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Job Title:Drug Science Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Drug Enforcement Administration

Job Announcement Number:D-OD-13-811761-DEU-HCC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 28, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0601-12/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, VA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans. 

Do your career "Justice" by working with DOJ, which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Come and join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with DEA must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities. Once a conditional offer is made, DEA will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that the prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, the unfavorable decision in any of the areas that follow will be deemed as disqualifying: Drug Policy Requirements (as specified in this announcement), Credit History, Candor and Honesty, Work History, History with the Law, and other qualities that would promote the integrity and efficiency of the DEA.

 

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All U.S Citizens

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.

DUTIES:

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These positions arelocated in the Office of Diversion Control (OD), Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section (ODE), Quota and UN Reporting Unit (ODEQ).

 

Under the administrative supervision of the Chief or Unit Chief, the employee serves as a senior technical advisor in the pharmaceutical, biological and physical sciences.   The incumbent evaluates and synthesizes complex scientific data on abuse and diversion potentials, as well as the licit and illicit uses of drugs and chemicals.   Recommends pertinent DEA policy and regulatory, legislative, and scheduling responses to the diversion, trafficking and/or abuse of drugs and chemicals.   Evaluates existing data sources, defines requirements and investigates new data sources.   Recommends data sources, and obtains essential information to provide policy guidance on domestic and international drug and chemical control matters.   Maintains liaison with nationally recognized professional and scientific organizations on matters related to controlled drugs, chemicals and abuse liability issues.   As a scientific and technical authority, performs critical reviews of scientific or technical data and other information.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 

 

Individual Occupational Requirements

Degree: major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES

 

A.  Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements.

Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.

 

B.  Appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A.

 

The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

 

Grade 12:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service that includes: assisting in collecting and analyzing data using computerized databases or software, spreadsheets, and other tracking systems;   knowledge of scientific and regulatory aspects of controlled substances; communicating technical information to non-scientists; assisting in preparing SOPs and other documents; and multitasking to complete daily assignments.

 

Grade 13:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service that includes: technical advisor on scientific and regulatory aspects of controlled substances; proficiency in analyzing data utilizing computerized software to prepare SOPs, policies, or guidance documentation; experience formulating options (ideas or methods) for achieving goals or solving existing or future problems; and multitasking to achieve results.

 

Grade 14:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service that includes: technical expert on scientific and regulatory aspects of controlled substances; go to person in formulating methods for more effective program operations and in communicating scientific and technical information to non-scientists; mastery in preparing SOPs, policies, or guidance documents; and multitasking to achieve goals.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs)/Competencies:  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

 

1.  Knowledge of the principles, theories and established methods of chemistry, biology, pharmacy, pharmacology, and related health sciences to serve as a technical and subject matter expert.

2.  Ability to use data sources and industry contacts regarding the use, abuse, diversion, and illicit trafficking of controlled substances and chemicals.

3.  Knowledge of federal laws, regulations, and policies and international treaties; and how they are applied to the regulation of drugs and chemicals.

4.  Ability to communicate scientific and technical information to individuals at all levels of federal, state, local and private industry orally.

5. Ability to communicate scientific and technical information to individuals at all levels of federal, state, local and private industry in writing.

 

Conditions of Employment: 

PCS: Not Authorized
Relocation Expenses:Not Authorized
Overtime Work: Occasionally
TDY Travel: Occasionally
Tour of Duty: Other
Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
Drug Testing Designated Position: Yes
Security Requirements: Top Secret Clearance

 

 


For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your official transcripts or an unofficial transcript of college courses which includes course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned.   See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.

 

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

 

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.  If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be assessed and your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. 
 

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

 

Click here to view vacancy questions:  View Assessment Questions


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System,  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc


The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:

 

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

 

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

 

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

 

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

 

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

 

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/ei61.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing

 

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement. 

Drug testing is required for this position.

 

All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire when applying for this position.  Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana.  Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable.  Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position. 

 

It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package.  However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package, it will not disqualify you from  the application process.  You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer.   Click the following link to access the Drug Questionnaire.  
 

http://www.justice.gov/dea/careers/drug_questionnaire.pdf

 

 

To submit your completed Drug Questionnaire please follow the instructions for uploading or faxing documents in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.


ICTAP: Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant. http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

 

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):  Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:  http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp
 

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: Documentation intended to establish preference must be received by 11:59PM EST on TAG:Closing Date.  Information on veterans' preference and other veteran entitlements can be found in the VetInfo Guide http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: http://www.hr.dla.mil/downloads/onjams/military_spouse_preference_info_sheet.pdf or http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx  or http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-19340.pdf.

 

SELECTIVE SERVICE: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: http://www.cpms.osd.mil/fas/staffing/pdf/rem_ann.pdf

REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy. In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.

EEO Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/raps

 

Applications submitted in postage-paid Government envelopes will not be accepted. 

 

The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify - http://www.dhs.gov/E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. 

 

Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to:

 

TAG:Contact Name

TAG:Contact Phone

 

For additional applicant resources please visit DEA's website:  http://www.justice.gov/dea/resources/careers/tools.html.

 

If you experience technical issues with completing your online application please email the Application Manager Help Desk at HelpDesk@opm.gov.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes the following parts:
 

•   Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire.  Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)
•   A complete Assessment Questionnaire,
View Occupational Questionnaire
•   Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.) To begin the process choose one of the following options:

 

Failure to provide all required documents and information requested by the closing date will result in your application not being considered.

 

To begin, choose one of these options:

 

Option A: Application Manager (preferred method)

1. If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the “Apply Online” button on the right side. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and Submit immediately after you click the “Apply Online” button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.


2. If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, begin the process by clicking the “Apply Online” on the right side. You will be re-directed to the Application Manager system to complete your application. At this time, you will need to upload your resume using the “Resume” category in the Application Manager system. Once you upload your Resume to Application Manager, it will remain in your account for future use.


To view a copy of the assessment Questionnaire please click here: TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire

Option B: Fax


If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager (you have a disability or do not have access to the Internet), you can write your answers on paper. Follow these steps:

 
1. Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.


2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.


3. You may submit the Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), resume, and/or any supporting documents by fax. If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.

If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet -- http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.

 

The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.


 

If you do not have access to the Internet or have other concerns please contact HR contact listed below for further assistance:

Heather Coats

(202)307-6258

 

For additional applicant resources please visit DEA's website:  http://www.justice.gov/dea/resources/careers/tools.html.

If you experience technical issues with completing your online application please email the Application Manager Help Desk at HelpDesk@opm.gov.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following information must be received by 11:59pm (EST) on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, February 08, 2013

 

1.   Resume via USAJOBS.
2.   Responses to the online questionnaire.
3.   If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.
 

NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link: http://www.gpo.gov/careers/pdfs/of0510.pdf

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Heather Coats
Phone: (202)307-6258
Email: HEATHER.COATS@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
DEA Human Resources
DO NOT SEND POSTAL MAIL
Springfield, VA
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive an acknowledgement letter of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. You will receive a notification letter of the results of the review of your application package via email.

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.


To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select "My Applications", and click on the "more information" link under the application status for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

D-OD-13-811761-DEU-HCC

Control Number:

335623000