Frontline Supervisor - Phoenix, AZ

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Food Safety and Inspection Service


$70,376.00 to $128,557.00


04 to 05





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Department Of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sub Agency:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Job Announcement Number:
Job Title:
Frontline Supervisor
Salary Range:
70,376.00 - 128,557.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 to Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Position Information:
Full time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Phoenix, AZ
Who May Be Considered:
Open to current Food Safety and Inspection Service employees
nationwide, Reinstatement eligibles, Commissioned Corps Officers and
Commissioned Corps Applicants, or Career Transition eligibles
(CTAP). Position will be filled with either a Consumer Safety
Officer AP-0696 or Public Health Veterinarian AP-0701, depending on
the qualifications of the selected candidate.
Job Summary:
This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking a greater
leadership role and responsibility!!!
Here's what to expect:
As a Front-Line Supervisor, you can expect the management
responsibilities of a subordinate, multi-disciplinary workforce.  
This includes Public Health Veterinarians, Consumer Safety Officers,
Consumer Safety Inspectors, and Food Inspectors within a defined
geographical area.
This position is located in Phoenix, AZ.  The hours will vary.
Effective July 19, 2009, FSIS began operating under the PHHRS, a Pay
Banding and Pay for Performance Demonstration Project, in which non-bargaining unit positions will be classified by career path,
occupational series, and pay bands rather than the traditional
General Schedule (GS) grades in the Federal Service.  The AP-04 pay band is equivalent to the GS-12/13 grade levels. The AP-5S pay
band is equivalent to the GS-13/14 grade levels.
PHHRS will allow FSIS the flexibility to offer exceptional
candidates higher salaries than most other Federal agencies.  
Additionally, employees will be eligible to receive an annual pay
increase based upon performance.
For more information on PHHRS, including information on its pay
tables and how it will benefit employees, please visit
the PHHRS website.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a public health
regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Our
mission is to protect consumers by ensuring that the commercial
supply of  meat*, poultry, and egg products moving in interstate
commerce or exported to other countries is safe, wholesome and
correctly labeled and packaged.
*The "Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008", also referred to as
the "2008 Farm Bill", was signed into Law on June 18, 2008. The Farm
Bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to include
Catfish as an amenable species under the Act.
Key Requirements:


Major Duties:
You will oversee and coordinate review, implementation,
and ongoing assessment of inspection and enforcement
activities at meat, poultry, and egg products establishments
in a defined geographic area.
Your responsibility includes identifying public health
or food safety issues, and directing activities of frontline
personnel to conduct inquiries or assessments, document
findings, and take or recommend appropriate action.
You will supervise and coordinate the work activities
of individuals or cross-functional teams of FSIS Food
Inspectors, Consumer Safety Inspectors, Veterinary Medical
Officers, and Consumer Safety Officers in an assigned area.
You will conduct performance reviews, develop and
mentor your team members, and address employee and
labor relations problems and issues. You may participate in
making job selection decisions.
Additional skills desired will be computer skills,
communication with customers, resourcefulness with
investigations, problem solving, follow-up, and the
ability to work well with multiple tasks.  Must work
well independently to manage schedule.
Time in band and/or grade:
In order to meet time-in-band/grade, you must have completed
52 weeks or more of specialized experience at the next lower band
(i.e AP-4 in PHHRS), grade, lower level (i.e. GS-12), or a
combination of the three in the federal service within 30 days of
the closing date of this announcement.
Specialized experience:  In order to meet specialized experience
requirements, you must have completed 52 weeks or more of
progressively responsible specialized experience equivalent to
the next lower level in the Federal service. This requirement must
be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
Specialized experience for the AP-0696 series is experience showing
the ability to perform, plan or manage complex food safety
activities. Qualifying experience typically includes compliance work
in the 1801 series, processed products inspection or the supervision
of processed product inspection.  
Specialized experience for the AP-0701 series:  Your 52 weeks of
specialized experience must demonstrate the ability to perform, plan
or manage complex veterinary medical activities, and be met within
30 days of the closing date of this announcement.Educational Requirements:
In order to meet the basic educational requirements for the AP-0696
series, you will need to have completed education which includes at
least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) in the basic biological
and physical sciences (e.g., Animal Science, Chemistry, Food
Science, Nutrition, Public Health, Zoology, etc.) by the closing
date of this announcement.
Educational Requirements for ALL AP-701 VMO series:
Completion of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from a
veterinary school approved by the American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA), or documentation of a license to practice
veterinary medicine in the U.S.; an ECFVG certificate;or acceptable
alternatives shown in the OPM qualifications handbook. For more
information about qualification requirements
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There are several basic components of your experience that together
define the qualification requirements. These components are:
1) educational qualifications (stated above)
2) time in band and/or grade
3) specialized experience
How You Will Be Evaluated:
Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Merit Staffing
procedures which govern Status candidates. All are rated on the
extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant
to the duties of the position. An automated ranking system, based
on the on-line application process is used. Before a certificate
can be issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed
carefully by an HR Specialist to assure that (a) minimum
qualification requirements are met, (b) the resume supports the
answers provided to the job-specific questions, and (c) that your
resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position.
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses
to the applicant assessment questions. High self-assessment in the
applicant questions that is not supported by information in your
resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status, and subsequent
referral to the selecting official.
There are several parts of the application process that affect the
overall evaluation of your application: the applicant assessment
questions, the core questions, supplemental documentation submitted,
and your resume. This automated application system simplifies the
application process, by replacing the former KSA job-element
questions with the on-line applicant assessment questions. Your
resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you
meet the basic qualifications of the position, and whether you are
found to be best qualified. Therefore, it is important to explain
what you did and how you did it, rather than just listing your
current and former employers.To preview questions please click here.
Working for FSIS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit: Benefit Information.
Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts
Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent
care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For information visit:
Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
offers over 100 optional plans. For information visit:
Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For
additional information visit:
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program
(FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional
insurance, for additional information visit:
Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance
Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal
employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses,
and adult children. For additional information visit:
Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically
covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a
three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security
Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional
information visit:
Other Information:
HOW MUCH TRAVEL IS REQUIRED: Travel varies by the size and geographical area that you are
assigned to.    
RELOCATION EXPENSES: Entitlement to relocation expenses is determined in accordance with FSIS Directive 3820.2
STATES. FSIS utilizes E-Verify to verify identity and employment
eligibility by providing to the Social Security Administration (SSA)
and, if necessary the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work
authorization.  E-Verify cannot be used to pre-screen job applicants
or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the
choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9. If you have
concern that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or
you feel you have been discriminated during the verification process
based on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the
Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515).  
For more information on E-Verify you may contact DHS at 1-888-464-
Multiple selections: This announcement may be used to fill
additional, like vacancies should any occur in the commuting area.  
This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of
the application process, please notify the Agency prior to the
closing date. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be
on a case-by-case basis.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination
in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color,
national origin, age, disability and where applicable, sex, marital
status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual
orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or
because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any
public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all
programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means
for communication of program information (Braille, large print,
audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-
720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination,
write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence
Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.  20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272
(voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity
provider and employer.
How To Apply:
Go to
Create a resume in the USAJOBS site. Follow the online instructions.
Extensive help is available online from the USAJOBS site. Our
application system is integrated with USAJOBS.
Completed applications include:
1. Answers to all core questions (Completed when registering online
in USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process)
2. Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (Completed for each
3. Your online resume. Resumes are entered into USAJOBS.
Resumes can be copied and pasted into the personal information area
of your application from other word processing documents at any time
prior to the closing date.
4. Any supplemental documents needed; most applicants for this
position will not need to send additional documents. Review the
announcement carefully to determine if you need to send in
additional documentation.
Applicants who do not respond to the online vacancy questions and
who do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible.
For Commissioned Corps Officers and Commissioned Corps Applicants:  
Officers on active duty in the Public Health Service (PHS)
Commissioned Corps, PHS Inactive Reserve Corps Officers, and
applicants to the PHS Commissioned Corps should send hard copy
applications (i.e. Curriculum Vitae) to the HR contact address
listed in this announcement. Applicants to the PHS Commissioned
Corps should also submit a copy of their Commissioned Corps
application. Officers and Corps applicants are strongly encouraged
to submit all materials requested here (or their equivalent)in order
to be competitive. For general information on employment as a
Commissioned Corps Officer at FSIS, please contact CMDR LouAnn
Rector at (301-344-0757) or e-mail
Required Documents:
1.  Submit completed course work that is creditable towards meeting
minimum qualification requirements. Your transcripts and/or course
slips should include course title, school name/location, date
completed, grade, and number of credits. (If you have previously
provided this information, you do not have to re-submit unless there
is new information you want considered).
2. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) must be well
qualified for the position to receive consideration for special
priority selection. To be well-qualified and exercise selection
priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated
at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. For those
instances where the best-qualified lists include applicants with
scores less than 85, the well-qualified score becomes the lowest
score on the best-qualified list. CTAP eligible's must submit one of
the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection
priority: a separation notice, a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-
50) or equivalent that documents separation, an agency certification
that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been
terminated, an OPM notification that your disability annuity has
been terminated, OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau
notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
Click here: for more
Faxing Supporting Documentation:
The next step of the application process is to fax all the required
supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section
of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all of your
supporting documentation submitted in order to continue with the
online portion of the application process. Please carefully follow
the instructions below to ensure your supporting documents are
properly faxed and received. All required documents must be
received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy
***Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only
submit documents needed to complete your application package. For
example, the Schedule A Certification document must only be
submitted by individuals applying based on eligibility for
appointment due to a disability. The SF-50 is a form current and
former Federal employees submit to document their Federal employment
1.  If you have previously faxed supporting documentation the status
of those documents will indicate Received. There is no need to
resubmit documents which show a status of received unless you are
submitting an updated copy. (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
fax both the old document and the new document for them both to be
accessible to HR.)  
2.  You must use a separate cover sheet for each category of
supporting documentation (i.e., transcripts, SF-50, DD-214). Choose
the document cover sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the
appropriate check boxes in the Selected Documents column.
3.  Click the [Print Cover Sheets] button. A window will pop-up
containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected.  Print the cover
sheet(s).  NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to
print the cover sheets.  Additionally, you must allow pop-ups.
4.  Once you have reviewed the list of documents and printed any
required fax cover sheets click on [Done].  You will be moved
forward in the application process.
5.  Before faxing your document(s), take care to ensure the document
is legible and all information is complete and signed, if
necessary. Fax only documents which are clear and legible. Original
documents with light or faded print and/or dark or patterned
backgrounds will not be legible upon receipt. Illegible faxed
documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.
6.  Place the corresponding cover sheet on top of the document and
fax the cover sheet and document together to the fax number
specified on the cover sheet.  NOTE:  If you are faxing documents
from more than one category of supporting documentation, you must
submit them with the appropriate cover sheet. EACH DOCUMENT TYPE
MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding cover sheet. DO NOT
are one type of document; fax all pages of your transcript and other
education-related documents under the transcript cover sheet; the SF-
50 is another document type, if you are faxing more than one SF-50,
fax them all under the SF-50 cover sheet.)
7.  Be sure to save these cover sheets in the event you need to re-
fax your supporting documents. Each fax transmission includes a
unique identification number and bar code, which ensures your
document is processed correctly.
8.  You will receive an e-mail confirming the fax has been
successfully received by Human Resources. You should retain your e-
mail confirmation and confirmation of your fax transmittal report as
proof of submission.
Your application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE
FOUND INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required documentation as
specified under the required documents section by midnight Eastern
Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Contact Information:
Jared Sammon
Phone: 612-659-8644
Fax: 612-370-2066
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Operations
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2066
What To Expect Next:
You may check your status on USAJOBS. Applications are reviewed
after the announcement closing date and the best qualified
candidates are referred to the selecting official.<
EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
Veterans Information:
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:
USAJOBS Control Number: 1781444

Control Number: 85572354


Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.




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