Job Overview


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.

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) 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 develop FDA-wide policy on compliance and enforcement.

This position serves as a senior member of the ORA management team, incumbent participates in the development of ORA program policy and objectives, short and long term goals, program strategies and, operating policies.

WHO MAY APPLY:  This vacancy is open nationwide 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.

FDA ORA Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement.  Candidates will be referred to (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, Pacific Region, Seattle District, Bothell, WA.

TYPE OF POSITION:  This position is being filled on a full-time, permanent basis.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  GS-15 is the full performance level.  

Salary range listed includes locality pay.


The incumbent also provides leadership and overall direction for the District.  This position requires utilization of the knowledge of science, and the laws and regulations of the agency.  Specific duties include:

    • Make substantive decisions and/or recommendations on controversial enforcement cases using background knowledge of science, laws and regulations of the agency and, experience in regulatory activities
    • Fully participate in all Regional program planning and policy formulation, sharing the Regional Director's responsibilities for the development of substantive enforcement programs and plans which will permit optimum accomplishment of missions and program responsibilities within the limits of assigned resources
    • Provide executive leadership and managerial direction necessary to the effective accomplishment of the Agency's policies and responsibilities for a field office
    • Develop comprehensive short and long range work plans and budgetary proposals necessary for the field office's assigned portions of international enforcement program plans and objectives
    • Develop and maintain liaison and cooperative relations with officials of Federal, State and municipal enforcement agencies within the area of the districts responsibility; and
    • Develop and maintain effective communications with regulated industry, consumer groups and the general public to foster understanding of the Agency's programs, activities and regulations