$47,448.00 to $89,450.00
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Farm Service Agency
Job Announcement Number:ADZ902227-CA
$47,448.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 10, 2013 to Friday, June 21, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Merced, CA United States
WHO MAY APPLY:
Open to current California FSA employees only.
PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER HOW TO APPLY BEFORE YOU BEGIN
RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED
This is a non-civil service position with the local Merced County FSA Office in Merced, California.
Veteran's preference does not apply.
The Farm Service Agency
(FSA) is an exciting and rewarding place to start, build and/or continue your career. Be part of our team and support the well-being of American agriculture and the American public.
FSA's diverse culture and benefits allow for a healthy balance between your career and home life. In addition to a generous salary, FSA offers a friendly and professional working environment with a diverse workforce, flexible hours/work schedules, and other family-friendly benefits such as: paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.
You must be a U.S. Citizen or national to apply.
Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
Must be 18 years of age or 17 years of age for high school graduates.
Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
This position is located in Merced County FSA Office in Merced, California.
Open to All current California FSA supervisory or managerial employees, including but not limited to, CED's, FLM's, and State Office Farm Loan Chiefs with specialized experience.
Current In-State County Operations Trainees (COT) who have successfully completed the COT program or are within 30 calendar days of successfully completing the COT program. Current California FSA employees with managerial experience (Farm Loan Managers, State Office Chiefs, current CED's, and similar positions).
This position is employed by the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) committee(s):
· Responsible for directing and managing program and administrative operations for one or more counties to carry out permanent and ad hoc commodity production, commodity/facility loan, conservation, environmental quality, indemnity, disaster, emergency and defense programs as well as crop insurance operations under policies established by the Risk Management Agency (RMA).
· Provides basic farm loan program services.
· May perform additional farm loan program assignments based on authorities delegated.
· Performing office and field activities as needed to accomplish program objectives.
Qualifications are in accordance with requirements in Handbook 27-PM.
You must meet all qualification requirements by Friday, June 21, 2013.
The following are minimum requirements for the possible grade levels of this position.
You may start at the CO-09 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university: OR
One year of specialized experience directly related to the functions of the position to be filled or equivalent office experience in a related activity at the next lower grade level. Experience in providing program interpretation, and instruction for an agriculture program area or operational phases of farm loan programs. Such work experience included acquiring data and providing information to producers, farm loan borrowers and farming operations; writing summary reports; assisting staff with policy guidance; arranging and scheduling activities of subordinates to complete technical/clerical review. OR
A combination of graduate education and experience as listed above.
You may start at the CO-11 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
Three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university: OR
One year of specialized experience directly related to the functions of the position to be filled or equivalent office experience in a related activity at the next lower grade level. Experience in independently conducting agricultural operation or in participating in the overall administration of one or more agricultural program areas. Such work experience included actively participating in the development or implementation of local farm program policies; applying knowledge of agricultural principles; making presentations or providing training; planning and organizing work of lower level employees. OR
A combination of graduate education and experience as listed above.
You may start at the CO-12 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
One year of specialized experience directly related to the functions of the position to be filled or equivalent office experience in a related activity at the next lower grade level. Experience in administering or significantly impacting administration of one or more agricultural programs. Such work experience included providing technical information and assistance regarding farm programs to representative of business and community groups; leading in the development of local farm program policies; manages all day-to-day operations of the office; employs subordinate staff.
Supervisory Probationary Period: Section 303 of the Civil Service Reform Act (Public Law 95-454) established a probationary period of one year for newly appointed managers and supervisors unless prior supervisory or managerial experience is creditable.
College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. Please refer to the “How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials” section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.
NOTE: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
HOW TO WRITE A KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSA)
All applicants will be considered on the basis of their education, experience, supervisory appraisal, training, awards and education as it relates to the qualification requirements and on the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) listed below. There are no special forms for these statements. They may be submitted on plain paper with your name and the announcement number at the top. You should include specific tasks performed, the dates you performed them, and where you were working at the time. KSA statements may not be more than 2 single-spaced pages per KSA.
Candidates who do not submit the supplemental statements will not be considered.
1. Ability to plan work and make decisions independently.
2. Ability to identify and resolve problems.
3. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
4. Ability to supervise and lead people.
5. Knowledge of FSA Programs, farming practices and customs.
Selectee will be eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be covered by a Retirement System. Employees will earn annual and sick leave. For additional information on benefits, click here
When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please read all the instructions before you begin.
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, which includes the following:
. You may either use USAJOBS Resume Builder to create a resume or create your own; however, your resume must contain the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Narrative KSA's.
4. Additional Required Documents. i.e., Copy of most recent performance appraisal, Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), college transcripts, Veterans documents, etc. (see Required Documents section below).
To begin this process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Please print your Confirmation of your Submission to Application Manager for your records. The online Occupational Questionnaire must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 21, 2013. Applications are not screened for required documents before determining minimum qualifications. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received in the office by the close of business on or before the closing date of this announcement. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible ****.
Click View Occupational Questionnaire
to download the questions, and
to download the OPM Form 1203FX, this form is used to record your responses on, and
Click here to download the REQUIRED **** during core business hours (8:00am to 4:00 pm pacific time) prior to the closing date. Requests for hardship will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Make requests in a timely manner to allow enough time to obtain documents and return the completed information to our office.
Before being hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application/resume if you have not done this using an application form. You must answer all questions truthfully and completely. A false statement on any part of your application may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.
In addition to your Occupational Questionnaire, Online Resume and Narrative KSA's, other documents are required if you are a current or former USDA employee.
You must provide the most recent Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50-B or FSA-50) that verifies permanent status. Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
You must submit your most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
FSA CALIFORNIA STATE OFFICE
430 G STREET
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a qualification review of your complete application package has been made, you will be notified as to the status of your application. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further considerations and possible interview. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We expect to make a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
At any time during the process you may verify through ****the status of your application, and documents uploaded or faxed.
Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of General Counsel (USDA)
Phone : (530)792-5539
Website : http://www.usda.gov
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is an independent legal agency within the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). OGC provides legal advice and services to the Secretary of Agriculture and to all other officials and agencies of the Department with respect to all USDA programs and activities. All legal services are centralized within OGC and the General Counsel reports directly to the Secretary. The General Counsel is assisted by a Deputy General Counsel, a Senior Counselor, six Associate General Counsels, a Director of Administration and Resource Management, and four Regional Attorneys.