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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Program Specialist (Trade Director) in Riverdale, Maryland

Summary As Trade Director assigned to the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), Phytosanitary Issues Management (PIM) staff, the incumbent plays a major leadership role with respect to planning, coordinating, and directing the resolution of plant health issues involving agricultural trade in plants and plant products. 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: Address phytosanitary concerns affecting agricultural trade, which may include designation as the principal APHIS negotiator. Provide strategic advice ensuring that trade policies conform to the international standards of the International Plant Protection Convention and North American Plant Protection Organization. Plan, coordinate, or conduct studies relevant to the analysis of trade issues. Draft, review and approve controlled correspondence concerning PPQ trade issue management. Pre-negotiation preparation and strategy development. Mediate and resolve conflicts of interest and differences of opinion on policy of rule-making matters. Development of policies and nationwide standards, procedures, and instructions. Develop international bilateral or multilateral agreements and work plans. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. TIME-IN-GRADE: Current federal employees applying for a promotion opportunity must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirement of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Knowledge of agricultural industry practices and/or pest risk mitigation and risk management strategies to facilitate safe agricultural trade. Awareness and familiarity with foreign quarantine import regulations and international trade agreements or enforcement of an APHIS Federal Order to impose emergency measures or establishing State quarantines for safeguarding plant or animal health. Knowledge of the Federal rule making process related to the Federal Administrative Procedure Act, the Plant Protection Act, and other statutory and regulatory authorities. Awareness and familiarity with pre-negotiation preparation for bilateral negotiations with foreign governments by applying awareness of international agreements such as WTO, IPPC, NAFTA. Experience participating in consultations with domestic and international stakeholders, industry groups, or non-governmental organizations, where the subject matter was controversial or complex. Awareness of the cultural intricacies and customs that are an inherent part of high level international negotiations. Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level. 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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education This position does not have an education qualification requirement. Additional Information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. 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. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. For more information on applying under special hiring authorities explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Refer to PUBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015. First time hires to the federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected. This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements. If you are selected, you will be placed under a career development plan and may be non-competitively promoted. Promotion is not guaranteed. Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be grated the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an e-mail invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here.

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