College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture


  |  Posted: Dec 6 2016

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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on 6PQ-APHIS-MA-2017-0171. 

This vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received.
 All applications received prior to midnight (11:59 ET) of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. If the application limit is not reached by the closing date of the announcement, all applications received during the open period will be considered. Any required documents must be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted past the day the application limit is reached, if applicable. If you choose to edit your application after it has been submitted, it will be removed from consideration until you re-submit your application.  The date your application is last submitted will be used to determine whether you meet the cut-off criteria.   

This position is located in the one of six divisions in the Plant Health Programs Unit (Quarantine Policy and Analysis; Preclearance and Offshore Programs; National Identification Services; Imports, Regulations and Manuals; Pest Detection and Emergency Response; and the Office of Executive Director), and reports to the Director or Assistant Director in those units.  The primary purpose of the position is to provide program management expertise, national coordination, and scientific leadership on issues of major importance to PPQ programs nationally. This includes providing assistance to the PHP Directors; leading and coordinating projects, programs, and other related activities; and extensive collaboration with the highest levels of PPQ management to effectively integrate national endeavors into the long-range management of PPQ’s policies and operations. 

Position 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:

  • Provides advice and assistance in reviewing, developing, directing, analyzing, and monitoring operations and programs to for the import, export or interstate movement of certain plants, plant products, and animal products. 
  • Represents PPQ in meetings with industry and government entities at all levels, and performs coordination and negotiation to encourage active participation in PPQ programs and compliance in the enforcement of quarantine and control activities of the agency.
  • Provides leadership in assigned programs.  Leadership responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the coordination and development of protocols, policies, operational plans, strategic plans, action plans, regulations, and guidelines for each of the assigned programs.
  • Communicates with key stakeholder groups, other Federal and international agencies, and cooperator organizations on major initiatives, policy launch changes to a program, and any other critical aspects that may potentially impact these groups. 
  • Manages financial accounts for appropriate conduct of the assigned program(s) which may or may not involve special appropriations, user fees, or trust funds.  
  • Prepares written correspondence, which includes operational plans, performance reports, briefing papers, decision memoranda, position papers, and other administrative documents.  
  • Oversees a continuing review and evaluation program to coordinate activities and determine the overall effectiveness of program activities.  

The positions filled under this announcement may include those responsible for the development, management, and overall coordination of national plant health program policies for (1) the regulation and inspection of imported propagative plant material, (2) foreign inspection and certification activities to meet U.S. phytosanitary requirements, (3) national pest and plant host identification services, (4) smuggling and compliance management activities, (5) military phytosanitary pre-clearance policy and operations; (6) the agricultural quarantine inspection user fee program; and (7) other key policy management positions related to agricultural quarantine inspection services or domestic plant health regulatory programs. 


Salary & Benefit Information:

First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range.

Position Closing Date:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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