Detail Opportunity - National Director Job Corps Program, Washington, D.C.

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USDA Forest Service has a detail opportunity for a highly qualified candidate to serve as Acting National Director for the Job Corps Program. The detail opportunity is based out of Washington, D.C. for 120-days or not to exceed 1-year. In accordance with agency travel policies and procedures, travel and per diem assistance will be provided. This detail opportunity will enable the agency to acquire incremental support while working with the Chief’s Office, NRE and the Department to process and approve the SES Job Announcement. Simultaneously, the successful candidate will have a tremendous opportunity to learn and lead transformational initiatives that can strengthen the integration of the Job Corps Program with USDA Forest Service’s core mission and needs. Incumbent will supervise and manage the Job Corps Management Team based out of Denver, Colorado, and lead 24 geographically dispersed Center Directors and their operations. The Acting National Director will be coached and supervised by the Associate Deputy Chief and Deputy Chief for Business Operations.


Job Corps Program is the largest publicly-funded residential education and job training program for young adults ages 16-24. Of the 123 Job Corps Centers across the country, 24 are operated, maintained, and managed by the USDA Forest Service located in 15 states, serving six 6 Forest Service Regions, and 20 national forests. They provide a diverse curriculum that serves the needs of about 9,800 students annually. The Job Corps Program is authorized under the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act, which requires the USDA Forest Service to “provide – in addition to academics, career and technical education and training, and workforce preparation skills training – program of work experience to conserve, develop, or manage public natural resources or public recreational areas or to develop community projects in the public interest.”


Term: 120-days or not to exceed 1 year

Location: Washington, DC

Travel: Occasional Travel, sometimes may include support to the Chief, Under Secretary, and/or Secretary.

Grade Level: Open to GS-15 Only. The detail is non-reimbursable and cannot result in a promotion. Candidate must currently hold the grade level at time of application.

Supervisory: Yes

Mandatory Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Exhibit advance knowledge and experience in forestry, conservation, fire management, and/or other related Forest Service program mission; and
  2. Demonstrate advance understanding or in-depth working experience with Job Corps Centers and/or related youth or workforce development.

Other Requirements:

  1. Strategically oversee, measure, and report corporate-wide staffing, budget, contracts, and performance requirements for the 24 Job Corps Centers.
  2. Lead the assessment, planning, development, and implementation of curriculum, coaching, and apprenticeship corporate strategy for 24 Job Corps Centers.
  3. Integrate 24 Job Corps Centers with the core mission of Forest Service through proactive collaboration with ELT, NLC, AMC, and other relevant components of the Forest Service.
  4. Lead a diverse workforce and manage a safe work environment conducive for increasing transformative outcomes and performance.
  5. Demonstrate experience and/or ability to strategically build and maintain partnerships including working with local communities, private sector, and interagency partners such as DOL. 2
  6. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, turn vision into action, facilitate and lead innovative ideas, and execute in a coordinated manner with other components of Forest Service.
  7. Exceptional talent in (or willingness to train or be coached) developing, communicating, and eloquently presenting data and strategies at all levels including NRE and the Secretary.
  8. Improve customer experience by equipping Job Corps Center staff with sufficient training and tools, collaborating with Job Corps Alumni and stakeholder groups, improving operational policies and compliance, and ensure students are provided quality training and safe environment.

Application Requirements: Resume only no more than 5 pages, plus 1-page executive summary or bullet points describing your ideas for curriculum, apprenticeship, and/or integrating Job Corps with USDA Forest Service.

Deadline: Send both resume and 1-page page executive summary or bullet points to Claudette Fernandez, Deputy Chief for Business Operations, at by Friday, November 15.