National Program Leader (Sustainable Bioenergy Systems)


Vacancy ID: 701111   Announcement Number: NIFA-M12N-0010   USAJOBS Control Number: 321030700

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1. Title of Job

National Program Leader (Sustainable Bioenergy Systems)
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

Please indicate below how you would like to be considered for this position. You may make more than one selection as applicable. You will only be considered under the options you have selected, so please choose carefully.

MERIT PROMOTION – You may apply under Merit Promotion procedures if you meet the requirements for one of the following categories: 1. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status applying for promotion or transfer to a position at a higher grade level than your current permanent position in the competitive service.

2. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status applying for reassignment, transfer, or change to lower grade to a position that has greater promotion potential than currently or previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.

3. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status applying to a temporary promotion in excess of 120 calendar days to a higher graded position or one with higher potential than position previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.

4. Former competitive service Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility applying to a higher grade or position with greater promotion potential than a position previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.

If applying based on #1-4 above, you must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing tenure group 1 or 2 in block 24. You should also submit your most recent performance appraisal.

5. Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA). You must submit a copy of your DD-214.

NON-COMPETITIVE AUTHORITY - You may apply under Non-Competitive procedures if you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:

1. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status who hold a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for; or former competitive service Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility who held a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for. You must provide a copy of the SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing the same or higher promotion potential as that of the position applying for (i.e. initial hire action, promotion action or reassignment action). Do not submit SF-50s for awards, within grade increases or pay adjustments.

2. 30% or more disabled veterans. You must submit your DD-214 and a completed SF-15.

3. Military spouses whose active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty. For further information and eligibility criteria, please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx#msaa.

4. Persons with disabilities eligible for a Schedule A appointment. You must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness.

5. Former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers. You must provide documentation as proof of non-competitive eligibility.

6. Employees in the excepted service under an OPM approved Interchange Agreement.


1 Merit Promotion
2 Non-Competitive

20. Occupational Specialties

001 National Program Leader (Sustainable Bioenergy Systems)

21. Geographic Availability

Select at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment.  The location code(s) for this position is/are:
110010001 Washington DC, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Select the answer below that describes your education as it relates to the basic qualification requirements for this position. If you select A or B, please submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.

A. I have a four year degree (or higher) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. I have a combination of education and experience which included courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. My education/experience is not described in the above statements.

Your responses to the questions below will be used in the evaluation of your qualifications for the National Program Leader (Sustainable Bioenergy Systems) position. Your resume and application materials must support the level of experience and/or education you claim in this questionnaire. If, after a complete review of your application package, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible for this position.

2. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level? Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: (1) experience developing and evaluating Sustainable Bioenergy Systems projects/programs; (2) expertise in scientific research related to Sustainable Bioenergy Systems including peer-reviewed publications; and (3) experience in obtaining grants and/or evaluating Sustainable Bioenergy Systems research, education and extension activities or programs.

A. Yes
B. No

3. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level? Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: (1) experience developing and evaluating Sustainable Bioenergy Systems programs/projects; (2) knowledge and expertise in scientific research related to Sustainable Bioenergy Systems, including peer-reviewed publications; (3) experience obtaining grants and/or evaluating Sustainable Bioenergy Systems research, education and extension activities or programs; and (4) the ability to work as part of a trans-disciplinary collaborative team to advance cutting-edge science and achieve priority outcomes.

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the response that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each question.

4. Stays abreast of recent developments in basic and applied research techniques and methods by attending professional meetings, regularly reading relevant scientific journals, and interacting with other professionals in Sustainable Bioenergy Systems related disciplines.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

5. Analyzes and evaluates research methodologies used in Sustainable Bioenergy research, determines the validity and reliability of research results, and applies those results to improving Sustainable Bioenergy Systems programs.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

6. Monitors and reviews national and international scientific publications, data and statistics on Sustainable Bioenergy Systems to identify trends, discrepancies, impacts, problems, and data gaps.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

7. Works collaboratively with team members, partners, and stakeholders to establish strategic goals and objectives for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems programs.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the jo
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

8. Serves on interagency, interdepartmental, and interdisciplinary work groups, task forces, and committees addressing critical issues in Sustainable Bioenergy Systems.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

9. Evaluates the effectiveness of Sustainable Bioenergy Systems projects/programs.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

10. Applies analytical techniques in evaluating Sustainable Bioenergy Systems projects/program impacts.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

11. Reviews and analyzes financial system status reports.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

12. Assists in setting, compiling and monitoring Sustainable Bioenergy Systems program budgets.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

13. Provides required data to support requests for funding through development of cost trends, unit cost data, and projected costs of the program.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

14. Plans and monitors funding; status of funds expended.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

15. Assists in collecting final project costs and confirming amounts expended and reviews documents for expenditure of funds to ensure the purpose for which funds are spent is in accordance with organizational policy.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

16. Coordinates and collaborates with others to exchange program or research project related information, solve problems, and strengthen programs/projects through interdisciplinary interaction.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

17. Prepares peer-reviewed publications, reports and briefings in a concise and accurate manner, indicating knowledge of sustainable bioenergy related issues and how those issues relate to the overall mission of the organization.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

18. Develops responses to Congressional or other inquiries from elected officials, letters from the public and stakeholders, and to requests from other partners and collaborators regarding the status of projects/programs.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

19. Develops written and presentation materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

20. Participates as a member of a team of experts to accomplish Sustainable Bioenergy Systems goals and objectives.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

21. Provides recommendations for improving the competitive grants review process.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

22. Assembles and leads teams of experts to accomplish Sustainable Bioenergy Systems goals and objectives. As team leader, is responsible for the successful outcome of team goals and objectives.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

23. Identifies gaps in Sustainable Bioenergy Systems programming needs and provides recommendations for strengthening projects and/or the programs.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

24. Participates in or represents Sustainable Bioenergy Systems projects/programs at interdepartmental briefings, meetings, committees, and task forces to communicate recent results or findings and future directions.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

25. Possesses experience in strategic planning within trans-disciplinary teams and in implementing trans-disciplinary programs.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
D. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.