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Food and Nutrition Service Project Manager (Portfolio Manager) in United States

Summary This position serves as Portfolio Manager in the Office of Strategic Initiatives and reports to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, within the Administrators Office. This position is responsible for leading the strategic implementation of key projects across the FNS portfolio of programs including Agency priorities, strategic initiatives, operational plans, and performance dashboards. Responsibilities Plans, designs, and carries out projects. Provides leadership and direction on project management principles and practices and support to those groups and individuals within the agency who manage and deliver projects. Identifies projects that may be venturing into problems, escalating red flags by providing analysis, alternatives, and recommendations for corrective action for appropriate/timely resolution. Directs activities that will improve alignment of project outcomes to management strategic objectives and provides portfolio management leadership for strategic projects and initiatives. Coordinates Agency-wide efforts to ensure that data-driven, key performance indicators are developed for initiatives and projects and show alignment to strategic imperatives. Ensures initiatives are focused and aligned on improving operational and program efficiencies and effectiveness; facilitates in organizational strategic planning. Builds and maintains effective work relationships across the organization to ensure that strategies and activities are well planned, understood, communicated and effectively executed to reach our strategic objectives. Compiles and reports Agency achievements for sharing with Agency officials and other governmental entities. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. To qualify at the GS-13 level, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-12 level in the private and/or federal service. Example of qualifying experience include the following types of tasks performed on a regular and recurring basis: Developing and delivering action-oriented portfolio scorecards, metrics, governance and reporting to support business and executive decision making; Providing day-to-day analytic and strategic leadership for key organization-wide strategic initiatives to ensure implementation is consistent with the vision of FNS and that project or program outcomes meet or exceed expectations; Providing leadership and direction on project management principles and practices and supporting to those groups and individuals within the agency who manage and deliver projects; and Collaborating with cross-functional teams and project managers to ensure projects are being managed within established frameworks, timelines and budgets. Time in grade: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). You must include an SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one) that supports meeting this requirement with your application package. Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level for consideration at the GS-13 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. Education There is no substitution of education for this position at this grade level. Additional Information 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 (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer to PUBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015 for more information. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed. USDA is offering a variety of strategic workplace flexibilities which allow us to recruit and retain the best talent that reflects the diversity of our country, improve employee morale, and make USDA an employer of choice. In support of this commitment, telework-eligible positions may be eligible to telework up to eight days a pay period, based upon the duties of specific positions. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by Departmental policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements. This position is included in a bargaining unit represented by one of the following: AFGE Local 2735, NTEU Chapter 226, 227, 237, 240, 255, 265 or 268.

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