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Job Title:CONSUMER SAFETY OFFICER (ANIMAL FEED) GS-696-13

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-858789

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$71,674.00 to $93,175.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 18, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0696-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

AGENCY EMPLOYEES: FDA-ORA ONLY

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.

The FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs is the lead office for all FDA Field activities as well as providing FDA Product Centers by inspecting regulated products and manufacturers, conducting sample analysis on regulated products, and reviewing imported products offered for entry into the United States.  ORA also develops FDA-wide policy on compliance and enforcement.

WHO MAY APPLY:  This vacancy is open to current permanent (career/career-conditional appointments) employees of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) ONLY.  Current ORA employees serving under a SCHA A appointment are eligible for consideration. Title 42 employees not eligible for reinstatement will not be considered. 

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action).

FDA ORA Commissioned 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.  

The salary listed in the vacancy announcement is at the base level.  The geographical locality pay will be determined at the time of selection. 

This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Operations, Office of Food and Feed Operations, Division of Food and Feed Program Operations and Inspections. Location and salary will be determined upon selection.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Please carefully read and follow the instructions for HOW TO APPLY.
  • Must meet time-in-grade requirement within 30 days of the closing date.
  • Selectees may need to obtain medical clearance

DUTIES:

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The incumbent functions as an expert in inspection techniques to provide support to Food and Drug Consumer Safety Officers in the Field and Headquarters in the ORA. 

The incumbent is the headquarters and field authority on inspections techniques in animal feed.  He/she assumes primary responsibility, within his area of specialization for carrying out the following duties and responsibilities requisite for uniform inspectional approach to compliance activities and national programs by the nationwide field service of the Food & Drug Administration.  Specifically: 

  • Provides a focal point within FDA to whom the headquarters and field service may turn for authoritative guidance and consultation regarding inspectional and investigational methods and procedures necessary to accomplish compliance objectives. 
  • Selects appropriate methods for inclusion in nation-wide manual issuance systems.  Ensures that descriptive material communicates in sufficient detail to satisfy the needs of the operating investigator.  Receives and resolves inquiries in this regard and, as necessary, makes on-site field visits to clarify problems and demonstrate approved techniques.
  • Collaborates with other agency officials in implementing training and inspection programs resulting from new legislation, such as FSMA. 
  • Conducts research to develop improved inspectional techniques requisite for coping with advances in manufacturing technology and bulk distribution practices.  In making these studies, explores background conditions and goals with program officials and subject matter specialists in the headquarters centers and in the field service.  As conditions warrant, confers with counterparts in other enforcement agencies with closely related problems to seek ways of dovetailing programs for the protection of the consumer.  Additionally, confers with industry representatives to seek their recommendations and secure a more comprehensive knowledge of substantive changes involved.  Accompanies investigator specialists in the conduct of pilot studies to validate hypotheses and determine the appropriateness of and/or need for modification of proposed new inspection techniques.  Initiates action to promulgate such changes, when validated and approved, in the nationwide manual issuance system. 
  • Collaborates with, and provides expert subject matter guidance to, the Professional Development Officer in the design and formulation of nationwide training programs for inspections employees.  As assigned, may serve as course instructor, director or monitor. 
  • Reviews and determines the usefulness of employee suggestions emanating from Food and Drug employees in the field service.  Endorses with recommendations for acceptances in whole or in part, or furnishes reason outlining basis for rejection. 
  • As assigned, participates as a subject matter specialist in the onsite evaluation of field activities.  Identifies areas which warrant further study and attention by the field service to ensure optimum operating efficiency and resources utilization.  
  • Carries out other duties of comparable level of responsibility and complexity as operational needs and workload dictate. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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-13: one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service. .

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience includes thorough knowledge, skills and abilities to conduct and direct highly technical, complex and multi-faceted inspections and in-depth investigations in the area of foods; experience conducting inspections and investigations; and served as technical expert in the area of animal feed.

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.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT : In addition to the specialized experience requirement, applicants must meet the following time-in-grade requirement within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

GS-13: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-12 or higher. 


This position has an education requirement.  You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement.  Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to beginning employment.  Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online.  Please check your school website to obtain a copy quickly.

If you have Federal status and have never been on an appointment in this occupational series, you must submit your transcripts as indicated above.  If you have Federal status and are currently or were previously on an appointment in this occupational series, you  do not need to submit transcripts at the time of application.  Instead, you should submit an SF-50 showing that you were on an appointment in this occupational series.

To qualify, applicants must have successfully completed one of the following:

For Consumer Safety Officer, GS-0696:

A.  Degree:  which includes at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: biological sciences, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical science, or related scientific fields that provide knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work.  The 30 semester hours can include up to 8 semester hours in statistics or course work that includes principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer programming; OR                                                                                        
B.  Combination of education and experience: courses consisting of at least 30 semester hours in the fields of study as described in "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.  The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate possession of knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full four year course of study with a major in the appropriate fields.

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 not be paid. 
5.  Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
6.  Drug Screening Required: No 
7.  Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No

8.  Travel:  Yes (Domestic and/or International) 
9.  Must possess a valid driver license.
10.  Certain positions within the FDA are subject to strict restrictions on financial holdings (FDA regulated financial holdings).   To determine whether this position is affected, applicants are advised to seek additional information during the interview process from the Ethics and Integrity Staff, Office of Management Programs, Office of Management at (301)827-5511 prior to accepting such a position.

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 conducting Good Manufacturing Practices of animal feed manufacturing firms.

2. Knowledge of a variety of various scientific and technical disciplines related to FDA regulations

3. Skill in selecting, adapting, and applying investigative methods and negotiating techniques

4. Ability to communicate in writing.

5. Ability to communicate orally.

 


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 858789.  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. 

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

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 08, 2013.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: QUICKQUESTIONS@PSC.GOV
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 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-ORA-MP-13-858789

Control Number:

339719500