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Job Title:Supervisory Interdisciplinary Scientist (Branch Director), GS-0403/1320

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-MP-12-735278

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$109,022.00 to $141,726.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 30, 2012 to Tuesday, October 30, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0403/1320-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Queens, NY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current status employees the Federal Service

JOB SUMMARY:

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:  Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transitional Assistance Program  (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service; and individuals with disabilities.   YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 AND/OR DD FORM 214 TO DOCUMENT ELIGIBILITY. 

 

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in one of the following disciplines:

 

Chemist, GS-1320-14

Microbiologist, GS-0403-14FDA, 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 as (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.

 

LOCATION:  This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA),  Northeast Regional Laboratory, Jamaica, Queens, NY.

 

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • 25% travel may be required
  • Supervisory probation period may be required

DUTIES:

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Serves as a Branch Director located in the FDA Northeast Regional Laboratory.  The Branch Director is a second line supervisor of a staff of professionals, technicians, wage grade employees and support positions. As a second level supervisor, the incumbent is  responsible for the recommendation of plans and establishment of goals and priorities in the assigned functional area. Formulates operating policies and procedures dealing with the analysis of samples, research and investigations in order to promote compliance with the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and other acts enforced by the Food and Drug Administration. The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of two critical aspects: Quality Assurance and Technical Coordination. Plans and coordinates the laboratory operations under his/her direction with the other functions of the FDA Field Office. Incumbent is responsible to the Northeast Regional Laboratory Director  for the effective utilization of available resources and for providing leadership, guidance and technical direction necessary for full and effective program accomplishments. Incumbent brings to bear current scientific knowledge in the field of specialty and related technologies in making substantive decisions concerning the scientific process and work of the laboratory staff under the direction of the incumbent.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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This position has a basic educational requirement: 

 Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following: 

Chemist, GS-1320:

A.  A degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differentials and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours in physics; or
B.  A combination of education and experience - course work equivalent to a major as shown in A 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. 

                                                         OR
Microbiologist, GS-0403:

A.  A 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; or

B.  A combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

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In addition to meeting the educational requirements, candidates must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade:  GS-14: 52 weeks of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-13 level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:   Experience directly related to the position to be filled which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.  Examples of specialized experience includes directing laboratory operations; developing, implementing, and providing guidance on laboratory operational science policies and procedures; and coordinating and monitoring a science laboratory workload and product relative to a broad/complex science and consumer protection mission.

 

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT (Must be met within 30 days of the announcement closing date):

GS-14: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-13 or higher.

SUPERVISORY QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT:  The candidate chosen for this position must serve a one-year supervisory probationary period if s/he has not previously been a supervisor.
 

 

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.


Foreign Education:  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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.

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: YES

 

5. Bargaining Unit Position: NO

 

6. Drug Screening Required: NO

 

7. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: NO

 

8. Research position: NO

 

9. Supervisory position: YES - Probationary requirement - the selectee will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless the requirement was previously met in the Federal service.

 

10. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 the basic legislation, law, precedents, and regulations which govern the activities of a scientific laboratory.

2. Knowledge of sciences and technologies which apply to the science and consumer protection mission of a scientific analysis laboratory.

3. Knowledge of the management, administration and supervisory practices and procedures required to manage, plan and direct the work of a staff through subordinate supervisors in a laboratory.

4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

 

 

 


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp.

 

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  For information on how to apply as a 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 TO APPLY:

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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:  https://applicationmanager.gov.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 735278.  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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf 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 Bethesda Center HelpDesk Telephone (888)-478-4340; TTY/TDD: (866)-539-4484; or by email quickquestions@psc.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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)

         - DD-214 to document eligibility for VEOA appointment

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: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc.

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Bethesda Center Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: QUICKQUESTIONS@PSC.GOV
Agency Information:
OHR Bethesda Operations Center
7700 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD
20814 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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).


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Job Announcement Number:

HHS-FDA-MP-12-735278

Control Number:

325260100