Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship in Animal Law or Partnered with Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The deadline for the 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowships has been extended to December 1 for project proposals that are:
Those who can apply include third- and fourth-year students, LLM students, and recent graduates. To learn more, visit our website at
Please share this opportunity with any of your students who may be interested. These applications must be submitted no later than December 1 at 5 p.m. ET.
If you have a student that plans to apply with an animal law project or a project based at a TAJF grantee organization or if you have any questions, please notify
The only proposals submitted during this extended period that will be considered for fellowships are those that address animal law issues or have TAJF grantees as the host organization. No determinations have been made on any previously submitted applications (before the Sept. 17deadline), which currently are in the process of review.
Students who have a previous relationship or are interested in working with any of the organizations below should visit our website and consider applying.
Disability Rights of Texas (statewide)
Southern Disability Law Center
American Gateways
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
Equal Justice Center
Oficina Legal del Pueblo Unido, Inc.
Texas Legal Services Center (statewide)
Legal Hospice of Texas
Dallas Bar Association Community Service Fund
Catholic Charities of Dallas
El Paso
Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services
Ft. Worth
Texas A&M School of Law--Law Clinic
Ft. Worth
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
Pro Bar (ABA)
University of Houston Law Center Clinic
South Texas College of Law Clinic
Earl Carl Institute- Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Cathedral Justice Project
Boat People SOS, Inc.
Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse
Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
Lone Star Legal Aid
Legal Aid Society of Lubbock
San Antonio
St. Mary's Immigration Clinic
San Antonio
Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education
San Antonio
Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.
Sugar Land
Fort Bend Lawyers Care
The Woodlands
Montgomery County Women's Center
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
 Equal Justice Works | 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1010 | Washington, DC 20036 |

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Legal Officer- Chile

Job Description

Organizational Setting
The Office of the Legal Counsel ensures that the Organization’s activities are carried out in accordance with its Constitution and the other Basic Texts of the Organization, in a manner consistent with its status as an inter-governmental organization of the United Nations system, and that its relationships with governments, organizations and individuals are on a sound legal basis.
The position, based in Santiago, Chile, is located in the Development Law Branch, LEGN whichprovides legal advisory services to governments on land, water, fisheries, plants, animals, food, forestry, wildlife and national parks and environment and biodiversity, as well as general agricultural issues (institutions, trade, economic reform).
Reporting Lines
The Legal Officer reports to Senior Legal Officer, Head of LEGN, and is under the direct guidance of an officer of LEGN.
Technical Focus
Development law including legal activities, research and related issues pertaining to the Organization’s activities and mandate in relation to food and agriculture and management of renewable natural resources, with particular reference to the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security and the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land Tenure, forestry and fisheries.
Key Results
The provision of legal advice on questions pertaining to the Organization’s mandate
Key Functions
  • Conducts extensive legal research and analysis and prepares studies in international, public, private, administrative and/or development law, comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence;
  • Undertakes extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material;
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of background papers, studies, reports, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts;
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of legal opinions/advice on a wide range of public international law, development law issues, involving, inter alia, issues relating to privileges and immunities, rule of law, international tribunals, institutional questions, treaty law and practice, procedural issues arising during meetings of FAO Governing Bodies;
  • Participates, as required, in working groups, meetings, seminars and conferences.
Specific Functions
  • Assists in advising Member Governments of Latin American and Caribbean Countries in development law, in particular on the legal and institutional aspects of food and nutrition security and the management of agriculture and other renewable natural resources, including in supporting the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security and the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land Tenure, forestry and fisheries;
  • Contributes to the preparation and implementation of field projects in the above-mentioned areas of work in Latin American and Caribbean Countries;
  • Conducts advisory missions in connection with field projects in the above-mentioned areas of work, in particular in Latin American and Caribbean Countries;
  • Contributes to the provision of legal advice and relevant background information to FAO technical divisions on the above-mentioned fields of development law;
  • Responds to requests for information on national and international law related to the above-mentioned areas of work, and relevant to the Latin American and Caribbean Region;
  • Contributes to the implementation of FAO’s gender policy including through the above-mentioned areas of work.
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced University degree in Law
  • Five years of relevant legal experience in the field of food and agriculture, natural resources or development law
  • Working knowledge of English and Spanish
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of experience in legal aspects of food and agriculture, in particular in relation to food and nutrition security, land tenure, forestry and fisheries
  • Ability to carry out legal research and analysis
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports and experience in drafting legal texts (legislative and regulatory instruments)
  • Extent and relevance of experience in implementing technical assistance projects related to national legislation

About the Organization

An intergovernmental organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts - to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

  • Apply by 11 December 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Natural Resources Defense Council: Water Program Fellow

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 450 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.
Position Summary: 
NRDC is seeking a full time, three year fellow to work with the Water Program. The successful candidate will be expected to play a major role in formulating and implementing NRDC’s efforts to advocate for more climate change-resilient farms, and will collaborate with a team of attorneys, policy analysts and other staff engaged on these issues.  Ideally, this position would be based in the Chicago, Santa Monica, or Washington, D.C. office of NRDC.
This job will include:
·         Advocating before legislative and regulatory bodies about the benefits of  soil health for climate-change resiliency.
·         Developing and maintaining external partnerships within extension offices, universities, and grassroots NGOs.
·         Communicating the benefits of agricultural stewardship to diverse audiences, including agricultural communities, environmental communities, the general public and policy specialists.
·         Traveling when necessary to implement work plan objectives in national and local areas of focus.
·         Advanced degree in agricultural economics, agroecology, agronomy, economics, law, or public policy; or minimum of 3 years work experience in a related field
·         Strong advocacy experience on agricultural and/or environmental issues.
·         Excellent oral and written communication skills.
·         Experience in building collaborations with non-traditional allies and in working with local, state or federal agencies and the farming community.
·         Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a member of a team to build upon strengths of the program.
·         Knowledge of agricultural practices and policies, including the Federal Crop Insurance Program, a significant plus. 
 NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.
To apply, please create a profile and upload your resume and cover letter. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-866-803-9663.

For further information about NRDC, please visit

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

United States Humane Society: Wildlife Staff Attorney

Wildlife Staff Attorney

The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States works to protect animals through hands-on work such as rescuing animals, responding to emergencies, and investigating cruelty, and through advocating for animal protection laws and conducting campaigns to educate the public.
The Wildlife Staff Attorney will work within the Animal Protection Litigation section of HSUS.  The staff attorney will focus on litigation and other legal actions that aim to protect wildlife, including actions to protect endangered and other vulnerable species, and to prevent abusive and unnecessary practices such as the use of cruel traps and poisons to kill wild animals.
For more info and how to apply, see the link below.
Location: Washington, D.C.
More information


Humane Society of the United States

Natural Resources Defense Council: Policy Advocate for Environmental Health

Policy Advocate for Environmental Health

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is now accepting applications for a full-time Policy Advocate for Environmental Health. The Policy Advocate will work with NRDC’s Food and Health Programs, a diverse team of lawyers, policy specialists and scientists, to address public health threats from agriculture and toxics in the environment. The position will be located in San Francisco.
Applications will be considered upon receipt on a rolling basis until December 1, 2014.
About NRDC
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit national environmental advocacy organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists.  We have offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Beijing.  Our staff of over 400 includes attorneys, scientists, policy analysts and educators working to protect the environment and public health through advocacy and education.
Position Description
The Policy Advocate will join NRDC in challenging an array of environmental health threats. Topic areas may include:
  • Antibiotic resistance.   While both human and livestock use contribute to the rising problem of antibiotic resistance, approximately 80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are sold for producing food animals. NRDC seeks to advance to policies and market-facing initiatives to encourage antibiotic stewardship in agriculture and promote transparency and accountability.
  • Pesticide use.   While many farmers have transitioned to safer, less chemical-intensive methods, a large number continue to rely on highly toxic compounds shown to harm workers and nearby communities as well as enter the food supply.   NRDC advocates for policies to phase out the riskiest pesticides, while creating incentives for safer practices.
  • Contaminants in food and consumer products.   Thousands of food additives in commerce are untested by FDA. Many common consumer products pose risks for human health and the environment, including flame retardants, contaminants that leach from food packaging, and antimicrobials in hand soaps and toiletries.   NRDC holds regulatory agencies accountable for protecting consumers and promotes policy reform to protect public health.
We are working on multiple fronts to address these problems. In addition to litigation directly challenging failures to regulate pesticides and livestock use of antibiotics, we are working to educate and engage policymakers, business leaders, health care professionals and others about these issues. Through a multi-pronged approach we pursue regulatory reforms, spearhead progressive legislation, educate Congress and lawmakers, advocate for private-sector action by major producers and food buyers, and educate consumers.
We now seek a Policy Advocate to expand our campaign team in California. The Golden State has a long history of leading the way in environmental protections and we are working to secure policy changes at the state-level that can translate to national reforms.
Together with other NRDC advocates, scientists and lawyers, the Policy Advocate will:
  • Provide leadership in tracking and influencing related policy at the state and national level. Particular focus will be given to advancing policy goals through state law in California.
  • Draft legislation, represent NRDC before legislative committees, and coordinate efforts to pass legislation in CA legislature.
  • Pursue regulatory reforms including the preparation of comments, petitions and testimony before regulatory bodies.
  • Expand NRDC’s coalition of opinion leaders, medical experts, public interest organizations, business leaders and producers, and mobilize this coalition to advance our policy goals.
  • Provide research, analysis, blogs, written comments and testimony to educate policymakers, media representatives and consumers about this issue.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for NRDC.
  • Degree in law.
  • Five years or more of related work experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, demonstrating an ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability for advocacy including, but not limited to, building coalitions, promoting legislation, educating policymakers and improving regulations.
  • Familiarity with the issues of sustainable agriculture, antibiotic use, microbial resistance, pesticides, food safety, and/or chemical exposures is strongly desired but not required.
This position is a challenging, entrepreneurial, and exciting opportunity for the right person.  NRDC offers competitive salaries (based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience), excellent benefits, and a dynamic work environment, and we are committed to workplace diversity. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:
NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Miriam Rotkin-Ellman

Harvard Law: Academic Fellowship in Animal Law

Academic Fellowship in Animal Law

Harvard Law School
The Animal Law Academic Fellowship is a two-year full-time residential program designed to identify, cultivate, and promote promising animal law scholars early in their careers. We are specifically looking for recent graduates, junior academics, and mid-career practitioners who are committed to pursuing publishable research that will make a significant contribution in the area of animal law. The Fellowship is part of the Animal Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School, which is a new program made possible by a gift from Bradley Goldberg.
Fellows will devote their time to scholarly activities in furtherance of their research agendas and to contributing to the work of the Animal Advocacy Program, which is directed by HLS Professor Kristen Stilt. Fellows do not have any teaching responsibilities, but are permitted to seek out an opportunity to teach one course during the second year of the Fellowship. Fellows are expected to help plan and execute events in their field of expertise at the Animal Advocacy Program and present their work in at least one academic setting. Fellows also are expected to mentor students, assist with the placement and supervision of students in experiential learning opportunities, and contribute to the Animal Advocacy Program’s media presence.
Stipend and Benefits: Fellows have access to a wide range of resources offered by Harvard University. Fellows also will be provided an office at HLS, a monthly stipend in an amount consistent with other Fellowship programs at HLS, and health insurance.
Eligibility: By the start of the Fellowship term on July 1, 2015, applicants must have an advanced degree in law (J.D., LL.M., or S.J.D.). We particularly encourage applications from those who intend to pursue careers as tenure-track law professors, but will consider any applicant who meets the eligibility requirements and demonstrates the interest and ability to produce outstanding scholarship and to contribute significantly to the Animal Advocacy Program during the Fellowship period. Applicants will be evaluated by the quality and significance of their research proposals and by their record of academic and professional achievement.
Application process: Completed applications must be received by January 19, 2015. The successful applicant will be notified by February 16, 2015 and will have a short period of time in which to accept the Fellowship offer. Application materials must be submitted electronically and should include:
1. CV
2. PDF versions of transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
3. A research proposal of no more than 2,000 words describing the applicant’s research and writing plans during the course of the Fellowship. Proposals should focus less on describing an interesting topic and focus more on demonstrating that the applicant has a promising original approach towards the topic.
4. A writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s writing and analytical abilities. The sample may be a draft; it does not need to be published.
5. Three letters of recommendation that must come directly from the recommenders. In addition to more general comments, recommenders should also evaluate the applicant’s ability to generate independent ideas and potential as a scholar.
All application materials, whether from the applicant or recommenders, should be sent directly to Marina Apostol (
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Marina Apostol

Monday, November 3, 2014

Institute for Food Laws and Regulations at Michigan State University: Food Regulation Instructor- Canada

Food Regulation in Canada
For the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University
The Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking an energetic, experienced individual to teach an online course, Food Regulation in Canada.

The mission of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations (IFLR) is to advance the understanding of food law in the United States and internationally. IFLR offers food law courses taught over the Internet. Students from more than 80 countries have taken IFLR courses. Contributions by instructors from 18 different countries enrich the courses. Please visit our web site,, to learn more about the Institute and its activities.

The instructor for the Food Regulation in Canada course will be responsible for updating the course materials and instruction of the course. The course is taught completely via the Internet on Michigan State University’s online learning management system using Desire2Learn. The 3-credit course is taught over a 15-week university semester (currently the spring semester from January through May). The instructor is expected to present an outstanding educational experience using a combination of online readings, lecture, exercises, discussions, and assessments. The instructor is also responsible for being available to students to answer questions by course email and in written discussion forums. In addition, the instructor will enter the students’ grades through the online course site.

Minimum requirements include an excellent academic record; a J.D. or equivalent advanced degree or related experience; at least five years of successful food law and policy practice or experience; demonstrated communication skills; prior successful teaching experience preferred; a record of publications concerning food law and policy topics preferred; and a strong record of established relationships with other food law and policy professionals and with professional organizations preferred.

This is a non-tenure track position. Compensation will be proportionate with qualifications, experience, and number of students enrolled.

Confidential review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  Please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and addresses for at least two professional references to the attention of: 
Mary Anne Verleger, Institute for Food Laws & Regulations
469 Wilson Road, 139 G.M. Trout Food Science Bldg.
Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824-1302
 Applications may be sent by email to

Friday, October 31, 2014

Keller and Heckman LLP: Associate Attorney Position- Washington, D.C.

Associate - Food and Drug
Job Description

International law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an established administrative law practice has an immediate need for a qualified associate (3-5 years) to work in their Washington, D.C. Office to assist on food, food additive, food packaging, drug and device matters. Experience with FDA rulemaking and regulatory proceedings or those of other federal agencies (such as EPA, CPSC and FTC) strongly preferred. Strong academic credentials, excellent analytical, writing and interpersonal skills, and the ability to assume immediate responsibility are required. Ability to relate well with a variety of people is important. We offer an excellent benefit package and salary commensurate with experience.
Send resume, cover letter, transcript and writing sample to Jennifer Ireland, Human Resources and Recruitment Manager, Keller and Heckman LLP, 1001 G Street, NW, Suite 500 West, Washington, D.C.  20001 or to E.O.E.

Center for Science in the Public Interest: Director of Litigation- Washington, D.C.

Director of Litigation
Job Description

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit consumer-advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety. CSPI seeks a highly motivated and creative public-interest-oriented attorney who wants to protect the public by changing corporate behavior and influencing government policies. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced consumer class action attorney to lead the Litigation Project in one of the nation’s top consumer-advocacy organizations.
The LitigationProject uses state and federal courts to help correct corporate misbehavior. The project brings its own advocacy lawsuits, working with private lawyers across the country. CSPI’s legal filings have produced binding settlements resulting in more honest labeling of artificial ingredients and halting deceptive marketing.
This position requires at least 7 years of class action litigation experience related to Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices (UDAP) laws, product liability, mass torts, or related fields. Applicants should be knowledgeable about federal and state consumer protection laws (including UDAP laws). Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in public policy, consumer advocacy, or public-interest law, perhaps through work with a state attorney general’s office, public-interest group, federal agency, or private law firm.
Please visit to view the full job description.
To apply, please send a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, résumé, state bar admissions, and writing samples Include “FDLI” in the subject line.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Food Safety and Inspection Service: Assistant Administrator- Washington, D.C.

Job Title:Assistant Administrator, Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Food Safety and Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:AG-37-2015-0012


$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to Friday, November 28, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent


1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map


US Citizens  no prior Federal experience is required.


Public Trust - Background Investigation




The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.
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 in the SES, General. Positions in the SES are not graded. SES employees are also eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veterans preference is not applicable to the SES. Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period, unless currently serving under an SES appointment. Visit additional information and benefits for SES employees.
If you would like to work for a premier department 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. To learn more about our agency, our exciting mission, vision, and guiding principles, please visit
USDA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a pay band Tier 3 position and the salary range is $174,226-$181,500 .Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.


  • Occasional Travel
  • At Agency Discretion


  • No


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Required (SF-278)
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.


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  • Executes, surveillance, investigative and enforcement, goals, objectives and strategy for the FSIS enforcement programs to promote compliance with and enforcement of meat, poultry and egg products inspections laws and regulations from production through distribution.
  • Exercise primary responsibility for trace forward and trace back activities associated with foodborne illness outbreaks, natural disasters and intentional contaminations events.
  • Exercises the primary responsibility for evaluation and review of FSIS, State and foreign programs oriented toward good safety, consumer protection and public health and monitors correction of any problems identified. Provides leadership and technical expertise to program managers throughout the Agency in evaluating their proposals and in carrying out their management control. Explains Agency programs to external oversight bodies and constituency groups and leads the response to and implementation of external audit finding and recommendations.
  • Develops, fosters and provides overall coordination of cooperative relationships and activities with Federal, State, local and private agencies and organizations as well as with foreign officials aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of national and international meat, poultry and egg products public health and compliance programs.
  • Keeps the Administrator, Deputy Administrator and other key Agency officials fully informed of program related considerations having significant bearing on the planning development and administration of the overall Agency meat, poultry and egg product regulatory and public health operations.


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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.

No positive education.
•  May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
•  Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry
•  Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
•  To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory.  This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.


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 ECQs: ECQ 1 LEADING CHANGE, ECQ 2 LEADING PEOPLE (In addition to this ECQ, you must also describe your accomplishments in EEO and/ or Civil Rights), ECQ 3 RESULTS DRIVEN, ECQ 4 BUSINESS ACUMEN, 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. Please limit your written statements to two pages per ECQ with no more than 2 examples per ECQ.
Additional information on the ECQs is available at
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.
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 in leading and managing efforts to carry out laws, and regulations of meat, poultry, and egg products involving inspection, investigation and enforcement activities focused upon food safety, food defense and other consumer protection. Provide example of your experience in conducting these activities.

2. Describe your experience that demonstrates your ability to develop cooperative relationships and activities with associates, subordinates, Department officials, and with multiple levels of Federal, State and local agencies and/or with foreign officials in order to enhance the effectiveness of inspection and/or regulatory programs and systems.

To view the application form, visit:


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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:


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. The 1993 Hatch Act Reform Amendments prohibit oral and written political recommendations for Federal jobs.
4. 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.
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 202-720-4766. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


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You can apply for this position via on-line submission. Your online application must include the following documents:
1. Resume which must include all of the information listed below. Vacancy announcement number Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers Country of citizenship Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including; job title, duties and accomplishments , employer's name and address, supervisor name and phone number, duration of employment, and salary and hrs per week Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities attended, major as well as the type of degree received Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
2. Responses to the Executive Core Qualifications- Submit a Supplemental Applicant Statement which addresses EACH of the ECQs separately. Please include your name and the vacancy announcement number on each page of the supplemental applicant statement. The purpose of this statement is to provide you, as an applicant, the opportunity to elaborate on your experience, training, and specifically, significant achievements which relates to the ECQs being used to identify the best qualified candidates for this vacancy. DO NOT simply repeat entries from other parts of your application package.
Please provide complete responses to the executive core qualifications. When addressing the five ECQs the total length of your statement must not exceed 10 pages (no more than 2 pages per ECQ) using 1 inch margins and a 12 point font.
An ECQ statement may include one or two examples of relevant experience. The number of examples is not as important as assuring that your experience matches the ECQ criteria, but please try to limit examples to a maximum of two to ensure a clear and concise narrative that flows.
Please provide your examples using the C-C-A-R Model (Challenge/Context/Action/Results), as described below: a. Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal. b. Context: Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale.) c. Action: Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge d. Results: Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
Examples of the CCAR model, the method of writing your ECQs, can be found at:
3. Responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications
Submit a Supplemental Narrative Statement which addresses EACH of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications individually. Your narrative responses must not exceed two (2) pages using 1 inch margins and a 12 point font per Technical Qualification.
4. Supporting Documentation
If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility.
If you are a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program graduate, submit proof of the Office of Personnel Management's certification and a narrative statement addressing only the mandatory technical qualifications.
If you are a current or former SES member, submit documentation of SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the mandatory technical qualifications. For documentation, you must submit a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade, and tenure.


  • A resume should be provided. It should include relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties and salary), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry.
  • For current or previous Federal employees, please attach a copy of your most recent SF-50 or agency notification of personnel action form that provides current position, grade level, and duty location.
1. Resume
2. Responses to the Executive Core Qualifications
3. Reponses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications
4. Supporting Documentation
Candidates who do not submit complete application packages as indicated will not be considered.
Please be sure to remove all PII (e.g. SSN & DOB) from all documents.
Spell out Acronyms the first time used.
Applicants who cannot apply on-line, please fax applications to the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement.
Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders
1. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date.
2. Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
3. Please be sure to click both (FINISHED) buttons when completing your on-line application.
4. Our online application system is 100% compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) versions 5.0 and above.
5. Please be sure to include the announcement number on your application. Also, please omit your social security number from all pages of your application.
6. DO NOT submit any additional information, extraneous materials will not be considered.
7. Applicants who cannot apply online, please mail or fax your applications to the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement.
8. Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship hard-copy application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.


Britnie Tucker
Phone: 202-260-8315
Fax: 202-720-2774
Agency Information:
1400 Indepedence Ave. SW
Washington, DC,
Fax: 202-720-2774


Applicants who meet the mandatory requirements in items A (Executive Core Qualifications), and B (Mandatory Technical Qualifications) above will be considered qualified for this position. Rating and ranking to determine the best qualified will be conducted by a panel of experts and will be based upon consideration of the degree to which applicants meet the mandatory requirements as described in the announcement. Interviews and qualifications inquiries may be required.
The Executive Core Qualifications of the selectee are subject to prior approval by the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board (QRB). Unless you have already been certified by an OPM QRB in the past, your ECQs must be certified by an OPM QRB before appointment can occur. When reviewing Executive Core Qualifications Statements, the QRB is looking for experience as well as specific challenges, actions, and results.