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Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018 3:19 PM

* Duties
## Duties
### Summary
Current and former Federal employees, disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may also apply to Merit Promotion announcement 6PQ-APHIS-MA-2018-0221.
The incumbent serves as the State Plant Health Director (SPHD) with responsibility for APHIS scientific and administrative plant regulatory activities within the state(s). These activities include: pest and disease risk analysis; exclusion and prevention effective export certification program for plant products and animal by-products, design and implementation of survey programs for early pest detection, eradication of pest or disease outbreaks; and conducts regulatory programs for domestic pests.
Directs the state activities and sets priorities that balance consideration of public and industry demands against those of economics, efficiency and available resources. Serves as the primary point of contact for plant health protection and emergency management and response in the state.
**Salary Information: **First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
**APHIS is an emergency response agency.** This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response
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### Responsibilities
The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
**The duties may include, but are not limited to:**
* The SPHD is responsible for overseeing the identification of plant pest pathways through analysis and utilization of risk data. These pathways are used to develop and implement pest detection activities in the Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey (CAPS) program and in domestic program management (e.g. imported fire ant, gypsy moth, grasshopper, etc).
* Incumbent contributes to effective outreach programs to importers, travelers and industry on importation requirements to facilitate trade and prevent introduction of plant and animal pests and diseases.
* Manages and/or supervises identifier(s) who are tasked with identification, pathway and risk analyses and training responsibilities. Seeks technical feedback from National Identification Services (NIS) on identifier s performance and on their developmental needs.
* Directs/administers federal export certification program for plants, plant products, and animal by-products within the state(s). Ensures individuals authorized to issue phytosanitary certificates meet international standards (education, training and experience).
* Works cooperatively with State Plant Regulatory Officials (SPRO) to develop and document state emergency management plans. Ensures plans are tested and modified as necessary.
* The incumbent is the Authorized Departmental Official Designated Representative (ADODR) on cooperative agreements in the state(s). Negotiates, manages and approves/denies required written and financial reports.
* Manages invasive species which are covered under APHIS regulation or through Congressional direction (budget language) which are harmful to agriculture or the environment, and determines strategies to control or manage invasive species based on risk and data analysis, chemical or biological control, and availability of funding.
* Responsible for all administrative and programmatic activities complying with appropriate Federal and state regulations and guidelines. Knowledge of Federal grant and cooperative agreement regulations and guidelines.
### Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required.
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
### Who May Apply
#### This job is open to
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
* #### Job family (Series)
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
* Requirements
## Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
* US Citizenship is required
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
* Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
* Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application.
* Subect to random drug testing.
* A Public Financial Disclosure will be required.
* Must maintain a valid pesticide certification.
* May be required to maintain certification to wear a respirator.
* Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
**Special Conditions:**
* Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
* Successful completion of a 1 year probationary period (if new hire to the Federal service).
* This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a **urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use** prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.
* This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
* Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probation period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA Supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probation period.
* In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a **financial disclosure**report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
* Locality pay will vary based upon the selectee s duty location. A final salary determination will be made upon selection.
* Field survey trips require walking, bending, crouching and climbing for prolonged periods in rough terrain and variable weather.
* A valid and current state driver s license is required.
* Must be able to perform work while wearing a respirator to oversee fumigations, and may be required to** maintain certification** to wear a respirator.
* Must maintain a **valid pesticide certification**.
* Travel occurs on a routine basis and visits to remote locations or isolated rural areas are often required.
### Qualifications
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
**BASIC REQUIREMENT:** **A)** Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
**Or B)** Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
**FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL**: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
* Planning and coordinating, and conducting all aspects of operational activities, including special programs, newly emerging programs or operational functions with subordinates, cooperators, industry and other government entities.
* Analyzing data and developing recommendations regarding solutions to technical problems.
* Managing the work of subordinates, developing and monitoring short and long-range work plans.
* Planning and managing the technical approach for inspections, treatments, survey/eradication programs, and quarantine applications. Initiating and modifying techniques and procedures to meet changing program requirements.
* Evaluating and reviewing the work of subordinates to meet program requirements through direct observation, report review, periodic spot-checks of work in progress and following up on problematic situations as they arise.
(**Note**: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)
**FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL**: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
* Experience in building and leading a team of employees in order to respond to plant pest and disease outbreaks.
* Experience in building consensus to ensure support for pest management programs by employees and external stakeholders.
* Experience in managing the fiscal and human resources including work unit or program budgets, employee and labor relations, and overall employee performance management.
* Experience that shows the ability to define objectives, interpret policies promulgated by authorities senior to the immediate supervisor and determine their effect on program needs; independently plan, design and carry out the work to be done and serve as a technical authority within PPQ.
* Performed assignments that involve initiating, formulating and planning, as well as executing major studies, or continuing specialized projects.
(**Note**: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)
**TRANSCRIPTS** are required. This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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### Additional information
* This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
* Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see 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 (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
* More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
* Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-###-#### (voice and TDD).
* Direct Deposit Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
* E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
* It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at:
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### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined on applicants' quality of experience and the extend they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:
* **Knowledge of plant protection and quarantine**
* **Knowledge of plant, plant part, seed, and plant pest taxonomy**
* **Written and oral communication and interpersonal skills**
* **Leadership, supervisory, project management, and program management skills**
* **Accountability**
* **Conflict Management**
* **Developing Others**
* **Human Capital Management**
* **Leveraging Diversity**
* **Other Supervisory Competencies**
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.
**Note**: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to and including removal from the Federal Service.
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
Top Secret
* Required Documents
## Required Documents
The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
* **Resume**that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
* **College Transcripts** 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 education was evaluated by a credential evaluation service as being 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 . All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
* **DD-214 (Member 4 Copy)** If claiming veteran s preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions that is signed no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service. Veteran s preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran s preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
* If claiming 10-point veteran s preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans preference see
* **CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: **Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
* **Worker's Compensation Separation:** Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
* **Disability Annuity Termination**: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
**NOTE** If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
* Benefits
## Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at:
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
* How to Apply
## How to Apply
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.
* You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
* We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
* This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
**Step 1:** Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
**Step 2:** Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Step 3:** Click \"Apply Online\" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on \"Application Status.\" Click on the position title, and then select \"Update Application to continue.
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### Agency contact information
### Human Resources
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##### Email
##### Address
250 Marquette Avenue, Suite 410
Minneapolis, MN,
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### Next steps
If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.
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* Fair & Transparent
## Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
* Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
* An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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#### Legal and regulatory guidance
* Financial suitability
* Social security number request
* Privacy Act
* Signature and false statements
* Selective Service
* New employee probationary period
This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.
*Open & closing dates:* 02/01/2018 to 02/07/2018
*Salary:* $75,550 to $122,493 per year
*Pay scale & grade:* GS 12 - 13
*Work schedule:* Full-Time
*Appointment type:* Permanent
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