What FAS Needs
What is FAS looking for? Are you a good fit for our programs and mission areas? Each position within FAS has its own requirements, but in general, we are looking for individuals with the following skills and experience:
- Strong Analytical Skills - Our stakeholders depend on FAS to provide market intelligence and coherent analysis that helps U.S. agriculture compete in the global marketplace.
- Leadership Skills - FAS is the USDA’s lead agency for international trade and exports. We have our sights set on identifying those who have the potential to lead as we carry out this heavy responsibility.
- At Ease in Culturally Diverse Environments - We value overseas experience as well as experience in the United States that has brought you in contact with people of different cultures, language, and backgrounds.
- Team Skills - Every employer says they need team players, but for FAS, it’s a must. Employees work with many different groups within the Agency and with individuals from around the world.
- Writing and Speaking Skills - Communication skills are central to carrying out our mission. Candidates need to be able to write effectively and persuasively, and should be comfortable presenting information in a variety of settings and formats.
- Flexibility - The world is ever-changing, and so our agency must be able to adapt quickly, embrace change, and seize opportunities whenever and where ever they arise.
- Willingness to travel domestically and/or abroad, as required by position.
These skills and experiences are not necessarily required for every position, but they are highly valued by the Agency:
- Background in U.S. or international agriculture, international trade, marketing, international business, or economic development
- Knowledge of one or more foreign languages
- Strategic planning experience
- Program monitoring and evaluation
- Experience in diplomacy and/or negotiating
Every position and employment/internship program has specific requirements.
Please, read through program and position descriptions carefully.
Page Last Updated: September 2, 2010