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Department Of Agriculture
Maricopa County, AZ
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Jan 27, 2023

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  • The incumbent is responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating research programs designed to accomplish the organizational mission and research objectives of ARS. Other duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Serves in a leadership role for research program planning, as well as implementation of the overall research missions, goals, and policies of ARS.
  • Keeps the Area Director and Office of National Programs informed of program and related considerations having a significant bearing on the development of research priorities and projections, budgets, and use of facilities.
  • Participates with the Area Director and other research program leaders in developing criteria for budgetary priorities and projections. Provides leadership in developing and coordinating research program projections.
  • Provides leadership, direction, and systematic approaches to identify research needs of stakeholders. Fosters and develops cooperative relationships to address the needs of ARS and the location.
  • Supervises scientists and other technical/administrative staff.
  • Has responsibility for ensuring the quality of all CRIS project proposals and their preparation for review by the Office of Scientific Quality Review (OSQR).
  • Provides advice on problems in plant physiology, plant genetics, entomology, plant pathology, pest management, molecular biology and biochemistry, soil science, agronomy, agricultural engineering, remote/proximal sensing, and/or crop modeling.
  • Provides administrative and financial leadership to the location in partnership with the Administrative Officer, the Area Office, and Administrative and Financial Management (AFM).
  • Collaborates with the Office of National Programs and the Area Office in planning, coordinating, and evaluating joint research established to fulfill the need for integrated, multidisciplinary approaches across the Agency strategic plans
  • Serves as a representative of the Agency on various policy boards, committees, and advisory groups that develop policy guidance and guidelines within the broad area of crop protection, crop improvement, and crop production
  • Provides written scientific and administrative reports as needed.
  • As appropriate, participates in research activities related to at least one discipline associated with the Center's research program.
Requirements Conditions of Employment
  • Veterans Preference is applicable in the Senior Science and Technology Service.
  • Initial appointments are required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • You must upload your responses to the SSTS Professional Recognition Documentation.
  • U.S. Citizenship, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the US is required.
Qualifications You must
- Have conducted and published outstanding research in at least one of the fields of plant physiology, plant genetics, entomology, plant pathology, pest management, molecular biology, soil science, agronomy, agricultural engineering, remote/proximal sensing or crop modeling as determined by a Qualifications Assessment Board (QAB);
- Have earned a doctoral level degree at an institution of higher education [as defined in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001)];
- Have national or international recognition as an authority and provide leadership in an area of widespread scientific interest and investigation; and
- Meet the qualification standards prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management for appointment to a position at the GS-15 level of the General Schedule.
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, plant physiology, plant genetics, entomology, plant pathology, pest management, molecular biology, soil science, agronomy, agricultural engineering, remote/proximal sensing or crop modeling, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
A Ph.D. in any of the disciplines listed above is required.

Additional information
Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons within the area of consideration who meet the basic qualifications. Race, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, religion, marital or family status, disability, and other non-merit factors will not be considered.
1. This position is covered under the post-employment restriction of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). This law also requires the selectee to fine an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (Standard Form 278), within 30 days of appointment.
2. Application sent in U.S. Government postage-paid envelope and submitted through Federal Agency courier services will not be considered.
3. The 1993 Hatch Act Reform Amendments prohibit oral and written political recommendations for Federal jobs.
4. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an executive agency of the Federal government. This requirement does not apply to Agency employees appointed before November 8, 1985.
5. All application forms are subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act and become the property of USDA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency at 202-260-8128. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

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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.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
YOU MUST UPLOAD YOUR RESPONSE TO THE FIVE CRITERION QUESTIONS in the SSTS Professional Recognition Documentation Form as described below. You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Evaluation Method: Applicants must meet the qualification requirements as outlined above to be eligible for further consideration and must submit written statements in response to SSTS criteria listed below (also referred to as the SSTS Professional Recognition Documentation) detailing evidence of the experience, knowledge, skill, ability, and other personal characteristic requirements and show how and when they were used. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishments and degree of responsibility. Qualification determinations will be based on the information supplied by the applicant
Senior Science and Technology Service Professional Recognition Documentation Form
Name of Applicant: Date:
Criterion 1: List and describe personal honors and awards received from major national or international organizations for accomplishments; publications in prestigious journals (e.g.; Science, Nature, PNAS); and significant impacts on crop protection, crop production, or crop improvement, through basic and/or applied research, and related technology transfer.
Criterion 2: List recent instances in which you have been sought out as an advisor and consultant on scientific and technological programs or problems, reflecting either personal accomplishments or research leadership of the programs you oversee.
Criterion 3: List evidence of how your personal stature and recognition, and/or scientific leadership, has attracted visiting scientist, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and applications for scientific positions in the programs you oversee.
Criterion 4: Describe how your research and/or leadership accomplishments have impacted crop protection, crop production or crop improvement, and basic biological science research programs, policy, practices, or funding in the public or private sectors.
Criterion 5: Provides examples where your ability to lead people and manage financial and information resources (technology and data) have contributed to the impact of your scientific and/or technological accomplishments.
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