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    This position is located in the Chemistry Branch of a field laboratory of in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Office of Public Health Science. The Chemistry Branch provides laboratory support and technical guidance to the Federal inspection programs through chemical analyses and instrumental analysis as part of a quality assurance program. This position reports directly to the Chemistry Branch Chief. As technology and methodology is a continuously changing matter, the incumbent is expected to maintain state of the art knowledge on methodology, instrumentation, and applications pertinent to the scope of work at the Midwestern Lab (ML.) Residue activity at the ML has expanded significantly over the last few years and we expect additional demands for identification of new compounds as an ongoing challenge.

    • Work schedule: Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
    • FSIS is a public health agency; you may be required to work occasional weekends or holidays.

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    Some of the duties for this position include:

    • Ensure that the organization’s strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to the team and integrated into the team’s strategies, goals, objectives, work plans and work products and services;

    • Train or arrange for the training of team members in methods and techniques of team building and working in teams to accomplish tasks or projects;

    • Serve as a coach or facilitator in coordinating team initiatives;

    • Maintain a program of reference materials and relevant background documents so as to support policy implementation;

    • Articulate and communicate to the team the assignment, deadlines, and timeframes for completion;

    • Lead the team in: identifying, distributing, and balancing workload and tasks in accordance with established work flow; making adjustments to accomplish the workload in accordance with established priorities and ensuring that each team member has an integral role in developing the final team product;

    • Monitor and report on the status and progress of work to ensure the supervisor’s
    expectations are met;

    • Coach the team in the selection and application of appropriate problem solving methods and techniques, provide advice on work methods, practices and procedures, and assist the team and/or individual members in identifying the parameters of a viable solution;

    • Prepare reports and maintain records of work accomplishments and administrative information, as required;

    • Represent the team in dealings with the supervisor or manager for the purpose of obtaining resources and securing input from the supervisor on issues that arise;

    • Report to the supervisor periodically on team and individual work accomplishments;

    • Represent the team consensus and convey the team’s findings and recommendations in meetings and dealings with other team leaders, program officials;

    • Estimate and report to the team on progress in meeting established milestones and deadlines;

    • Research, learn and apply a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to identify, assess, analyze and improve team effectiveness, efficiency and work products

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, LMWFA, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP and VEOA eligibles; FSA employees; reinstatement eligibles; Individuals with Disabilities; certain military spouses; 30% or more disabled veterans; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; Special Hiring Authorities

    Questions? This job is open to 7 groups.

  • Job family (Series)

    1320 Chemistry

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485229300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.