U.S. Department Of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
The Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer/Microbiologist (Director of AgSAS) provides leadership and supervision to the Organisms, Vectors, and Select Agents programs of the National Center for Import and Export Services (NIES). Responsible for formulating, coordinating, and directing Veterinary Services (VS) activities to prevent the introduction of organisms, vectors and select agents into the United States, including those which can be communicated from animals to humans, and the management of activities to facilitate international commerce by ensuring that all organisms, vectors, select agents and other biological material imported into and exported from the United States are free of disease or contagions.
First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
This vacancy is limited to the first 40 applications received. All applications received prior to midnight (11:59 ET) of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. If the application limit is not reached by the closing date of the announcement, all applications received during the open period will be considered. Any required documents must be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted past the day the application limit is reached, if applicable. If you choose to edit your application after it has been submitted, it will be removed from consideration until you re-submit your application. The date your application is last submitted will be used to determine whether you meet the cut-off criteria.
APHIS is an emergency response agency.
This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click:
The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Assigns and reviews the work of staff to ensure timely performance, soundness, and value.
Handles any employee conduct matters or complaints that arise.
Manages the APHIS part of the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) which is jointly administered by the Health and Human Services' (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) and the USDA's APHIS AgSAS.
Participates closely with the NIES Associate Deputy Administrator (ADA) and Executive Director (ED) and senior leaders in VS in developing, implementing, monitoring, and communicating Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) policies, programs, and regulations.
Represents the Department on multiple groups focused on the defense of food and agriculture. This includes White House and Department of Homeland Security committees.
Serves as a Subject Matter Expert for USDA at the request of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination (OHSEC) with The White House on topics requiring access to the classified information at the HCS/SI/TK/G levels.
Provides leadership in agency efforts to prevent the introduction of organisms, vectors, and select agents into the United States by developing APHIS regulatory and policy approaches that are scientifically and technically based and that minimize the risk of introduction of organisms, vectors, and select agents including those which can be communicated from animals to humans.
Represents VS, APHIS, and the Department at national and international gatherings that concern safeguarding activities such as inspection and approval of laboratories, and other facilities for importation of biological organisms for research or other purposes.
50% or less - Travel for training and work assignments may be required
Who May Apply
This job is open to...
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period
Top Secret SCI investigation required
Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing
Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Successful completion of a 1 year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service)
This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.
This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probation period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA Supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probation period.
In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
Must receive and maintain a favorably adjudicated Critical Sensitive, Sensitive Compartmentalized Information - Top Secret SCI investigation (Personnel Security form SF-86).
If selected for the 0701 series, an official college transcript showing a conferred DVM degree from a veterinary medical school or college accredited by the AVMA Council on Education will be required prior to entering on duty.
Some travel may be required, including field visits to foreign and domestic agricultural production or processing sites, which may involve use of protective measures to alleviate risks from moving around machinery, exposure to loud noise, traversing uneven terrain, and exposure to disease agents or uncomfortable weather conditions.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
BASIC REQUIREMENT VETERINARY MEDICAL OFFICER (701):
Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). The AVMA website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. AVMA website:
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited
by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements:
Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG);
Possession of a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT); OR
Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. An AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college must have accepted the final transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational program, or training program (e.g., residency or graduate program).
In addition, graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs
must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE.
Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing; OR
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must submit test results with their application. Results of more than one test or testing session cannot be combined to meet the standard.
: English language proficiency assessments may be waived for qualified job applicants whose native language is English (i.e., the official or common language of an individuals country of birth is English) who submit a diploma or other official documentation as proof of graduation from a high (secondary) school where the entire curriculum and educational programs were taught in the English language for the entire 3 or 4 years of full-time attendance.
BASIC REQUIREMENT MICROBIOLOGIST (0403):
1. Degree: Microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent. OR 2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
NOTE: There is no education substitution for the Veterinary Medical Officer Series (701) or the Microbiologist Series (0403) at the GS-15 grade level.
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:
Expert knowledge of the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) regulations that govern the possession, use, and transfer of biological select agents and toxins (BSAT).
Knowledge of laboratory biosafety and biosecurity principles, concepts, and practical applications as it applies to regulatory oversight and compliance with biological select agents and toxins (BSAT) regulations.
Experience communicating program-wide objectives, and the ability to develop cooperative, collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders and customers.
Comprehensive knowledge of the methods, approaches, practices, policies, and regulatory efforts associated with organisms, vectors, and select agents. This includes a thorough knowledge of legislative processes, regulations, established government policies, and their application, to prevent the introduction of organisms, vectors, and select agents that affect agricultural industries, environmental quality, or human health.
Experience developing (or directing the development of) new veterinary and/or scientific hypotheses, advanced program mechanisms and techniques, and new or improved program standards.
are required. This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. 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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see . 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.
More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
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).
Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at:
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
General knowledge of Veterinary Medicine, Microbiology, and/or Biological Science
Ability to administer a regulatory program to detect, survey, control, and eradicate livestock, poultry, and other animal diseases
Ability to administer a program to respond to emergency outbreaks of animal diseases
Ability to administer a regulatory program to prevent the introduction and/or spread of animal diseases through the importation / exportation of animal(s) products
Communication Skills-Interpersonal, Oral, and Written
Ability to lead and supervise others
Other Supervisory Competencies
We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
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 can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
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Background checks and security clearance
The following documents are required. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure/downtime, etc. Encrypted/digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
including: 1)job information for which you are applying 2)personal information 3)education 4)work experience including: schedule & hours worked per week, dates of employment; title/series/grade if applicable 5)supervisors phone number for each period listed, whether or not we may contact them for reference checks and, 6)other qualifications.
Proof of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Degree or Equivalent
Legible transcripts showing conferred DVM degree from a veterinary medical school/college accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (COE). An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application. As an alternative, proof of possession of a current permanent unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or territory of the U.S. can be submitted as provisional proof of eligibility.
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools not accredited by the AVMA COE must submit DVM transcripts & required documents (i.e., proof of ECFVG certification; or copy of Veterinary license; letter documenting acceptance into an advanced degree/post graduate/residency/graduate program at an AVMA accredited veterinary medical school; AND an English proficiency score report with acceptable minimum scores, from TOEFL, IELTS or CAEL) that prove basic qualification as stated in OPM's qualification standards.
Applicants substituting education/advanced training for specialized experience must submit: 1)unofficial transcript showing conferred master's degree in qualifying specialty or 2)letter/certificate documenting completion of at least 2 years of an internship/residency/fellowship in a specific discipline/specialty. All education must have been successfully completed/obtained from an accredited school/college/university.
All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans' Preference
. Although veterans' preference doesn't apply under Direct Hire Authority, applicants are encouraged to provide documentation of eligibility. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter & an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current active duty members must submit certification that they are expected to be discharged/released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service.
If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements, plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference see
Other required documents may include:
CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the HR Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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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.
How to Apply
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.
You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
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Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Click Apply Online and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Update Application to continue.
Agency contact information
USDA APHIS MRPBS
250 Marquette Avenue, Suite 410
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The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues.