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Job Title:Laboratory Director - OPHS

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food Safety and Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:FSIS-MCE-2013-0035

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$134,647.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 14, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Alameda, CA, USView Map


This announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens.


  • The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health regulatory agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Our mission is to protect consumers by ensuring that the commercial supply of  meat, poultry, and egg products moving in interstate commerce or exported to other countries is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

  • This position is also announced under merit promotion procedures for those with federal competitive status (hold or held a permanent position in the competitive service as a federal civilian employee) under Announcement #FSIS-MMP-2013-0357.
  • This position may be eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. 
  • This position is covered by the Public Health Human Resource System (PHHRS) Demonstration Project. Effective July 19, 2009, FSIS began operating under the PHHRS, a Pay Banding and Pay for Performance Demonstration Project, in which non-bargaining unit positions will be classified by career path, occupational series, and pay bands rather than the traditional General Schedule (GS) grades in the Federal Service.
  • The AP-6S pay band is equivalent to the GS-15. If you are found to be one of the top quality candidates or a non-competitive referral and will be referred to the selecting official for job consideration, you may be asked to develop a written response to narrative/essay type questions in the second round of the application process. If this applies to you, you will be contacted by an agency representative.
  • Please keep your records updated with your current email address. PHHRS will allow FSIS the flexibility to offer exceptional candidates higher salaries than most other Federal agencies. Additionally, employees will be eligible to receive an annual pay increase based upon performance.
  • For more information on PHHRS, including information on its pay tables and how it will benefit employees, please visit PHHRS.
  • This vacancy is located in the Office of Public Health Science, Western Laboratory, Alameda, CA.




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  • The incumbent of this position serves as Laboratory Director (LD) of the Western Laboratory in Alameda, CA, one of three multidisciplinary laboratories that are part of the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS).
  • The laboratory provides analytical services and support to various FSIS programs that are national or international in territory and scope.
  • The Laboratory Director manages a laboratory program encompassing analytical services in the disciplines of chemistry and microbiology, exercising complete responsibility and authority for managing the full range of scientific, medical and technical activities necessary to support both national and international FSIS operations.
  • As such, the incumbent develops and directs the implementation of program and administrative policies, goals, objectives and priorities; exercises full responsibility for all aspects of the laboratory's budget; controls expenditures, determines resource needs in terms of funds, personnel, materials and facilities; directs through subordinate managers a work force of professionals engaged in scientific analyses; establishes and maintains liaison with the staff of the other FSIS laboratories and with scientific and technical personnel throughout government, industry and academia; organizes and directs the laboratory's quality control/quality assurance program; directs implementation of new analytical methods and the coordination of special analytical investigation projects; and performs the full range of supervisory responsibilities over administrative and professional employees.


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Specialized experience:

  • To qualify for this position at the AP-6 (GS-15) level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent at the AP-5 (or the GS-14 grade level) or the AP-5S (or the GS-13/14 grade level) in the Federal service.
  • Specialized experience is experience that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled, and has provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position at the appropriate level of difficulty.
  • Examples of specialized experience include professional experience as a laboratory manager or supervisor performing duties similar to the above; or related professional experience in a food analyses, residue or public health laboratory; veterinary diagnostic lab or professional experience in biology, veterinary medicine, chemistry, microbiology, or other directly related scientific specialties, that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities shown below.
  • Demonstrated managerial skill and/or ability is an essential qualification for this position; however, the scientific nature of the laboratory activities directed also demands experience in personally performing or directing related laboratory testing and analysis.
  • Candidates must demonstrate that they possess the qualities of a successful supervisor.



  • Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. All applicants are rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. An automated ranking system based on the on-line application process is used. Before a certificate of names can be issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed carefully by an HR Specialist to assure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met, (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions, c) that your resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position, and (d) copies of any required documents need to be submitted.
  • Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the applicant assessment questions. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
  • If you are found to be one of the top quality candidates or a non-competitive referral and will be referred to the selecting official for job consideration, you may be asked to develop a written response to narrative/essay type questions in the second round of the application process. If this applies to you, you will be contacted by an agency representative. Please keep your records updated with your current email address.
  • The automated system will place applicants in categories based on their responses to the on-line job related assessment questions, which are based on the duties and competencies required of the position. These categories are qualified, well qualified, and best qualified. Best qualified is the top category. Veterans who meet qualification requirements and have adjudicated veterans preference will be placed at the top of the category they fall into based on their answers to the assessment questions; this could be one of several categories, however, non-veterans cannot be selected over veterans that are in the same category. Only candidates in the top category are referred to the selecting official, unless categories are merged. Adjudicated veterans are those who meet the requirements for preference and submit legible documentation by the closing date of the announcement.
  • A Member 4 copy of the DD-214 click here must be submitted, or a letter from the Veterans Administration specifying eligibility as a disabled veteran, and in either case, documents must specify an honorable discharge. For disabled veterans, the SF-15 is requested; in the absence of an SF-15, the VA letter specifying eligibility for preference and an honorable discharge is sufficient, assuming all requirements for preference are met.

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Working for FSIS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit: Benefits Of Working For The Federal Government.


  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meeting these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.
  • FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY OF ALL PERSONS HIRED TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES. FSIS utilizes E-Verify to verify identity and employment eligibility by providing to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. E-Verify cannot be used to pre-screen job applicants or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9.
  • If you have concern that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or you feel you have been discriminated during the verification process based on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515). For more information on E-Verify you may contact DHS at 1-888-464- 4218.
  • EEO/DIVERSITY POLICY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. EEO/Diversity Policy
  • This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please notify the Agency prior to the closing date.  
  • Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.  Reasonable Accommodation
  • We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information on the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit: PSLF Program.


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Completed applications include:

  1. Answers to all core questions (Completed when registering on-line in USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process)
  2. Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (Completed for each job)
  3. Your on-line resume. Resumes are entered into USAJOBS website. Resumes can be copied and pasted into the personal information area of your application from other word processing documents at any time prior to the closing date.
  4. Any supplemental documents needed. Announcement closes at midnight eastern time on the closing date. Applicants who do not respond to the on-line vacancy questions and who do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible.


  • A Member 4 copy of the DD-214 click here  must be submitted, or a letter from the Veterans Administration specifying eligibility as a disabled veteran, and in either case, documents must specify an honorable discharge. For disabled veterans, the SF-15 is requested; in the absence of an SF-15, the VA letter specifying eligibility for preference and an honorable discharge is sufficient, assuming all requirements for preference are met.
  • Current employees of the Food Safety and Inspection service do not need to submit educational transcripts, SF-50, or copies of their performance appraisal. Non-FSIS federal employees and reinstatement eligible’s must provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 in addition to copies of their transcripts. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP and ICTAP applicants must submit proof of eligibility as described below, meet all qualification and eligibility requirements, be rated well-qualified (receive a score of 85 or higher without points added for veterans’ preference) and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For those instances where the best qualified lists include applicants with scores less than 85, the well-qualified score becomes the lowest score on the best qualified list. Click here for more information
  • If you claim eligibility for consideration via a variety of non-competitive special hiring authorities, supporting documentation needs to be provided.
  • If applicable, the documents must be faxed when completing the registration process.

Faxing Supporting Documentation:

  • The next step of the application process is to fax all the required supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement.
  • You do not need to have all of your supporting documentation submitted in order to continue with the online portion of the application process.
  • Please carefully follow the instructions below to ensure your supporting documents are properly faxed and received.
  • All required documents must be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  • Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only submit documents needed to complete your application package. For example, the Schedule A Certification document must only be submitted by individuals applying based on eligibility for appointment due to a disability. The SF-50 is a form current and former Federal employees submit to document their Federal employment status.


  1. If you have previously faxed supporting documentation the status of those documents will indicate Received. There is no need to resubmit documents which show a status of received unless you are submitting an updated copy. (If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing, a previous submission, you must fax both the old document and the new document for them both to be accessible to HR.)
  2. You must use a separate cover sheet for each category of supporting documentation (i.e., transcripts, SF-50, DD-214). Choose the document cover sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the appropriate check boxes in the Selected Documents column.
  3. Click the [Print Cover Sheets] button. A window will pop up containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected. Print the cover sheet (s). NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to print the cover sheets. Additionally, you must allow pop-ups.
  4. Once you have reviewed the list of documents and printed any required fax cover sheets click on [Done]. You will be moved forward in the application process.
  5. Before faxing your document(s), take care to ensure the document is legible and all information is complete and signed, if necessary. Fax only documents which are clear and legible. Original documents with light or faded print and/or dark or patterned backgrounds will not be legible upon receipt. Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.
  6. Place the corresponding cover sheet on top of the document and fax the cover sheet and document together to the fax number specified on the cover sheet. NOTE: If you are faxing documents from more than one category of supporting documentation, you must submit them with the appropriate cover sheet. EACH DOCUMENT TYPE MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding cover sheet. DO NOT FAX ALL DOCUMENTS TYPES UNDER ONE COVER SHEET. (i.e., Transcripts are one type of document; fax all pages of your transcript and other education-related documents under the transcript cover sheet; the SF-50 is another document type, if you are faxing more than one SF-50, fax them all under the SF-50 cover sheet.)
  7. Be sure to save these cover sheets in the event you need to re-fax your supporting documents. Each fax transmission includes a unique identification number and bar code, which ensures your document is processed correctly.
  8. You will receive an e-mail confirming the fax has been successfully received by Human Resources. You should retain your e- mail confirmation and confirmation of your fax transmittal report as proof of submission. Your application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE FOUND INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required documentation as specified under the required documents section by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


Christine Kuhbander
Phone: 612-659-8612
Fax: 612-370-2062
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
100 North 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN
Fax: 612-370-2062


You may check your status on USAJOBS. Applications are reviewed after the announcement closing date and the best qualified candidates are referred to the selecting official. Individual notifications will not be sent.

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