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Job Title:  Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-MP-13-927540

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 to Monday, October 21, 2013
Full Time - Agency Employees Only
2 vacancies in the following location:
White Oak, MD United StatesView Map
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) permanent Career or Career-Conditional employees with competitive status


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.


  • All minimum qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date.
  • A background investigation is required.
  • May be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  • Estimated travel required up to 25%.


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 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.  


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Specialized Experience: 

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience performing the following types of tasks: Serving as a technical authority in the area of emergency coordination, epidemiology, bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, and injury/disease investigation coordination; applying laws and regulations to emergency situations, proposing alternatives and making recommendations to ensure the control of hazardous regulated products; providing expert advice and leadership on emergency preparedness and responses; assigning investigations; analyzing complex data or information, assessing and evaluating data necessary to optimize response to emergencies and development of appropriate strategies for managing emergencies; and representing higher level officials at meetings and conferences, which may have included individuals from other government agencies, national and international organizations, international government officials, professional and scientific organizations and representatives of the law and trade press.     

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.

In addition to meeting the specialized experience, you must also meet the following education requirement for this position:

You must have successfully completed 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.


have a 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.

You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have the met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a selection for the position. Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online - please check your school website to obtain a copy quickly.

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:  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 required.

4. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No

5. Bargaining Unit Position: No

6. Drug Screening Required: May be required

7. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No

8. Research position: No

9. Supervisory position: Yes

10. Time in grade (TIG): Must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

11. Domestic and international travel may be required up to 25% of the time.   


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 (KSAs') and other characteristics):  Please note that you do not need to address the KSAs' in a narrative format.  The KSAs' will be evaluated against your responses to the online questionnaire and the information documented on your resume.

  • Knowledge of legislation, policies, regulations, practices, procedures, organizational structures, and interrelationships of compliance organizations.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories, and practices of the specialized scientific fields of epidemiology, bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, injury and disease investigation.
  • Knowledge of the application of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to strategically plan for optimal incident response to emergencies, based upon results of analysis.
  • Ability to present findings and recommendations verbally; internally and externally to the organization.
  • Knowledge of a category of products or a functional specialty which is distinctly more difficult to work with because of the medicine, science, and/or technologies involved and because the legal and regulatory concepts necessary to enforce the law are correspondingly more complex and/or unprecedented.
  • Skill in planning for optimal incident response to emergencies.
  • Skill in effective leadership.


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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 to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, October 21, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 927540.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, October 21, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

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 Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


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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