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Job Title:Consumer Safety Officer (Imports), GS-0696-13

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-868460

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $115,714.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Wednesday, May 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0696-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Laredo, TX United StatesView Map
Nogales, AZ United StatesView Map
Dallas and Fort Worth Metro Area, TX United States
San Diego, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

AGENCY EMPLOYEES: FDA 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.

This position serves as the Imports Program Expert representing the highest level of expertise in a district for the inspection of FDA regulated imported products and commodities for compliance with FDA laws and regulations.  The Imports Program Expert is the primary source of expertise in an assigned area who resolves the most difficult, controversial and complete Imports inspectional problems which typically involve a combination of scientific and regulatory responsibilities. 

WHO MAY APPLY:  Current permanent (career/career-conditional appointments) employees of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only.  Current FDA employees serving under a Schedule A appointment are eligible for consideration. Title 42 employees not eligible for reinstatement will not be considered.
 
YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50.

FDA 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.

LOCATION:
 This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Southwest Region, Southwest Import District Office.  Selections may be made in any of the four locations, Dallas, TX; Laredo, TX; San Diego, CA or Nogales, AZ. 

  
TYPE OF POSITION:  This position is being filled on a full-time, permanent basis.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  GS-13 is the full performance level.  

Salary range listed includes locality pay.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Please carefully read and follow the HOW TO APPLY instructions.
  • Must meet time-in-grade requirement within 30 days of the closing date.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • 50% travel may be required (domestic and international)

DUTIES:

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If selected for this position, you will:

 

·       Serve as a principle source of expertise and provide extensive advisory, liaison, and consultation services for the Import program.

·       Advise regulated industries, state agencies, and agency management on new advances in technology related to imports, new programs, laws and regulations and any new trends or scientific findings involving imports.

·       Establish, coordinate and review local and national initiatives in the import program.

·       Assure, through the independent development of recommended criteria for import screening, the national screening in MARCS (Mission Support and Regulatory Compliance Services) and PREDICT (Predictive Risk-Based Evaluation for Dynamic Import Compliance Tracking) is scientifically supportable and risk based. 

·       Review and provide comments on proposed Compliance Programs, assignments and local initiatives that reflect sound science, as well as knowledge of the growing, manufacturing, and transport processes used for the involved products and how it impacts public health.

·       Plan and monitor programs to completion in order to meet district program obligations using superior knowledge of industry.

·        Manage the review of previously approved products to determine whether they should continue to be permitted in light of current scientific safety criteria.

·        Serve on task forces and study groups charged with considering problems or directions in the area of expertise.

·        Evaluate the most complex manufacturing and warehousing operations against appropriate agency/Customs and Border Protection (CB) requirements.

·        Conduct investigations where the information is difficult to obtain and may be deliberately concealed or falsified and may involve contact with uncooperative industry personnel.

·        Review compliance history of a product or products on a national basis in order to recommend an opportunity for examination.

·        Develop, maintains and evaluates records of filler submissions through the PREDICT/MARCS systems.

·        Performs field examinations which represent the most in-depth, non-laboratory examination of a product and determines product compliance where no written guidance exists.

·        Develop and implements formal training programs for Agency personnel, industry and state/local officials and provides technical expertise to industry representatives. 

·        May serve as ad hoc team leader, responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting field domestic, foreign and/or imports inspections/investigations.


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 and meet the time-in-grade requirement:

GS-13: 52 weeks of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level.

 

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 knowledge of FDA regulations, laws, practices and procedures and knowledge of scientific principles and theories and inspections/investigations techniques and practices.

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; 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.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:  Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following (A or B):

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.

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 may be paid: Yes 

5.  Bargaining Unit Position: Yes 

6.  Drug Screening Required: No 

7.  Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No 

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

9.  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 pertinent laws, regulations policies, precedent, program goals and objectives.

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

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

4.   Ability to communicate orally.

5.   Skill in written communication.

 

 


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 868460.  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 Wednesday, May 15, 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-13-868460

Control Number:

342545800