and other agencies in carrying out the missions of this programs. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.
Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non- governmental organizations. Your resume needs to emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.
Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.
***There is no positive education for the position.*** HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
A. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ): All applicants must submit written statements. Your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per ECQ.
The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. All applicants must submit written statements describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs.
You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.'
Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions.
Additional information on the ECQs is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp .
ECQ 1 LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility. Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision
ECQ 2 LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. In addition to this ECQ, you must also describe your accomplishments in EEO and/or CIVIL RIGHTS. This includes opportunities provided to minorities and women to receive grants and/or contracts, employment and advancement, training, award recognition, and program benefits. (Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building)
ECQ 3 RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility)
ECQ 4 BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management)
ECQ 5 BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating)
Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications; Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting; they should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narrative. It is not necessary for you to address the Fundamental Competencies directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole.
The following applicants may omit the mandatory ECQ narrative statements, but must provide proof of status as stated below.
1. Applicants who are currently serving under a SES-Career appointment or who are eligible for reinstatement into the SES. You must provide a recent Standard Form 50 (SF-50) that documents career appointment to the SES.
2. Applicants who are graduates of an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must provide proof of OPM Qualification Review Board certification.
B. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQ): All applicants must submit written statements. Your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per TQ:
1.Describe your experience that demonstrates your ability to plan, develop, and administer an integrated enforcement, investigative, and compliance program designed to ensure integrity, effectiveness, and public confidence in an organization’s activities. (Provide examples of your experience in conducting reviews, audits, evaluations, investigations, or compliance activities.)
2.Describe your experience that demonstrates your ability to develop cooperative relationships and activities with associations, subordinates, Departmental officials, and multiple levels of Federal, State, and local agencies and with foreign officials in order to enhance the effectiveness of investigative and enforcement activities.
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Some of the benefits for which you are entitled to but not limited to are:
Annual & Sick Leave
Federal Employee Retirement System
Thrift Savings Plan
Federal Employees Health Benefits
Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Federal Long Term Care Insurance
For more information on these and many other benefits, go to: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/enrollment/new_employees.asp OTHER INFORMATION:
Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons within the area of consideration who meet the basic qualifications. Race, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, religion, marital or family status, disability, and other non-merit factors will not be considered.
1. This position is covered under the post-employment restriction of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). This law also requires the selectee to file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (Standard Form 278), within 30 days of appointment.
2. Applications sent in U.S. Government postage-paid envelope and submitted through Federal Agency courier services will not be considered.
3. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an executive agency of the Federal government. This requirement does not apply to Agency employees appointed before November 8, 1985.
4. The 1993 Hatch Act Reform Amendments prohibit oral and written political recommendations for Federal jobs.
5. All application forms are subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act and become the property of USDA.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency at 202-720-0027. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
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