Special Assistant
Department Of Agriculture - Alexandria, VA

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This position is located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC).

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

This position is located in Office of the Administrator. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

Key Information:
  • FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
DUTIES: As a Special Assistant, you will:
  • Provide assistance to the Chief of Staff.
  • Research and analyze program policies and develop formal documents and presentations to represent positions and concerns to officials of the Agency, Department and members of Congressional committees. Coordinate and prepare reports referred to the Agency relative to the programs and general activities.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and liaison activities with staff, FNS program offices, Regional Offices, other mission areas of USDA, appropriate Congressional committees, departmental officials, other concerned governmental offices and organizations and private individuals interested in FNS programs.
  • Serve as a liaison on behalf of the Chief of Staff in dealing with members of Congress, Congressional committees; advocate groups and other organizations concerned with the policies of the Agency. Obtain input from various sources for use in recommending policy decisions on behalf of the Chief of Staff.
  • Monitor decisions, assignments and commitments made by the Chief of Staff to ensure that decisions are implemented, assignments are completed and commitments are met and help move them forward through the FNS Administrator's Office and Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

Minimum Qualification Requirement:

Specialized Experience:
You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes:
  • Planning trips for executives and top management to include coordination with various offices, organizations, media outlets, and other stakeholders. This should include reviewing talking points or other material to be presented by the executive.
  • Researching issues and policies related to nutrition assistance programs.
  • Serving as a designated representative of your organization or agency at meetings with outside stakeholders.
Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application includes your:
  • Resume,
  • Responses to the online questions, and
  • Required supporting documents.
  • We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
    1. Minimum Requirements : Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

    2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
    • Ability to implement organizational goals.
    • Ability to address controversial issues consistently and effectively.
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing on policy, operations, and management issues.
    • Knowledge of nutrition assistance programs.
    • Ability to build coalitions and work with stakeholders or customers.
    We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Best Qualified, Well-Qualified or Qualified depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category. 3. Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here .

    BENEFITS: Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

    OTHER INFORMATION:
    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    • This is a non-bargaining-designated position.
    • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.
    • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
    • FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.

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