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 closing date for this position has been extended to 2/28/2014.


The Food and Drug (FDA) is scientific, regulatory, and consumer protection agency responsible for protecting the public health by helping to assure the safety, efficacy, quality, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; the safety and security of our nation's food supply, the safety of cosmetics and products that emit radiation, and by regulating the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products.  The Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (OFVM) integrates the programs of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the related field activities of the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), ensuring optimal use of resources and building the scientific and regulatory capacity to improve the safety, nutritional quality and proper labeling of the domestic and international food supply.  Within OFVM, CFSAN is responsible for conducting research and regulatory programs to insure that foods are safe, sanitary, wholesome, properly labeled and free of harmful levels of contaminants and that cosmetic and food additives are safe.

The Office of Applied Research and Safety Assessment (OARSA) is a component of the CFSAN scientific research enterprise responsible for establishing and conducting a cohesive mission-relevant research program in the areas of toxicology and food microbiology that will ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply.  OARSA is one of four science offices within CFSAN, with more than 100 personnel and contract staff and a budget of over $6 million.

Executive level compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience, which may result in a higher salary than reflected above.

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including non-citizens and Public Health Service Commissioned Officers.  No previous federal experience is required.  This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42.  This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.

This vacancy will be advertised concurrently with vacancy: HHS-FDA-14-AD-1004984.



The incumbent serves as the Director, Office of Applied Research and Safety Assessment (OARSA), providing executive leadership and managerial direction.  The position will report to the CFSAN Deputy Director for Scientific Operations.

Supervisory/Managerial Statement The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) provides an innovative work environment for its employees. As a manager, you are expected to possess team, management, and leadership skills that we will urge you to use and develop as a member of our organization. The management skills we are referring to are related to the management of people in your work unit to enhance overall performance and productivity while creating a vibrant work culture. To accomplish this will require that you select and hire talented people, set clear performance expectations, motivate each employee under supervision, and help them develop and grow in their career. The leadership skills relate to your ability to create a vision and persuade those you lead to embrace that vision of the future, to work with others inside and outside of your work unit to improve our work performance and culture through contribution of your ideas and opinions, to serve as a role model for personal accountability and integrity, and to act as a steward for the larger organization.  The Center will provide numerous developmental opportunities for you to enhance your technical, team, management, and leadership skills.  Our goal is to not only enable you to make a significant contribution to CFSAN today, but to prepare you for the demands, responsibilities, and career opportunities of the future. If selected for this position, you will: Plan, manage, organize, and direct a cohesive research program that will ensure the safety of foods, dietary supplements, or cosmetics and the establishment of sound counter-terrorism measures in the area of toxicology and food microbiology. Assist in providing scientific guidance and direction for research programs and assist the research staff in the development of long term goals; Develop collaborative projects with a variety of FDA and external scientific organizations including other FDA centers, other governmental agencies, and academia as well as private and public scientific organizations; Serve on high level internal and external working groups to address cross-center, multi-agency, national and international issues in areas to include strategic planning, emergency response, and the safety and defense of the food supply. Develop and plan OARSA's budget ensuring that it supports and prioritizes research, necessary infrastructure, and personnel;

Coordinate and make recommendations on personnel and administrative matters and lead laboratory quality control with OARSA.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel may be required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • May be authorized