Deputy Director for Targeting Analysis and Support

Rockville, Maryland
Jan 07, 2021
Jan 14, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is the regulatory, scientific, public health and consumer protection agency responsible for ensuring all human and animal drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, foods, food additives, drugs and medicated feeds for food producing animals, tobacco and radiation emitting devices safe, and effective.

The Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) leads all agency field activities, conducting inspections and investigations of regulated products and manufacturers.
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  • Oversees the quality assurance function in compliance casework across programs that permits the Agency to manage, measure, and improve the quality of its compliance work product in coordination with the Quality Management Staff.
  • Maintains liaison with other Agency components, industry, and other domestic and foreign government agencies to provide appropriate and efficient assistance, coordination implementation and completion of import operations plans and activities.
  • Oversees development of guidance documents, recommends policy and procedure updates regarding receipt, review and response to Prior Notice submissions assuring compliance with Prior Notice regulation and the Federal Food Drug and Compliance Act.
  • The Deputy Director for Targeting, Analysis and Support (DDTAS), Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Commissioner for Enforcement and Import Operations (ACEIO) and the ACRA.
  • In addition, the incumbent serves as the supervisor of the following Divisions: Food Defense Targeting, Import Operations Management, and Import Program Development.
  • Serves as the spokesperson for the OEIO in matters related to resource planning, risk analysis and enforcement support for all imported commodities regulated by FDA.
  • Develops the enforcement policy of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mandates, which safeguards the safety of imported FDA- regulated food and feed products.
  • Provides a risk-based approach to targeting operations at the Prior Notice Center as required by the Bioterrorism Act.
  • Enhances transparency initiatives for sharing compliance information and enforcement data to promote better risk-based product approaches both domestically and internationally.
  • Provides leadership and direction on the application of risk management and program evaluation techniques to regulatory compliance activities to provide the most public health promotion/protection at the least cost to the public.
  • Serves as the agency representative to other government agencies and foreign governments related to FDA's import operations, including joint procedures between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and FDA.
  • Responsible for responses for Congressional inquiries, GAO studies and budget and resource justifications.
  • Coordinates with the Deputy Director Import Operations Enforcement Provides advice and direction on field import operations, including investigational and sampling activities, in coordination with the ORA program directors.
  • Coordinates Agency import activities with the CBP, including the development and institution of joint procedures and operations.
  • Collaborates on information technology projects with the Office of Information Systems Management and the Office of Information Management and Technology within FDA.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment: U.S. Citizenship is required for federal employment. Application package must be received by the closing date of this Announcement. Ethics pre-clearance is required. 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.
  • 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.
  • Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Financial disclosure statement is required.
  • One-year probationary period may be required. If not previously completed.
  • Bargaining Unit Position: NO
  • Drug Screening Required: NO
  • Recruitment or Relocation Bonus: May be authorized.
  • Relocation/Moving Expenses: May be authorized.
  • Supervisory position: YES
  • All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on 01/13/2021.


    In order to qualify for Deputy Director for Targeting Analysis and Support, 0696, ES - 00, you must possess the following:
    • Specialized Experience Requirement
    • Basic Qualification Requirements
    • Technical Qualifications (TQs)
    • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

    Specialized Experience Requirement
    To be qualified for this position, your résumé must reflect experience in a managerial capacity. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

    Basic Qualifications Requirement
    As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), your résumé must show evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability, and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under:
    1) Technical Qualifications (TQs)
    2) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

    In addition to specialized experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position:

    Technical Qualifications (TQs)-- Your résumé must show that you possess the following TQs:
    1. Senior level experience as a leader in a complex organization managing, planning, directing, and evaluating multidisciplinary activities of significant scope and effect.
    2. Demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships among people and organizations with diverse interests and/or opinions, such as industry, professional, public health or consumer organizations, media, other federal, state, or local agencies, foreign governments and Congress.
    3. Experience advising senior officials and implementing organizational policy.

    Desirable Qualifications (DQs)-- It is desired that you have the following (please show in résumé that you possess these qualifications):
    1. Training, professional development, and outside professional activities that provide evidence of initiative, resourcefulness and potential for effective job performance at a senior level, and honors, awards, or other recognition for performance or contributions related to the position.
    2. An advanced degree such as Juris Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy, Medical Doctor, Master's in Business Administration or a Master's in Public Health degree.
    3. Understanding of IT systems and able to negotiate and communicate operational needs as it relates to database systems.

    Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers: Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission if selected. If you are applying under this option, your résumé must address the TQs, DQs, and ECQs in this announcement. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps must address the TQs and DQs within their résumé, but are not required to address the ECQs.

    Executive Core Qualifications-- Your résumé must show that you possess the following ECQs:
    1. Leading Change
    2. Leading People
    3. Results Driven
    4. Business Acumen
    5. Building Coalitions

    Fundamental Competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs and should be evident over the course of your résumé:
    1. Interpersonal Skills
    2. Oral Communication
    3. Integrity/Honesty
    4. Written Communication
    5. Continual Learning
    6. Public Service Motivation

    It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.
  • Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)
  • Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)
  • Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)
  • Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)
  • Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)
  • If selected, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs for submission and certification by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you will not need to draft the ECQs.


    This position has a positive education requirement.

    A) 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.


    B) A 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.

    Qualifying experience involves enforcing laws and regulations to protect consumers from foods, drugs, cosmetics, fabrics, toys, equipment, and household products that are defective, dangerous, impure, unwholesome, ineffective, or improperly or deceptively labeled or packaged.

    Additional information

    • If you are serving, or have served in the last 5 years (from 01/13/2021) as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee, HHS/FDA may be required to obtain approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to beginning employment. You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed. If you have served or are currently serving, you must provide a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting this appointment. In addition, you will be required to respond to the question in the assessment and certify your responses to the questionnaire. Political Appointee FAQ - OPM
    • Mobility: Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment across geographic, organizational, and functional lines.
    • Financial Disclosure: The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE form 278) prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment. Visit the Office of Government Ethics website at and select Financial Disclosure. FAQ's can be found at
    • Selective Service: As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after 12/31/1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
    • Veterans' Preference: Does not apply to the SES.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    This job opportunity announcement closes at 11:59 pm ET on 01/13/2021.

    Your résumé and responses to the Assessment Questionnaire are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. Responses that are not supported by your résumé will eliminate you from consideration. Your application will be evaluated in the following manner:

    1. Application packages will be reviewed for completeness. Incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration.
    2. Basic qualifications review. Your résumé and questionnaire will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement. If you do not meet this requirement, you will not receive further consideration.
    3. If it is determined that you meet the basic qualifications for this position, your application will be further evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a structured interview, submit writing samples, and undergo reference checks. Top candidates may be required to submit further written documentation of qualifications.
    4. The HHS FDA Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability, security information and take that information into account in making employment offers. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection, and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 1-year probationary period. For additional information concerning the SES visit .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
    • Résumé
    • Transcript
    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
    • Cover Letter
    • SF-50
    • Other (QRB/CDP Grad Certification, if applicable)
    We strongly encourage you to submit a résumé that is tailored specifically for this executive position to ensure it includes relevant examples of how you possess the technical qualifications and the five Executive Core Qualifications. Your résumé should emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed and program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.
    • Applicants typically provide the following information in their résumé:
    • Vacancy announcement number and title of position.
    • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers.
    • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities attended, as well as the type of degree received.
    • Information about paid and unpaid work experience related to the position, including: title, duties and accomplishments, employers' name and address, duration of employment, and salary (or Grade, if Federal).
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
    Do NOT include Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as Social Security Number or Date of Birth on your résumé.

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    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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