Overview

PROGRAM COORDINATOR (AVIATION MANAGEMENT OFFICER) Job at US Department of Agriculture – 4.1 in Cedar City, UT

Duties

Summary

As the Officer in this position you will provide nationwide strategic leadership, integration, coordination, and oversight for aviation management, safety, and tactical and strategic issues and activities in the USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services (WS) program. The Officer is the principle authority in WS and supervises program managers in developing and establishing capabilities for aviation uses in WS programs.

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:
Through the Deputy Administrator, the incumbent develops novel wildlife aviation policies and guidelines to ensure safe and effective aviation operations.

You are responsible for ensuring that all WS aviation operations comply with applicable Federal and State laws and regulations.

Advises and provides authoritative advice and counsel at all levels of management.

Leads the development of aviation strategies, recommendations, and implementation of operational plans developed to achieve the program’s mission.

Responsible for ensuring that aviation training and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is fully integrated with aviation safety to minimize risk to people and property.

Responsible for allocation of funds from Congressional appropriations.

Works with State Directors to develop specifications for contracts covering flight operations.

Works through established personnel hiring procedures and utilizes expertise of subordinate qualified staff to recruit and hire pilots.

Coordinate with Regional and State WS programs on special aviation projects (e.g., aerial rabies bait drops).

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

15

Job family (Series)

0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

Requirements

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

You must be a US Citizen or US National.

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.

Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.

Valid state driver’s license is required at the time of application.

In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.

Flying conditions involve long periods of standing, sitting, bending, stooping, and need to be in confined spaces to observe and analyze aviation operations in various aircraft and in various landscapes/environments.

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-14 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

Experience developing wildlife aviation policies and guidelines to ensure safe and effective aviation operations

Experience overseeing procurement of aircraft services to include maintenance, overhauls, and equipment modifications, acquisition of replacement aircraft or additions to the WS fleet

Experience maintaining strong external and internal contacts that are effective advocates for aviation safety, training and low level aviation operations.

FOR THE GS-15 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

Experience providing overall leadership, direction, coordination, and oversight of aviation operations involving varied wildlife damage management projects which have both operational and research components

Experience developing wildlife aviation policies and guidelines to ensure safe and effective aviation operations

Experience overseeing procurement of aircraft services to include maintenance, overhauls, and equipment modifications, acquisition of replacement aircraft or additions to the WS fleet

Experience providing evaluations and analyses of aviation operations with respect to accidents, incidents, hours flown, personnel, equipment, and other matters.

Experience creating and maintaining strong external and internal contacts that are effective advocates for aviation safety, training and low level aviation operations.

There is no education substitution at these grade levels.

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).

For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website.

First time hires to the federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.

Promotion Potential: If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

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 based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

Administration and Management

Compliance Inspection

First Response

Human Capital Management

Manages Resources

Organizational Performance Analysis

Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need only meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

Note: If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

To preview the application questionnaire, please visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11006829

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Required

Drug test required

No

Position sensitivity and risk

High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure or downtime, 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; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) all supervisors’ phone numbers and if they may be contacted; and 5) other qualifications.

If education is required or being used to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient if it includes your name and all course information. If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to entering on duty. Education must have been obtained from an accredited institution. Education completed in a foreign institution must include an evaluation by an organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs that it was deemed equivalent to an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, see: Foreign Education Evaluation. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

Current and former career/career-conditional Federal employees:

Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing you are/were in the competitive service (block 24 must contain a 1 or 2 and block 34 must contain a 1), highest grade held (or promotion potential) on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade. If your current grade is not your highest permanent grade, submit an additional SF-50 showing your highest grade.

Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (e.g., length of time in current position). A performance plan is not an acceptable substitute.

Current permanent FSA County employees must submit your most recent nonaward Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.

Veteran Hiring Authorities: VEOA and 30% Disabled Veterans: DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty that shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. Active duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. It must be on the letterhead of the military branch and include the dates of service. Veterans’ preference must be verified prior to appointment. Visit Feds Hire Vets for more information.

If claiming 10-point veterans’ preference you must provide the DD214 or certification (see above) plus the documentation listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. Failure to submit these documents could result in a finding that 10-point preference cannot be awarded.

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act: Copies of Notification of Personnel Action(s) (SF-50) showing the employee served in eligible appointment(s) for a period(s) of more than 24 mos w/o a break between appointments of two+ years. Include initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and separation SF-50s for each period. Submit performance rating(s) showing acceptable performance for each period counted towards eligibility signed by supervisor(s). If documentation does not exist for one or more periods, submit a statement from supervisor(s) indicating acceptable performance. Applicants who do not have performance documentation for any period shall provide a reason why the documentation is not available and statement that performance for all periods was at an acceptable level.

Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment: Letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).

Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), last performance appraisal, and the most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

If applying under a special hiring authority or an interchange agreement with another merit system not listed above, see the requirements for that authority and submit the required supporting documentation. Go to: USAJOBS Hiring Path for Special Authorities or Special Hiring Authority for more information.

Benefits

Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Help

This job is open to

Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.

Individuals with disabilities

Internal to an agency

Current federal employees of this agency.

Military spouses

Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

Special authorities

Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Applications will be accepted only from current permanent USDA employees with competitive status; CTAP/RPL eligible candidates, permanent Farm Service County Office employees, VEOA eligible, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, 30 percent or More Disabled Veterans, Certain Former Overseas and Foreign Service Employees, Military Spouses, Interchange Agreement and Other Miscellaneous Authorities, People with Disabilities, Peace Corps and VISTA, and Reinstatement.

About the Company

Company: US Department of Agriculture – 4.1

Company Location:  Cedar City, UT

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