Management and Program Analyst

Agricultural Marketing Service, United States Deparment of Agriculture

About the organization

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers programs that create domestic and international marketing opportunities for U.S. food, fiber and specialty crops producers. AMS provides the agriculture industry with valuable services to ensure the quality and availability of wholesome food for consumers across the country. Nearly 4,000 AMS professionals work daily to support the country’s agricultural operations, which range from individual farmers to international businesses. AMS services and annual grant investments create opportunities by supporting economic development in towns and rural communities that stand as the backbone of American values. Much of the agency’s support for agriculture is provided through commodity-focused programs and services such as its Dairy; Specialty Crops; Livestock and Poultry; and Cotton and Tobacco Programs. AMS also oversees and administers the National Organic Program; Science and Technology Program; and the Transportation and Marketing Program.


The duties may include the following:

Advise and coordinate with key program officials in formulating long and short-range performance measures, policies, procedures and practices for a range of program and administrative management-related activities.
Utilize data collection and analysis while integrating improvement solutions, including Six Sigma and Lean principles.
Assess AMS programs’ current processes, identify and prioritize opportunities for design and implement business process improvement solutions. Provide support on transitioning and implementing new processes for continuous improvement.
Conduct reviews and evaluations of selected aspects of AMS program activities to determine their compliance with and adherence to administrative management policies, rules, and regulations.
Conduct organizational and workforce analysis to ensure optimal organizational structure and to identify and make recommendations on how to address critical skill gaps, to strengthen services, quality and cost effectiveness of services as well as solve organizational challenges and enhance organizational effectiveness.
Conduct special studies, reviews and analyses concerning a wide variety of administrative management issues within AMS using an array of analytical, statistical, and evaluative methods.
Lead visioning, external environmental scans, including analysis of strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats which lead to the development of strategic and operational plans.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements as described below.

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:

• Project Management
• Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement
• Process Improvement to include Lean Six Sigma and Performance Measures
• Meeting Facilitation
• Program Evaluation and Organizational Diagnosis

You’re eligible if you have at least two years of service with the Peace Corps or one year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA.

Your non-competitive eligibility lasts for one year after completing your Peace Corps or AmeriCorps service. Federal agencies may extend the period for up to three years if, after your completed service, you are:

• In the military service.
• Studying at a recognized institution of higher learning.
• Involved in another activity, which in the agency’s view, warrants an extension.

Your non-competitive eligibility does not entitle you to a job within the federal government. You must still apply and meet qualification standards and additional requirements, such as a background investigation.


$86,335.00 - $133,465.00

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

The application package should contain a resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information;2) education;3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) all supervisors' phone numbers and if they may be contacted; and 5) other qualifications as well as your Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA certification of service documents.

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