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.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of Food Safety (OFS),Retail Food Protection Team (RFPT), in College Park, MD.

As a Consumer Safety Officer, in the Retail Food Protection Team, Office of Food Safety, Center for Safety and Applied Nutrition, you will serve as a principle advisor on matters of public health and prevention of foodborne illness as they relate to the Agency's consumer food program activities.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-CFSN-MP-14-1115382TM under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This job opportunity announcement may be used FDA-wide to fill additional vacancies within the same geographical location.


  • Develops, revises, and interprets regulations, model codes, and Federal guidelines pertaining to retail-level food operations.
  • Provides technical support/advisory assistance to regulatory partners in support of retail food program activities.
  • Provides advice to industry stakeholders regarding appropriate regulations for food safety.  Apply knowledge of retail and food service operational practices in assessing risks and establishing retail food safety policy.
  • Develops risk management strategies and study designs based on science and technology through literature review and continuing education.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Required to travel up to 25%.

Relocation Authorized

  • No