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National Institute of Food and Agriculture Biological/Social Science Specialist (National Program Leader) in Kansas City, Missouri

Summary

NIFA is a premier Federal partner in finding innovative and transformative solutions to critical food and agriculture problems across the nation. We are looking for science professionals to serve as National Program Leaders (NPL) and administer our research, education, and extension programs that address national agriculture priorities.

Responsibilities

Leads research, education, and extension programs in food and agricultural sciences including:

Plant production and protection, including agronomy, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, IPM, weed science, and forestry.

Animal production and health, including aquaculture, livestock agriculture, and poultry science.

Food Science and Human nutrition, including food safety, food technology, and nutritional education.

Natural Resources and Environment.

Agricultural Engineering, including data science and biological engineering.

Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences, including rural communities and development.

Agribusiness, including business administration, business development and economics.

Agricultural Education and Workforce Development, including role of Minority-serving institutions.

Sustainable agriculture.

Positive Youth Development and 4-H.

Biotechnology and its environmental and social implications.

Initiate, network and collaborate with partners and stakeholders to identify mission-relevant problems, opportunities and issues requiring Federal attention.

Conceive, formulate, and execute programs and activities to respond to existing or emerging problems, opportunities, priorities and issues for development.

Apply science-based knowledge to evaluate policy and develop and implement programs in collaboration with universities and other partners.

Evaluate and assess the quality, outcomes and impacts of these programs.

Promotes the research, education and extension portfolio to advance the strategic goals and management objectives of NIFA and the administration.

Actively engages in multi-Institute trans-disciplinary teams to address mission critical priorities.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

This Position is being filled through OPM's government-wide Direct-Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all U.S. Citizens. Your application will be evaluated for basic eligibility and to determine if your experience and/or education meet the minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and other basic requirements will be referred and are eligible for selection. IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUCEMENTS This is an open continuous announcement and will be used to fill vacancies as openings occur. To receive consideration for vacancies, applicants must submit complete application prior to the established cut-off date(s). An initial cut-off will take place 30 days from the opening date. Additional cut-off dates will be every 30 days subsequent from the first cut-off date. Candidates for the position who submit a completed application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time 30 days from the opening date will be reviewed and referred if found eligible and qualified. This announcement will remain open until the closing date indicated in the announcement; however, those that apply after the cut-off date will be considered for referral to the hiring manager only if additional vacancies occur and/or the initial referral list is exhausted. Applicants must recertify (i.e. update/resubmit their application through USA Jobs) every 30 days from the date of initial application/certification to continue to receive consideration for the position(s). Applicants who fail to do so will not be reviewed and referred and will be dropped from further consideration. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date (by cut-off dates) of the announcement including specialized experience and education, as defined below. Transcripts are required with your application. Basic Requirements To Qualify for the 0401 series:

Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. NOTE: You must provide a copy of your transcripts Basic Requirements To Qualify for the 0101 series:

Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of education and experience: Must have provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. OR Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. NOTE: You must provide a copy of your transcripts AND In addition to the basic requirement above, all applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications: At the GS-13 Level:

Qualifying experience for GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-12 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is defined as: experience coordinating and analyzing data for the development of policies to implement programs to enhance food and agriculture; collaborate with various stakeholders to gather information on the performance of agricultural research, extension, or education activities; and assisting in conducting program evaluations to improve the administration and efficacy of research, education, and extension programs. At the GS-14 Level:

Qualifying experience for GS-14 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-13 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is defined as: experience developing and providing input and direction for regional or national food and agricultural science programs; participating in the development of policies to implement programs to enhance food and agriculture; leading workgroups with various stakeholders in the performance of agricultural research, extension, or education activities; and participating in conducting program evaluations to improve the administration and efficacy of research, education, and extension programs. At the GS-15 Level:

Qualifying experience for GS-15 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-14 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is defined as: experience directing and leading regional or national food and agricultural sciences programs; formulating policies to implement programs to enhance food and agriculture ; providing policy direction and coordinating work with various stakeholders in the performance of agricultural research, extension, or education activities; and conducting program evaluations to improve the administration and efficacy of research, education, and extension programs. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

See qualifications section for education requirements.

Additional Information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified based on an evaluation of the following competencies: External Awareness, Interpersonal Skills, Planning and Evaluating, and Program Coordination. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer. Selections made under this authority will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would therefore be given a new appointment to the civil service. This is a bargaining unit position. NOTE This position has recently been upgraded in position sensitivity. The new requirement will be a non-sensitive/high risk (Public Trust). All selections will be required to complete a Fair Credit report.

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