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Job Title:  Consumer Safety Officer (Food-LACF/HACCP/Seafood)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-876374

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $111,148.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 to Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map
Charlotte, NC United StatesView Map
Raleigh, NC United StatesView Map
Greenville, SC United StatesView Map
Career or career conditional employees of Food and Drug Administration


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.


Who May Apply:   This vacancy is only  open to current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees with competitive status.  Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.


PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement.  Candidates will be referred as (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.





This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Southeast Region, Atlanta District Office.  This position may be filled at any of the resident post locations listed below:

                  Atlanta, GA

                  Charlotte, NC

                  Greenville, SC

                   Raleigh, NC               


This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • A valid driver's license is required
  • Travel required: Up to 50% Domestic and International
  • Mobility agreement is required.


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This position represents the highest level of expertise in a district for food program areas including  seafood  Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), seafood processing and preservation, and seafood safety issues to determine compliance with FDA laws and regulations.   Incumbent serves a primary source of expertise in an assigned geographical area within the Atlanta, GA District Office who resolves the most difficult, controversial and complex inspectional problems which involve a combination of scientific and regulatory responsibilities

Duties include planning, conducting and directing highly technical, complex and multi-faceted inspections and in-depth investigations related to the production, control and testing of food products, is highly skilled in interview techniques as well as criminal investigation techniques and routinely makes recommendations to regional and district management officials as to whether or not a firm/individual involved in food products is in compliance regarding Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) and seafood HACCP regulation issues. Reviews reports of inspections and investigations for violations and determines the sufficiency of the evidence.   Independently acts upon the full range of violations within the area of expertise including emergency situations, uncooperative industry officials, ambiguous or dubious evidence and lack of precedents and guidelines.   Meets with industry representatives to exchange information and to provide advice and guidance regarding those aspects of review with deficiencies.   Industry officials are sometimes hostile or uncooperative and require considerable tact and firmness to obtain needed information.



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Basic Qualifications requirement for Professional and Scientific positions in the GS-0696 series:

A. Degree: that includes at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: biological science, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical science, or related scientific fields that provided 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 included the principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer programming,


B. Combination of education and experience - courses consisting of at least 30 semester hour in the fields of study described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.Specialized Experience:

In addition to the basic qualifications, applicant must have specialized experience at the GS- 12 level 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 include comprehensive knowledge of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and related acts and regulations, and principles, practices, and theories of food program activities.

Time In Grade Requirement: 

Applicant must have 52 weeks time in grade at the GS-12 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-13.  

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.

If you are not currently in the GS-696 series, you must submit transcripts to document the basic education requirements listed 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:

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 be paid: YES 

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. Travel required:  50% Domestic and International

11. Mobility Agreement required

12. Valid driver's license required 

10. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


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): 

1. Ability to plan, organize, lead, and oversee major initiatives, progress and programmatic results.

2. Ability to apply laws, guidance, consultation and interpretation of policies.

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

4. Ability to communicate orally.

5. Skill in written communication.





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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:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 876374.  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 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.
  4. 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  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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:

  4.      - 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:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.


FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 Fax: (478)757-3144


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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