Status: Full-time position
Location: Washington DC, DC
Job Summary: The National Organic Program (NOP) carries out activities relating to the development, implementation, and administration of the USDA organic regulations in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). These activities include developing and enforcing the USDA organic regulations and standards and accrediting, auditing, and training organic certifying agents.
Qualifications: Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
For the GS-9 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience that may have been obtained in the private or public sectors which demonstrates:
Reviewing investigative material and determining compliance with laws and regulations.
Summarizing information and preparing written reports.
Identifying, interpreting, and applying complex laws and regulations.
Making recommendations regarding the status of alleged violations.
Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, in public administration, business administration, industrial relations, political science, law enforcement, or agricultural sciences; or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.
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:
Conducts case intake activities, including administrative file management and initial review of incoming cases.
Reviews complaint case files, evaluating facts, identifying potential violations, determining the elements needed to prove or disprove the allegations, and recommending a course of action.
Develops plans of action that demonstrate good understanding of the allegations or issues, the related regulatory requirements, and a workable methodology for fact finding.
Conducts investigations and develops case file materials and related documentation multiple investigations are done concurrently.
Attends division and program meetings to discuss NOP enforcement issues and specific cases under evaluation.
Recommends strategies and practices to monitor and evaluate adverse action procedures of accredited certifying agents.
Conducts follow-up monitoring to ensure operations remain in compliance after initial corrective actions are taken.
Demonstrates a commitment to objectivity, confidentiality, and high ethical conduct; the work requires thorough research and understanding of the law, regulations, policies, precedents, and other pertinent materials.