The basic educational requirements of the Qualification Standards for the Professional and Scientific Positions under the GS-696 series must be met. The requirements are as follows:
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 described 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.
In addition to meeting the educational requirements, candidates must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade and meet the time-in-grade requirement:
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 thorough knowledge of enabling legislation, policies, implementing regulations and procedures; skill in selecting, adapting, and applying investigative methods and negotiating techniques; knowledge of a variety of various scientific and technical disciplines necessary to carry out task.
GS-13: 52 weeks of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level.
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: (Must be met within 30 days of the announcement closing date)
GS-13: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-12 or higher.
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.
EDUCATION STATEMENT - Individual Occupational Requirement:
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. 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.
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. Moving expenses may be authorized pending the 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, precedent, programs goals and objectives.
- Ability to apply laws, guidance, consultation and interpretation of policies.
- Ability to plan, organize, lead and oversee major initiatives, progress and programmatic results.
- Skill in selecting, adapting and applying investigative methods and negotiating techniques.
- Skill in interpreting laws, policies and their application to the broad field of pharmaceuticals.
- Ability to communicate orally.
- Skill in written communication.