Job Title: Assistant Administrator – Washington, DC
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
SERIES & GRADE:
This is a Senior Executive Service position. Full-Time
1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington
DC Metro Area, DC
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:
Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified
This is a Senior Executive Service position as Assistant Administrator of
the Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, Food Safety and
APPLICANTS WHO APPLIED UNDER ANNOUNCEMENT
FSIS-ES-11-005, MUST REAPPLY TO BE CONSIDERED.
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 www.fsis.usda.gov.
- ALL Suporting
documents applicable to you MUST be submitted
- Background and/or Security
- U.S. Citizenship is required
- Apply by mail, email, or fax.
See "How to Apply" section for details.
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Duty Location Info:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC
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
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
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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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
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of612.pdf. 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.
PLEASE BE SURE TO REMOVE ALL PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION (PII) (e.g.,
SSN and DOB) FROM ALL DOCUMENTS.
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:
http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals2010.pdf. 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
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,
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
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
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
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.
WILL BE EVALUATED:
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
Creativity and Innovation
Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches;
encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers.
Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous
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.
Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of
information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes
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.
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
Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of
technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology
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.
Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to
build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the
organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts
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.
Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds
appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different
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.
Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended
Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues
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
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
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
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
Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.
For an overview of all the benefits programs please click this link.
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
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 1-888-464¬4218.
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
You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
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Regulatory Guidance by entering the web addresses below into your browser.
Veterans Information: http://www.usajobs.gov/vi
Legal and Regulatory Guidance: http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg
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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
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: FSISCareers@fsis.usda.gov. 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,
Department Of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 3168 South Building
Washington, DC, DC 20250
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.
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Butler Sq. W., Suite 420C
100 N. 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55126
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.
Food Safety and Inspection Service,
Butler Sq. W., Suite 420C
100 N. 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55126
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