Director Office of Dietary Supplement Programs

College Park, Maryland
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 27, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time

  • Provides executive leadership and managerial direction to a program of diverse in scope (inadvertent and intentional contamination of dietary supplements and dietary ingredients).
  • Provides executive leadership and managerial direction on the nature of products ? either the varied forms of finished dietary supplements (e.g. tablets, liquids, gelcaps) or dietary ingredients (e.g., vitamins, herbs, botanicals, enzymes).
  • Provides executive leadership/managerial direction for activities related to marketing and evaluation of dietary supplements (including review of claim substantiation, and enforcement actions against adulterated or mislabeled dietary supplements.
  • Provides executive leadership and managerial direction for developing and implementing policies, regulations, guidance documents, and compliance activities intended to ensure the safety and proper labeling of dietary supplements.
  • Collaborates with senior Foods Program or Agency officials in the formulation, development, and execution of goals to increase compliance with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
  • Participates in and contributes to top level Center, Agency, or Department discussions, meetings and conferences on broad regulatory matters and issues related to dietary supplements.
  • Serves as the principal Foods Program point of contact for information concerning intra-and interagency coordination of compliance and enforcement actions pertaining to dietary supplements.
  • Develops, prepares, and presents authoritative memoranda and other materials concerning substantive findings, conclusions and proposed solutions and suggested courses of action based on the evaluation of all information available.
  • Advises CFSAN, Office of Food Policy and Response, and other FDA officials on legal, administrative, and regulatory approaches and administrative policies concerning implementation of DSHEA.
  • Serves as primary media spokesperson on dietary supplement related matters.
  • Represents the Director in meetings, discussions, and conferences with officials of the Center, Agency, Department, other government agencies, international organizations, the scientific and academic communities and the regulated industries.
  • Promotes a climate of mutual cooperation, with professional organizations and national and international organizations in the academic, industrial, and governmental sectors, for the purpose of advancing science and developing effective programs.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required for federal employment.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation is required.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • Application package must be received by closing date of this Announcement.
  • Ethics pre-clearance is required.


In order to qualify for Director, Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition), 0301, 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 with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse organization responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations and preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in such programs and operations. This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials. 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. At this level, you would have typically been responsible for planning, directing, and evaluating work that included managing and/or supervising other managers. You must demonstrate in your résumé, significant achievements, increasing levels of responsibility as a manager, and a solid record of successful professional performance.

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); and
2) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

Technical Qualifications (TQs) -- Your résumé must show that you possess the following TQs:
1. Experience which demonstrates strong leadership abilities in a scientific, regulatory, or public health environment; demonstrated ability to develop program goals and strategic/tactical priorities; demonstrated ability to develop, direct and/or guide long-term and short-term projects, andto conduct periodic program assessments.
2. Demonstrated ability to work effectively across organizational lines in team leadership and matrix management contexts and to build strong working relationships among people and organizations with diverse interests and/or opinions.
3. Knowledge and understanding of the provisions, limitations, and practical application of FDA laws and regulations related to human foods and dietary supplements.

Desirable Qualifications (DQs) --It is desired that you have:
1. Law degree from an accredited institution.
2. Ability to converse with scientific and/or legal stakeholders in the regulation of the manufacturing, packaging, quality, labeling, marketing, and enforcement of human drugs and/or dietary supplements.
3. Recognition as an authority in the enforcement of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and related regulations applying to dietary supplements.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) -- 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; and
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. .

1. Leading Change: 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)

2. Leading People: 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)

3. Results Driven: 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)

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

5. Building Coalitions: 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)

Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQs is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at . Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

The application process for this position is RESUME ONLY. You should address the TQs and ECQs within the context of a 5-page résumé. Any information submitted in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered. We strongly encourage you to submit a résumé that is tailored specifically for this 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 (e.g., budget, type/# of staff supervised) and program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

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.

Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission if selected.


There is no education requirement for this series.

Additional information

        • If you are serving, or have served in the last 5 years from the closing date of this announcement 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
        • Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the SES must have their ECQs approved by the OPM Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
        • Relocation/Moving Expenses: Will not be authorized.
        • A one-time Relocation or Recruitment Incentive may be offered.
        • Mobility: Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment across geographic, organizational, and functional lines.
        • Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by electronic direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
        • 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.
        • Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Center Help Desk (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email . The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
        • Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
        • 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.
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