BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT for Professional and Scientific Positions in the GS-696 Consumer Safety Officer series.
To qualify, applicants must have successfully completed one of the following:
A. Degree: that included 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 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. 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.
Specialized Experience Requirement:
In addition to meeting the above basic education qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education:
For GS-09 Level:
A. Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service, which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, to include experience analyzing information and making recommendations; and researching established laws, regulations, and guidelines to assist or prepare documentation such as reports and option papers.
B. Have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree or masters degree or equivalent graduate degree.
C. Have a combination of the required education and experience described above.
For GS-11 Level:
A. Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service, which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, to include experience analyzing information and formulating conclusions; and using established laws, regulations, and guidelines to assist or prepare documentation such as reports and option papers.
B. Have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
C. Have a combination of the required education and experience described above.
For GS-12 Level:
Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, independently conducting field exams and sampling of FDA regulated products while in import status; planning and conducting regulatory inspections and in-depth investigations of various industry establishments; gathering and performing complex analyses of scientific data and preparing final reports on scientific/technical study findings.
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-9 - Applicant must have 52 weeks at the GS-07 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-09 grade level.
GS-11-Applicant must have 52 weeks at the GS-09 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-11 grade level.
GS-12-Applicant must have 52 weeks at the GS-11 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-12 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. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
3. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
4. Financial disclosure statement may be required.
5. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: NO
6. Bargaining Unit Position: YES
7. Drug Screening Required: NO
8. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: NO
9. Travel required: YES - 50% Domestic
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. 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. Knowledge of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act laws and regulations.
2. Knowledge of investigative methods and negotiating techniques.
3. Ability to communicate orally.
4. Ability to communicate in writing.