Administrator, USDA-FSIS - Washington, DC

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Food Safety and Inspection Service


$119,554.00 to $179,700.00


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Department Of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:
Job Title:
Salary Range:
119,554.00 - 179,700.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Open Period:
Monday, January 04, 2010 to Thursday, February 04, 2010
Position Information:
Full-Time  Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Washington, DC
Who May Be Considered:
Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals.  Applicants must be US Citizens.
Job Summary:
Protecting Public Health through Food Safety and Defense

Become a part of a premier public health Agency!  The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the only public health regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Our mission is to protect consumers by ensuring the commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg products moving in interstate commerce or exported to other countries is safe and correctly labeled and packaged. 

FSIS needs highly a motivated and energetic leader looking to make a difference.  Consider joining the FSIS team where we offer great opportunities for career enhancement and professional development; flexible work schedules; and transit subsidies!   Learn more about FSIS by visiting

Key Requirements:

  • ALL supporting documents in the "How to Apply" section MUST be submitted.
  • Protect your privacy ~ do NOT include your social security number.
  • U.S. Citizenship

Major Duties:

The incumbent will serve as the Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection (FSIS) Service, a major operating Agency of the Department of Agriculture.  As the Administrator, the incumbent is responsible for:

Policy Development and Program Formulation:  Responsible for the formulation and establishment of long-range and current polices and programs to carry out the broad, varied, and complex public health and food safety activities of the Agency.  Identifies the role of the programs as they relate to the overall mission of the Department and other Federal and State agencies, the agriculture and food industry communities, and the consuming public.

Program Planning:  Sets the framework for strategic planning to assure program responsiveness to consumer needs and public policy.  Forecasts the need for research to meet requirements for program actions.  Determines the Agency's resource requirements.  Presents and defends such requirements before the department, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congressional committees.

Executive Direction:  Provides the framework of polices, organization, and operational philosophy essential to the effective accomplishment of program missions.  Provides leadership and requires accountability in the direction and coordination of programs.

Program Evaluation:  Establishes Agency-level systems of resource controls and measures for assessing overall organizational effectiveness, soundness of polices, and the use of resources in the pursuit of program goals and objectives.

As a representative of the Department, participates in broad program planning with key officials of other Departments and independent agencies to assure a well-integrated and balanced Government-wide approach to problems affecting the nation.


To qualify, candidates must possess senior level leadership (supervisory/managerial) experience. Candidates experience must have been at a high level of difficulty to show clearly that the candidate possesses the professional and technical, as well as program knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined under the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and the mandatory technical qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement.  Experience is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS - In order to receive consideration for this position you will need to provide a supplemental statement to your resume, curriculum vitae, or OF-612 addressing each of the ECQ requirements, which are listed below.  The response to the five ECQ's must NOT exceed 10-pages.  All candidates must also address the Technical Qualifications below.  Note:  The 10-page limitation does not include the statement on Technical Qualifications.  However, it is recommended that you restrict your response to no more than two pages per Technical Qualification.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS - Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit an individual narrative statement which addresses EACH of the five ECQs listed below.

For detailed information on the ECQ's, refer to the OPM Guide to Senior Executive Service (SES) Executive Core Qualifications at

Provide a written narrative describing your experience that has equipped you with the following qualifications.  Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.  Follow the Challenge-Context-Action-Results Model when writing your ECQ responses.  For assistance in preparing your write-ups, click on to view The Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

Background Investigation:  This position is a sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in the position.  A Top Secret security clearance is required.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

A.   EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ) –   The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential – not technical expertise.  They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. 

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE . This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.  (Competencies:  Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision)

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.  In addition to this ECQ, you must also describe your accomplishments in EEO and/or CIVIL RIGHTS.  This includes opportunities provided to minorities and women to receive grants and/or contracts, employment and advancement, training, award recognition, and program benefits.  (Competencies:  Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building)

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.  (Competencies:  Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility)

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  (Competencies:  Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management)

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.  (Competencies:  Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating)

Fundamental Competencies These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications; Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation.  The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting; they should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narrative.  It is not necessary for you to address the Fundamental Competencies directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole.

B.  MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (all applicants must address):  Your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per response

1.   Describe your experience in providing executive level management and leadership over a number of organizational entities which carry out or support regulatory programs with a focus on improving management controls, strategic planning, communication, coordination, and/or efficiency of operations.    (Provide examples of your experience in improving management controls, strategic planning, communication, coordination, and/or efficiency of operations.)


2. Describe your experience in communicating effectively with internal and external organizations to provide leadership, negotiate agreements, justify major proposals, provide authoritative guidance and alleviate controversy.


You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).  If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info:

You will earn 26 days of vacation or annual leave per year.

Employees also earn 13 days of sick leave. More info:

The Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year.  More info:

Alternative work schedule options are available.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

Other Information:

You must submit all required information by the closing date.  If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

TOP SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE.  This position has been designated Critical-Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to obtain a TOP-SECRET security clearance. 

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application.  Please do not place your application in a notebook or binder.

Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period unless currently serving under a SES appointment.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Agency.  The decision to grant reasonable accommodation will be on a case by case basis. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). 

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

How To Apply:

In order to receive consideration, your application package must be received by this office before midnight Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this announcement.
Due to potential delays in the mail, we encourage applicants to fax your application package to ensure safe and timely receipt of applications.  We cannot guarantee that applications mailed will be received before the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

By FAX:  Your application package and supplemental statements may be FAXed to (202) 720-9850.  Be sure to include the vacancy announcement number, FSIS-ES-10-003 and your name in the subject line of your fax.

By Email:  Be sure to include the vacancy announcement number, FSIS-ES-10-003 and your name in the subject line of your email. 

By Mail:  USDA, FSIS, OM, OCHCO, HRP:  1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 3168-South Building, Attention:  Pattie Schulke, Washington, DC  20250.

APPLICATION PACKAGE:  All candidates are required to provide the following information.  The initial competition and identification of candidates to be interviewed will be made solely on the basis of this material.  Candidates who do not submit complete packages will not receive further consideration.

A.     A resume, curriculum vitae, or OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment) must be submitted.  Should you choose to submit a resume or curriculum vitae, the document should contain the information outlined in the booklet, Applying for a Federal Job (OF-510).  A completed OF-612 will ensure this required information is provided.  Electronic versions of the OF-612 and OF-510 may be obtained on-line at  Do not send position descriptions, manuscripts, or other unsolicited material.

B.      A Supplemental Applicant Statement which addresses EACH executive core qualification (ECQ) and technical qualification individually.  This statement must provide examples of your experience, training, and accomplishments, which are relevant to the qualification.  DO NOT simply repeat entries from other parts of your application package.  Instead, elaborate on your training, experience, and accomplishments, highlighting the problems involved in and the objectives of your work, how you handled the problems and met work objectives, and the result of your efforts (evidence of your success) and recognition received. When addressing the five ECQ statements, your total length of your statements must not exceed 10 pages.

C.     If you are a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) graduate, submit a copy of your OPM certification verifying successful completion of the program.  This form is needed to determine eligibility for non-competitive consideration.

D.     If you currently serve or previously served on a Career SES Appointment, submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.  This form is needed to verify your SES status and determine eligibility for non-competitive consideration.    

E.      You must provide a recent supervisory appraisal of performance.  This is required of candidates who are current Federal employees and all others who could reasonably be expected to receive such an appraisal on a periodic basis.  If you are unable to provide a performance appraisal, simply provide a brief statement explaining.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Career applicants currently in the SES or graduates of the SESCDP need only address the technical qualifications.  Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons who meet the basic qualifications within the area of consideration.

Contact Information:
Pattie Schulke
Phone: (202) 690-3463
Fax: (202) 720-9850
Or write:
Department Of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room 3168-So
Washington, DC 20250
Fax: (202) 720-9850
What To Expect Next:
Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications.  Rating and reviewing to determine the best qualified candidates will be conducted by a panel of experts.  Those candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.
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USAJOBS Control Number: 1376524

Control Number: 85392069


Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.




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