Job Title: Director, Office of Food Additive Safety - College Park, MD


Department: Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency: Food and Drug Administration

Sub Agency: Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Job Announcement Number: 10-10-043


$123,758.00 - $200,000.00 /year


Monday, August 30, 2010 to Friday, October 01, 2010




Full-Time  Permanent


1 vacancy - College Park, MD


Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals including Commissioned Corps.


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a Federal scientific regulatory Agency with the legislated responsibility to promote and protect the public health of the Nation's more than 300 million consumers as it may be affected by foods and food additives, human and veterinary drugs, biological products, cosmetics, medical devices, and ionizing and non-ionizing radiation emitting products and.    FDA's programs are international in scope and effect.

The position is located in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN or Center), Office of Food Additive Safety.  The Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) is responsible for ensuring the safety of food ingredients, food packaging and food processing equipment, including sources of radiation used to treat or inspect food, and foods derived from bioengineered plants.  OFAS is the lead for FDA's food and color additive petition processes, the consideration of independent determinations of GRAS status, and review of notifications for food contact substances.

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Additional Duty Location Info:


1 vacancy - College Park, MD


The incumbent will serve as the Director, Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS).  This position is located in Office of Food Additive Safety and reports to the Deputy Director, CFSAN. 

Supervisory/Managerial Statement

CFSAN provides an innovative work environment for its employees. As a manager, you are expected to possess team, management, and leadership skills that we will urge you to use and develop as a member of our organization.  The management skills we are referring to are related to the management of people in your work unit to enhance overall performance and productivity while creating a vibrant work culture.  To accomplish this will require that you select and hire talented people, set clear performance expectations, motivate each employee under your supervision, and help them develop and grow in their career.

The leadership skills relate to your ability to think strategically and create a program vision; persuade those you lead to embrace that vision and to work with others inside and outside of the work unit to improve performance and culture through contribution of your ideas and opinions; serve as a role model for personal accountability and integrity, and act as a steward for the larger organization.  The Center will provide developmental opportunities for you to enhance your technical, team, management, and leadership skills.  Our goal is to not only enable you to make a significant contribution to CFSAN today, but to prepare you for the demands, responsibilities, and career opportunities of the future.

If selected for this position, you will:

Provide executive leadership and managerial direction to professional, technical, and support personnel engaged in a variety of substantive activities related to the planning, development, execution, and coordination of food and color additives programs.


Assist the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and the Center Director in the formulation, development, and execution of program goals that are consistent with expectations of the Administration, Department and Agency.  Serve as principal liaison in developing and implementing nationwide programs pertaining to the safe use of food additives, color additives, Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) substances, and prior sanctioned substances.


Participate in, and contribute to, top level Center and Agency initiatives involving broad policy matters and issues that cross organizational lines and which have a major impact on the regulated industry, such as establishment  of sodium reduction tarkets.   Participate as the Agency representative or with the Center Director, agency officials and others in testifying before Congress and in meetings with other Federal agencies, the regulated industry, public interest groups, and other outside bodies.


Coordinate the Center's review of materials prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by other Federal agencies. 


Represent the Center and FDA on committees and at professional meetings, both national and international and make commitments, suggestions and provide authoritative recommendations concerning policies, programs and the evaluation of scientific considerations involved in the safety of ingredients added to food.


Serve as the principal Agency liaison on safety testing methodologies and protocol standards needed to evaluate the safety of food ingredients with industry, Federal, State, foreign, and other organizations.


Provide expert scientific and technical advice, guidance, interpretations, consultations, recommendations and assistance to the Center Director, key Agency and top level departmental officials, senior field and program directors, scientific and professional personnel, industry representatives, intra/inter-governmental counterparts and others concerning food and color additives, food packaging and food processing equipment, including sources of radiation used to treat or inspect food, and foods derived from bioengineered plants.


As principal advisor to the Center Director, analyze and provide authoritative evaluation and recommendations concerning the initiation, curtailment, consolidation, or decentralization of programs and in the efficient deployment of allocated resources.  Assist in the organizational structuring of functional responsibilities and work assignments to ensure the effective, efficient, and economical use of personnel and resources.  Identify staff needs and assist in recruiting and retaining high quality managers and personnel.  Evaluate budget estimates and justifications and make appropriate recommendations to the CFSAN Director and the Deputy Commissioner for Foods.


Represent the Agency and establish and maintain effective relationships in meetings and conferences with top level FDA and HHS officials, national/international industry representatives, Members of Congress, counterparts from other Federal, State and local government agencies, foreign government representatives, academia, and consumer and other groups to: secure, exchange and provide information concerning critical issues; discuss questions, problems and issues involving policy and program considerations; present authoritative recommendations and conclusions reflecting the Agency's position on matters related to existing and proposed policies, programs, regulations, proposed legislation; and to make decisions and commitments concerning programs, policies and evaluation of activities.


Keep the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner for Foods, Center Director, Deputy Director, Executive Officer, and other Office Directors fully informed of programs, resources, and related considerations that would bear on planning, development, administration and management of the Center's review processes for food and color additives, food contact substances, and  foods derived from bio-engineered plants.

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Qualifications and Evaluations


Conditions of Employment: This position within FDA is subject to strict restrictions on financial holdings (FDA regulated financial holdings). Applicants are advised to seek additional information from the Ethics and Integrity Staff, Office of Management Programs, Office of Management at (301) 827-5514 prior to accepting such a position.

You will need to successfully complete a background investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

Candidates must address the following qualification factors in addition to providing a resume or curriculum vitae.

Mandatory Qualifications


1. Administrative or managerial experience at the executive level, which demonstrates strong leadership abilities in a scientific or public health environment and leadership competence and abilities to develop complex and basic program goals, and ensure that agency goals and priorities are considered in carrying out the functional responsibilities of the organization; direct and guide projects, including long-term and short-term planning; establish objectives and priorities; and conduct periodic program assessments.


2. Experience that indicates the ability to effectively communicate and interact with high level governmental officials, the scientific/academic communities, medical or health related organizations, members of Congress and other top level representatives of counterpart federal agencies, foreign governments, representatives of the regulated industry, and others.


3. Experience at the executive level in planning, directing, and evaluating broad scientific or regulatory programs and activities.   This experience must demonstrate the ability to effectively coordinate and productively integrate the multi disciplinary efforts of a scientific, professional and technological workforce.


4. Advanced training in animal or medical sciences, biological or physical sciences, food technology or engineering, or other relevant fields.


5. Ability to creatively allocate and manage resources in an environment of expanding responsibilities and limited resources.


6. Ability to implement equal employment opportunity programs.


Desirable Qualifications

1.Thorough working knowledge and understanding of the provisions, limitations, and practical application of FDA laws and regulations related to food and cosmetic safety.  Particularly desirable is knowledge of the pre-market review of food ingredients, food packaging, food processing equipment, and food derived from bio-engineered plants.


2. Training and experience in developing, implementing, and coordinating regulatory programs and activities for a large public health organization.  Particularly statutorily mandated pre-market review.


3. Receipt of honors, awards, and other recognition for performance or contributions based on managerial excellence or scientific achievement.


4. A Ph.D. in a scientific discipline directly related to the position (e.g., food chemistry, toxicology or food microbiology) is desirable.


All appointees must meet positive education requirements for the type of scientific position being filled, which must include, at a minimum, a bachelors degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a scientific discipline In addition, appointees must have professional experience and stature that is commensurate with the duties of the position being filled.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.



Applications will be evaluated on the basis of relevant experience, training, self-development, awards; performance appraisals; knowledge, skills and abilities; and on an assessment of supervisory abilities or potential. All applicants must meet the qualification requirements to be eligible for further consideration, and must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the experience, knowledge, skill, ability, and other personal characteristic requirements and show how and when they were used. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishments and degree of responsibility (either in the application or on a separate attachment). Qualification determinations will be based on the information you supply. Please provide the names and current addresses of first and second level supervisors or other responsible officials who have knowledge of your background so we can obtain performance information from them

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Benefits and Other Info


You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info:

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info:

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info:

You will earn sick leave. More info:

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:

Tele-work / telecommuting may be made available after you have come on board. More info:

Alternative work schedule options are available.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.


This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

This is an interdisciplinary, scientific position that is suited, but not limited to the biological sciences, medical/health sciences, and physical sciences.

Please select the series you are interested in, you will be evaluated for the series you have selected.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the individual selected for the position. An initial recruitment and/or relocation bonus may also be available. Travel and relocation expenses may be paid.

You will need to successfully complete a background investigation before you can be appointed into this position.  A security clearance is required.

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How To Apply


You may submit your resume for this job online by selecting the 'Apply Online' button to the right of this announcement. Please note: your online resume may not be a complete application. Be sure to carefully read this announcement to see if additional information is required and how it should be submitted. If you do not use the online feature, you should send your resume, or Optional Form 612, along with any other required documents to the address shown below.

You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement.

To apply online, read the announcement carefully and note any rating factors or KSAs that will need a response. From the announcement, select Apply on Line. You will need to log on to access your existing resumes or to create a new one and then submit it for consideration.

Submit a narrative statement responding to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) identified in the announcement. This information will be used to determine your eligibility and/or rating and is required.


Dana Ballou
Phone: 301-436-1698
Fax: 301-436-2629
TDD: 800-877-8339

Agency Information:
Department of Health and Human Services
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
Room 4C-48,HFS-656
College Park, MD 20740
Fax: 301-436-2629


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.


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.

Agency Information:

Department of Health and Human Services
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
Room 4C-48,HFS-656
College Park, MD 20740
Fax: 301-436-2629

Questions about this job:

Dana Ballou
Phone: 301-436-1698
Fax: 301-436-2629
TDD: 800-877-8339

Job Announcement Number:

Control Number: 2007094


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