Safety Officer - Spokane Valley, WA
US Food and Drug
$64,649 - $84,049 a year
Full Job Description
This position is located in the Department of Health and Human
Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory
Affairs (ORA), Office of Human and Animal Food Operations (OHAFO). The
mission and function of OHAFO is to oversee program directors in the
coordination, interpretation and evaluation of the Agency's overall field
inspections and compliance efforts in the areas of human and animal food and
- Analyzes and evaluates data samples and
documented information gathered during inspections and investigations to
ensure that documentation and practices are in
compliance with Federal laws, rules, and regulations.
- Performs a number of atypical inspections
or intensive investigative approaches to be applied to a wide variety of
regulatory functions or scientific evaluations.
- Interacts with and advises various levels
of officials representing the establishment the establishments subject
to regulatory review.
50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
0696 Consumer Safety
- Citizenship Requirement: You must be a U.S.
Citizen to be considered for this advertisement unless explicitly
- Direct Deposit: You will be required to
have all federal salary payments electronically deposited into a bank
account with a financial institution of your choice.
- Background Investigation Requirement:
All employees must pass a security investigation. Failing to pass the
background check may be grounds for removal or legal action. If hired,
you may be subject to additional investigations at a later time.
- FDA participates in e-Verify:
All new hires must complete the I-9 form; this information will be
processed through e-Verify to determine your
employment eligibility. If a discrepancy arises, you must take
affirmative steps to resolve the matter.
- Certification of Accuracy: All
information concerning eligibility and qualification is subject to
investigation and verification. False representation may be grounds for
non-consideration, non-selection, or appropriate legal action.
The position of Consumer Safety Officer falls under the
0696 occupational series. To qualify for this position at grade GS-11, you must meet the following:
Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following (A or B):
A. Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in quality assurance or a
related degree that included at least 30 semester hours in one or a
combination of the following: consumer laws, biological sciences, food
science, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition,
medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical science, legal
investigations, law enforcement, or related scientific fields that provided
knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work. The 30 semester
hours may include up to 8 semester hours in statistics, or course work that
included the principles, theory, or practical application of computers or
computer programming; -OR-
B. Combination of education and experience-courses consisting of at least 30
semester hours in the fields of study described in paragraph A above, plus
appropriate experience or additional education.
NOTE: Applicants must submit all relevant transcripts that
demonstrate you possess the required education to meet the Basic
Specialized Experience. Specialized experience is 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.
GS-11: You must possess one year of specialized experience
equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service that includes
independently carrying out routine investigations, inspections, entry review,
filer audits and sampling; documenting and organizing evidence, data and
other information to support violations, and assisting higher level employees
in the review and evaluation of inspection reports of products or
three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such
a Ph.D. degree or Ph. D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field related to
the position to be filled; -OR-
Combination of specialized experience and graduate level education in a field
related to the duties of this position that meets 100% of the qualification
requirements for this position.
All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on
06/29/2021. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting
documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses
when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible or
your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and
abilities. You must continue to meet all requirements through the hiring process.
You may be asked to provide additional information at a later time. All
interview requests and selection decisions are at the full discretion of the
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and
appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date . To verify your application is complete, log into
your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application
Status link and then select the More Information link
for this position. The Details page will display the status of your
application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence
the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may
take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT
MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Qualifications are based on
breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed,
applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from
MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As
qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the
required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.
Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work
done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other
organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual;
community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical
competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and
experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive
credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
If you are claiming education as any part of your
qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript,
unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion
dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If you are using education
completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification
requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been
evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of
foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to
that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information,
click on foreign education.
Submitting Your Transcripts: Positions which are scientific or
technical in nature often have very specific educational requirements. A
transcript is required to verify educational achievement. Pay careful
attention to the Qualifications and Education sections to identify vacancies
where a transcript is required. Even if you hold a similar position or are a
current employee, you are not exempt from transcript requirements.
Electronic Transcript Caution: If you have obtained your
transcripts electronically, the file might contain security measures that
could prevent our application system from reading the file. Therefore, you
should consider asking the institution to provide the file in a non-secured
electronic format. Alternatively, you could scan or take a photo of the
printed copy of the transcript. If your uploaded transcript cannot be read by
our system, you may only receive consideration and credit for the information
we can access.
See the Application Manager Documentation for tips on submitting
your paper-based documents.
For some advertisements, the Food & Drug Administration receives
hundreds, even thousands, of applications from job-seekers. Because of this
high level of interest in positions with the FDA, the agency reserves the option
of setting an application number limit.
When an application limit is set, USAJOBS will close the vacancy at 11:59 pm
Eastern Time on either:
(A) the day the limit is reached; -OR-
(B) the pre-defined closing date of 06/29/2021, whichever comes first.
If the limit is reached before 11:59 pm ET, all applications in excess of the
limit will continue to be accepted until 11:59 pm ET.
The application limit, if applicable, for this advertisement is: 100
For more information about announcement closing,
For more information about announcement closing,
Additional Conditions of Employment:
- Pre-employment physical required: No
- Drug testing required: No
- License required: Yes, Driver's License
- Mobility agreement required: No
- Immunization required: No
- Bargaining Unit Position: Yes, National Treasury Employee's
- Telework eligible position: Telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
- Financial disclosure statement, OGE-450,
required: Please be advised that this
position may be subject to FDA's prohibited financial interest
regulation and may require the incumbent of this position to divest of
certain financial interests. Applicants are advised to seek additional
information on this requirement from the hiring official before
accepting this position.
This position may require financial disclosure reporting
and will be subject to FDA's prohibited financial interest regulation. If you
are hired, you may be required to divest of certain financial interests. You
are advised to seek additional information on this requirement from the
hiring official before accepting any job offers. For more information please
visit the FDA Ethics web page:
- Incentives may be authorized; however,
this is contingent upon funds availability.
If authorized, certain incentives will require you to sign a service
agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3
years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive
will be offered and paid. Incentives include the following: moving
expenses, recruitment or relocation incentive; student loan repayment,
superior qualifications appointment, creditable service for annual
leave for prior non-federal work experience or prior uniformed military
- Additional selections may be made for
similar positions across the Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) within the local commuting area(s) of the
location identified in this announcement. By applying, you
agree to have your application shared with interested selecting
official(s) at HHS. Clearance of CTAP/ICTAP will be applied for similar
positions across HHS.
- If you are serving, or have served in
the last 5 years (from 06/29/2021) as an Executive Branch political,
Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee, HHS/FDA may be required to
obtain approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to
beginning employment. You can
find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at
your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are
listed. If you have served or are currently serving, you must provide a
copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting this
appointment. In addition, you will be required to respond to the
question in the assessment and certify your responses to the
questionnaire. See Political Appointee FAQ - OPM for
How You Will
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you
meet the qualifications above.
This is a direct hire announcement. Traditional rating and
ranking of applications, and veterans' preference does not apply to this
vacancy. We will evaluate you against the basic qualifications. Qualified
applicants will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office
of Personnel Management direct hire guidelines. Note: Volunteer
experience can also be used as qualifying experience.
Once the job opportunity announcement closes (at 11:59 pm Eastern Time
on 06/29/2021), a review of your résumé and supporting
documentation will be conducted, the information will be compared
against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine
your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether
you are qualified for this particular position. If, after reviewing
your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you
have inflated your responses when compared to your background information,
you may be deemed ineligible.
If you are referred to the hiring manager for consideration, you may be
further evaluated based on an interview; review of requested work samples,
writing samples, most recent performance evaluation(s), or professional
references; or results of an oral presentation or work-related test. Failure
to comply with any of the additional assessment requirements will result in
removal from further consideration. These assessment methods/tools may also
be listed under Key Requirements.
Interagency / Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP):
Well-Qualified is defined as an applicant who meets the qualification
standards and eligibility requirements for the position, including minimum
educational and experience requirements; any medical qualifications and
suitability; is able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or
without reasonable accommodation; meets any applicable selective placement
factors for the position (such as the ability to speak a specific language or
any other factor required immediately upon hire); and is
able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Learn
more on the USAJOBS Career Transition Assistance Site.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may
affect your eligibility.
checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)
Trust determination process
A document that is required must be submitted by all applicants because
the document is needed to verify your qualifications, education, or other
eligibility information. Failure to provide one of the documents in the list
below may result in your application being considered incomplete.
- Cover Letter
- Other supporting documentation not
- Separation Notice (RIF)
These documents may be required for some applicants. Applicants
relying on education to qualify, those seeking consideration under a special
hiring authority, or those who need to verify a license or certification,
will need to submit appropriate supporting documentation from this
list. RESUME REQUIREMENTS:
The federal government has very specific resume requirements. If you have not
written a federal resume before, you should watch this Resume Writing
Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel, or read through a
helpful Resume Writing FAQ on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn
what details you should, and should not, include in your resume.
At a minimum your resume should list the position title, employer, start
and end dates (including month and year), salary (or grade and step), hours
worked per week, and a list of duties performed or accomplishments, for EACH
position listed. A CV (curriculum vitae) may not contain enough information
to meet these resume requirements.
If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a
Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other
means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your
agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified
for this position. See the How You Will Be Evaluated section
for the agency's definition of well-qualified. Learn more on
the USAJOBS Career Transition Assistance Site.
Learn more about supporting documents and documentation requirements on
- How to Understand the Required Documents
- What Types of Documents May I Need?
- How to Manage Your Documents on USAJOBS
If you are relying on your
education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited
towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees
from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as
stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with
a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family
will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your
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more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position
you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits
This job is open to
transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a
"surplus" or "displaced" employee.
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to
Clarification from the agency
You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National. Foreign nationals
or legal permanent residents are not eligible for consideration. This is a
direct hire authority announcement. Traditional federal rules regarding
rating, ranking, and veterans' preference do not apply. This vacancy will
also be used to clear CTAP/ICTAP.