Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific positions under the GS-696 series are as follows:
A. Degree: that include at least 30 semester hours in or 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 provided knowledge directly related to the work of a consumer safety officer. The 30 semester hours can include up to 8 semester hours in statistics, or course work that included the principles, theory or practical application or computers or computer programming. OR,
B. Combination of education and experience - courses consisting of at least 30 semester hours in the field of study described in A Above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Specialized experience is experience which is in, or typically related to the work of the position that equips the applicant with the particular knowledge, skill and ability to perform successfully the duties of the position and typically related to investigational and inspectional work. Examples of specialized experience includes knowledge of enabling legislation, policies, implementing regulations and procedures, organizational structures, and interrelationships of compliance organizations; skill in selecting, adapting and applying investigative methods and negotiating techniques; and knowledge of a variety of scientific and technical disciplines necessary to carry out tasks related to the compliance with FDA regulations. To be creditable specialized experience must be equivalent to the next lower grade level.
Applicant must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level to be eligible for the GS-13.
TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT:
Applicant must have one year (52 weeks) at the GS-12 grade level to meet eligibility for the GS-13 grade level.
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.
Certain positions within the FDA are subject to restrictions on financial holdings specifically FDA regulated financial holdings. This position could be subject to these restrictions. During the application and interview process and prior to accepting the position, we advise the applicant to seek additional information from the FDA Ethics Office at (301) 827-5511.
4. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: Relocation expenses may be authorized pending availability of funds.
5. Bargaining Unit Position: YES
6. Drug Screening Required: NO
7. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: NO
8. Research position: NO
9. Supervisory position: NO
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. 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):
- Knowledge of pertinent laws, regulations, policies, precedents, and work processes and programs.
- Ability to apply laws, guidance, consultation and interpretation of policies and procedures,
- Ability to recognize discrepancies or inconsistencies between information reported and true nature of manufacturer being inspected.
- Skill in fact findings, analysis and investigation to plan, conduct, identify and interpret information.
- Ability to communicate in writing.
- Ability to communicate orally.