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Job Title:CONSUMER SAFETY OFFICER, GS-696-9/11/12/13

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-966598

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, September 30, 2013 to Tuesday, October 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0696-09/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map
Silver Spring, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

GOVT 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.

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:  Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; individuals eligible for VRA appointments; Military Spouses; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; and individuals with disabilities.

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) and/or Form DD-214 OR YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE.

PHS 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 Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Policy and Risk Management.  Duty station will be in either Rockville or 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 a career-ladder position; GS-13 is the full performance level.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area within FDA-wide.

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.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.

DUTIES:

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The purpose of this position is to enforce the laws and regulations protecting consumers from foods, drugs, cosmetics, fabrics, toys, and household products and equipment that are impure, unwholesome, ineffective, improperly or deceptively labeled or packaged, or in some other way dangerous, or defective. The position can also involve the development of policy, regulations, and process that are implemented in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Field Offices (FOs). Represent FDA before administrative hearings or in court. At the full performance level, major duties include:

  • Answers inquiries from other Federal, State or local agencies, foreign missions, Industry, and importers regarding interpretations of Agency-enforced laws and regulations, case status, and enforcement policies.
  • Researches and prepares final background and decision papers for the signature of the Director. Prepares memoranda, briefings, and other background material concerning substantive issues, findings, conclusions and proposed solutions to keep the Director and appropriate staff involved at key decision points.
  • Serves on task forces and study groups charged with considering problems or directions in the area of expertise. Consults with staff members at all levels of the organization to achieve consensus on issues and resolve any disagreements on standards. Represents the agency on inter-agency review committees charged with reviewing Federal policies and making recommendations for consistency across agency lines.
  • Provides authoritative interpretations of applicable laws, regulations, and programs, advises management on a wide range of regulatory problems related to the industries regulated by FDA and recommends appropriate legal actions.
  • Reviews special and unusual problems submitted by various FDA areas and provides authoritative guidance to the resolve the issues causing the problems. Such issues frequently deal with interpretations of law, policy and procedures.
  • Conducts research into legal precedents and legislative history of the Acts enforced by FDA. Prepares position papers for top FDA managers based on such research. Drafts responses to correspondence from within and outside the agency concerning FDA regulated 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-9: one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Service.
  • GS-11: one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal Service.
  • GS-12: one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service.
  • GS-13: one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service.

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation. Specialized experience can be identified by experience in gathering and performing standard analyses of scientific data; reviewing gathering and performing standard analysis of scientific data; reviewing and evaluating scientific data for efficacy and safety; and preparing reports on scientific/technical study findings and/or delivering presentations to various audiences on scientific or technical data.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Substitution of education for specialized experience will be made in accordance with the OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions. Employees who are substituting education for experience must upload a copy of unofficial or official transcripts prior to the announcement closing. Selectees will be required to provide official transcripts upon selection.

  • For GS-9: Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B or J.D., if related to the position being filled.
  • For GS-11: Have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school you attended has determined to represent one year of study. If this information cannot be obtained from your school, we will consider 18 semester/27 quarter hours to be equal to one year of full-time study.

Experience and education as described above may be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements. Experience and education should be computed as percentages of the overall requirements and must equal to 100 percent when combined.

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-9: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-7 or higher.
  • GS-11: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-9 or higher.
  • GS-12: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-11 or higher.
  • GS-13: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-12 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.  E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
3.Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. 
4.  All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. 
5.  Financial disclosure statement may be required. 
6.  Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.  
7.  Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
8.  Drug Screening Required: No.
9.  Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No
10.  Travel:  up to 50%.  
11. 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)827-5511 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 on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Knowledge of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, implementing rules and regulations, court precedents applied to area of assigned responsibility.
  • Knowledge to analyze and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of Agency compliance policies and regulatory procedures for all domestic and imported products regulated by the Agency; specifically FDA regulated food/feed/cosmetics or medical/tobacco products.
  • Knowledge of FDA enforcement policies at the headquarters level and the field/operational level.
  • Ability to communicate in writing on a variety of complex policy issues.
  • Ability to communicate verbally on a variety of complex policy issues.


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:

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans 

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 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  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 966598.  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).
  • Veterans Preference documentation, if applicable (DD-214 - member 4 copy or other copies that indicate character of discharge or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter as appropriate).
  • 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 Tuesday, October 15, 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-13-966598

Control Number:

352188400