Rocky Mountain Research Station
USDA Forest Service
Research Program Manager, GS-0401-15
OPEN: 5/01/2020 CLOSE: 5/31/2020
The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) anticipates advertising a key leadership position addressing dryland ecosystems of the Interior West. This position is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and serves as the Program Manager of the Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Science Program (GSD), a multi-disciplinary unit with staff located in six states and seven cities of the Interior West. The position reports to the Station Director in Fort Collins, Colorado and is a member of the RMRS Leadership Team.
Serves as a technical expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus on the program’s multi-disciplinary research in dryland ecosystems. Provides expert technical leadership and program advice in the development and implementation of the unit’s research direction, science quality assurance and relevance, standards and procedures for research and core program of work.
Exercises the full range of managerial responsibilities over the science program. Responsible for program development, planning, budgeting and management information for identifying work force and organizational needs, target levels, full time equivalents (FTE), program, and Station priorities. Determines which lines of research should be initiated, dropped or curtailed, and when such action should occur.
Assesses the impact of substantive programs and policies-including legislation, new USDA and FS policy, and State and private sector policies related to forestry research and resource management-on assigned projects. Incumbent participates as a member of the Station’s Leadership Team in developing science resource policies and direction.
Selects and promulgates research priorities based upon the program’s charter, station guidelines, regional needs and national direction of the agency. Evaluates past research accomplishments and performance and institutes changes as necessary. Meets with representatives of research institutions and agencies, Regional and Forests Staff, concerned citizens, and industrial and public interest groups to gain input into the unit’s current and future research direction.
Is responsible for submitting annual budget formulations and expenditure requests and managing appropriated program budgets. Also, ensures program expenditures are legal, meet charged-as-worked and congressional intent, remain within budget limits, and work plans reflect actual budget received. Determines most economical means of meeting the Program and Station objectives within fiscal and legal constraints and takes action to ensure these means are followed.
Identifies funding opportunities, reviews research proposals, agreements and contracts, develops outside funding when opportunities arise, and manages and monitors transfers of funds for research, monitoring and tool development among Forest Service branches, agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations.
Monitors and evaluates the quality and effectiveness of the assigned research program. Oversees the release of research results in the form of technical and non-technical publications, talks, reports, and field demonstrations. Communicates research results through web sites, briefing papers, newsletters, meetings, social media, and other avenues. Utilizes analytical techniques to evaluate study results and provide impact analyses of available strategies.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES – (25% or more of the time)
Provides technical and administrative supervision to employees in a variety of professional and non-professional occupations (GS-5 thru GS-15 and ST). Plans and directs the overall work through subordinate supervisors, team leaders, or comparable positions. Exercises significant responsibility in dealing with officials of other units or organizations, and/or in advising management officials of higher rank. Sets and adjust short-term priorities and schedules and makes decisions on work problems of subordinate supervisors. Sets performance standards for supervisors and other employees in the organization; and recommends selection for supervisory and other unit positions.
MULTI CULTURAL ORGANIZATION AND EEO/CIVIL RIGHTS
Provides leadership, allocates resources, and implements activities to accomplish Forest Service multicultural organization direction, and Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights requirements, goals, policies, and objectives. Supports and participates in the Work Environment Continuous Improvement Process. Ensures all communication – written, oral, visual, signed – is non-discriminatory and sensitive to all employees and publics. Creates a work environment that respects, appreciates, and accepts the contributions and perspectives of all employees.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Those who are interested must meet the qualification requirements for the GS-0401 series that are covered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions.
The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook Manual is available for review on the Internet at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp