Job Overview


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations.  This dedicated corps of executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession.  As an SES member you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

The Food and Drug Administration is the regulatory, scientific, public health and consumer protection agency responsible for ensuring that all human and animal drugs, and medical devices are safe and effective, that cosmetics, foods, food additives, drugs and medicated feeds for food producing animals, and radiation emitting devices are safe, and for tobacco product regulation in order to decrease the tremendous toll of disease, disability, and death caused by tobacco use in the United States. FDA’s programs are national in scope and effect, and the agency’s activities have a direct and significant impact on multi-billion dollar industries, in addition to protecting the health and safety of American consumers. The work of the Agency is carried out by a staff of over 14,000 scientists, physicians, regulatory and other personnel stationed throughout the United States.

The Director, Office of Compliance (OC) is located in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). CFSAN is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and property labeled, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled. The Office of Compliance is the main coordination point within CFSAN for interactions with the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) field organization for inspections, enforcement and sampling priorities covering both foreign and domestic facilities and products.

The CFSAN/OC is responsible for establishing field workplans, including the inspection and sampling priorities covering  both foreign and domestic facilities and products. CFSAN/OC is also responsible for generating documents to provide operating instructions to the field in accomplishing inspections and sampling priorities, most usually in the form of Compliance Programs and field assignments. CFSAN/OC monitors field accomplishments to determine whether the established priorities have been achieved and to evaluate outcomes. CFSAN/OC is also responsible for review and evaluation of compliance actions related to foods and cosmetics, both domestic and imports, CFSAN/OC provides assistance to the field in developing evidence to support compliance actions. CFSAN/OC also coordinates with internal and external scientific experts to provide science, technical, and policy support for compliance actions.

The Center has a leading role in establishing standards for food safety, food labeling and cosmetic safety and represents national policy on these issues to governments, industry, and organizations. The Center is frequently called upon to provide technical assistance to many countries throughout the world. This position is located in College Park, MD.

This vacancy announcement is being advertised concurrently with vacancy HHS-FDA-ES-13-937629 in the 301 series. 

In order to satisfy all of the specified requirements, you must submit narrative responses addressing the TQs and five ECQs listed in the qualifications section of this announcement.


Primary responsibility for providing executive leadership and managerial direction to a program that is diverse in scope (inadvertent and as well as intentional contamination of food, dietary supplement and cosmetic products with pathogenic microorganisms and chemical and natural toxins); the nature of remedies for violations (recalls, injunctions, seizures, prosecutions, and warning and untitled letters); and the nature of individuals and communities served (American consumers and food producers, growers, transporters, and manufacturers).

Primary responsibility for providing executive leadership and managerial direction to professional, technical, and support personnel engaged in a variety of substantive activities related to food safety and food defense compliance enforcement activities. These activities include the planning, development, administration, execution and coordination of food safety and food defense field compliance programs; and food, cosmetic and dietary supplement related recalls and regulatory actions, including injunctions, seizures, prosecutions, and warning letters.

Collaborates with other senior Foods Program or Agency officials in the formulation, development, and execution of short and long range goals to increase compliance with food safety regulations and to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness and disease threats in the U.S.

Participates in and contributes to top level Center, Agency, or Department discussions, meetings and conferences on broad regulatory matters and issues. These activities may involve precedent-setting matters and may be issues with high visibility and of particular concern to the Center Director and Deputy Commissioner for Foods, as well as the public.

Serves as a principal Foods Program point of contact for information concerning intra-and interagency coordination of compliance and enforcement actions pertaining to foods, cosmetics, and dietary supplements. Develops, prepares and presents authoritative memoranda, briefings, position papers and other materials concerning substantive questions, issues, findings, conclusions and proposed solutions and suggested courses of action based on the evaluation of all scientific, legal and regulatory information available.

Advises the Center Director, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and other FDA officials on legal, administrative, and regulatory approaches and administrative policies concerning implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act provisions pertaining to risk-based inspections, use of new enforcement tools, and mandatory recall authority. Oversees activities relating to development of methodologies to identify high risk food establishments for inspection purposes.

Represents CFSAN and the Center Director and initiates, establishes and maintains cooperative and collaborative relationships and participates in meetings and conferences with top level Center, Agency, or Departmental officials, industry representatives, program directors, senior scientific and subject matter experts, representatives from counterpart executive governmental departments and independent agencies, State and local health and regulatory officials, and others to: Secure and provide information concerning ongoing or proposed activities that may affect the conduct, coordination, execution and administration of Center policies and programs; discuss questions, problems and issues involving programmatic considerations and/or integration of Center resources or programs; present authoritative recommendations and conclusions reflecting the Center Director's view and/or the Center's position in related program matters; and to develop courses of action and alternatives to avoid, eliminate or mutually resolve actual or potential problems and issues. Provides policy and technical advice and assistance to industry and to other federal, state and local public health officials on issues related to the safety of foods.

Travel Required

  • Not Required