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Job Title:Consumer Safety Officer (Enforce Invest & Analysis Officer)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food Safety and Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:FSIS-MCE-2013-0097

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 22, 2013 to Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

AP-0696-03/04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Ferrisburg, VT, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) employees Nationwide with status.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

This position is being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion (MP) procedures. Candidates who wish to be considered under those procedures must apply to FSIS-MMP-2013-0774.

This position is located in Ferrisburg, VT. Typically the work schedule is 1st shift, Monday through Friday, 07:30 to 16:00. However, occasionally working different hours may be required. Primary duty location is Vermont Livestock and Slaughter, Est. 9558.

This position is currently covered by the Public Health Human Resources System (PHHRS) Demonstration Project.  Please visit: Why PHHRS? How does it benefit employees?

AP Band 03 is equivalent to the GS-9/11 and the AP Band 04 is equivalent to the GS-12/13.

Salary Range: AP-03 - $47,448 to $74,628; AP-04 - $68,809 to $106,369.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • CURRENT U.S. CITIZENSHIP
  • MALES BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 MUST BE REGISTERED WITH SELECTIVE SERVICE
  • SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
  • SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL
  • TRAINING AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

DUTIES:

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  • Conduct onsite consumer protection assessments to verify the design and proper functioning of a plants' food safety and process control systems.
  • Apply your knowledge of microbiology, food science, biology, chemistry, and/or agriculture to assess the scientific adequacy of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs), microbiological verification sampling protocols, or other process control measures implemented by regulated establishments.
  • Perform investigative work related to food processing and/or slaughter systems to obtain information, gather evidence, or verify facts in support of administrative or civil enforcement matters. You will make recommendations regarding the type of enforcement action that is necessary, and assist in the preparation of enforcement related documentation such as notices of intended enforcement, suspension letters, deferral letters, and letters of warning.
  • Collect necessary information pertaining to product recall activities, consumer complaints, or other public health concerns. Determine the relevance of data and documentation in plant records, laboratory test data, and observed activities for compliance with provisions of laws and Agency regulations.
  • Assist inspection personnel, as needed, in the consistent nationwide implementation of significant new inspection procedures designed to verify that official establishments meet regulatory requirements for food safety and other consumer protection.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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For this position, there are two basic components that together define the qualifications. These components are:

  • Education
  • Specialized Experience


Education: All applicants need to meet minimum education requirements for this position. The minimum education requirements are a bachelor's degree that included 30 semester hours of related science course work (i.e. animal science, chemistry, food science and nutrition, public health science, microbiology, zoology etc.) or 30 semester hours of related scientific course work and additional experience or education.

Specialized experience AP Band 3: Is 52 weeks or more of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (e.g., generally, the GS-8 level) or band level. This experience may be gained under GS, PHHRS, another pay band system, or any combination of GS, pay band, or other experience that totals 52 weeks or more. Specialized experience is defined as under supervision and/or guidance from senior personnel, verify safety systems for the production of products intended for consumption (e.g., food, pharmaceuticals, drinking water, biological specimens, etc.). This may include verifying of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs), Sanitation Performance Standards (SPS), Sanitation, pathogen reduction verification procedures, food security verification procedures, and other consumer protection activities (e.g., economic adulteration and misbranding, E. coli or Salmonella reduction procedures, etc.), or any interactions of these systems. This may also include experience working with federal or state regulatory requirements and enforcement actions, applying investigative methodology, documenting case files for administrative or civil enforcement actions including the collection of evidence and testimonies, implementing or monitoring recall activities and/or consumer complaints, assessing the comprehensive design and/or implementation of food safety systems, assessing microbiological sampling and testing programs, and/or monitoring quality control procedures within a food safety environment. Slaughter experience is NOT considered specialized experience. 

For the AP 3 band level graduate level education can be used in-lieu of specialized experience as defined below:

  • A master's degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a related field of study, as specified in the education requirements. 
  • A Ph.D. or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a related field of study, as specified in the education requirements. 

Specialized experience AP Band 4: Is 52 weeks or more of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (e.g., generally, the GS-11 level) or band level. This experience may be gained under GS, PHHRS, another pay band system, or any combination of GS, pay band, or other experience that totals 52 weeks or more. Specialized experience is defined as Independent and regular responsibility for verifying safety systems for the production of products intended for consumption (e.g. food, pharmaceuticals, drinking water, biological specimens, etc.). This may include verifying of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs), Sanitation Performance Standards (SPS), Sanitation, pathogen reduction verification procedures, food security verification procedures, and other consumer protections (e.g., economic adulteration and misbranding, E. Coli or Salmonella reduction procedures, etc.), or interactions of these systems. This may also include experience independently working with federal or state regulatory requirements and enforcement actions, applying investigative methodology, documenting case files for administrative or civil enforcement actions including the collection of evidence and testimonies, implementing or monitoring recall activities and/or consumer complaints assessing the comprehensive design and/or implementation of food safety systems, assessing microbiological sampling and testing programs and/or monitoring quality control procedures within a food safety environment. The experience may come from food processing, manufacturing practices, statistical process control, microbiological testing, laboratory analytical procedures, and/or other technical areas that might affect food safety.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

  • Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating.
  • We will review your resume and transcript (if required) to ensure you meet basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualifications you will be placed in one of three quality categories; Best-Qualified; Well-Qualified; or Qualified based on your answers to the on-line occupational questions. These responses must be supported by your resume and/or other documentation you provide. Responses that are not supported by your resume and/or other documentation may eliminate you from consideration and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
  • Names of candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent to the selecting official for consideration.
  • The occupational questions will evaluate you on the following competencies: language, mathematics, information processing, analytical, communication, leadership, personal characteristics (i.e. integrity and professional development), technical skills and knowledge, government laws/regulations, information technology fluency, and industry awareness. 
  • Veteran's Preference: Preference eligible’s will be listed at the top of their assigned category, before non-preference eligibles in that category. Preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the Best Qualified category on the referral list. XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles within their assigned category. For additional information on entitlement: click here for more information.

**REMINDER** Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficiently detailed information to clearly support the competencies. All information used to evaluate your application must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted. 


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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  • The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. To find out more visit: Benefits Of Working For The Federal Government.
  • We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information on the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit: PSLF Program.


OTHER INFORMATION:

  • All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to complete a self-certification medical statement regarding their physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
  • A background investigation is a requirement for this position. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination. (If applicable)
  • Employee will be required to complete the Confidential Financial Disclosure OGE Form 450.
  • Probationary period unless prior service is creditable.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an Executive Agency of the Federal Government. Click here for more information.
  • Entitlement to the payment of relocation expenses will determined in accordance with the provisions outlined in FSIS Directive 3820.2.
  • Selectee may be required to work occasional weekends or holidays.
  • This position may be eligible for telework and/or other flexible work arrangements.
  • Please see the following: Functional requirements and environmental factors for the Consumer Safety Officer.
  • FSIS Utilizes E-verify to verify identity and Employment Eligibility. What is E-Verify? Why is it required?. If you have a concern that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or you feel you have been discriminated during the verification process based on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515). For more information on E-Verify you may contact DHS at 1-888-464¬4218.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture NON-Discrimination Statement
  • Reasonable Accommodation Statement


HOW TO APPLY:

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Applying to this announcement requires the online submission of basic applicant information, responses to the vacancy specific questions and submission of supporting documentation. You will be found ineligible if you fail to submit the required documents. All application materials/documentation will be accepted until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.  

To submit a complete application:

  • Answer all core questions (completed when registering online in USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process)
  • Answer all vacancy-specific questions (completed for each job) 
  • Submit your online resume. Resumes are entered into USAJOBS. Resumes can be copied and pasted into the personal information area of your application from other word processing documents at any time prior to the closing date.
  • Provide any supplemental documents required. (such as transcripts)
  • Applicants who do not respond to the online vacancy questions and who do not submit a supporting resume or required supporting documents will be rated ineligible.

If you are unable to apply Online, contact the number listed in the Agency Contact Information section prior to the closing date.  An application package will be mailed out. Prior to the closing of the announcement your completed package along with any required supporting documents must be received in the HR Office. Information received after the closing date will not be accepted.

NOTE: The DEOH prohibits the use of Government franked envelopes for application packages. 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to submitting your resume and addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must include the following:

  • When qualifying based on education or when education is a requirement, you must submit a copy of your transcripts. This information must include course title, school name/location, date completed, grade, and number of credits earned. If you are selected, you will be required to have official transcripts sent directly from your college, in paper form in a sealed envelope or in a secure, certified official electronic format, to our Minneapolis Human Resources Office, prior to reporting to duty.
  • To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above. CTAP and ICTAP eligible's must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent) and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. One of the following is needed as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) noting position, grade level, and duty location or equivalent that documents separation. Please click this link: for more information.
  • Adjudicated veterans are those who meet the requirements for preference and submit legible documentation by the closing date of the announcement. A DD-214 must be submitted, or a letter from the Veterans Administration specifying eligibility as a disabled veteran. For disabled veterans, the SF-15 is requested; in the absence of an SF-15, the VA letter specifying eligibility for preference and an honorable discharge is sufficient, assuming all requirements for preference are met. For more information please visit the Fedshirevets website.

The next step of the application process is to upload or fax all the required supporting documentation specified in the Required documents section of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all your supporting documentation submitted in order to continue with the online portion of the application process. Please carefully follow the instructions below to ensure your supporting documents are properly faxed or received.

TO UPLOAD DOCUMENTS OR TO FAX DOCUMENTS

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Amy Hemstreet
Phone: 612-659-8547
Fax: 612-370-2062
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: amy.hemstreet@fsis.usda.gov
Agency Information:
USDA, FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
100 North 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN
55403
US
Fax: 612-370-2062

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

To check your application status, you would go to USAJOBS. Applications are reviewed after the announcement closing date. The best qualified candidates are referred to the selecting official.

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Job Announcement Number:

FSIS-MCE-2013-0097

Control Number:

350224100