Writer Editor

Department Of Agriculture Washington, DC
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Help Duties Summary

This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Administrator (ODA), Livestock, Poultry, and Seed (LPS) Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, in Washington, DC. ODA is responsible for formulating and administering policies for marketing services and regulatory activities related to: commodity grading and certification for livestock, meat, eggs, and poultry; purchase specifications and requirements for meat, eggs, poultry, and fish procured for Federal food and nutrition programs; market news reporting for livestock, meat, eggs, poultry, wool, and grain products; standardization services for wool, mohair, livestock, meat, eggs, poultry and related products; oversight of research and promotion boards for beef, pork, eggs, soybeans, sorghum, and lamb; monitoring and analyzing scientific research and information; and seed regulatory and testing activities.

Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.

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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:

* The incumbent is responsible for developing and editing regulations, notices to trade, letters and memoranda, background/briefing papers, news releases, internal newsletters, and preparing other written material for the Program and senior agency leadership as required. Incumbent often works under extreme time constraints and must be able to process information quickly and accurately, relying less on associates for information and instead will draw upon prior knowledge and experience of Program procedures and previous activities. Incumbent's duties also include creating documents from source materials (such as written statements and interviews with managers).

* From brief notes or oral discussions with the Deputy Administrator, Division Directors, Chief of Staff, or technical and administrative employees, incumbent reviews and ensures all regulatory language is in compliance with Federal Register and Government Printing Office (GPO) requirements, develops replies to incoming correspondence or initiates outgoing letters, memoranda, and articles regarding the various Division activities of the Program, and writes internal instructions, notices, and procedures applicable to all phases of the Program's operations. The incumbent is responsible for developing and maintaining standard operating procedures for the handling and processing documents requiring ODA approval or signatures within LPS.

* For the purpose of "polishing" written materials prepared by other employees of the Program, incumbent reviews such material and makes editorial changes when necessary to clarify vague or misleading statements; rearrange portions to achieve more effective presentation; corrects errors in grammar, spelling punctuation, and GPO style rules; confirms that data are adequate and correct; and assures that Program procedures are followed. In some cases, the incumbent draws upon knowledge and experience to create a more complete draft.

* The incumbent will use knowledge of subject and program areas to make suggestions regarding content of documents, as well as make directive decisions about the nature and appropriateness of the document.

* The subject matter of the material prepared or reviewed by the incumbent is technical in nature. The terminology used must be exact in its meaning, and the proper terms applicable to the subject must be consistent in all instances. Incumbent prepares and submits a draft of the material proposed to the technical employee concerned. Occasionally, conferences are necessary to satisfactorily determine interpretations and to arrive at the proper descriptive terminology applicable to livestock, poultry, shell egg, meat, meat products, wool, and seeds.

* Adheres to Equal Employment and Civil Rights policies, goals, and objectives in performing the duties of this position. Assures that written and oral communications are bias-free and that differences of other employees and clients are respected and valued.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel for training and work assignments may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

Permanent AMS agency employees in the local commuting area of Washington DC; CTAP/RPL eligibles.

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1082 Writing And Editing

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Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* US Citizenship is required.

* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

* Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.

Special Conditions:

* Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

* Successful completion of a 1 year probationary period (if new hire to the Federal service).

* This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.

* Physical Demands- The work is sedentary. No unusual physical demands are required in the assignments.

* Work Environment- The work is generally performed in an office setting or in other similar surroundings. Work is performed under established safety policy and procedures.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

TIME IN GRADE: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

* Using independent research, interviewing, and data-gathering techniques, write and edit (in some cases, substantively) a wide variety of written products, often dealing with complex, scientific/technical subjects-tailoring the material to the intended audiences while applying grammar, punctuation, style and format requirements.

* Writing and editing regulatory documents, per the Office of Management and Budget or the Federal Register guidelines.

* Analyzing complex and/or sensitive policy matters and negotiating with program personnel and senior officials regarding effective approaches to communication issues.

* Understanding of policy issues impacting the livestock, poultry, and seed industries.

* Planning and carrying out multiple assignments/projects with competing deadlines in order to meet time and quality requirements.

OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

* Using advanced knowledge of grammar, editing, and composition practices (such as the use of logic, parallel construction, transitions, and similar elements), style requirements, and effective communication concepts to develop, restructure, and revise complex scientific and/or technical documents (including high-level speeches/talking points, program/organizational strategic plans, and other mission critical documents) appropriate for a broad range of audiences.

* Using advanced research, interviewing, and data-gathering techniques to obtain accurate, responsive information for a wide variety of communication products.

* Using established contacts in the appropriate private industry, agency, and programs for information and assistance when developing content for documents.

* Reviewing, editing, and presenting more complex regulatory documents (e.g., rules) and policy briefings for senior/political officials.

(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

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.

This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions

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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


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