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Job Title: Food Technologist Washington, DC

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Marketing Service

Job Announcement Number:24FV-2012-0019

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 20, 2012 to Monday, April 23, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1382-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy(s) - Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6FV-2012-0036. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)

JOB SUMMARY:

The Processed Products Branch (PPB), Business Development and Quality Assurance Section (BDQA) are responsible for management of the USDA Child Nutrition Labeling Program, development and administration of the USDA Food and Commodity Connection Web site, the USDA Government-wide Food Quality Assurance Program (GFQAP) for food procured by Federal agencies, and other program mission areas. The incumbent serves as a Food Technologist in the Business Development and Quality Assurance Section.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

KEY REQUIREMENTS

 

         U.S. Citizenship

DUTIES:

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The duties may include, but are not limited to:

         Serves as technical expert responsible for providing technical assistance in food science and food technology to government agencies, regional organizations, food industries and association representatives.

         Plans, directs, coordinates and participates in activities inherent in the administration of the Child Nutrition Labeling Program.

         Manage the development of new, and revise existing Commercial Item Descriptions for all food categories.

         Evaluate technological aspect of foods to be procured in terms of their composition, quality characteristics, effects of processing, suitability of packaging, and conformity with commercial food processing and distribution procedures.

         Assist with the management and review of agency-wide food product descriptions with the governmental agencies that have the expert knowledge of that food product category.

         Establishes and maintains good working relationships with industry, trade associations, State and Federal marketing officials, officials of regulatory agencies involved with food products, and officials of State and Federal procurement agencies.

         Performs outreach activities for the USDA Food and Commodity Connection Web site and other mission areas of PPB.

         Serves as lead administrator for the USDA Food Commodity Connection Web site.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

 

BASIC REQUIREMENT

         A: Degree: food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology.

OR

         B: Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

TRANSCRIPTS are required:

         This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.

This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts.

 

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS LISTED ABOVE:

 

Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience requirements specified below.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.

 

Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

         Experience in food product development

         Experience in food nutrition analysis

         Experience in food manufacturing, processing, storage and distribution or marketing of food products

THERE IS NO EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL.

 

Special Conditions:

         Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

         DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.

         As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.

         Transcripts must be submitted for this position.

         Travel may be required.

         Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

         Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.

         Knowledge of food technology and human nutrition

         Knowledge of the food industry and marketing techniques

         Ability to communicate orally and in writing

         Ability to analyze and evaluate data

         Decision making, leadership, supervisory and project/program management

         Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

         Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.

         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 adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.


To preview questions please click here.

BENEFITS:

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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full- or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION:

For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs

More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint

HOW TO APPLY:

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A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:

         Resume

         Responses to the vacancy specific questions

         Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)

For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE

For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:

College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)

Foreign Degree Evaluation (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)

DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and other Veterans' documents (Veterans Preference)

ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)

 

Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.

All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.

Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.

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 and/or upload both the old document and the new document.

Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

DO NOT EMAIL DOCUMENTS
Phone: 612-336-3425
Fax: 612-336-3560
Email: james.p.chihak@aphis.usd
a.gov
Agency Information:
Agricultural Marketing Service
100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
Minneapolis, MN
55403
US
Fax: 612-336-3560

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click: Checking My Application Status. No additional correspondence will be sent.

Agency Information:

Agricultural Marketing Service
100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
Minneapolis, MN
55403
US
Fax: 612-336-3560

Questions about this job:

DO NOT EMAIL DOCUMENTS
Phone: 612-336-3425
Fax: 612-336-3560
Email: james.p.chihak@aphis.usd
a.gov

Job Announcement Number:

24FV-2012-0019

Control Number:

314669400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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