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    Duties

    Summary

    Due to the immensity of its charge, CVM depends upon a diverse and dedicated workforce. We recognize the importance of multi-disciplinary teamwork in reaching superior and timely regulatory decisions therefore we foster an atmosphere where every employee's contribution is important. New concepts, ideas, and creative approaches to improve current operations and to meet existing and future challenges are encouraged. Our goal is to not only enable our employees to positively impact the Center today, but to prepare our workforce for the demands, responsibilities, and career opportunities of tomorrow.

    Who May Apply: This vacancy is open to current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees in the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) serving on a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service OR a CTAP eligible in the local commuting area OR a PHS Commissioned Officer in CVM OR a Schedule A employee in CVM.  

    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.

    YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), CTAP or COMMISSIONED CORPS DOCUMENTATION or your application will be considered incomplete. 

    This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation in Rockville, Maryland. 

    Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.

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    Responsibilities

    The Director for the Division of Human Food Safety, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation (ONADE) is a key leadership position within the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM).  As Division Director you will serve as a member of the Office leadership team within an integrated environment that requires collaboration across the organization.  Specifically, you will serve as an advisor to the Director, ONADE, on matters pertaining to the review of New Animal Drug Applications (NADA), Abbreviated New Animal Drug Applications (ANADA), Master Files (MF), or Investigational New Animal Drug files (JINAD) submissions to ensure that food derived from treated animal is safe for human consumption.  You will also provide leadership and direction, through subordinate team leaders, to the Division and plan, develop, and implement policies, procedures, and regulations that support the administrative and scientific functions and activities of the Division and evaluate budget, fiscal and administrative controls to manage program segments and to accomplish program objectives.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Agency Employees Only

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.

    Conditions of Employment: 
    1. Security and Background Requirements:  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. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 
    3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
    4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing of the announcement.
    5. Pre-employment physical required: No
    6. Drug testing required: No
    7. License required: No
    8. Mobility agreement required: No
    9. Incentives may be authorized; however, this is contingent upon funds availability. If authorized, certain incentives will require you to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3 years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid. Incentives include the following: moving expenses, recruitment or relocation incentive; student loan repayment, superior qualifications appointment, creditable service for annual leave for prior non-federal work experience or prior uniformed military service, etc.
    10. Time in Grade (TIG) must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
    11. A background investigation required: Yes 

    12. Bargaining Unit Position: No  

    Qualifications

    In order to qualify for Supervisory Interdisciplinary Scientist (Division Director), GS-0401/0403/0415/1320-15, you must meet the following:

    BIOLOGIST, GS-0401 BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  Possess a four year degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position (must submit transcript) OR possess a combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 

    MICROBIOLOGIST, GS-0403 BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  Possess a four year degree in microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent (must submit transcript) OR possess a combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that includes courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 

    TOXICOLOGIST, GS-0415 BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  Possess a four year degree in toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology. (must submit transcript).

    CHEMIST, GS-1320 BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  Possess a four year degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that include 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics (must submit transcript) OR a combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    AND

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:  Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service that includes providing leadership and strategic direction in managing and overseeing the work of a scientific group in a collaborative and integrated environment related to new and/or generic animal drugs; and developing and implementing operational and tactical plans in order to execute strategic plans and to comply with policies, regulations, and procedures.   This experience must be reflected in your resume. Volunteer experience can also be used as  qualifying experience.

    Documenting experience:  In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.

    Education

    You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.  For further information, click on foreign education.

    Additional information

    Key Requirements continues:

    Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualification requirements, licensure requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements.  All requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    Conditions of Employment continues:

    13. Financial disclosure statement required: Yes.   This position is subject to strict prohibited financial interest regulations which could restrict the type of financial interest (stock holdings) for the employee, the spouse, and minor children of theemployee. Selectee for this position will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 450) and may require the selectee to obtain clearance from the FDA Division of Ethics and Integrity before a final offer can be made.  For additional information on the prohibited financial interests, please visit the FDA Ethics and Integrity Office website  at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/Ethics/default.htm."  

    In the last five years, based on the closing date of this announcement, IF you served or you are currently serving as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee, HHS/FDA may be required to obtain approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to beginning employment. You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed. If you have served or are currently serving, you must provide a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting this appointment. In addition, you will be required to respond to the question in the assessment and certify your responses to the questionnaire.

    Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).

    Career transition Assistance Program (CTAP). For information on how to apply as an CTAP eligible see: http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap. 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.


    How You Will Be Evaluated

    If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible or your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Interview Process: Structured interviews; may be asked scenario-based interview questions concerning core competencies.  Method/tools used to evaluate applicants: work samples, conducting a presentation, reference checks, tests may be used.   

    Merit Promotion Procedures for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of two categories:  Best Qualified or Qualified.

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

    1. Scientific Proficiency

    2. Scientific and Administrative Management

    3. Resource Management

    4. Leadership

     

     

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

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    Required Documents

    ACCEPTED & REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
       ·Resume
       ·Transcript

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


       ·Cover Letter
       ·DD-214
       ·Other Veterans Document
       ·SF-15
       ·SF-50

    Other Supporting Documents:  (only submit if applicable)
    • College transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable)
    • Veteran's Preference documentation [e.g., DD-214 which shows type of discharge/character of service (Member Copy#4), SF-15, VA letter, etc.]
    • CTAP/ICTAP documentation [e.g., letter of separation, RIF notice, separation SF-50 etc.]
    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. 
    • If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible. 
    • If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s) follow the instructions below to fax your supporting documentation.
    To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page (http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf) and provide the required information.
    The Vacancy ID Number (VIN) is: 2001376
    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144 with the coversheet on top.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onTuesday, September 05, 2017 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items, you can find the form at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf
    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.
    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 Bethesda Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email quickquestions@fda.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    For Résumé and Application Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Tips.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
    To receive consideration for this position you must submit a complete application (including all required documents) by 11:59pm Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement, which is: Tuesday, September 05, 2017

    Instructions for applying to this job:
    1. You must be signed in to USAJOBS. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you must first create one before you can apply
    2. If you are signed in, you can tap/click "Apply Online" to begin the process.
    3. USAJOBS will ask you to select a resume to submit. We recommend that you submit a USAJOBS Resume Builder formatted resume so that you know you're submitting all the information we will need. You may also submit a resume in the format of your choice.
    4. USAJOBS will then allow you to include documentation from your USAJOBS Saved Documents area. You may also attach additional supporting documents during this stage.
    5. You will then be required to respond to certify your application materials and you'll be given the chance to elect to provide demographic information (if you have completed this part of your USAJOBS profile).
    6. Finally, you will be transferred to FDA's USA Staffing system to complete the occupational questionnaire and finalize your application for submission. Follow the on-screen instructions provided by USA Staffing and respond to ALL questions presented to you. You will be allowed to finalize and submit additional documents one last time. You will review your application and make final submission. You will then be returned back to USAJOBS.
    Instructions for reviewing or editing your application:
    1. If you need to make a change to your application, or if you just want to know your application status, you will need to be logged in to your USAJOBS account. Tap/click on your name in the top-right corner, then select "Applications".
    2. You will see a list of the most recent applications you have submitted. Tap/click on the one you wish to review or edit. The item will expand and provide your current status, along with additional information about that application. If you wish to change something then tap/click the "Update Application" button.
    3. You will be taken through the same steps you did when you initially applied. You can make changes to add or remove supporting documents before being transferred over to FDA's USA Staffing system where you can continue making changes to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Step through the process as you did the first time, taking care to make the changes you need, and submitting in the final step.

    Agency contact information

    FDA Helpdesk

    Phone

    (888)478-4340

    Fax

    (478)757-3144

    Email

    QUICKQUESTIONS@FDA.GOV

    Address

    HHS FDA Center
    10903 New Hampshire Avenue
    Silver Spring, MD 20993
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    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.

    The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is an internationally recognized, high performance, public health organization. Our mission is to protect human and animal health. To achieve this, CVM reviews animal drug applications for safety and effectiveness, monitors animal drugs, animal foods, and devices on the market, reviews food additives for safety and utility, and conducts research that helps FDA ensure the safety of animal drugs, food for animals, and food products made from animals. CVM fosters human and animal health by approving safe and effective products for animals and by enforcing applicable provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and other authorities. These include animals, from which human foods are derived, as well as pet (or companion) animals. 

    Next steps

    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).

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477495500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.