Food Safety Specialist - Alexandria, VA
Food and Nutrition Service
· 1 vacancy - Alexandria, VA
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Permanent
Opened Friday 5/6/2016 (12 day(s) ago)
Closes Thursday 5/19/2016 (1 day(s) away)
· Salary Range
$77,490.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year
· Series & Grade
· Promotion Potential
· Supervisory Status
· Who May Apply
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
· Control Number
· Job Announcement Number
The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!
This position is located in the Supplemental Nutrition and Safety Programs (SNAS), Office of Food Safety.
This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on FNCS-16-SNAS-020. Disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities can apply to the Merit Promotion announcement if they meet criteria for the above and include supporting documents. Depending on a variety of circumstances, telework may be available.
These duties are described at the FPL GS-13, the GS-12 is developmental leading to such performance.
As a Food Safety Specialist, the incumbent will perform the following duties focusing on food safety education and training:
All documents must be received and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: You must possess a degree with a major study in food science/food safety or public health with a food safety emphasis, nutrition, public health, epidemiology, veterinary medicine, and agriculture sciences. Please submit a copy of your transcripts that supports this requirements. A Master's degree is preferred.
GS-12: Specialized experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent, which is directly related to the position as listed in this announcement and has equipped the candidate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position successfully. Specialized experience includes knowledge of and familiarity with local and regional food systems policy and practice, including experience participating in the design of programs related to local and regional food systems. Specialized experience also includes knowledge of federal child nutrition assistance programs, including experience supporting the implementation of school meal programs.
GS-13: Specialized experience at the
GS-12 level, or equivalent, which is directly related to the position as
listed in this announcement and has equipped the candidate with the
knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position
successfully. Experience for this position includes researching and
identifying information related to food safety sufficient to provide
technical guidance on food safety issues; providing informative and
technically accurate written responses to food safety crises, or emergency
situations; and assisting with planning, developing, writing, and executing
educational programs based on sound food safety science with the goal of
preventing food borne illnesses and injuries.
Q - Nonsensitive
What To Expect Next
If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.
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 .
How to Apply
Please read the entire announcement and all the
instructions before you begin.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Step 3: Click "Apply Online"
and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach
any additional documents that may be required.
How You Will Be Evaluated
The category rating procedure is used to rank and
select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic
minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job
related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of
the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.
Preference eligibles are listed ahead of
non-preference eligibles within each category.
We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.
The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
You must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
· Veterans, if claiming preference: DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty showing dates of service and type of discharge. Disabled veterans must include VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after date the certification is submitted.
· CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
· Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
· Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
Department Of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
ContactFNCS Operations Team
Phone: 202-692-4238 Email: FNCSOperationsTeam@fsis.usda.gov
AddressFood and Nutrition Service
1400 Independence Ave SW
USA Fax: 202-720-5124
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