This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Quality Assurance Specialist (COTA)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-CDC-M2-13-812334

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$39,541.00 to $51,408.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 21, 2012 to Friday, January 04, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bruceton, PA United States
Open to Current Permanent CDC/ATSDR Employees Only


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Who May Apply:  This vacancy is open to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) employees with competitive status only.  Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.


PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement.  Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.




This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Technology Evaluation Branch (TEB), Bruceton, PA.


Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location.


CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


The incumbent will serve in a developmental capacity as a Quality Assurance Specialist (COTA) in the Technology Evaluation Branch of the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory.  Career Opportunities Training Agreement (COTA) is a career development tools to fully utilizing employees to meet organizational and staffing needs.  The purpose of COTA is to provide the training and experience required to enter a new occupational field from the trainee position.  Duties will include performing quality assurance services related to the work of the branch.  This includes reviewing and evaluating a variety of technical documents such as product specifications, manufacturing system information and technical data related to products submitted to NIOSH for certification.  Incumbent will review and ensure that the product and application documents meet Federal Regulations and Institute policies.  The incumbent recommends certification approval or denial, product recall, etc.  Maintains information databases relating to NIOSH certified products.  Analyzes data to assure the quality, adequacy and accuracy of manufacturer's quality systems, product quality and product reliability.  Performs assigned portions of the audits and investigations and recommends Institute's action to address non conformance, product recalls, manufacturing stop-sale requests, worker safety notices, etc.  Performs other duties as assigned.


Applicants must currently be a CDC/ATSDR employee at the GS-07 grade level or above.


Under the COTA program, applications will be accepted from individuals who do not fully meet the basic qualifications requirements for this position, if the applicant has demonstrated the basic skills and competencies necessary for development and successful performance in the position being filled. Under the COTA program, applicants that lack some portion of the qualification requirements will be assigned to a trainee position and placed on an individual training plan to make up for the difference between his/her own qualifications and the qualifications required for the target position. Applicants may only enter COTA positions through lateral reassignment or voluntary change to lower grade (not by promotion). Pay retention is authorized, if applicable.


PROMOTION POTENTIAL: This is a Career Opportunities position with non-competitive promotion potential to Quality Assurance Specialist, GS-1910-12. Although promotion is neither guaranteed nor automatic, successful performance in the trainee position and completion of the training program will enable the trainee to be eligible for promotion to the target position (and each intervening grade level, if applicable).


LENGTH OF TRAINING: Length of training will vary based on the development and ability of the individual to perform assigned duties and tasks at each grade level in the developmental plan as determined by the supervisor.


DEVELOPMENTAL PLAN: A training plan (covering the entire training period) will be designed for the individual selected. The plan will specify the developmental assignments involving on-the-job training as well as formal training courses, if applicable. The training plan will correspond to the particular needs of the individual selected in order to meet the requirements of the target position (and each intervening grade, if applicable).

Conditions of Employment:

1. Additional Security and Background Requirements:  May be referred depending on the position being filled.  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

2. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
3. Financial disclosure statement may be required.
4. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid:  No
5. Bargaining Unit Position:  Yes
6. Drug Screening Required:  No
7. Recruitment or Relocation Bonus may be authorized:  No

8. Research position: No

9. Supervisory position: No

10. Promotion potential:  Yes.   This position has promotion potential to GS-12.  Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your meeting qualifications and time-in-grade requirements, demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and administrative approval.  Promotion to the next grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.
11. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


1.   Knowledge of established standards and procedures.

2.   Skill in investigating, analyzing and developing recommendations based upon observations.

3.   Ability to operate a PC, collect and analyze data, and prepare reports.

4.   Ability to effectively communicate results of work.



The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  For information on how to apply as a CTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 812334.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Atlanta Customer HelpDesk Telephone (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email HRCS@CDC.GOV.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - SF-50 (if you are a federal employee or have reinstatement rights as a federal employee)

         - PHS Commissioned Corps Officer must submit a copy of latest personnel order

         - College Transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement)


Note:  You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 04, 2013.


CDC HelpDesk
Phone: (770)488-1725
Agency Information:
HHS CDC Center
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

Control Number: 334161200
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