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    Patrick Fiorenza

    Job Title: Marketing Assistant (Office Automation)

    Department: Department Of Agriculture

    Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service

    Sub Agency: Marketing & Regulatory Programs

    Job Announcement Number: 24FV-2011-0073


    $38,790.00 – $50,431.00 /year


    Thursday, July 14, 2011 to Thursday, July 28, 2011




    Full-Time Permanent




    1 vacancy – Tucson, AZ


    This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6FV-2011-0071. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


    Relocation expenses will not be paid

    The PACA Branch administers the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), which prohibits unfair trade practices in the marketing of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables in interstate or foreign commerce, and the Produce Agency Act (PAA) which prohibits the unlawful destruction of perishable farm products. The incumbent serves as a Marketing Assistant in the Tucson, Arizona regional office responsible for performing a variety of technical support duties associated primarily with the processing of reparation complaints.

    You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people.

    Join our team!


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Tucson, AZ

    The duties may include, but are not limited to:

    • Receives and logs-in informal reparation complaints.
    • Researches files and material submitted by the complainant to compile pertinent information regarding complaints such as the names, addresses, and license status of the parties involved and dates of transactions associated with the complaint.
    • Advises trade members involved in disputes of their rights and responsibilities under the PACA.
    • Prepares correspondence for the signature of the Regional Director or his/her designee to the parties involved to establish informal complaints and identify the nature of disputes.
    • Receives and reviews complaints not resolved in the informal stage to determine whether the requirements for processing in the formal stages have been met.
    • .
    • Assists Marketing Specialists in trip preparation by researching license, reparation complaint, and violator files in the geographic area where travel is to be conducted and identifies items of interest to the specialist.
    • Compiles data and prepares monthly status report of activity in the regional office.
    • Performs a full range of administrative support functions as specified by the Regional Director, such as time and attendance, travel vouchers, monthly reports, procuring and controlling inventory of office supplies, maintaining a log of checks received, and/or processing of accounts payable.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience requirements specified below.

    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.

    Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

    • Correspondence management, composition and review.
    • Experience with an automated time and attendance reporting system.
    • Utilizing various electronic applications; spreadsheets, databases, word processing programs, power point and various other venues of information technology.
    • Preparation of travel authorizations and vouchers, conducting travel audits.
    • Records management.
    • Reviews technical documents against program standards.
    • Procuring and controlling inventory of office supplies.

    Special Conditions:

    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service
    • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans’ documents required to receive veterans’ preference
    • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
    • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.


    • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
      • Ability to use office equipment, computer technology, and automated business systems.
      • Knowledge of correspondence, document processing, records, files, and reports including those regulated by the FOIA and Privacy Act.
      • Ability to identify priorities, changing work requirements, meet deadlines, and lead others.
      • Written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans’ preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
    • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
    • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

    To preview questions please click here.

    Benefits and Other Info


    Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to:Federal Employee Benefits


    • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
    • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
    • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint

    How To Apply


    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:

    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)

    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE
    For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:


    Phone: 612-336-3425
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Marketing & Regulatory Programs
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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