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Farm Service Agency COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR in Leola, South Dakota

Summary

This position is located in the McPHERSON County FSA Office, in LEOLA, SOUTH DAKOTA. Per 27-PM, Par. 454, this vacancy is a hard-to-fill position and is being re-advertised.

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).

Providing 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.

Managing and directs activities of subordinate staff.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

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: Per 27-PM, Par 454, to facilitate recruitment for the hard-to-fill vacancy, CED's specialized qualification requirements are waived. As this is a hard-to-fill vacancy, all candidates meeting the basic qualifications as listed in 27-PM, Par 458B will be deemed qualified for this vacancy. 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. You may start at the CO-05 level if you have one of the following qualifications: Four years of education above high school in an accredited business, secretarial or technical, junior college, college or university in any field in which high school graduation or the equivalent is a prerequisite. 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 that shows your ability to perform progressively more complex, responsible, or difficult duties and that shows your ability to learn the specific work of this position. OR Combination of education and experience described above. 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 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

College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit with your application package evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution was appropriately accredited by an accredited body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. Education standards. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process; however, if selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Please refer to the "How to Apply" section for instructions on submitting the transcript.

Additional Information

Veterans preference does not apply. Relocation expenses are not authorized. 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. 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). This position would be eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements in accordance with Department and Agency directives.

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