Division Director - Interdisciplinary: Supervisory Biologist/Toxicologist/Chemist/Food Technologist

Washington D.C.
Dec 13, 2018
Dec 13, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time

Occasional travel - Travel may occasionally be required for training and work assignments.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Special Conditions:

    • Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation
    • Successful completion of a 1 year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service)
    • This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor
    • Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probation period (unless prior service is creditable).  New USDA Supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probation period
    • In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT:  Bachelor's degree in:
    0401 - Supervisory Biologist:  Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
    Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    0415 - Supervisory Toxicologist:  Toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology.
    Some coursework in anatomy, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology, histology, and animal, human, microbial, or cellular physiology; statistics, bioassay, and test design; cytology, embryology, cellular or microbial genetics, and biophysics may be used to meet the 30-semester-hour requirement in chemistry, biochemistry.  Only toxicology courses may be used to meet the requirement for 12 semester hours in toxicology.

    1320 - Supervisory Chemist:  Degree: Physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.
    Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional

    1382 - Supervisory Food Technologist:  Degree: food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology.
    Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-15 LEVEL:  In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that demonstrates:
    • The incumbent must be aware of current developments and technologies in chemical and environmental contaminants testing of food commodities in anticipation of the need to change the Monitoring Program's mission and policies.
    • This incumbent must have expert knowledge of chemical, environmental and food sciences, risk assessment and statistical processes, good laboratory, agricultural and manufacturing practices, legal procedures, the Federal Food and Drug and Cosmetic Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, Food Quality Protection Act, hazard analysis critical control point systems, and acquisition and procurement practices.
    • The incumbent must be able to prepare Federal Register notices, congressional testimony and executive correspondence in order to address ongoing program policy issues or justify technical program decisions.
    • The incumbent must be thorough, exact, alert for misinterpretations and misunderstandings, and analytical.
    TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
    • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
    • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
    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.

    Please see above for education qualification information.

    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100
    • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
    • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
    • It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Managements (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Category placement will be determined on applicants quality of experience and the extend they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

    • Ability to apply Good Laboratory Practices, Standard Operating Procedures, and Lab Safety Procedures ultimately resulting in quality analytical data and reports.  (This includes Quality Assurance & Quality Control guidelines, as well as other professional laboratory guidelines, standards, and regulations.)
    • Ability to perform mathematical, algebraic, and statistical calculations of data and to design and carry out scientific studies which meet professional standards.
    • Ability to communicate orally
    • Ability to communicate in writing
    • Ability to prioritize work, lead others, and supervise a professional work program
    • Policy, program, and organization management abilities
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Political Savvy
    • Strategic Thinking

    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions.  Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.  Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to and including removal from the Federal Service.

    To view the application form, visit: https://ams.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=2E42B36C-A337-4475-86D4-A9AB00902C84

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    Drug test required No

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