Job Overview


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. 

Who May Apply:  This vacancy is open to current U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), permanent employees with competitive status only.  Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of the Commissioner (OC), Office of Crisis Management (OCM), Office of Emergency Operations (OEO), White Oak, MD. This is a full-time, permanent, non-bargaining unit position. 

You must submit your SF-50, Resume/CV, and transcripts clearly showing a list of courses, awarded degree and date awarded.  

A one (1) year Supervisory Probationary Period is required for this position, unless exempted. 

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

The following conditions of employment apply to this position:

The incumbent will be assigned regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities. The position is subject to recall around the clock the emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, extended work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description.

Applicants for this position may be required to submit to drug testing/screening procedures prior to appointment.

The incumbent of this position must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.


 As a Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer, GS-0696-14 and in the role of Staff Manager, you will:

  • Coordinate emergency preparedness activities and direct and coordinate emergency responses to epidemiological investigations, natural and man-made disasters and other potential imminent dangers to the public health.
  • On a rotating basis, serves as OEO Late Duty Officer, which entails responding to calls relayed by the FDA Emergency After-Hours Call Center and preparing daily and weekly reports for FDA and HHS. The incumbent may make decisions as to the significance of the calls, based on agency policy and procedures, evaluation of the national or local import of the event and/or other federal or state involvement.
  • Provide expert advice and leadership on emergency preparedness and responses. 
  • Represent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in meetings and conferences at a senior level with government agencies, departments, national and international organizations, international government officials, professional and scientific organizations and representatives of the law and trade press.  
  • Assume a leadership role within the Agency and assures that the Agency's emergency consumer protection responsibilities are fully met and in conformance with stated policies.  
  • Provide either concurrent or sequential advice to the chain of command depending on personal judgment of the significance of emergency conditions or epidemiological findings.  
  • Ensure that the redirection of resources are carefully planned and recommended in order to assure optimum protection of the public.     
  • Supervise a group of employees in highly technical and professional roles.