Job Overview


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This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Kansas City District Office,  located in Lenexa, KS.

The FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs is the lead office for all FDA Field activities as well as providing FDA leadership on imports, inspections, and enforcement policy.  ORA Supports FDA Product Centers by inspecting regulated products and manufacturers, conducting sample analysis on regulated products, and reviewing imported products offered for entry into the United States.  ORA also develops FDA-wide policy on compliance and enforcement.


Who May Apply:  Open to all United States Citizens.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


Major Duties:
This position serves as a first line supervisor in an ORA field laboratory over a section of scientists and non-technical support staff.  The incumbent is recognized as an authority in a scientific operational branch and deals with the legal, regulatory and scientifically difficult and sensitive issues in this area.  The functions and activities in this area impact the work of regulated industry; State, local and foreign governments, as well as the general public.  This incumbent is responsible for the technical and administrative supervision of an assigned  unit.

  • Communicates program and management goals to staff, identifies targeted results and monitors time frames.  Allocates and adjusts resources in response to workload and priority changes.
  • Participates in group efforts , work with other Agency's and organizations for the success of the group. 
  • Perform the administrative and personnel management functions for the subordinate staff. 
  • Plans and assigns work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities and prepare schedules for completion of work.
  • Prepares budget needs/request for the unit.
  • Responsible for personnel issues relating to subordinates under his/her supervision including but not limited to; evaluating performance, minor disciplinary actions and career development needs.
  • Participate in seminars, workshops and other professional activities.
  • Testify in court as necessary.
  • This position is located in an all chemist laboratory, hence incumbent will be expected to have experience with analytical chemistry techniques.