Financial Analyst - Agricultural Marketing Service

Status: Full-time position

Location: Washington, DC

Deadline Date: 6/5/13

Date Available:

Job Summary: The Promotion and Economics Division (PED) carries out assigned programs relating to the development and administration of the Fruit and Vegetable Program, Research and Promotion Programs (Promotion Programs). The industries represented by these Promotion Programs are engaged in commercial business worth billions of dollars. The PED also oversees the collection of assessments on imported products and the use of industry funds in domestic and international markets.

The incumbent serves as a Financial Analyst responsible for carrying out a variety of activities and assignments related to the promulgation and administration of Promotion Programs. In addition, the incumbent also performs a variety of program technical and administrative matters, such as policy formulation, preparation of special reports, and a variety of specialized assignments related to the activities of the Division. Furthermore, the incumbent leads the

Division in the development and implementation of methodology to conduct management and financial reviews of the boards where USDA provides oversight.
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: Education
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in Finance, Accounting, or closely related field. TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
You are qualifying for the position based on education.
You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.

You are qualifying for this position based on Superior Academic Achievement. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.

Specialized experience at the GS-11/12/13 Grade Levels
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.

Duties: The incumbent serves as the Division expert on the financial integrity of the promotion board operations, which has impact on the integrity of Division operations and the ability of the Division to accomplish overall goals and objectives.
Evaluates audit issues, including the scope of the audits conducted and their compliance with the recognized principles and standards of the profession.
Under the direction of the Division Director, utilizes accounting and financial principles to develop management review procedures, methodologies, and guidelines for use in overseeing the budget and finance activities of the boards.
Participates in proactive violation-detection efforts which are initiated by the board staff and conducts investigations which involve allegations of a financial nature, such as failure to pay assessments. Attends board meetings for assigned programs, as necessary; and oftentimes these meetings cover controversial and precedent-setting issues.
Examines and analyzes authorizing legislation and public comments and prepares final rules implementing the authorizing Act, issues referenda orders, and prepares other associated documents such as notifications to State Department of Agriculture and trade groups. Prepares ballots and instructions for voting and other referenda materials, arranges for the mailing of the ballots and secured storage of ballots, and prepares reports on the conduct and results of referenda.
Prepares memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Customs Border Patrol (Customs Service) under which the Customs Service identifies regulated imports and collects assessments from importers on behalf of the board.
Prepares responses to congressional and other high level correspondence pertaining to assigned programs, which may involve controversial and complex topics.
Collaborates with Customs Service, International Trade Commission and United States Trade Representative, and Census Bureau offices to implement Import Assessments. Prepares written analyses to inform the U.S. Trade Representative of rulemaking actions for assigned programs which may impact imports of F&V Programs products.
Reviews administrative law petitions filed under Agency procedures when an individual believes that an order or plan or a rule or regulation issued thereunder is not in accordance with law.
Monitors legislation on potential new programs as well as amendments of statutes for existing programs.
Ensures that board staffs adhere to Department policy and/or regulations on records retention and confidentiality. Monitors board and board staff activities and policies to ensure that EEO principles are applied and the appropriate personnel practices are adhered to.
Monitors export research and promotion activities conducted by the boards with funds from the FAS Market Promotion Program as well as with funds generated by industry assessments, and notifies FAS of any other export activity by the boards.

To Apply:
A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following
Responses to the vacancy specific questions (you will be prompted to complete these questions during the online application process)
Supporting Documentation which may be required.

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