Policy Analyst Food Allergen Coordinator - College Park, MD

Vacancy No.



Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


$120,830.00 to $153,200.00


15 to 15





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Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)

Department Of Health And Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:
Job Title:
Policy Analyst (Food Allergen Coordinator)
Salary Range:
120,830.00 - 153,200.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Thursday, September 17, 2009
to Thursday, October 15, 2009
Position Information:
Full Time Career/Career Conditional
Duty Locations:
Few vacancies - College Park, MD
Who May Be Considered:
US Citizens and Status Candidates
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:  All U.S. Citizens and Merit Promotion Candidates

In addition to competitive referral lists, separate referral lists will be generated for candidates who are eligible under merit promotion procedures. 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.

Commissioned Corps Officers in the Public Health Service and "qualified" commissioned corps candidates may be considered for internal placement provided they submit a cover letter indicating commissioned corps status, a current resume or curriculum vitae, and provide all other required information specified in the vacancy announcement.  

Applicants applying for a non-competitive appointment must provide appropriate documentation as proof of their eligibility.

Applicants must provide transcripts if there is a Basic Requirement stating that a college degree or minimum college credits in a specialty field is required.

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

Please read this entire announcement in order to follow the specific instructions for applying.

This position is located in the Office of Food Additive Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied nutrition.  As Policy Advisor to the Director, Office of Food Additive Safety, the incumbent advises the Director on matters relating to planning, organizing, managing, coordinating, and evaluating the Office's program priorities related to food allergen issues.

Key Requirements:

  • U. S. Citizenship required.
  • 1 to 5 days of travel per month may be required.

Major Duties:

The incumbent serves as a Senior Policy advisor and is responsible for providing leadership in the area of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA).  To accomplish this task, the following duties are performed.

-Coordinates and manages the review of all notifications, petitions, publications, presentations, etc on food allergens programs.

-Performs special assignments involving the most difficult problems and extremely complex issues related to Office and CFSAN programs, strategies and activities.

-Provides guidance and advises other FDA Centers, other government agencies and industry on scientific/regulatory matters involving food allergens.

-Provides leadership in shaping short and long-range program goals and understanding of CFSAN’s responsibilities for developing and enforcing standards and regulations to protect the consumer.

-Serves as the consultant responsible for developing, recommending, coordinating, and implementing regulations development procedures related to FALCPA implementation designed to ensure consistency and balance throughout the Center for the purpose of responding to complex, long-range, and often unprecedented problems.

-Represents and defends the policies and positions of the Office before other FDA organizations, government agencies, State and Local governments, industry, academia, consumer organizations, Congress, and national and international organizations and the scientific community.


To qualify for this position you must have one (1) year of specialized experience comparable to at least a GS-14 in the Federal Service which equipped me with all of the following types of experience and/or knowledge: serving as a policy advisor and providing leadership in a complex area of food regulation; formulating and guiding a broad-scale initiative on extraordinarily complex, high priority issues involved with legislation, regulations, and guidance documents associated with a complex area of food regulation; managing the establishment of overall operating policies, priorities, and procedures.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show proof 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. For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, see the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website. This list, which may not be all inclusive, is for informational purposes only and does not imply and endorsement of any specific agency.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

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).

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:

1. Mastery of the principles, theories, and practices pertaining to the statutory, regulatory, scientific and resource requirements that enables the incumbent to serve as senior advisor and consultant on program activities of the Office of Food Additive Safety.

2. Ability to develop, implement, and apply Agency policy, guidelines, regulations and Federal Laws pertaining to Food and Cosmetics.


3. Skill in designing and evaluating studies and initiatives


4. Ability to work and communicate with a diverse group of professionals, both internal and external to the Agency

Veteran's Preference:

Five-point preference is given to 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 is given to:

  • 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 10-point preference 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 be granted 5 points tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.

Note: Reservists who are retired from the Reserves but are not receiving retired pay are not considered "retired military" for purposes of Veterans' preference.

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


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 a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

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 severally 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 and submit appropriate documentation.

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 Thursday, October 15, 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, by mail or in person.

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 or in person:
    Philadelphia Services Branch
    US Office of Personnel Management
    600 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106




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:

View Occupational Questionnaire

Required Documents:

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

  • Assessment Questionnaire for PH280392
  • Resume
  • Transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
  • Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable (For preference or applying for consideration under a special veteran appointing authority)
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service)
  • Transcripts if the position has a Basic Educational Requirement

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 PH280392
  • 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.
-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)
-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:
Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Email: philadelphia@opm.gov
Or write:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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: 83071634


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



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