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Job Title:Clinical Research Coordinator

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:DEU-13-939590-AMN

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 06, 2013 to Monday, September 16, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




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


United States Citizens


Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

The Beltsville Human Nutrition Center (BHNRC) is responsible for defining, through research, the role of foods and its components in optimizing human health and reducing the risk of nutritionally related disorders in diverse populations. The Human Studies Facility (HSF) is a core research unit supporting human studies at BHNRC and is directed by the Research Leader of the Food Components and Health Laboratory (FCHL). This position is located in the HSF and is responsible for managing daily activities of the facility including planning for and overseeing the multidisciplinary team responsible for proving medical and nutrition services to human studies conducted by investigators within BHNRC; initiating and coordinating human nutrition studies; developing and submitting Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol; and initiating contacts and outreach activities with stakeholders, collaborators, communities, and volunteers.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • 5 days of travel per month may be required.
  • Certifications (More Details in Qualifications Section)


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  • Operates and oversees the administration of state-of-the-art human studies research facility
  • Manages large-scale nutritional clinical trials
  • Manages and maintains an annual operating budget for the facilities
  • Develops and manages databases, using Microsoft Access
  • Recruits, obtains informed consent, and retains research volunteers
  • Manages and directs the acquisition and management of medical services
  • Assigns and monitors work, and manages employees
  • Ensures the conduct of human research studies is in accordance with rules and regulations


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Selective Placement Factors: Applicants must have the following two certifications to be considered for the position.

1. Clinical Research Coordinator Certification (Association of Clinical Research Professionals)

2. Certified Clinical Research Professional Certification (Society of Clinical Research Associates)

(You must submit copies of these two certifications to be considered for this position)


Basic Requirements:

Completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree with a major study in health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the position.

(Must submit your transcripts as proof of education)

In addition to meeting the  Selective Placement Factors and the Basic Requirement, you must also meet Minimum Qualifications.


Minimum Qualifications for GS-13 Level:

Specialized Experience: One year of directly related experience equivalent to at least the GS-012 level. Examples of qualifying experience include but are not limited to:

  • assisting in the management and the administration of human research studies facility;
  • managing operating budgets for research facilities;
  • providing logistical planning and staffing plans associated with human research studies;
  • reviewing menus and diet planning for research studies;
  • managing and assigning work to employees; and
  • participating in the planning and preparation of human research studies.
  • Applicants must show how they meet specialized experience requirements in their resume.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

    Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made.  Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

    This position is open to all US Citizens and Nationals, and Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authority eligibles.  You may apply under open-competitive, and noncompetitive procedures, however; you must meet the requirements for one of the following categories to apply as a noncompetitive eligible.

    1. A current permanent competitive service employee; former Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employee who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than three years ago. This includes applicants who have previously held, or currently hold this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this announcement. You must submit the SF-50 that shows competitive service eligibility to be considered.

    2. A Veteran applying for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing an honorable discharge to be considered. Eligibility for VRA appointments includes Disabled veterans; Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years. Disabled veterans must provide the SF-15 and supporting documentation from the VA along with DD-214. NOTE: VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.

    3. A 30% or more Disabled Veteran. You must submit your DD214, a completed SF-15, and letter from the VA dated 1991 or later as proof to be considered.

    4. A military spouse. Military spouses are eligible if their active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty. Please submit supporting documentation as proof to be considered.

    5. A Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment. Please submit documentation from a State or Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Service as proof to be considered.

    6. A Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.

    7. Interchange Agreements and Miscellaneous Authorities. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.


    Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures.  Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire.  We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications. 

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

    • Knowledge of the administration of a human studies research facility
    • Skill in initiating and coordinating human nutrition studies
    • Knowledge of human nutrition in order to provide technical direction for studies
    • Ability to manage and supervise a staff
    • Ability to manage finances of a research facility


    Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

    Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.


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    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


    Financial Disclosure Requirement:
    The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

    False Statements:
    If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

    Reasonable Accommodation:
    Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.


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    Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 16, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions. 

    Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

    Option A:  Online Application

    Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    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.

    To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
    1. Click here to print a fax cover page 
    2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 939590.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
    3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    Option B:  Fax
    If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.
    1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
    2. Click here to print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.


    The following documents are required:  
       - Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX) 
       - Resume

    In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

    Veterans' Preference:  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.  Active Duty Service Members must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed.  Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation.

    Transcripts:  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information.

    Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.


    Midwest Services Branch
    Phone: (816)426-5706
    Agency Information:
    Recruitment Effort for OPM and FSA
    Call or e-mail us with your questions
    Thank You, MO


    Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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