Consumer Safety Officer Food Specialist - Shawnee Mission, KS

Vacancy No.

PH-KB-270989-MPP

Department

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Salary

$80,402.00 to $104,525.00

Grade

13 to 13

Perm/Temp

Permanent

FT/PT

Full-time

Open Date

9/2/2009

Close Date

10/2/2009

Job Link

Apply Online

Who may apply

Status Candidates

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SHAWNEE MISSION, KS remove

 

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)

Department:
Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:
Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:
PH-KB-270989-MPP
Job Title:
Consumer Safety Officer (Food Specialist)
Salary Range:
80,402.00 - 104,525.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
GS-0696-13
Promotion Potential:
13
Open Period:
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
to Friday, October 02, 2009
Position Information:
Full Time Career/Career Conditional
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Lenexa, KS
Who May Be Considered:
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion Eligibles)
Job Summary:
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.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM:  Merit Promotion Eligibles

You are eligible under merit promotion procedures if you meet one of the following criteria:

All Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service; individuals eligible for VRA appointments; and individuals with disabilities.  YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF 50 AND/OR DD 214 IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES.

The requirement to submit a SF-50 DOES NOT APPLY to current FDA employees and Commissioned Officers.

Commissioned Corps Officers and "qualified" commissioned corps candidatures in the U.S. Public Health Service may be considered for internal merit placement provided they submit a cover letter indicating commissioned corps status, curriculum vitae or resume, and all other documents required in the vacancy announcement.

Job Summary:  This position is located in the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) District Office in Lenexa, Kansas and represents the highest level of expertise in a district for food program areas such as low acid and acidified food canning and thermal processing, food processing and preservation, and food safety issues to determine compliance with FDA laws and regulations.  The Consumer Safety Officer (Food Specialist) will serve as the source of expertise involving a combination of scientific, consumer protection, and regulatory responsibilities which calls for a number of atypical inspection or investigative approaches applicable to a wide variety of regulatory functions or intensive analyses and evaluations of food programs.

Determinations on approaches are influenced by precedents drawn from ongoing improvements in program concepts; advancements in sciences and industry; new health, product and environmental problems; or disagreements in enforcement procedures.  You will represent the District and Agency in meetings with other high level Federal, State and local health officials, and representatives of the regulated industry and industry organizations; presenting and negotiating the Agency's and District's position on highly sensitive issues.  The work of the position involves providing professional expertise in the field of food by furnishing advisory, planning, or reviewing services on specific or peripheral problems, projects, programs, and functions.

The person selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain Level III Certification upon availability of the certification program.

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

Promotion Potential - None


Key Requirements:

  • U. S. Citizenship required.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation is required
  • A one-year probationary period is required
  • Frequent travel (Domestic & Foreign) is required
  • A physical examination is required for this position
  • You must have or be able to obtain a valid state driver's license


Major Duties:

Program Management

As a Program Manager you will plan, conduct and direct highly technical, complex and multi-faceted inspections and in-depth investigations related to the production, control and testing of food products; routinely making recommendations to regional and district management officials as to whether or not a firm/individual is in compliance regarding Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) and issues.

You will meet with industry representatives to exchange information and provide extensive advisory, liaison and point of contact support for food programs to regulated industries, State agencies, other Federal agencies and Agency management on new advances in technology related to food products (e.g. new programs, laws and regulations, significant court decisions, and any new trends or scientific findings involving food products).  

You will also be responsible for the coordination and management of the collection of current scientific safety criteria and data; reviewing and recommending courses of action for continued use; and researching/analyzing, preparing, and reviewing various documents for Director's signature and/or approval (e.g. memorandums, briefings, background material of substantive issues, findings, conclusions and proposed solutions).

Inspections and Investigations

Conduct inspections and investigations of facilities where only limited guidance documents are available; proposed or new regulations must be used to evaluate the industry; or the inspection or investigation may result in considerable attention and review in the media, Congress, or other forces inside or outside the Agency.  

You will conduct complex, technical investigations and inspections of establishments and prepare proposed or final Established Inspection Reports (EIR) to either assist in or directly monitor/manage compliance programs for sample collection or inspection programs.  The investigator has frequent and direct contact with U.S. Attorneys, the FBI and OCI, other Federal agencies, and Grand Juries.

Some investigations involve complaints of injury or death attributable to products regulated by the FDA which will require you to plan and decide how the investigation should proceed, when the investigation is complete, and what reporting is required; analyzing results.

Instructor and Team Leader

You will serve as a principal advisor and/or team leader planning, coordinating and evaluating programs and activities to conduct on-the-job training and/or formal training programs regarding technical, scientific, inspectional/investigational issues, policies, and laws, for various personnel and stakeholders (e.g. Agency personnel, state/local officials, industry representatives, Consumer Safety Officers, investigators, supervisors, compliance officers, district or regional personnel, etc.).

Conditions of Employment:  

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Successful completion of a background investigation is required
  • You will be subject to completion of a one-year initial probationary period
  • You must be able to pass a physical examination and maintain physical standards to perform the duties of this position.
  • This position requires frequent travel (Domestic & Foreign) of 6 to 10 (or more) nights per month, and requires long and possibly unscheduled hours.  
  • You must have or be able to obtain and maintain a valid state driver's license
  • Travel/Relocation expenses may be authorized


Qualifications:

Basic Requirement:

 

To meet the basic qualification for the Consumer Safety Officer (Food Specialist), GS-13 position, you must meet one of the following basic requirements:

A.        Degree:  industrial hygiene; or a branch of engineering, physical science, or life science that included 12 semester hours in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours of courses in any combination of chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics, environmental health, biostatistics, biology, food biotechnology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, or industrial hygiene.  Courses in the history or teaching of chemistry are not acceptable.  (You must submit college transcripts (need not be official) or a list of college courses to verify this or you will be found ineligible, please read the "If Using Education to Qualify" section of this vacancy announcement for qualifying education requirements.

OR

B.        Combination of education and experience--at least 12 semester hours of course work in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours as specified in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional Requirement:

In addition to meeting one of the basic requirements listed above, you must also meet the following Additional Qualification Requirement

Additional Qualification Requirement - GS-13:

A.       At least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service that equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform all of the following:  1) apply the principles, practices, and theories of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic act, implementing rules and regulations, and court precedents; 2) serve as a technical authority in properties, analysis, behavior and impact on the safety and effectiveness of food products, and apply investigative methods and negotiating techniques in relation to the laws, policies and their application to the broad field of food; 3) manage, lead, and/or assist in the management of a complex food program; applying a variety of various scientific and technical disciplines to carry out tasks related to the regulation of the food industry including production of products and devices used in the collection and processing of these products; and 4) communicating technical and non-technical information verbally and in writing.  (Your resume MUST support your claim of specialized experience)

NOTE:   YOUR RESUME MUST SUPPORT YOUR CLAIM OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE.  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 and will be adjusted to accurately reflect YOU'RE abilities or you will be found not qualified for this position.

NOTE:  Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-month period you will be credited with 6 months of experience).

Are You Using Your Education To Qualify? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your education claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses.  For each course your list must include the institution attended, date completed, grade and grade point received, number of semester (or quarter) hours received.  Please refer to the Supporting Documents - College Transcripts section of this vacancy announcement for further instructions.  All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement, or you will receive no further consideration. If selected, you will be required to produce original transcripts.

 

Graduate Education:  One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

 

For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

 

NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

 

Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

 

 

If you fail to submit all of the required materials, you will not receive consideration for this job as we will not be able to fully process your application.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE:  Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis for paid experience.  Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities.  To receive credit for such experience, you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

 

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

Physical Requirements:  A physical is required for this position.  You will be exposed to all kinds of extremes in weather and noise; lifting heavy objects up to 50 pounds, walking, bending, standing, stooping, kneeling and climbing.  You must have the ability to maintain the vision, hearing, and olfactory requirements necessary to perform inspectional work.  The work is performed both indoors and outdoors, requires frequent travel of 6 to 10 (or more) nights per month, and requires long and possibly unscheduled hours.  

Work Environment:  On-site investigations and inspections may involve exposure to moderate risks or discomforts such as high levels of noise, dust, moving parts of machinery, irritant fumes, etc.  Protective clothing and gear, and observance of safety precautions are required.


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 determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.  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 and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

  • EXPERT KNOWLEDGE OF FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) LAWS, POLICIES, REGULATIONS, MAJOR ISSUES, AND SECURITY CRITERIA GOVERNING FOOD PROGRAMS.
  • ABILITY TO MANAGE A COMPLEX FOOD PROGRAM
  • ABILITY TO INVESTIGATE, ANALYE, AND PRODUCE VIABLE RESULTS
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical and non-technical information verbally
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical and non-technical information in writing

Veteran's Information:

Five-point veterans are those honorably separated veterans (this means an honorable or general discharge) who served on active duty (not active duty for training) in the Armed Forces:

  • during any war (this means a war declared by Congress, the last of which was World War II);
  • during the period April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955;
  • for more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976;
  • during the Gulf War period beginning August 2, 1990, and ending January 2, 1992;
  • for a period of more than 180 consecutive days any part of which occurred during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending on the date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized, such as El Salvador, Lebanon, Granada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti.

Medal holders and Gulf War veterans who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered on active duty on or after October 14, 1982, without having previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty, must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty.

Effective on October 1, 1980, military retirees at or above the rank of major or equivalent, are not entitled to preference unless they qualify as disabled veterans.

Ten-point preference veterans are:

  • those honorably separated veterans who 1) qualify as disabled veterans because they have served on active duty in the Armed Forces at any time and have a present service-connected disability or are receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs; or 2) are Purple Heart recipients;
  • the spouse of a veteran unable to work because of a service-connected disability;
  • the unmarried widow of certain deceased veterans; and
  • the mother of a veteran who died in service or who is permanently and totally disabled.

Applicants claiming they are 10-point veterans must complete form SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and submit the required proof indicated on the form. Veterans who are still in the service may submit appropriate documentation that they are currently in the service, but they must produce a DD Form 214 prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.

For more information on Veterans Preference, please visit http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.


Benefits:

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp


Other Information:

1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. 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. ICTAP eligibles 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) documenting 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.

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.
3. If you are applying under a special veteran appointing authority, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

5. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

6. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
How To Apply:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes both of the following parts:

  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
  2. Your résumé and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. Your Application Package status must be Complete by Friday, October 02, 2009.

Option A:  Application Manager

To begin, choose one of these options:

  • If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button near the bottom of this page. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and Submit immediately after you click the Apply Online button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.
  • If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, click this link to begin the process:  Online Questionnaire.

To return to Application Manager at any time, use whichever one of the links   you used to begin as described above, or simply go to http://applicationmanager.gov/.

 Option B:   Paper Qualifications Questionnaire

If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager, you can write your answers on paper form, OPM Form 1203-FX.   Follow these steps:

  1. You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline. Follow all instructions carefully when completing the Form 1203-FX. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
  2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850; after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.
  3. You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents either by fax or by mail.

By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure that all six (6) pages of the Form 1203-FX are on top of any other documents you are faxing. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-aside up.

 

Note: If you are only submitting supporting documents, see the Submitting Documents Instruction in Step 2, after Required Documents.

  • By mail:
    Philadelphia Services Branch
    PH-KB-270989-MPP
    US Office of Personnel Management
    600 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    USA
     


 

 

 

Instructions for completing the paper Assessment Questionnaire: 

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the on-line Applications Manager method, you will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.  You are encouraged to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and submit your documentation using the Application Manager method since it is the most efficient way to process your application . The method that we highly recommend is outlined under "OPTION A."   If you are unable to submit your responses online, please use the following step-by-step assessment questionnaire instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire on the OPM Form 1203-FX:

Social Security Number

Enter your Social Security Number.  Providing your Social Security Number is voluntary, however, we can not process your application without it.


Vacancy Identification Number

Enter PH270989


1. Title of Job

Enter Consumer Safety Officer (Food Specialist)


2. Biographic Data
3. E-Mail Address
4. Work Information
If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
5. Employment Availability
6. Citizenship
Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information
If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
8. Other Information
If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
9. Languages
If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level (13-13) you will accept.


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11. Miscellaneous Information
If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
12. Special Knowledge
If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
13. Test Location
If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
14. Veteran Preference Claim
15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service
16. Availability Date

You may omit the availability date if you can begin work immediately.  Otherwise, you must provide the date you will be available for employment.  Please use this format:  (mm/dd/yyyy)


17. Service Computation Date
If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
18. Other Date Information
If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
19. Job Preference

Please select one of the following to show what criteria you meet to apply under Merit Promotion procedures.


001 I am a current Federal employee serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service or I am a former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility.
002 I am a preference veteran or I have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service AND I am not a current or former Federal employee.
003 I am eligible for a non-competitive appointment based on eligibility under the Veterans Readjustment Authority.
004 I am eligible for a non-competitive appointment based on a current disability.
005 I am a Former Peace Corps Appointee or I am eligible for another type of non-competitive appointment.
006 I do not meet any of the above.
20. Occupational Specialties

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position.  The specialty code for this position is:


001 Consumer Safety Officer (Food Specialist)
21. Geographic Availability

The geographic location code will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment.  The location code for this position is:


1857 Lenexa, KS
22. Transition Assistance Plan
23. Job Related Experience
If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
24. Personal Background Information
If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT, GS-13

1. To meet the basic qualifications you must meet one of the following basic qualification requirements.  Select the statement below that shows whether or not you meet the basic requirement for this position.

A. I possess a degree in industrial hygiene; or a branch of engineering, physical science, or life science that included 12 semester hours in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours of courses in any combination of chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics, environmental health, biostatistics, biology, food biotechnology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, or industrial hygiene. Courses in history or teaching of chemistry are not acceptable. I have submitted a copy of my college transcripts (need not be official) or a list of college courses to verify this.
B. I have a combination of education and experience which includes at least 12 semester hours of course work in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours as specified in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. I have submitted a copy of my college transcripts (need not be official) or a list of college courses to verify this AND my resume supports my claim of specialized experience.
C. I do not meet the basic requirement of any of the responses listed above and do not qualify for this position.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS, GS-13

2. Select the statement from the choices below that demonstrates how you meet the Additional Requirement for this position. It is recommended that you review the qualification requirements section of the vacancy announcement prior to answering this question.

A. I have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service that equipped me with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform all of the following: 1) applying the principles, practices, and theories of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic act, implementing rules and regulations, and court precedents; 2) serving as a technical authority in properties, analysis, behavior and impact on the safety and effectiveness of food products, and apply investigative methods and negotiating techniques in relation to the laws, policies and their application to the broad field of food; 3) managing, leading, and/or assisting in the management of a complex food programs; applying a variety of various scientific and technical disciplines to carry out tasks related to the regulation of the food industry including production of products and devices used in the collection and processing of these products; and 4) communicating technical and non-technical information verbally and in writing. My resume supports my claim of specialized experience.
B. I do not meet the specialized experience of response A shown above, and do not qualify for this position.

DRIVER'S LICENSE REQUIREMENT

3. Operating a government vehicle is a part of this position. Therefore, the person selected must have a valid state driver's license. Do you possess a valid state driver's license?

A. Yes, I possess a valid state driver's license or have the ability to obtain a valid state driver's license prior to starting this job.
B. No, I do not have a valid state driver's license, nor can I obtain one prior to starting this job.

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE OF LAWS, POLICIES, REGULATIONS, MAJOR ISSUES, AND SECURITY CRITERIA GOVERNING FOOD PROGRAMS. YOUR RESPONSES TO THE FOLLOWING LIST OF STATEMENTS SHOULD SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS YOUR EXPERIENCE LISTED IN YOUR RESUME.

SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SETS OF TASK THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR EXPERIENCE.  YOUR RESUME MUST SUPPORT THE LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE YOU SELECT FROM THE SETS OF TASK.  IF AFTER REVIEWING YOUR RESUME AND/OR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION, A DETERMINATION IS MADE THAT YOU HAVE INFLATED YOUR QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE YOUR SCORE CAN AND WILL BE ADJUSTED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT YOU'RE ABILITIES OR YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED FOR THIS POSITION.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. Because of my expertise, I am normally the person who is consulted by others to assist in performing the task or I have supervised performance of the task.

4. Experience in managing a complex food program.

5. Experience in applying a comprehensive knowledge of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; implementing rules and regulations, and court precedents.

6. Experience in interpreting and carrying out; the principles, practices, and theories of food program activities such as the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

7. Experience in advising and assisting senior management and other key officials; on policies and procedures.

8. Experience in serving as a technical authority; in properties, analysis, behavior, and the impact of these properties on the safety and effectiveness of products.

9. Broad knowledge of a variety of various scientific and technical disciplines are necessary to carry out tasks related to the regulation of the food industry including production of products and devices used in the collection and processing of these products.

Please describe your experience and/or ability to apply the laws, policies, regulations, major issues, and security criteria governing food programs, and your ability in applying your experience to managing a food program in 2500 characters or less, and provide a name and phone number of a person who can support your claim.  When describing this experience demonstrate your ability to set short- and long-term objectives, analyze problems, find solutions, and make recommendations of inspection and investigation programs and the safety and effectiveness of these programs.

ABILITY TO INVESTIGATE, ANALYZE, AND PRODUCE VIABLE RESULTS

10. Experience carrying out and inspecting issues and problems relative to the safety and effectiveness of food products.

11. Conduct inspections of both domestic and international food establishments.

12. Recognize any discrepancies or inconsistencies between information reported and made available and the true nature of the manufacturer being inspected or investigated.

13. Experience in selecting, adapting, and applying; investigative methods and negotiation techniques.

14. Experience in developing evidence when situations are encountered that may result in regulatory action.

15. Experience in reporting inspection and investigation, of violations; and analyzing the sufficiency of evidence provided.

16. Investigate and evaluate the adequacy of complex manufacturing practices to determine compliance with GMP regulations.

17. Carry-out long-term investigations and grand juries with only limited oversight from the supervisor.

ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE TECHNICAL AND NON-TECHNICAL INFORMATION VERBALLY

18. Ensure priorities are addressed through collaboration and communication of goals to team leaders and employees.

19. Present information at seminars, informal and formal training programs; providing reports on the latest technological developments.

20. Conduct negotiations with industry representatives and other government agencies.

21. Serve on task forces and study groups, and represent the agency on inter-agency review committees.

22. Use tact and firmness to obtain information form individuals who are hostile or uncooperative.

23. Consult with staff members at all levels of the organization to achieve consensus on issues and resolve disagreements on standards.

Please describe your experience in communicating and interacting effectively verbally with a wide variety of audiences in 2500 characters or less, and provide a name and phone number of a person who can support your claim. When describing this experience provide a list of formal presentations, at professional scientific meetings, as well as through diverse media i.e., television, radio, and print interviews; and experience conducting formal and informal (public or staff) meetings relating to complex and controversial projects and resource issues.

ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE TECHNICAL AND NON-TECHNICAL INFORMATION IN WRITING

24. Develop written analyses of data and in-depth fault analysis evaluations and product failures aimed at preserving and protecting the public health.

25. Prepare replies stating Agency concerns in regulatory reviews.

26. Develop analyses that are used for presentations and as instruments for negotiations.

27. Prepare and present written reports, findings, and recommendations.

Please describe your experience in communicating and interacting effectively in writing with a wide variety of audiences in 2500 characters or less, and provide a name and phone number of a person who can support your claim. When describing this experience list articles that you have presented and prepared for peer reviewed publications, complex letters, memoranda, reports, management plans, assessments, briefings and research proposals and describe articles prepared and presented to non-technical and/or non-scientific audiences.


Required Documents:

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

  • Assessment Questionnaire for PH270989
  • Resume
  • Transcript(s)
  • Veterans Preference Documentation, (if applying under a veteran special appointing authority)
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows you meet time-in-grade requirements, tenure, etc.

NOTE:  The requirement to submit a SF-50 DOES NOT APPLY to current FDA employees and Commissioned Officers.

Step 2

Submitting Documents

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account https://applicationmanager.gov/ for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. 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 background will NOT be legible upon receipt. Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.

To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number PH270989
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your documents with the cover page to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number.
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name.

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement, they can be opened, copied and saved, then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:

Job Information:
-Vacancy Identification Number, title, series and grade for which you are applying.
Personal Information:
-Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code), and personal e-mail account.
-Country of Citizenship.
-If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
Education:
-High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.-Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
-Major field(s) of study.
-Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):
-Job title.
-Duties and accomplishments.
-Number of hours worked per week.
-Employer's name and address.-Supervisor's name and phone number.
-Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
-Salary.
-Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
Other Qualifications:
-Job-related training courses (title and year).
-Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
-Job-related certificates and licenses.-Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.)

Do not submit position descriptions, manuscripts, certificates, pictures, personal endorsements or copies of other unsolicited material or documents. SEND ONLY THE REQUESTED MATERIAL.

Note: If your resume or application does not provide all the information requested above and in the job vacancy announcement, you may lose consideration for a job.


Contact Information:
Karen R. Brown
Phone: (415)281-7083
Email: karen.brown@opm.gov
Or write:
Philadelphia Services Branch
San Francisco Federal Building
90 Seventh Street Suite 13-300
San Francisco, CA 94103
What To Expect Next:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


EEO Policy Statement:   http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:   http://www.usajobs.gov/raps
Veterans Information:   http://www.usajobs.gov/vi
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:   http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg

Control Number: 82326591

 

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

 

 

 

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