Director, Western Region
Department Of Agriculture - Fort Collins, CO

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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. This position is SES, General. 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.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position
  • This position may be subject to random drug testing
  • You will be required to do some travel
  • Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment

DUTIES: The incumbent of this position has line responsibility for the operation of the Wildlife Services (WS) programs in nineteen western states and the Pacific RIM Islands. This position is a key executive position reporting directly to the Deputy Administrator. As Western Regional Director the incumbent coordinates the work taking place in these several states and territories, through numerous subordinate supervisors and a work force of federal and cooperative scientific, technical and other personnel.

In addition, the incumbent participates with the Deputy Administrator, Wildlife Services, in the formulation, administration, and monitoring of the mission, goals, policies, and strategic planning of APHIS programs oriented to the Nation's agricultural, natural resources and human health and safety from damage by wildlife. Champions the WS Strategic plan throughout the region and assists the Deputy Administrator in establishing results oriented performance measurements.

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.

Positions in this series require a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience-Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. More information regarding qualifications and education requirements for this series may be found at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0400/0401.htm

You must be able to obtain/maintain a background investigation.

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.

There are 5 ECQ''s: ECQ 1 LEADING CHANGE, ECQ 2 LEADING PEOPLE, ECQ 3 RESULTS DRIVEN, ECQ 4 BUSINESS ACUMEN, and ECQ 5 BUILDING COALITIONS. 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 .

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 senior level experience demonstrating a broad knowledge of professional wildlife damage management (WDM), and ability to conduct an effective WDM program on a regional and statewide level. Examples might include demonstrated leadership in administration of cooperative WDM programs; or knowledge of accepted practices necessary to conduct a WDM program involving aerial operations, radio management systems, and efforts to protect agricultural resources, public safety at airports, public health from zoonotic, diseases, and threatened and endangered species.

2. Describe your senior level demonstrated experience and knowledge in awareness of all legal requirements, policy issues, and scientific issues related to the wildlife damage management discipline. An example might include knowledge of Federal, State and local laws and regulations applicable to a WDM program including the National Environmental Policy Act; Migratory Bird Treaty Act; Endangered Species Act; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; and government measurement reporting requirements.

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To view the application form, visit: http://ses.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=5eaa0335-7100-49bf-9c19-a25e00f658ba

BENEFITS: Some of the benefits for which you are entitled to but not limited to are:

Federal Holidays

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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