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This is a non-civil service position with the Bailey County FSA Office, located in Muleshoe, Texas.
Due to technical difficulties affecting applicants ability to submit applications, this announcement is being extended for an additional Four days. Applicants who applied to announcement TX-2018-0038 need NOT reapply.
This position is located in the Bailey County FSA Office, in Muleshoe, Texas.
This position is employed by the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) committee(s):
Responsible for directing and managing program and administrative operations for one or more counties to carry out permanent and ad hoc commodity production, commodity/facility loan, conservation, environmental quality, indemnity, disaster, emergency and defense programs under policies established by FSA as well as crop insurance operations under policies established by the Risk Management Agency (RMA).
Provides basic FSA farm loan program services.
May perform additional farm loan program assignments based on authorities delegated.
Performing office and field activities as needed to accomplish program objectives.
Manages and directs activities of subordinate staff.
Occasional travel - Travel within the State may be required.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service Registered or Exempt.
Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
Must be 18 years of age or 17 years of age for high school graduates.
Completion of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
Successful completion of one-year probationary period, if required.
Financial Disclosure Required (FSA-324)
If you are a current Program Technician, one of the following conditions must be true:
Previously completed the COT program within the last 5 years.
Requested to remain on the STC register for a 1-year extension.
Exceeded the combined 2-year time limit for the STC register.
Served as Program Technician in Charge for more than 1 year within the last 5 years. (Note: Must have more than 52 weeks of total experience acquired on 1 to 3 temporary promotions during the most recent 5-year period.)
Subject to satisfactory completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.
Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may require a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form FSA-324 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency.
Qualifications are in accordance with requirements in Handbook 27-PM.
Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date in the announcement, including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified below:
You may start at the CO-07 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
One year of specialized experience directly related to the functions of the position to be filled or equivalent experience in a related activity at the next lower grade level. Experience that demonstrates knowledge of administering segments of an agricultural program area and researching procedural content of new laws, amendments, and regulations for compliance. Some examples of how this experience may have been gained may include any of the following: experience in reviewing documents for accuracy and compliance with agricultural provisions; assisting staff in resolving program problems; serving as technical specialist; reviewing regulations to recommend an effective approach in resolving problems; developing reports, written and oral communications for managers; establishing effective relationships with representatives of public and private organizations or farmers' associations; or similar activities.
You may start at the CO-09 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
One year of specialized experience directly related to the functions of the position to be filled or equivalent experience in a related activity at the next lower grade level. Experience in providing program interpretation, and instruction for an agriculture program area or operational phases of farm loan programs. Such work experience included acquiring data and providing information to producers, farm loan borrowers and farming operations; writing summary reports; assisting staff with policy guidance; arranging and scheduling activities of subordinates to complete technical/clerical review.
You may start at the CO-11 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
One year of specialized experience directly related to the functions of the position to be filled or equivalent experience in a related activity at the next lower grade level. Experience in independently conducting agricultural operation or in participating in the overall administration of one or more agricultural program areas. Such work experience included actively participating in the development or implementation of local farm program policies; applying knowledge of agricultural principles; making presentations or providing training; planning and organizing work of lower level employees.
You may start at the CO-12 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
One year of specialized experience directly related to the functions of the position to be filled or equivalent experience in a related activity at the next lower grade level. Experience in administering or significantly impacting administration of one or more agricultural programs. Such groups; leading in the development of local farm program policies; manages all day-to-day operations of the office; employs subordinate staff.work experience included providing technical information and assistance regarding farm programs to representative of business and community.
Veteran's preference does not apply.
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
This is a Non-Federal, Non-Civil Service position.
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 their choosing.
This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at (voice and TDD).
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
HOW TO WRITE A KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSA)
All applicants will be considered on the basis of their education, experience, supervisory appraisal, training, awards and education as it relates to the qualification requirements and on the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) listed below. There are no special forms for these statements. They may be submitted on plain paper with your name and the announcement number at the top. You should include specific tasks performed, the dates you performed them, and where you were working at the time. KSA statements may not be more than 2 single-spaced pages per KSA.
Candidates who do not submit the supplemental statements will not be considered.
1.Ability to plan work and make decisions independently.
2.Ability to identify and resolve problems.
3.Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
4.Ability to supervise and lead people.
5.Knowledge of FSA Programs, farming practices and customs.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
Resume that includes: 1)personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; for current or previous Federal or FSA County employees, it should also include the title, Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry; 4) supervisors phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
For current or previous Federal or FSA County employees, you must attach a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (form SF-50 or SF-50B) that provides current position, grade level, and duty location. Award SF-50 or SF-50B will result in an ineligible rating.
NOTE: THIS IS REQUIRED FOR BOTH PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES.
Core Eligibility, Minimum Qualifications, Online Resume and Other documents are required if you are a current or former USDA employee.
Current and former USDA Employees must submit your most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
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 institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as 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.
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 .
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.
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.
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