Food Safety Specialist - Washington, DC

Department: Department Of Agriculture Agency: Food and Nutrition Service Job Announcement Number:

Food Safety Specialist
Salary Range: 86,927.00 - 113,007.00 USD /year
Open Period: Tuesday, July 21, 2009
to Monday, August 10, 2009
Series & Grade: GS-0601-13/13
Position Information:  Full-Time Permanent
Promotion Potential: 13
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC
Who May Be Considered:

Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens.


Note: Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status,

former Federal employees who have reinstatement eligibility, and

individuals who are eligible under special appointing authorities

may wish to apply under announcement number XX-FNS-XXX Please refer

to that vacancy announcement for details on eligibility and how to


Job Summary:

This position is located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4

miles outside of Washington, DC).


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 employees work at the National Office in Alexandria, VA, in

seven regional offices, and in field offices across the country.

They enjoy excellent Federal career benefits, including:


Good salaries,

Opportunities for advancement,

Paid annual and sick leave,

A retirement plan,

Health and life insurance options; and

Alternative and flexible work schedules.


In addition, 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. Training programs are designed not

only to help employees perform present duties, but also to prepare

them for more difficult and responsible jobs. 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 targeted for mission-focused mid-level or

experienced professionals and requires the incumbent to serve as a

Food Safety Specialist in the Office of Emergency Management and

Food Safety of the Food and Nutrition Service.


Who May Apply:


If you are a status candidate, you may be eligible to apply under


Key Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Major Duties:

The position is located in the Office of the Associate Administrator

for Program Service and Support, Office of Emergency Management and

Food Safety of the Food and Nutrition Service. The incumbent is

responsible for serving as an expert on agricultural production and

food industry practices in order to research and resolve food safety





Applicants must meet all eligibility/qualification requirements,

including the following, by the closing date of the announcement:


Candidates must provide sufficient documentation at the time of

application to indicate that the following basic requirements, as

well as additional requirements, are met. A copy of transcript or

list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned

is recommended. If selected, you will need to verify that you meet

these requirements before appointment.


Basic Requirements:


4-year course of study in an accredited college or university

leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in an

academic field related to the health sciences or allied health

sciences, such as biology, chemistry, food science, food technology,

nutrition or agricultural sciences, as appropriate to the work of

the position.


Minimum Qualification Requirement:


Specialized Experience:

For the GS-13 level: Fifty-two weeks of experience at the GS-

12 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the

particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully

the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes

researching and identifying information related to food safety

sufficient to provide technical guidance and advice on food safety

issues, as well as respond appropriately to food safety emergency



How You Will Be Evaluated:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your

application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.

To receive further consideration, you must be qualified and eligible

for this vacancy. Your responses to the required questionnaire will

be converted to a numeric rating. This rating is a measure of the

degree to which your background matches the following:


Knowledge of agricultural practices sufficient to

analyze food safety and/or health related situations, and make

decisions or determinations about such situations augmented by a

knowledge of food manufacturing processes, the food industry, and

food production processes.

Knowledge of food safety and public health practices

and principles sufficient to identify disease risks.

Skill in writing scientific, educational and

technical reports concisely and effectively in order to disseminate

information related to food safety and its impact on public health.

Skill in communicating orally and relating

effectively with a variety of personnel within and outside the

agency, in order to make presentations about food safety issues.

Ability to develop educational materials in order to

address food safety issues.


To be well qualified, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must receive a rating of

at least 85 out of 100.


A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made

and compared against your responses to the occupational

questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting

documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your

qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be

adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow

instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

To preview questions please click here.


Federal employee benefit information can be accessed at

Other Information:

All males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be

registered for selective service.


Retention in this position is subject to the

successful completion of a background investigation.


Federal law requires verification of the identity

and employment eligibility of all new hires in the United States.

If your identity and employment eligibility cannot be confirmed, you

may be terminated.


Selection(s) may be made from vacancy announcement

(s) 09-FNS-281, 09-FNS-282P, or from any other appropriate source.


Relocation expenses will not be paid.


This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.


The applicant selected under this announcement may

be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


This announcement may be used to fill one or more



Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly-

appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in

service may be eligible to receive credit toward annual leave

accrual based on prior work experience. FNS may grant service credit

for prior non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed

service that is directly related to the position being filled.

Creditable service must be determined prior to the effective date of

the employee's entry on duty. For more information, contact the

Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information."


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits

discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of

race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, and where

applicable, marital status, family status, parental status,

religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political

beliefs, or because of all or part of an individual's income is

derived from any public assistance. (Not all prohibited bases apply

to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative

means for communication of program information (Braille, large

print, audio tape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at

(202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).


To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45

days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, Food and Nutrition

Service, Civil Rights Division, Room 942-A, Alexandria, VA 22302-

1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

How To Apply:

You are required to apply online for this announcement. To do

this, complete the following steps. You must complete this

application process BEFORE this announcement closes. Resumes will

NOT be accepted via mail or email.


Step 1: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button at the bottom of this

announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account

and submit your resume. If you are not registered with USAJOBS,

click on the "CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT NOW!" button to obtain access and

electronically build your resume.


Step 2: Once you select your resume, you will be redirected to the

CareerConnector website to complete the application process. If

this is your first time in CareerConnector, you will be asked to

answer 19 questions related to your eligibility for Federal

employment. You will be able to update this information and save it

to your account for future announcements.


Step 3: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will

be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all

of the questions honestly and thoroughly. Click on the Submit

button once you have completed your application. The vacancy

questions are available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the

closing date listed on the vacancy announcement. You must submit

all of your answers before then to receive consideration. Always be

sure to have a copy of your entire application emailed to you to

ensure confirmation of receipt. Once you have submitted your

application, you can check your status online through your MY

USAJOBS account.


Step 4: Submit all required supplemental documentation necessary to

be found eligible for this announcement (see the Required Documents

section). Supplemental documents may be submitted using one of the

following methods:


FAX: CareerConnector offers a simple solution that will

electronically attach your documentation to your online application

for this vacancy announcement. Simply follow the "Faxing Supporting

Documentation" instructions, which will provide you the necessary

cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be

correctly submitted to the appropriate vacancy announcement. The

fax number will be available on the cover sheet.




UPLOAD: There are two ways in which you can successfully

upload your supporting documentation: (1) once you finish answering

the online job announcement questions, you will be prompted to

upload your document(s). You will be given the choice to either

upload the document or you can select a document that you've already

loaded on USAJOBS, OR (2) you can upload a document to an existing

application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Then,

click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've

located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply On-

line." Move through your existing application to the Documents page

and select "Upload" in order to add a document to your application.

Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation the

document uploaded and click on "Finished" to return to USAJOBS.


Your complete online application and any required supplemental

documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50 or equivalent) must be received

by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this

announcement. It is also your responsibility to ensure that all

documents are received on time and that the materials are readable.

Failure to do so will result in your application being removed

from consideration for this announcement.


NOTE: When uploading documents, only one document can be uploaded

under each document heading. If you upload a second document under

the same document heading, the original upload will be overridden by

the second submission. If you intend to submit two similar

documents (i.e. 2 SF-50s), you must either combine the two documents

into one PRIOR to uploading or upload the second document

under "miscellaneous documents."


If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us at the

telephone number listed on the first page of this announcement.


to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.

Requests for extensions will not be granted.

Required Documents:

**No attempt will be made to solicit missing materials from

applicants who fail to submit them by the closing date. Incomplete

applications will not be considered.**


All applicants are required to submit the following:


1. An application (examples: Optional Application for Federal

Employment, OF 612; or resume). The application should address work

experience, training, education, and awards relevant to the

qualifications requirements. For training or self-development

activities, specify course titles, classroom hours completed and

dates. The following information must be included in

your application:


General Information


a. Full Name

b. Mailing Address (including Zip Code)

c. Email Address

d. Phone Number

e. Citizenship


Work Experience Information (If you do not have work

experience, you must state this in your application.)


f. Employer Name

g. City/Town, State/Territory/Province

h. Formal Job Title (include series/grade if Federal)

i. Start/End Dates

k. Average number of hours worked per week

l. A description of your duties and accomplishments

m. A description of your related skills.


Failure to submit a complete application will result in your

application being removed from consideration. Do not send

position descriptions.


2. Narrative Responses. Applicants must provide complete and

thorough responses in the narrative text boxes provided in the

assessment questionnaire. Failure to provide adequate responses

will result in your application being removed from consideration.


3. For Applicants Claiming Veterans' Preference: Form DD-214

or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or

the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Eligibles claiming 10-point

preference must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran

Preference, SF-15 along with the

required documentation listed on the back of the form. (For more

information on Veterans' programs, please see the VetsInfo Guide)



In addition, the following materials are recommended:


1. A copy of your most recent performance appraisal, dated within

the last 18 months, including an evaluation/rating.


2. An official transcript; statement from the institution's

registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent

documentation. If you are selected, basic requirements as described

under the Eligibility/Qualifications Requirements section of this

announcement will be verified with one of these documents.


For Assistance:


FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt

(BPD) to provide certain personnel services to its organization.

BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS vacancies, accepting

and handling applications, and extending job offers.


For more information, contact the Human Resources Specialist listed

under "Contact Information" below.


Anyone needing a reasonable accommodation for any part of the

application and hiring process may contact the Human Resources

Specialist listed under "Contact Information" below.

Contact Information:

Jenny Green
Phone: 304-480-8352
Fax: 571-258-4254
Or write:
USDA - Food and Nutrition Service
Adminstrative Resource Center
FESB Room A2-F
Parkersburg, WV 26106
Fax: 571-258-4254

What To Expect Next:

You can check the status of your application at any time by logging

into your "MY USAJOBS" account. After a review of your complete

application package has been made, you will be notified of your

rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further

evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Control Number: 82358545


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


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