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Job Title:SUPV CONSUMER SAFETY OFFICER, GS-696-14

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-938749

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 15, 2013 to Thursday, August 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0696-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

AGENCY EMPLOYEES: FDA-WIDE

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 ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED DUE TO SYSTEM UNAVAILABILITY****

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: This vacancy is open to 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 (Notification of Personnel Action) OR YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE. 
Current FDA 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 the selecting official as Commissioned Corps (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, Office of Policy and Risk Management located in Silver Spring, Maryland. 
The salary listed in the vacancy announcement includes the geographical locality pay.
TYPE OF POSITION:  This position is being filled on a full-time, permanent basis.
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  This is not a career-ladder position; GS-14 is the full performance level.
Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area within FDA.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Please carefully read and follow the instructions for HOW TO APPLY.
  • Must meet time-in-grade requirement within 30 days of the closing date.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent of this Consumer Safety Officer position is a key management official serving in the capacity of a Special Assistant to the Office Director, ORA/Office of Policy and Risk Management, -carrying out diverse responsibilities related to the regulatory review and compliance mission of ORA and the functions of the Office to which assigned, and in performing special assignments related to important and critical priorities of the Office Director. The functions of each ORA/Office of Policy and Risk Management are outlined in the Staff Manual Guide. Acting on the Office Director’s priorities, the incumbent performs duties that include resolving a broad range of issues concerning implementing legislation, regulations, policies and/or procedures affecting the Office’s program(s). Major duties include:

  • Participates in short and long-range planning for the Office, including development of organizational strategies in order to meet the program objectives and mission of the Office and ORA.
  • Participates with the Office Director and other management officials in the formulation of program goals, objectives, and broad operations policies. Advances program objectives through analysis and application of sound planning concept.
  • Performs unusually difficult and demanding assignments that require occupational expertise and judgment to support particularly complex program activities on a continuing and frequent basis and is responsible for providing the technical and administrative expertise and leadership necessary to resolve matters that are controversial complex and set a general precedent.
  • Uses substantive knowledge of regulatory investigative, scientific and/or compliance policies and procedures, analyzes and evaluates aspects of mission-oriented programs of the Office administered by key organizations within the agency. Develops novel ways to resolve problems in meeting established goals, measures, and objectives for program effectiveness.
  • Performs special assignments on behalf of the Office Director.
  • Is responsible for developing, recommending, and ensuring implementation of ORA regulatory investigative, scientific and/or compliance policies and procedures in order to insure consistency and balance within the functional area(s) of the Office.
  • Advises the Office Director and coordinates and provides interpretation and guidance and overall ORA regulatory and operational science policy and issues which cross organizational lines within ORA and the Centers.
  • Develops and recommends policy concepts to the Office Director and management staff.
  • Participates regularly in top management discussions concerning the formulation of policies and procedures relating to Office functions and operations.
  • Drafts or critically reviews documents embodying policy and program proposals and decisions on these products.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In addition to meeting the educational requirements, applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this vacancy announcement:
GS-14: one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience can be identified through knowledge of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act  and regulated laws and regulations to manage, plan,  direct  and administer  the function of an office mission.  Examples of specialized experience includes thorough knowledge, skills and abilities to evaluate data and evidence and assess policy and regulatory issues; exercise judgment to interpret and implement existing laws, regulations, and guidance; knowledge of strategic initiatives and programs, principles and practices of the Agency necessary to serve as an expert in leading and improving Office-wide program effectiveness and function. 

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.

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-14: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-13 or higher. 


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.

To qualify, applicants must have successfully completed one of the following:

For Consumer Safety Officer, GS-0696:

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 as described in "A" 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 authorized. 
5.  Bargaining Unit Position: No
6.  Drug Screening Required: No 
7.  Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No
8.  Travel:  No.
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) 796-8435 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 FDA investigative, scientific, and/or compliance policies and procedures.

2.  Expert analytical skill to provide authoritative information, analysis, advice, and assistance to solve complex problems.

3.  Interpersonal and negotiating skills sufficient to coordinate projects and resolve differing points of view.

4.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing.


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 938749.  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 Thursday, August 29, 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-13-938749

Control Number:

349145600