This position is located in the Bradford County FSA Office, in Towanda, Pennsylvania.
Per 27-PM, Par. 454, this vacancy is a hard-to-fill position and is being re-advertised.
Responsible for directing and managing program and administrative operations for one or more counties.
Carrying out permanent and ad hoc farm bill programs and policies established by USDA as well as crop insurance operations under policies established by the Risk Management Agency (RMA).
Providing basic FSA 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.
Managing and directs activities of subordinate staff.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
1101 General Business And Industry
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.
Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
Must be 18 years of age or 17 years of age for high school graduates.
Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
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 https://www.e-verify.gov/.
Successful completion of one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if required.
Financial Disclosure Required (FSA-324).
Qualifications are in accordance with requirements in Handbook 27-PM.
Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date in the announcement, including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified below:
Per 27-PM, Par 454, to facilitate recruitment for the hard-to-fill vacancy, CED's specialized qualification requirements are waived. As this is a hard-to-fill vacancy, all candidates meeting the basic qualifications as listed in 27-PM, Par 458B will be deemed qualified for this vacancy.
You may start at the CO-07 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 experience in a related activity at the next lower grade level. Experience that demonstrates knowledge of administering segments of an agricultural program area and researching procedural content of new laws, amendments, and regulations for compliance. Some examples of how this experience may have been gained may include any of the following: experience in reviewing documents for accuracy and compliance with agricultural provisions; assisting staff in resolving program problems; serving as technical specialist; reviewing regulations to recommend an effective approach in resolving problems; developing reports, written and oral communications for managers; establishing effective relationships with representatives of public and private organizations or farmers' associations; or similar activities.
You may start at the CO-09 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 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.
You may start at the CO-11 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 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.
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.
College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, 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 with your application package evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution was appropriately accredited by an accredited body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. Education standards. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process; however, if selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Please refer to the "How to Apply" section for instructions on submitting the transcript.
Veterans preference does not apply.
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
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.
This is a Non-Federal, Non-Civil Service position.
This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
Optional - This position would be eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements in accordance with Department and Agency directives.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS CAREFULLY. During the online application process, you will be asked to address the following items:
Describe your ability to plan work and make decisions independently. Be sure to include specific examples.
Describe your ability to identify and resolve problems. Be sure to include specific examples explaining the situation you encountered, the action you took, and the resolution you achieved.
Describe your ability to communicate in writing being sure to include specific examples.
Describe your ability to communicate orally being sure to include specific examples.
Describe your ability to supervise and lead people. Be sure to include specific examples including any supervisory or leadership roles you may have held.
Describe your knowledge of FSA farm programs and practices including details regarding how you obtained this knowledge.
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on application documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, 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; for current or previous Federal or FSA County employees, it should also include the title, Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry; 4) supervisors phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
For current or previous Federal or FSA County employees, you must attach a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (form SF-50 or SF-50B) that provides current position, grade level, and duty location. Award SF-50 or SF-50B will result in an ineligible rating.
Current USDA employees (both permanent and temporary) must submit your most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record and is signed by the supervisor. If a performance appraisal is not available, you must submit a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Former USDA employees (both permanent and temporary) must submit your latest annual performance appraisal or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. Failure to submit either a performance appraisal or a statement regarding the reason for not submitting a performance appraisal will result in an ineligible rating.
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; 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. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
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