Farm Service Agency County Executive Director in Cut Bank, Montana
Summary This is a County Executive Director position located in the Glacier County FSA Office, in Cut Bank, Montana. This position is employed by the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) committee(s). This position has a 25% Relocation Incentive and a Reimbursement of Moving Expenses up to $50,000; for applicants that meet the qualifications to receive Relocation and/or Reimbursement according to OPM and Agency policy. Responsibilities Responsible for directing and managing program and administrative operations for one or more counties. Carrying out permanent and ad hoc farm bill programs and policies established by USDA as well as crop insurance operations under policies established by the Risk Management Agency (RMA). May perform farm loan program assignments based on authorities delegated. Performing office and field activities as needed to accomplish program objectives. Managing and directs activities of subordinate staff. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications * Additional Clarification from the Agency; Out-of-State CEDTs who have successfully completed the CEDT Program. Former (within the last 5 years) FSA supervisory/managerial CO or GS employees with a minimum of 52 weeks of specialized experience. Current Program Technicians, who: previously completed the CEDT 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. If the selectee is not a current CED or has not successfully completed the CEDT program, then successful completion of the CEDT training program per requirements in handbook 27-PM paragraphs 454O and 481 is required. This training may be included as part of your performance plan. Note: Must have more than 52 weeks of total experience acquired on 1 to 3 temporary promotions during the most recent 5-year period. Qualifications are in accordance with requirements in Handbook 27-PM. *--Examples of Specialized Experience would be experience in an FSA Supervisory position, CEDT position, or PT-in-Charge position within the last 5 years for a total of at least 52 weeks. Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least 1 year in the next lower grade level. When self-qualifying at any grade(s) above the lowest advertised grade, applicants should also ensure they are indicating the lowest grade they are willing to accept the advertised position at. It is imperative applicants understand they can NOT be considered for any grade(s) lower than what is indicated in the Lowest Acceptable Grade field when completing the preferences section. 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 experience directly related to the functions of the position to be filled in a related activity at CO-5 or equivalent 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. OR 6 months of specialized experience as a County Executive Director or County Executive Director in Training at the CO-5 level. 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 office 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 work experience included providing technical information and assistance regarding farm programs to representative of business and community groups; leading in the development of local farm program policies; manages all day-to-day operations of the office; employs subordinate staff. Education The substitution of education is not qualifying for this position. Additional Information Veterans preference does not apply since this position is being advertised under Title 7 authorities. This vacancy may be approved for a 25% Relocation Incentive and Reimbursement of Moving Expenses up to $50,000 for current Federal or FSA County employees. Individuals must meet all eligibility criteria prior to payment of an incentive. 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 Title 7, Non-Federal, Non-Civil Service position. 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: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). Optional - This position may be eligible to telework up to two (2) days per pay period, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements in accordance with Department and Agency directives. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement Safer Federal Workforce Task Force 2 pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.