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Economic Research Service Supervisory Agricultural Economist (Branch Chief) in Kansas City, Missouri


This position is located with the Food Markets Branch in the Food Economics Division for the Economic Research Service (ERS), in Kansas City, MO. The Food Markets Branch (FMB) analyzes the efficiency of food marketing, processing, and distribution industries in meeting changing consumer demand. In this position, you will serve as the Chief of the Food Markets Branch, with administrative and technical responsibility for the quality and timeliness of the work of the FMB.


Targeting the dissemination of basic statistics and data, research findings, and policy analyses toward key client groups.

Managing a number of technically complex projects involving selecting or developing the most appropriate and current research methodologies, often of great complexity, and applying them to extremely complicated economic problems.

Serving as the focal point for research and analysis of topics appropriate to the Branch, and represents the Branch within the Department.

Developing program and product plans for the Branch. This includes work plans, as well as development and justification of a Branch budget.


Conditions of Employment


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. Basic Requirements:

Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

OR Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. AND In addition to the basic requirement above, all applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications: Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are: Qualifying experience for GS-15 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-14 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience in primary authorship of a number of important papers, models, theories, or techniques that impact the advancement of or are accepted as authoritative in the field of food, agricultural, diet and health, food markets, food assistance or food security economics; managing a number of technically complex projects involving food, agricultural, diet and health, food markets, food assistance or food security economics; and analyzing the consequences of public policies that relate to specialized industries such as food markets, food prices and expenditures, food consumption, nutrition, diet and health, and food safety. 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.


Please see above for education qualification requirement information.

Additional Information

CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest. If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter. 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 based on an evaluation of the following competencies: Administration and Management, Communication, and Economic Research. Supervisory/Managerial Competencies

  1. Ability to lead and accomplish work through others (i.e. team building, conflict management, cultural awareness, strategic thinking, technology management, and political savvy.)

  2. Ability to communicate with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer. Selections made under this authority will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would therefore be given a new appointment to the civil service. *This Position is being filled through OPM's government-wide Direct-Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all U.S. Citizens. Your application will be evaluated for basic eligibility and to determine if your experience and/or education meet the minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and other basic requirements will be referred and are eligible for selection. *