Job: Associate Deputy Administrator at USDA National Organic Program

Associate Deputy Administrator
SALARY RANGE: 102,721.00 - 153,200.00 USD /year OPEN PERIOD: Monday, December 14, 2009 to Monday, January 11, 2010
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0301-14/15 POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 15 DUTY LOCATIONS: vacancy(s) in one of the following locations:   1 vacancy - Washington, DC
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6NO-2010-0001)
JOB SUMMARY:
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!
About the position The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, adopted as part of the 1990 Farm Bill, required USDA to develop national standards for organically produced agriculture products to assure consumers that agricultural products marketed as organic meet consistent, uniform standards. Subsequently, the National Organic Program was established in 2002.  Both the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and the National Organic Program (NOP) that was mandated by OFPA require that the agricultural products labeled as organic originate from farms or handling operations certified by a State or private agency that has been accredited by USDA, or from foreign operations certified by a government entity with which the NOP has a mutual recognition agreement.  All agricultural products sold, labeled, or represented as organic in the United States must be in compliance with these regulations.  NOP is responsible for regulating the fastest growing segment of U.S. Agriculture - the organic industry.  (See 7 CFR 205 for more information.) The incumbent serves as the Associate Deputy Administrator and as such, shares fully with the Deputy Administrator overall responsibility for overseeing the development, formulation, administration, and coordination of Program activities and policies.  In carrying out these assignments, the Associate Deputy Administrator identifies and integrates with the Program's mission key political, economic, social, technical and administrative developments.  The incumbent assures proper program and policy integration by working with and through national policy-making implementation structures and procedures, including Presidential and Secretarial leadership, interagency reviews, legislative processes and judicial review.
KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy)/veterans' documents for veterans' preference
  • Travel may be required
For More Information, click HERE For Application Information, click the Read More Tab Below

A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
  1. Resume and Core Federal Questions (See How You Will Be Evaluated found under the Qualifications and Evaluations tab for more information)
  2. Responses to the vacancy specific questions and/or Knowledge, Skill, and Ability (KSA) questions
  3. Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)
  • College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be in English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • DD-214 and other Veterans' documents (Veterans Preference)
  • ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)
For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE For information on how to submit your supporting documentation through our automated hiring system and/or print additional fax cover sheets click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you: Do I need to submit college transcripts? I attended school at a foreign university.  Do I need to submit any additional documents? I am applying for Veterans' Preference.  What documents do I need to submit? I am a displaced or surplus Federal employee.  What documents do I need to submit? Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders
  • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
  • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • If the fax number provided on the system generated fax cover sheet is continuously busy, please fax any documentation to the fax number listed in the Agency Contact by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date. If faxing to the Agency Contact fax number, please be sure to include the vacancy number on your documents.  Your documents will only be considered for the indicated announcement number.
  • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
  • Fax only documents which are clear and legible.  Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of faxed supporting documentation. You should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
  • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office.  If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax both the old document and the new document.
  • If you are using the system generated fax cover sheet, please fax to the number listed on the fax cover sheet.
  • Please be sure to click both [Finished] buttons when completing an on-line application.
  • Our online application system is 100% compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) versions 5.0 and above.
Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement.  Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
Human Resources Phone: 612-336-3356 Fax: 612-336-3560 Email: Nancy.J.Foster@aphis.usda.gov Or write: Marketing & Regulatory Programs 100 North 6th Street Butler Sq Bldg, Suite 510C Minneapolis, MN 55403 Fax: 612-336-3560
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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