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Job opening: Deputy Director

Salary: $163 964 - 191 900 per year
Published at: Feb 16 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is in Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Emergency and Regulatory Compliance Services (ERCS), Emergency Management, Safety, and Security Division (EMSSD) and is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of APHIS employees, as well as coordination of an agency-level emergency management program.


The duties may include, but are not limited to: Lead a multi-faceted Division with wide-ranging responsibilities for safety, security, and emergency preparedness and response. Serves as a consultant and authoritative expert to APHIS officials regarding Agency-wide activities in security, safety, and emergency management. Provide Agency-wide leadership for physical and personnel security assessment, access control, and associated training aligned with the diverse needs of all APHIS programs. Engage stakeholders across APHIS and the Department in developing priorities and to communicate those goals and seek feedback. Responsible for implementing and updating applicable strategic plans and operating manuals. Ensure subject matter expertise is available to consult across the breadth of APHIS programs regarding facility access and personnel security. Division functions include planning, directing, organizing, and coordinating a wide range of security functions supporting APHIS employees, property, and facilities.


  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Individuals who were born male after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.
  • Testing Designated Position: 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.
  • Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application.
  • In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
  • During emergency response activities work hours may be longer than standard and the environment may be high-tempo and high stress.
  • Employee is expected to be on-call after hours to respond to emergencies.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. TIME-IN-GRADE: Current federal employees applying for a promotion opportunity must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirement of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. 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: Developing strategies, prioritize and analyze mission-critical impacts, such as disaster response coordination, emergency management, or security. Effective communication and collaboration skills, and the ability to effectively lead a nationwide diverse workforce. Utilizing a wide range of security concepts, principles, and practices to independently review, analyze, and resolve difficult and complex problems related to security situations during APHIS mission activities. Effectively lead and manage agricultural and all-hazard emergency preparedness and response activities under the National Response Framework and National Incident Management System. Developed, implemented, and managed an agency-wide safety and health program in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level. 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.


This position does not have an education qualification requirement.


  • Address Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service USDA APHIS MRPBS 250 Marquette Avenue, Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 US
  • Name: MRP Human Resources
  • Phone: 612-336-3227
  • Email: [email protected]

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