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AnnouncementNovember 20, 2015

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is recruiting for Agricultural Marketing Specialists (Regulatory) to work in the National Organic Program (NOP).


AMS Recruiting for Agricultural Marketing Specialists (Regulatory)

AMS is currently recruiting for Agricultural Marketing Specialists to work in the NOP's Accreditation and International Activities (AIA) Division. These positions were previously announced on September 28, 2015, but were closed due to an error in the original announcements.
The AIA Division is responsible for the review and accreditation of organic certification agencies in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) and NOP regulations. The AIA Division is also responsible for training accredited certifying agents and other technical personnel involved with organic certification, certifier accreditation, and recognized accrediting bodies.
The duties may include, but are not limited to:              
  • Carries out assignments covering a wide variety of day-to-day operations of the AIA Division. Assists in formulating policy recommendations and presenting them to the Division Director and other management officials.
  • Conducts quality system and regulatory compliance audits of accredited certifying agents, recognized government accreditation bodies, and certified organic producers and handlers to determine compliance with NOP regulations.
  • Coordinates audits of NOP accredited certifying agents conducted by auditors from other AMS Programs. Reviews reports for content and clarity and provides comments as needed. Prepares documentation for review by the NOP Accreditation Committee and participates in Committee decisions in accordance with NOP procedures as directed by the Division Director.
  • Assists in the development or revision of accreditation procedures for certifying agents and State Organic Programs.
  • Assists in the preparation of training materials for use by the NOP, accredited certifying agents, and State Organic Programs. Plans and organizes training events conducted by the Program or in cooperation with industry groups.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to concerns of confidentiality, culture and ethical behavior in all communications.
The Agricultural Marketing Specialists are GS-12/13 level positions. The positions are based in Washington, D.C., but may require some travel and include occasional telework. Selected candidates will be required to relocate to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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Deadline: Friday, November 27, 2015
About the Agricultural Marketing Service

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products. Through its National Organic Program, AMS facilitates trade and ensures the integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

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