Consumer Safety Officer

Washington D.C.
Jul 11, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Full Time

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is the lead office for all FDA Field activities as well as providing FDA leadership on imports, inspections and enforcement policy. ORA supports FDA Product Centers by inspecting regulated products and manufacturers, conducting sample analysis on regulated products, and reviewing imported products offered for entry into the United States. ORA also develops FDA-wide policy on compliance and enforcement.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-ORA-17-MP-1985105-FRC under Merit Promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under Merit Promotion procedures. Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered. 

WHO MAY APPLY: Open to all United States Citizens.

LOCATION: This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Office of Human and Animal Food Operations (OHAFO). Duty location will be determined upon selection.

The salary listed in this vacancy announcement is at the base level. The geographical locality pay will be determined upon selection.

Selections will be made for the following preferred duty locations: Arizona (1), Texas (1), Indianapolis (1), between the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois (1), and between the states of Tennessee, Georgia and Florida (2).

TYPE OF POSITION: This position is being filled on a full-time permanent basis.

This announcement may be used to make additional selections within the same geographical area FDA-wide. This position will require you to travel within the Continental United States as well as internationally.

  • 50% or Greater
  • Domestic and/or International

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Only experience gained by the closing date will be considered.
  • One year probationary period is required.
  • Background security investigation is required.
  • A valid driver's license is required.
  • College transcript(s) are required
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience directly related to the position to be filled which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

    GS-13: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service which includes applying practical knowledge of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to the production of safe fresh produce products; planning, implementing and executing the development of policies, regulations and/or procedures on the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce; communicating technically and/or legally complex materials to diverse audiences; and demonstrating community interaction which includes education and outreach with the farming community and federal/state/local officials.

    DOCUMENTING EXPERIENCE: In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description. Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.

    EDUCATION STATEMENT - Individual Occupational Requirement: This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to beginning employment. Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online - please check your school website to obtain a copy quickly. If you have Federal status and are currently or were previously on an appointment in this occupational series, you do not need to submit transcripts at the time of application. Instead, you should submit an SF-50 showing that you were on an appointment in this occupational series.

    EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following (A or B):

    A. Degree: which includes at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: biological sciences, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical science, or related scientific fields that provide knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work. The 30 semester hours can include up to 8 semester hours in statistics or course work that includes principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer programming; -OR-

    B. Combination of education and experience: courses consisting of at least 30 semester hours in the fields of study described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate possession of knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full four year course of study with a major in the appropriate fields.

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:


    1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

    3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    4. Pre-employment physical required: No

    5. Drug testing required: No

    6. License required: Yes (valid State Driver's license).

    7. Mobility agreement required: Yes.

    8. Moving expenses authorized: No.

    9. Immunization required: No.

    10. Relocation Incentive: May be authorized.

    11. Recruitment Incentive authorized: No.

    12. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No.

    13. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No.

    14. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes.

    15. Position requires ability to lift heavy objects up to 50lbs.

    16. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing of the announcement.

    17. Please be advised that this position will be subject to FDA's strict prohibited financial interest regulation and therefore, may require the incumbent of this position to divest of certain financial interests. Applicants are strongly advised to seek additional information on this requirement from the FDA hiring official before accepting this position.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    As a produce program expert within an assigned region, provides extensive advisory, liaison, and consultative technical assistance services for produce safety programs to the regulated community, State, Federal, Foreign, Tribal, and third-party regulators (i.e., auditors), university extension services, and Agency management. Major duties include:

    • Serves as a produce technical expert supporting regional policy implementation and as a primary point of contact for planning and coordinating assigned regional programs.
    • Advises on new advances in technology related to produce, new programs, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), in particular, the Produce Safety Rule, significant court decisions, and any new trends or scientific findings involving food products.
    • Serves as program specialist and technical expert in supporting cases where violations involve precedent setting legal actions or the issues affect major industry practices.
    • Leads the development, collection and interpretation of data regarding the safety of fresh produce and leads the development and evaluation of programs and the implementation of related laws and regulations in the assigned region designed to ensure consistency and balance throughout ORA and inter-Agency programs.
    • Prepares and gives presentations at briefings, training sessions, consumer industry workshops, etc. This includes preparation of background materials on programs and policies for presentation and/or use in briefings and other meetings.
    • Plans, conducts, and directs highly technical, complex, and multi-faceted inspections and in-depth investigations related to the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fresh produce for human consumption, is highly skilled in interview techniques as well as criminal investigation techniques; and routinely makes recommendations to regional and office management officials as to whether or not an operation involved in fresh produce growing, harvesting, packing, and holding is in compliance regarding Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) legislation, in particular, the Produce Safety Rule.

    • Performs or leads multi-disciplinary teams to conduct in-depth investigations involving complaints of injury or death attributable to products regulated by the FDA. Investigations of injuries or death require special coordination and a high degree of insight and knowledge.

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