Status: Full-time position
Location: Washington, DC; Fredericksburg, VA
Job Summary: The position is located in the Marketing Order and Agreement Division of the Fruit and Vegetable Program. The Division is responsible for the development and administration of marketing agreement and order programs (orders) and import quality regulations for fresh, dried, and processed fruits, vegetables, and specialty crops under the authority of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. The Rulemaking Branch has primary responsibility for planning and conducting processes to establish new programs and amend existing ones. This includes formal rulemaking proceedings which require public hearings and grower approval in referenda, and informal rulemaking, which can be used to amend existing programs in some cases. The Rulemaking Branch also coordinates the review and processing of the more typical “informal” rulemaking documents that relate to implementing regulations based on the authorities in the orders.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!
Qualifications: To qualify, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants can qualify by meeting the education requirements specified below and/or the specialized experience requirements.
GS-9: Successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in Marketing, Economics, Business Administration, Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, Agriculture Business, Statistics, or Mathematics or closely related field.
GS-11: Successful completion of Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in Marketing, Economics, Business Administration, Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, Agriculture Business, Statistics, or Mathematics. or closely related field.
Duties: 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:
Meets with industry groups interested in initiating or amending marketing order programs.
Provides authoritative advice and guidance to industry members in drafting new marketing agreements and orders and amendments to existing programs.
Reviews and analyzes information concerning affected industries.
Reviews industry requests for public hearings and determines whether such requests should be granted.
Analyzes evidence received at the hearings and makes recommendations for appropriate action to higher-level USDA officials.
Provides guidance and support to marketing field office personnel in the area of rulemaking.
Conducts analyses of marketing order committee recommendations for suspensions of program provisions.
Collaborates with the Program Manager in planning, organizing, and making appropriate staffing decisions to meet rulemaking time frames and quality standards.