Deputy Commissioner For Foods - Silver Spring, MD

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


$117,787.00 to $177,000.00


99 to 99





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Department Of Health And Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
Sub Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Job Announcement Number:
Job Title:
Deputy Commissioner for Foods
Salary Range:
117,787.00 - 177,000.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
to Monday, September 21, 2009
Position Information:
Full Time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Silver Spring
Who May Be Considered:

All United States Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by

appropriations and statute.


Those applicants who applied under FDA-SES-2009-0012 do NOT need to

re-apply to be considered.


This position may also be filled under the Title 42(T42 salary may

be set at a higher rate commensurate with the individuals



This position can be filled in any of the following series:











Note: If you are not presently or previously a member of the Career

Senior Executive Service, you must serve a one-year probationary


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.


This Position is located in the Office of the Commissioner (OC),

within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Silver Spring, MD.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the scientific, regulatory

and consumer protection agency responsible for protecting the public

health by helping to assure the safety, efficacy, quality, and

security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and

medical devices; the safety and security of our nation's food

supply; and the safety of cosmetics and products that emit

radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public

health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and

foods, as applicable, more effective, safer, and of a higher

quality; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based

information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their

health. The work of the agency is carried out by a staff of several

thousand scientific, professional, technical and support personnel.


The Deputy Commissioner for Foods provides advice and counsel to the

Commissioner and Principal Deputy Commissioner of Foods and Drugs

and FDA's senior leadership on all FDA food-related matters.  In

this role, the Deputy Commissioner serves as the Commissioner's

direct liaison to the Department and other US Departments and

Agencies on all Foods initiatives.   The Deputy Commissioner for

Foods has direct line authority over the Center for Food Safety and

Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and Center for Veterinary for Medicine

(CVM) and advises the Commissioner and Principal Deputy Commissioner

on all matters under the purview of these Centers.

Key Requirements:

  • US Citizenship

Major Duties:

The Deputy Commissioner for Foods provides advice and counsel to the

Commissioner and Principal Deputy Commissioner of Food and Drugs and

FDA's senior leadership on all FDA food-related matters.  In this

role, the Deputy Commissioner serves as the Commissioner's direct

liaison to the Department and other US Departments and Agencies on

all Foods initiatives.


The Deputy Commissioner for Foods, based on the Commissioner's

direction, is responsible for:


Providing executive leadership and management to all FDA food-

related programs.  The incumbent will also execute, on behalf of the

Commissioner, all food-related legal authorities that the

Commissioner is empowered to exercise under the Federal Food, Drug

and Cosmetic Act, as amended, the Public Health Service Act, and

other applicable laws.


Exercising, on behalf of the Commissioner, direct line authority

over the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and

the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and advises the

Commissioner and Principal Deputy Commissioner on all matters under

the purview of these Centers.  They will plan and implement the

policy, program and management changes needed to achieve the

transformation in FDA's food safety program to a public health

prevention paradigm for reducing the incidence and health burden of

food-born illness.  


Directing efforts to integrate the food-related programs of CFSAN,

CVM, and the Office of Regulatory Affairs and thereby ensuring the

optimal use of all available FDA resources and tools to improve the

safety, nutritional quality and proper labeling of the food supply. 

In addition, the incumbent will also direct the development and

implementation of strategies, plans, policies, and budgets to build

FDA's food-related scientific and regulatory capacities and

programs, including recruitment and training of key personnel and

development of information systems.


Serving as agency spokesperson on food-related matters in dealings

with the Office of the Secretary of HHS, the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention, the US Department of Agriculture, the White

House and other elements of the executive branch.




You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to

the work of this job that has equipped you with the particular

knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform

the duties of the position (GS-15 in the Federal government or

equivalent). Typically, we would find this experience in work within

this field or a field closely related.



You must meet all of the following mandatory qualifications to be

eligible for further consideration:


Mandatory Professional / Technical Qualifications

You must have:


A) A degree in a relevant field of study (e.g., public health,

biological/chemical science, law, medicine).


B) Recognized leader in food safety and public health regulatory




Desirable Qualifications

It is desired that you have:


A) An advanced degree in a relevant field of study (e.g., public

health, biological/chemical science, law, medicine).


B) Completion of executive level training program such as FEI or

similar management development or leadership development training



C) Experience taking programs in new directions/assimilating new



D) Knowledge of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and other

relevant statutes gained from experience related to the

interpretation, application, explanation, or enforcement of its

laws, rules and regulations.


Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications

Below are narrative descriptions of the Mandatory Executive Core

Qualifications that you will be presented with once you have applied

to this vacancy.  You must clearly demonstrate in your responses


you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform

the duties of an executive.  Unless you are currently serving under


Career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for

reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES

Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel

Management, you must address the Executive Core Qualifications



You will be prompted to provide narrative descriptions including

specific examples of your experience, education, and accomplishments

that are applicable to each of the following factors.  Applicants


encouraged to visit and view the Office of Personnel

Management's "Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications."  Please use

the Challenge, Context, Action, Results (CCAR) format that is

suggested in the OPM guidance.  Please review these qualifications

and then follow the instructions found in the 'How to Apply" section

of this vacancy announcement. You will not be considered if you do

not follow the instructions.  Responses to the ECQs must not exceed

10 pages.


Note:  Effective October 1, 2006, the Office of Personnel

Management revised the Executive Core Qualifications as reflected



Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability

to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the

organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this

Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) is the ability to establish an

organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing

environment. (Competencies:  creativity and innovation, external

awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)


Leading People:  This core qualification involves the ability

to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission,


goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive

workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates

cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of

conflicts. (Competencies:  conflict management, leveraging

diversity, developing others, team building)


Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability

to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent to

this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality

results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and

calculating risks.  (Competencies:  accountability, customer

service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical



Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability

to manage human, financial, and information resources


(Competencies:  financial management, human capital management,

technology management)


Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the

ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal

agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector

organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations


achieve common goals.  (Competencies:  partnering, political

savvy, influencing/negotiating)


Note:  Current/Former Career SES'ers, as well as SES Candidate

Development graduates (with OPM Certification), please provide

documentation of your QRB approval.  Fax documentation of your QRB

approval to 202-690-5778 (Attention: Executive Resources Team). 

Include the vacancy announcement number on your transmittal.

This position can be filled in a variety of occupational series. The

series will be determined based on the qualifications of the

individual selected to fill the position.


301-Miscellaneous Administration and Program Series-no minimum

education required


401-General Biological Science Series

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an

accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher

degree that included a major field of study or specific course

requirements for the General Biological Science Series requires a

degree in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource

management, chemistry, or related disciplines.


403-Microbiologist Series

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an

accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or

higher degree in microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic

medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in

microbiology and other subjects related to the study of

microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and

mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or

biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.


405-Pharmocology Series

Degree: major in an appropriate biological, medical, veterinary, or

physical science, or in pharmacy that included at least 30 semester

hours in chemistry and physiology and 12 semester hours in



415-Toxicologist Series

Degree: toxicology, or an appropriate discipline of the biological,

medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester

hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester

hours in toxicology.


602-Medical Officer Series-Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of

Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by

a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's

graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a

foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge

substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States

may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational

Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway

certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the

United States and graduate education in a foreign country).


701-Veterinary Medical Officer Series

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent degree at a school

approved or accredited by the American Veterinary Medical

Association (AVMA), or a State department of education, or a State

Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.


1320-Chemistry Series

Degree: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that

included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work

in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at

least 6 semester hours of physics.


In addition to the educational requirements, the applicant must

demonstrate a high degree of scientific knowledge, executive

leadership, and managerial ability.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Your resume and responses to the mandatory qualification narratives

are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and

specialized qualifications for the position.


The Senior Executive Service Merit Staffing Process will be used to

evaluate your application.  Generally, this process includes

preliminary review of your application by a human resources

specialist, rating and ranking of applicants by a panel of subject

matter experts with in depth knowledge of the job's requirements,

evaluating each candidate's qualifications, and making

recommendations to the selecting official.  Upon selection for the

position, your qualifications will be evaluated by an Executive

Resources Board of the Department of Health and Human Services and

your Executive Core Qualifications will be forwarded to an OPM-

administered Qualifications Review Board for certification.


There are several parts of the application process that will affect

the overall evaluation of your application:


1.               Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile

2.               Your responses to the core questions

3.               Your responses to mandatory qualification narratives

4.               Your supporting documents, if requested



Responses to the mandatory qualification narratives that are not

supported by your resume and/or supporting documentation may

eliminate you from highly or well-qualified status and/or result in



Additional details on the application process can be found at

the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.


Please be sure to allow yourself adequate time to apply for this

vacancy. We recommend that you preview the questions for this

announcement before you start the application process using the

"click here" link below.

To preview questions please click here.

 Federal Employees Health Benefits

You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits

program, with costs shared with your employer.


Life Insurance

Life insurance coverage is provided.


Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your




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.



You will earn annual vacation leave.


Sick Leave

You will earn sick leave.



You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your


scheduled tour of duty.



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.

Other Information:







All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict

of interest statues and regulations, including the Standards of

Ethical Conduct, that govern activities with outside organizations

and reporting financial holdings.  This position will require the

incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to

the effective date of appointment.


Please refer to the following websites for additional information on

the Senior Executive Service:






Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.


These positions are not designated for the Commissioned Corps. 

Public Health Service Commissioned Officers interested in applying

for this position must resign their commission if accepting this

position as SES and must submit a complete application, including

resume and qualification narratives.

How To Apply:

Click on the button 'Apply Online' at the bottom of this

Screen and login to my USAJOBS.


If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system

will require you to create a username and password, complete a

questionnaire and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.


If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login

information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or

password" link from the right side menu.


Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy

MUST be received on-line via the USAJOBS web site before midnight

Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this announcement.


For additional Information:

Rockville Center HelpDesk

Telephone 888-478-4340

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 4:00PM EST

TTY/TDD 800-877-8339




This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with

disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of

the application and hiring process, please contact the Rockville

Center HelpDesk Telephone (888)-478-4340, TTY/TDD (800)-877-8339;

email The decision on granting reasonable

accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


If applying online poses a hardship to you, the Rockville Center

HelpDesk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to

ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date. 

You must contact the Rockville Center HelpDesk prior to the closing

date of this announcement to receive assistance.  Hours of

operation: Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 4:00PM EST

Required Documents:

Please be prepared to submit supporting documentation, such as a

copy of your SF-50, within 48 hours upon request.


Failure to submit documents after being requested by this HR

office within the required timeframe will eliminate you from

consideration for this position.

Contact Information:
Kisha Hightower
Phone: 202-205-7744
Fax: 202-690-5778
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave Rm 315B
Washington, DC 20201
Fax: 202-690-5778
What To Expect Next:

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 by e-mail.

EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
Veterans Information:
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:

Control Number: 83181246


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




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