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Retail Specialist/Standardization Officer (Food Safety)

Role Title

Environmental Specialist I - 59031

Job Open Date


Job Close Date
Jobs close at 5pm EST.


Job Type Detail

Restricted Full-Time Salaried - Non Faculty- FTS-1R

Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?


Hiring Range

$31,979 - $44,500


Dept of Agri & Cons Services (301)

Agency Website

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Virginia Beach - 810


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Does this position have telework options?


Type of Recruitment

General Public - G

Job Type

Full-Time (Salaried)

Pay Band


Job Description

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Food Safety and Security Program is seeking a Retail Specialist/Standardization Officer for the Virginia Beach area and surrounding counties. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following: enforcement of the Virginia Food Laws and related regulations in retail food establishments by conducting both food safety and food security related inspections; collecting official samples of food and food related products; investigating consumer complaints; training and Standardizing field staff through performance based inspections and ensuring Food Safety Specialists maintain Standardization status through the re-standardization process; ensuring conformance with the FDA National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards; coordinating the development of guidance documents for field personnel, consumers, industry and other relevant clients and working cooperatively with the Food Safety and Security Program management staff to coordinate and implement special projects and programs. The selected individual will work from a regional field office.

This is a restricted position that has been developed as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the Food and Drug Administration that is slated to last until June 30, 2017.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess significant knowledge of food safety practices and principles; knowledge of complex food processing and food handling procedures of food establishments; extensive knowledge of all applicable state and federal laws and regulations related to food protection; and knowledge of the regulatory inspection process, product labeling, food processing, food microbiology & Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) concepts. Proficiency using standard professional computer software applications. Must have the ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations; to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policy guidelines and other documents; to perform technical science based research relative to food, dietary supplement and regulatory related issues and make independent technical decisions; to work both independently and in a team environment; to effectively communicate, both written and orally; to be self motivated; and to effectively plan and organize work activities and successfully interact with the food safety staff, the public, the food industry and other regulatory agencies. A valid Virginia Drivers License is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Science or a related field. Current or recent experience in a similar regulatory position dealing with food safety and security in a retail environment. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.

Special Requirements

Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, the incumbent of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and annually thereafter.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered for this position, you must complete a Commonwealth of Virginia application for employment (i.e. state application) through the on-line "Virginia Jobs" employment site no later than the cut-off date stated in this announcement.

NEW: Please note that VDACS does not accept resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application; therefore, the application must be detailed and fully completed.

Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide descriptive information.

Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may result in your non-selection.

Finally, if you have a "yellow form" or "blue card" issued by a state agency as related to the Layoff Policy, this document must be received by VDACS prior to the application deadline in order to be considered. This is the responsibility of the applicant.

Optional Applicant Documents

Required Applicant Documents

Contact Information


Human Resources


(804) 371-8066





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