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Job Title: Assistant Administrator Washington, DC

Department: Department Of Agriculture

Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service

Sub Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA

Job Announcement Number: W-OPACE-2011-0001


$119,554.00 - $179,700.00 /year


Monday, August 15, 2011 to Thursday, September 15, 2011




This is a Senior Executive Service position. Full-Time Permanent




1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington DC Metro Area, DC


Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals.

This is a Senior Executive Service position as Assistant Administrator of the Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, Food Safety and Inspection Service.



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 US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Our mission is to protect consumers by ensuring the commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg product moving in interstate commerce or exported to other countries is safe and correctly labeled and packaged. FSIS needs a highly 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



  • ALL Suporting documents applicable to you MUST be submitted
  • Background and/or Security Investigation Required
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Apply by mail, email, or fax. See "How to Apply" section for details.

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Additional Duty Location Info:


Washington DC Metro Area, DC


The Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, provides executive leadership over the Congressional and Public Affairs Office, the Food Safety Education Staff, and the Executive Correspondence and Issues Management Staff.  

In this position, you are a member of the Executive Team and you participate fully with the Administrator, the other Assistant Administrators, and other key executives in developing, recommending, and supporting the broad missions, goals, and policies of FSIS.  This position is responsible for executive leadership and overall effectiveness of the following functions and activities.

You will provide leadership for the Congressional and Public Affairs Office for developing and conducting public information campaigns related to food safety and health to inform and educate a variety of audiences, including Congress, the media, industry and consumers.  

You will also provide advice to the Under Secretary for Food Safety, the Administrator, and other key officials on public communications strategies for disseminating information, and will direct the preparation of press releases, background speeches, testimony, and other documents in support of Agency programs and initiatives.

You will provide guidance for conducting the Agency's food safety education program, including operations of the Meat and Poultry Hotline.  Through the Assistant Administrators guidance, the staff develops and conducts a variety of targeted and general food safety campaigns intended to educate producers, distributors, food preparers, and consumers on prevention of foodborne illness.

Additionally, you will maintain responsibility for the Agency's Executive Correspondence and Issues Management Staff which ensures appropriate, timely, and consistent action on executive level correspondence and inquiries, public disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts.

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Qualifications and Evaluations


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 the program knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined under the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and the mandatory technical qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement.  (Experience in the mandatory technical qualification is typically in or related to the work of the position).  You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
There is no positive education requirement for this position.
APPLICATION PACKAGE:  All applicants are required to submit 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 as indicated below will not be considered.

A.     Submit an application (Resume, OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment, or any other written format you choose to describe your job related qualifications).  See OF-612 at  If you submit a resume, please ensure that it contains the following information:

Vacancy Announcement Number;

Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers;

Country of citizenship;

Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and number, duration of employment, salary and hours per week.

Education information, including:  name, city and state of colleges and/or universities attended, major field of study and degrees received.

Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.


B.     A Supplemental Applicant Statement which addresses EACH Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and EACH Technical Qualification (TQ) individually.  This purpose of this statement is to provide you, as an applicant, the opportunity to elaborate on your experience, training, and specifically, significant achievements which relates to the ECQ's being used to identify the best qualified candidates for this vacancy.  DO NOT simply repeat entries from other parts of your application package.  Instead, use the C-C-A-R model (Challenge/Context/Action/Results), the preferred method of writing your ECQ's provided at:  An ECQ statement may include one or more examples of relevant experience.  The number of examples is not as important as assuring that your experience matches the ECQ criteria.  Please provide your examples using the four C-C-A-R elements below:

Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.

Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale, etc.).

Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address the challenge.

Results - Give specific examples of the results of your actions.  These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

When addressing the five ECQ's, the total length of your statement must not exceed 10 pages.  When addressing the TQ's, your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per TQ.

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 an SES Career 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 supervisory appraisal of performance that is within 15 months of the closing date of the announcement.  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.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Career applicants currently in the SES or graduates of the SESCDP program 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.

If you are a current or former federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility.



You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:
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.

Leadership Competencies:

Creativity and Innovation
Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.

External Awareness
Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment.

Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.

Strategic Thinking
Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.

Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

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.

Leadership Competencies:

Conflict Management
Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.

Leveraging Diversity
Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.

Developing Others (New)
Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.

Team Building
Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

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.

Leadership Competencies:

Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.

Customer Service
Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.

Problem Solving
Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

Technical Credibility
Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Leadership Competencies:

Financial Management
Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.

Human Capital Management
Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.

Technology Management
Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

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.

Leadership Competencies:

Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

Political Savvy
Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

Fundamental Competencies These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications.


Interpersonal Skills
Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.

Oral Communication
Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.

Written Communication
Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

Continual Learning
Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.

Public Service Motivation
Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

Fundamental Competencies:  These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQ's:  Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, and Public Service Motivation.  The Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting; 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 each technical qualification individually.  DO NOT SUMMARIZE.  Describe your professional and volunteer experience, education, training and awards that demonstrate your skills in the technical qualifications.  Do not exceed 2 pages per TQ response.  Additional pages will not be forwarded to the Executive Resource Board panel or selecting official.

1.    Describe your experience dealing with legal, scientific, policy and/or legislative issues that relate to complex food safety and related regulatory activities in order to represent the Agency before senior level officials within the Agency, the Department, other public health agencies, Congress, the media, and other external groups.  

2.    Demonstrated experience working directly with Congressional staff, members of Congress and the Senate related to legislative activities, information and public affairs responsibilities, and public education activities in order to lead the Agency's legislative, public affairs, education, internal communications and executive management activities.   Experience must show hands-on examples of working directly with the Legislative Branch committee process, legislative and executive branch correspondence and congressional media, and demonstrate a working knowledge of writing, receiving and responding to Congressional correspondence.

3.    Broad or indepth working knowledge of the Congressional appropriations and budgetary process in order to advise Agency and Departmental officials and to respond to a wide variety of complex inquiries from congressional and other stakeholders relevant to food safety and the public health mission.
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Benefits and Other Info


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For an overview of all the benefits programs please click this link.


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.

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

Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application. If you are applying by mail, please do not place your application in a notebook or binder.

You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

You may view information about Veteran's information, and Legal and Regulatory Guidance by entering the web addresses below into your browser.  

Veterans Information:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:

FSIS Utilizes E-verify to verify identity and Employment Eligibility.What
is E-Verify? Why is it required?

If you have concern that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or you feel you have been discriminated during the verification process based on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515). For more information on E-Verify you may contact DHS at 1-888-4644218.

U.S. Department of Agriculture NON-Discrimination Statement . Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement . More Information on Reasonable Accommodation

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How To Apply


You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement.  In order to receive consideration, your application package must be received by this office before midnight (11:59 pm) Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this announcement.

Due to potential delays in the mail, you may fax your application package to ensure safe and timely receipt.  We cannot guarantee that applications mailed will be received before the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

There are three ways that you can choose from to submit your application material for this position:

BY FAX:  Your application package and supplemental information may be faxed to 202-720-9850. Be sure to include the vacancy announcement number, W-OPACE-2011-0001, and your name in the subject line of your fax.

BY EMAIL:  Be sure to include the vacancy announcement number, W-OPACE-2011-0001, and your name in the subject line of your email.

BY MAIL:  USDA/FSIS/OM/OCHRO/HRP/PCPB: 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Rm. 3168-South Building, Attention:  Antoinette Brevard-Harris, Washington, DC 20250.

Contact Information:
Antoinette Brevard-Harris
Phone: 202-720-3873
Fax: 202-720-9850

Agency Information:
Department Of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 3168 South Building
Washington, DC, DC 20250
Fax: 202-720-9850


*If you are a current or former federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. Please see the "requirements" section on the qualifications and evaluations tab for important detail on what to submit.


Antoinette Brevard-Harris
Phone: 202-720-3873
Fax: 202-720-9850

Agency Information:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Butler Sq. W., Suite 420C
100 N. 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55126
Fax: 202-720-9850


Applicants who meet the mandatory requirements in item A (Executive Core Qualification Factors) and B (Mandatory Technical Qualifications) will be considered qualified for this position.  Rating and ranking to determine "best qualified" will be conducted by a panel of experts, and will be based upon consideration of the degree to which applicants meet the mandatory qualifications described in A and B.  Interviews and qualification inquiries may be required.  The Executive Core Qualifications of the selectee are subject to approval by the Office of Personnel Management.


Agency Information:

Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Butler Sq. W., Suite 420C
100 N. 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55126
Fax: 202-720-9850

Questions about this job:

Antoinette Brevard-Harris
Phone: 202-720-3873
Fax: 202-720-9850

Job Announcement Number:

Control Number: 2359415


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