Washington D.C.
Aug 03, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
Full Time

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsible for protecting the public's health by ensuring the safety of the Nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and processed egg products.

USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. It's ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service (Best Places to Work Rankings). Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience. For more information on USDA and the Food Safety and Inspection Service, visit FSIS.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on FSIS-2017-MMP-0828. Disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities can apply to the Merit Promotion announcement if they meet criteria for the above and include supporting documents.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Per the needs of the Program

  • Yes
  • Relocation may be authorized in accordance with agency regulations and directives.

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation & fingerprint check.
  • Subject to 1-year supervisory/managerial probation period.
  • Applicants must meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified below. 
    For the GS- 15  level:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that demonstrates:

    • Developing, delivering and managing informational outreach to Congress, the media, stakeholders and consumers.

    • Identifying and managing Congressional, media, and consumer trends or events that might affect the organization.

    • Guiding the development of policy and legislative issues.

    • Managing and guiding a media relations office to include documented experience as a spokesperson directly supporting a public official.

    • Developing, executing and managing external communications initiatives to stakeholders and the public.

    • Experience in the above areas directly related to food safety, public health or agriculture preferred.

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:
    Administrative and Management Group Standards

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    •  May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

    •  Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

    •  E-Verify: Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.  If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    •  If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) security clearance. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.

    Q - Nonsensitive


    The Director oversees the work of the Congressional and Public Affairs Staff (CPAS). The incumbent is responsible for the following:

    • Ensuring coordination of information and appropriate messages and tactics to succssfully convey initiatives to stakeholders.

    • Serving as an FSIS contact and spokesperson on matters directly supporting the Administrator and the Under Secretary for Food Safety.

    • Establishing and maintaining close and continuous lines of communication between FSIS, Department, and other Government agencies to present information and coordinate responses to inquiries on FSIS programs, operations, legislative policies, initiatives, positions, and concerns.

    • Managing multiple high-priority assignments to ensure the timely production and approval of various products, including talking points, news releases, recall releases, topical fact sheets, a newsletter to stakeholders, testimony, reports to Congress, and other communication products.

    • Possessing an understanding of how external stakeholders influence and shape perception, and making plans accordingly.

    • Providing administrative supervision and technical guidance to staff members to produce a sound and well-coordinated public communications and legislative liaison program, which achieves CPAS responsibilities and meets the overall goals and objectives of FSIS.

    • Supervising CPAS employees, including assigning work and deadlines, providing advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters; interviewing and recommending candidates for positions, promotion, and reassignment; recommending awards and disciplinary action; hearing and resolving complaints and recommending action on grievances; assessing training needs and providing for such training.

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