This position is located in the Market and Trade Economics Division, Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch (APCOP). APCOP conducts a program of economic research, information, & analysis for livestock, dairy, & poultry markets & agricultural commodity cost of production.
You will serve as an Agricultural Economist working in the area of market research, analysis and outlook for cattle/beef.
Analyzes factors affecting supply, demand, and trade in cattle/beef and develops an understanding of the behavioral, market structure, and policy factors affecting them.
Serves as an active contributor to MTED outlook programs and develops an independent research program on issues that are relevant to cattle/beef markets, both domestically and internationally.
Provides emphasis on planning, developing and carrying out economic analysis focused on the organization and performance of the U.S. food system as it relates to cattle/beef markets.
Responsible for maintaining current intelligence on important issues related to the cattle/beef industry and for producing economic reports relevant to the mission of the Branch, MTED, and the ERS.
Participates with the supervisor and others in identifying analysis to be done, which may involve joint efforts with subject matter experts in the agency, other government agencies, or research organizations.
Responsible for formulating research plans, developing methodology, determining data needs, and defining resources needed to carry out complex economic research, outlook, and analysis of cattle/beef markets.
Presents major findings and their significance in the form of published reports, staff reports, and/or briefings to Agency and Departmental officials.
Reviews and synthesizes published research to identify research gaps and limitations and directions for new research.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
Direct Deposit ? Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/
If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and education requirement, as identified by grade level.
A. Degree: A bachelor's (or higher) degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus;
B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Additional Requirements - In addition to the Basic Requirement listed above, you must meet the required specialized experience below.
GS-14: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience includes: 1) experience planning and executing commodity analysis programs to yield successful outcomes; 2) managing data necessary for economic analysis; 3) developing and executing relevant economic research; and 4) responding to information requests from policy makers, media outlets, or the general public.
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.
**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.
Please see above for education qualification requirement 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: Beef and Animal Products, Communication, Leadership, and Research. 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.
This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
Relocation expenses are authorized.
CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. This is a Direct Hire Authority position. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, to include any selective placement factor(s), if applicable, will be referred to the selecting official. Before a certificate is issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed to ensure that you meet all the qualification requirements. A rating will not be used; veterans' preference does not apply due to the existence of the Direct Hire authority for this position.
Note: All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.
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To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10581733
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)
Trust determination process
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications.
If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit the NACES website. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
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