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opportunities and the seat of the federal government, the District of
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where you can live, work and play. Contribute to and work for a
nationally accredited Health Department. The District of Columbia
Department of Health (DOH) earned national accreditation by the Public
Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and is an early adopter in attaining the
designation. Come see where your skills are appreciated and rewarded
by applying for the following public health opportunity.
This position is located within the Department of Health (DOH), Health
Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), Bureau of Community
Hygiene (BCH), Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Division (FSHISD). The
incumbent serves as the Food Technologist-Enforcement and Compliance
Officer and is responsible for assisting in the enforcement of violations
of the District Food Code, including evidence preparation and court
appearances. Reviews staff inspection and performance to measure accuracy
of enforcement actions and compliance with the District Food Codes to
achieve standardized staff inspections and enforcement. Proposes,
coordinates and gives technical advice relative to food safety enforcement
and epidemiological studies, findings and recommendations. Develops
protocols and using epidemiological methods, quantitative and qualitative
analysis to evaluate food illnesses and risks from food to the
populations. Serves as the FDA Training/Evaluation Officer and providing
training to staff Sanitarians for standardization. Assists in
conducting in-service training programs for staff on the provisions and
contents of sanitary laws and regulations: the interpretation and
applications: the methods and procedures to be followed in making adequate
inspections: the preparation and essential contents of adequate reports:
and the purpose, use, reading and care of various instruments, gauges and
other measuring and detecting devices equipment and the compliance with
the District Food Code. Leads, conducts and coordinates public
health activities on assigned projects that involve the integrations and
coordination of multidisciplinary efforts of experts and consultants
within and outside the District and Federal government to resolve critical
food safety issues. Prepares papers and abstracts for publication in
professional, trade and scientific journals. Serves as the
administrationís liaison between the District and the Food and Drug
Administration, the Public Health Service, and other local and federal
agencies, and cooperates with them in promoting HACCP, quality control and
the safe-handling of food and food products.
*This vacancy is for a Career Service Permanent Appointment, CS-1382-12.
Promotion Potential to CS-13. This position is in the collective
bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 2725 and you may be required to
pay an agency service fee (dues) through direct payroll deduction.
Knowledge of the fundamental theories, principles and techniques of
biology, microbiology, mathematics, epidemiology, and chemistry to
evaluate environmental health conditions. Knowledge of public health
principles and hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP).
Thorough knowledge of the District Health Codes, District Food Safety
Codes and other applicable regulations governing environmental health
conditions to cite unsanitary conditions.
Ability to inspect and make on-site determinations of sanitary and
unsanitary conditions. Ability to advise of the
proper manner to handle food hygienically and to improve sanitation in
Knowledge of enforcement procedures, objectives and the rules of evidence
in order to cite conditions and make appropriate recommendations.
Ability to exercise professional poise and composure in dealing with
owners and/or managers to promote the nature of the program in a positive
manner and still maintain the firmness necessary to attain any necessary
Knowledge of aseptic techniques used in collecting official samples.
Licensures, Certifications and other requirements
Must process and maintain a driverís license
Applicants must be graduates of an accredited four year college or
university with a bachelorís degree in food technology, or dairy
technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related
discipline or field of biological or physical science.
At least one (1) year specialized experience.
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with
the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully
the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the
work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one
(1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least
the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression of the
occupation in the organization.
The work is performed in an office setting and field environment.