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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
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 http://www.opm.gov/ses/for 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 http://www.usda.gov
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.