Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer/Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer (Frontline Supervisor)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Posted
Nov 28, 2020
Closes
Dec 05, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

VACANCY INFORMATION: Baltimore, MD (Baltimore County)
Work Schedule: Varies
HQ Plant: M-904, Dietz & Watson, Inc.
Activity: Slaughter/Processing
Species: Multiple

Salary Range:
GS-13 $102,663 to $133,465

VACANCY INFORMATION: Elizabeth, NJ (Union County)
Work Schedule: Varies
HQ Plant: M-2236, Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp.
Activity: Slaughter/Processing
Species: Multiple

Salary Range:
GS-13 $105,417 to $137,045
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Responsibilities

  • Participate with the District Manager and Deputy District Managers in the formulation of operational policies, procedures and programs including long-range goals and priorities for program activities within the assigned area.
  • On an on-going basis, determine the adequacy and accessibility of resources and information to enable subordinates to function together as part of a cohesive food safety team.
  • Adjust work activities and schedules based on changing priorities.
  • 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.
  • Identify public health or food safety issues, and direct activities of front line personnel to conduct inquiries or assessments, document findings, and take or recommend appropriate action.
  • 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.
  • Manage the workforce, conduct performance reviews, develop and mentor your team members, and address employee and labor relations issues.
  • Provide leadership to employees relative to long and short-term tasks, duties and responsibilities.
  • Utilize Agency information systems, reports, and analytical tools to oversee plants? compliance with HACCP and other regulatory requirements, and to ensure that inspection resources are appropriately focused on food safety priorities.
  • Ensure proper implementation and maintenance of Agency sampling initiatives within your assigned area of responsibility.
  • You will also review and render decisions on plant management appeals of in-plant level decisions and actions.


Travel Required

76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.
  • Direct Deposit- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.


Qualifications

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in either of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the
specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.

Please Note: The Consumer Safety Officer Educational Qualifications letter and worksheets previously issued to FSIS employees does not meet the requirement to submit copies of transcripts for this announcement. USDA Policy is to require copies of transcripts from all applicants for positions with a positive educational requirement. USDA Policy supersedes previous FSIS policy in this regard; please submit copies of your transcripts for either series you are applying for. You may include the FSIS letter or worksheet with copies of your transcripts to assist in highlighting your qualifying coursework.

Qualifications
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade:
Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-12 grade level for consideration for the GS-13 grade level.)

Specialized experience for the GS-0696 series: Your 52 weeks of specialized experience must demonstrate your ability to perform, plan or manage complex food safety activities. Qualifying experience typically includes compliance work related to processed products inspection or the supervision of processed product inspection involving enforcing laws and regulations to protect consumers from food products that are defective, dangerous, impure, unwholesome, or improperly or deceptively labeled or packaged. Applicants must also meet the basic education requirements.
For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: GS-0696 Series
( https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0600/consumer-safety-series-0696/ )

Specialized experience for the GS-0701 series: Your 52 weeks of specialized experience must demonstrate the ability to perform, plan or manage complex veterinary medical activities. Applicants applying to the GS-0701 series can use the following types of education in-lieu of specialized experience:
  • A Ph.D. degree in specialties or related sciences (e.g. animal science, avian medicine, food safety, infectious diseases, veterinary clinical sciences, pathobiology, biomedical sciences, veterinary anatomy, veterinary preventive medicine, comparative biological sciences, epidemiology, veterinary parasitology, molecular veterinary biosciences, public health, microbiology, pathology, immunology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, wildlife, zoological animal medicine, or sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position. etc.).
  • Successful completion of three years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position.
  • Successful completion of all requirements for Diplomate status in an ABVS-recognized veterinary specialty organization. For a full listing of all specialties please view the OPM 0701 qualification standards.
  • Applicants must also meet the basic education requirements.

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: GS-0701 Series
    ( https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0700/veterinary-medical-science-series-0701/ )

    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.

    Education

    In order to meet the basic educational requirements for the GS-0696 series, applicants must have:
  • A bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in quality assurance or a related degree that included at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: consumer laws, biological sciences, food science, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical science, legal investigations, law enforcement, or related scientific fields that provided knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work.
  • The 30 semester hours may include up to 8 semester hours in statistics, or course work that included the principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer programming.
  • OR
  • Combination of education and experience--courses consisting of at least 30 semester hours in the fields of study described in paragraph A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • In order to meet the basic educational requirements for the GS-0701, applicants must have completed a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). The AVMA website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools.

    OR

    Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet the following requirements: click here

    Note: Copies of transcripts are required for this announcement; the CSO letters and worksheets previously issued to FSIS employees that documented meeting CSO educational requirements is not sufficient alone to document education; USDA policy requires copies of transcripts for this position.

    Additional information

    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployed Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): ( 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 applications must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
    • CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you will be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report.
    • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
    • This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.
    • 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. To see more information click here ( http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465 ).
    • E-Verify: Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY 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 Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
    • 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.
    • More information on applying under special hiring authorities ( https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/hiring-authorities/ ) such as the Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses and Schedule A Disabled may be found on the USAJOBS wesite ( https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/search/?q=special+hiring )
    • Veterans Information: Click here


    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
    • Knowledge of scientific discipline; technical skills/knowledge
    • Information processing
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills
    • Mathematics
    • Communication (Oral/Written)
    • Analytical abilities
    • Leadership

    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. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

    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 disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10969895

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
    • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. If you need assistance in creating a federal resume see this click here .
    • College transcripts: If education is required or you are using education to meet a qualification requirement, you must submit a legible copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, it must include student name, school name, and enough information to validate qualifications such as course names, prefixes, grades, semester or quarter credit hours, date degree was award, etc. Further, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college, or university, visit Dept of Education Accredited Schools. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit NACES . All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    • Current and former Federal employees:
      • Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND
      • Most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
    • Other Special Hiring Authority: If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, see the requirements for that authority and submit the required supporting documentation. ( https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/hiring-authorities)

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education ( http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/ ).

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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