Frontline Supervisor - Phoenix, AZ

Vacancy No.



Food Safety and Inspection Service


$81,970.00 to $125,927.00


05 to 05





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Department Of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sub Agency:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Job Announcement Number:
Job Title:
Frontline Supervisor
Salary Range:
81,970.00 - 125,927.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 to Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Position Information:
Full time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Phoenix, AZ
Who May Be Considered:

Open to current Food Safety and Inspection Service employees

nationwide, Reinstatement eligibles, Commissioned Corps Officers and

Commissioned Corps Applicants, or Career Transition eligibles

(CTAP). Position will be filled with either a Consumer Safety

Officer AP-0696 or Public Health Veterinarian AP-0701, depending on

the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Job Summary:

This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking a greater

leadership role and responsibility!!!


Here's what to expect:


As a Front-Line Supervisor, you can expect the management

responsibilities of a subordinate, multi-disciplinary workforce. 

This includes Public Health Veterinarians, Consumer Safety Officers,

Consumer Safety Inspectors, and Food Inspectors within a defined

geographical area.


This position is located in Phoenix, AZ.  The hours will vary.


Effective July 19, 2009, FSIS began operating under the PHHRS, a Pay

Banding and Pay for Performance Demonstration Project, in which non-

bargaining unit positions will be classified by career path,

occupational series, and pay bands rather than the traditional

General Schedule (GS) grades in the Federal Service.  The AP-5S pay

band is equivalent to the GS-13/14 grade levels.


PHHRS will allow FSIS the flexibility to offer exceptional

candidates higher salaries than most other Federal agencies. 

Additionally, employees will be eligible to receive an annual pay

increase based upon performance.


For more information on PHHRS, including information on its pay

tables and how it will benefit employees, please visit

the PHHRS website.


The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a public health

regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Our

mission is to protect consumers by ensuring that the commercial

supply of  meat*, poultry, and egg products moving in interstate

commerce or exported to other countries is safe, wholesome and

correctly labeled and packaged.


*The "Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008", also referred to as

the "2008 Farm Bill", was signed into Law on June 18, 2008. The Farm

Bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to include

Catfish as an amenable species under the Act.

Key Requirements:


Major Duties:

You will oversee and coordinate review, implementation,

and ongoing assessment of inspection and enforcement

activities at meat, poultry, and egg products establishments

in a defined geographic area.


Your responsibility includes identifying public health

or food safety issues, and directing activities of frontline

personnel to conduct inquiries or assessments, document

findings, and take or recommend appropriate action.


You will supervise and coordinate the work activities

of individuals or cross-functional teams of FSIS Food

Inspectors, Consumer Safety Inspectors, Veterinary Medical

Officers, and Consumer Safety Officers in an assigned area.


You will conduct performance reviews, develop and

mentor your team members, and address employee and

labor relations problems and issues. You may participate in

making job selection decisions.


Additional skills desired will be computer skills,

communication with customers, resourcefulness with

investigations, problem solving, follow-up, and the

ability to work well with multiple tasks.  Must work

well independently to manage schedule.


Time in band and/or grade:

In order to meet time-in-band/grade, you must have completed

52 weeks or more of specialized experience at the next lower band

(i.e AP-4 in PHHRS), grade, lower level (i.e. GS-12), or a

combination of the three in the federal service within 30 days of

the closing date of this announcement.


Specialized experience:  In order to meet specialized experience

requirements, you must have completed 52 weeks or more of

progressively responsible specialized experience equivalent to

the next lower level in the Federal service. This requirement must

be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


Specialized experience for the AP-0696 series is experience showing

the ability to perform, plan or manage complex food safety

activities. Qualifying experience typically includes compliance work

in the 1801 series, processed products inspection or the supervision

of processed product inspection. 


Specialized experience for the AP-0701 series:  Your 52 weeks of

specialized experience must demonstrate the ability to perform, plan

or manage complex veterinary medical activities, and be met within

30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Educational Requirements:

In order to meet the basic educational requirements for the AP-0696

series, you will need to have completed education which includes at

least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) in the basic biological

and physical sciences (e.g., Animal Science, Chemistry, Food

Science, Nutrition, Public Health, Zoology, etc.) by the closing

date of this announcement.


Educational Requirements for ALL AP-701 VMO series:

Completion of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from a

veterinary school approved by the American Veterinary Medical

Association (AVMA), or documentation of a license to practice

veterinary medicine in the U.S.; an ECFVG certificate;or acceptable

alternatives shown in the OPM qualifications handbook. For more

information about qualification requirements


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There are several basic components of your experience that together

define the qualification requirements. These components are:


1) educational qualifications (stated above)

2) time in band and/or grade

3) specialized experience

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Merit Staffing

procedures which govern Status candidates. All are rated on the

extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant

to the duties of the position. An automated ranking system, based

on the on-line application process is used. Before a certificate

can be issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed

carefully by an HR Specialist to assure that (a) minimum

qualification requirements are met, (b) the resume supports the

answers provided to the job-specific questions, and (c) that your

resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position.


Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses

to the applicant assessment questions. High self-assessment in the

applicant questions that is not supported by information in your

resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status, and subsequent

referral to the selecting official.


There are several parts of the application process that affect the

overall evaluation of your application: the applicant assessment

questions, the core questions, supplemental documentation submitted,

and your resume. This automated application system simplifies the

application process, by replacing the former KSA job-element

questions with the on-line applicant assessment questions. Your

resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you

meet the basic qualifications of the position, and whether you are

found to be best qualified. Therefore, it is important to explain

what you did and how you did it, rather than just listing your

current and former employers.

To preview questions please click here.

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to

its employees. For an overview of all the benefits programs visit:

Benefit Information.


Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts

Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent

care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For information visit:


Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program

offers over 100 optional plans. For information visit:


Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For

additional information visit:


Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program

(FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional

insurance, for additional information visit:


Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance

Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal

employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses,

and adult children. For additional information visit:


Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically

covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a

three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security

Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional

information visit:

Other Information:


Travel varies by the size and geographical area that you are

assigned to.   



Entitlement to relocation expenses is determined in accordance with

FSIS Directive 3820.2




STATES. FSIS utilizes E-Verify to verify identity and employment

eligibility by providing to the Social Security Administration (SSA)

and, if necessary the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work

authorization.  E-Verify cannot be used to pre-screen job applicants

or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the

choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9. If you have

concern that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or

you feel you have been discriminated during the verification process

based on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the

Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515). 

For more information on E-Verify you may contact DHS at 1-888-464-



Multiple selections: This announcement may be used to fill

additional, like vacancies should any occur in the commuting area. 


This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with

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

the application process, please notify the Agency prior to the

closing date. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be

on a case-by-case basis.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination

in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color,

national origin, age, disability and where applicable, sex, marital

status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual

orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or

because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any

public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all

programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means

for communication of program information (Braille, large print,

audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-

720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination,

write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence

Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.  20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272

(voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity

provider and employer.

How To Apply:

Go to


Create a resume in the USAJOBS site. Follow the online instructions.

Extensive help is available online from the USAJOBS site. Our

application system is integrated with USAJOBS.


Completed applications include:


1. Answers to all core questions (Completed when registering online

in USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process)


2. Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (Completed for each



3. Your online resume. Resumes are entered into USAJOBS.

Resumes can be copied and pasted into the personal information area

of your application from other word processing documents at any time

prior to the closing date.


4. Any supplemental documents needed; most applicants for this

position will not need to send additional documents. Review the

announcement carefully to determine if you need to send in

additional documentation.


Applicants who do not respond to the online vacancy questions and

who do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible.


For Commissioned Corps Officers and Commissioned Corps Applicants: 



Officers on active duty in the Public Health Service (PHS)

Commissioned Corps, PHS Inactive Reserve Corps Officers, and

applicants to the PHS Commissioned Corps should send hard copy

applications (i.e. Curriculum Vitae) to the HR contact address

listed in this announcement. Applicants to the PHS Commissioned

Corps should also submit a copy of their Commissioned Corps

application. Officers and Corps applicants are strongly encouraged

to submit all materials requested here (or their equivalent)in order

to be competitive. For general information on employment as a

Commissioned Corps Officer at FSIS, please contact CMDR LouAnn

Rector at (202-720-7208) or e-mail

Required Documents:

1.  Submit completed coursework that is creditable towards meeting

minimum qualification requirements. Your transcripts and/or course

slips should include course title, school name/location, date

completed, grade, and number of credits. (If you have previously

provided this information, you do not have to re-submit unless there

is new information you want considered).


 2. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) must be well

qualified for the position to receive consideration for special

priority selection. 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. For those

instances where the best-qualified lists include applicants with

scores less than 85, the well-qualified score becomes the lowest

score on the best-qualified list. CTAP eligible's 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) or equivalent that documents 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.

Click here: for more information.


Faxing Supporting Documentation:

The next step of the application process is to fax all the required

supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section

of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all of your

supporting documentation submitted in order to continue with the

online portion of the application process. Please carefully follow

the instructions below to ensure your supporting documents are

properly faxed and received. All required documents must be

received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy



***Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only

submit documents needed to complete your application package. For

example, the Schedule A Certification document must only be

submitted by individuals applying based on eligibility for

appointment due to a disability. The SF-50 is a form current and

former Federal employees submit to document their Federal employment




1.  If you have previously faxed supporting documentation the status

of those documents will indicate Received. There is no need to

resubmit documents which show a status of received unless you are

submitting an updated copy. (If a document is resubmitted, it

replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document

is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are

adding to, rather than replacing, a previous submission, you must

fax both the old document and the new document for them both to be

accessible to HR.) 


2.  You must use a separate cover sheet for each category of

supporting documentation (i.e., transcripts, SF-50, DD-214). Choose

the document cover sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the

appropriate check boxes in the Selected Documents column.


3.  Click the [Print Cover Sheets] button. A window will pop-up

containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected.  Print the cover


(s).  NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to

print the cover sheets.  Additionally, you must allow pop-ups.


4.  Once you have reviewed the list of documents and printed any

required fax cover sheets click on [Done].  You will be moved

forward in the application process.


5.  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

backgrounds will not be legible upon receipt. Illegible faxed

documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.


6.  Place the corresponding cover sheet on top of the document and

fax the cover sheet and document together to the fax number

specified on the cover sheet.  NOTE:  If you are faxing documents

from more than one category of supporting documentation, you must

submit them with the appropriate cover sheet. EACH DOCUMENT TYPE

MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding cover sheet. DO NOT


are one type of document; fax all pages of your transcript and other

education-related documents under the transcript cover sheet; the SF-

50 is another document type, if you are faxing more than one SF-50,

fax them all under the SF-50 cover sheet.)


7.  Be sure to save these cover sheets in the event you need to re-

fax your supporting documents. Each fax transmission includes a

unique identification number and bar code, which ensures your

document is processed correctly.


8.  You will receive an e-mail confirming the fax has been

successfully received by Human Resources. You should retain your e-

mail confirmation and confirmation of your fax transmittal report as

proof of submission.


Your application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE

FOUND INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required documentation as

specified under the required documents section by midnight Eastern

Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Contact Information:
Jeanne Horn or Gwen Olson
Phone: 612-659-8608
Fax: 612-370-2062
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Operations
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2062
What To Expect Next:

You may check your status on USAJOBS. Applications are reviewed

after the announcement closing date and the best qualified

candidates are referred to the selecting official.

EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
Veterans Information:
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:
USAJOBS Control Number: 1717578

Control Number: 84211620


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




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