Consumer Safety Officer (Food- LACF/HACCP/Seafood), GS-696-13

Vacancy ID: 875624   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-875624   USAJOBS Control Number: 341733300

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1. Title of Job

Consumer Safety Officer (Food- LACF/HACCP/Seafood), GS-696-13
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

Are you  a current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees with competitive status only?  Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.

Are you a PHS Commissioned Officer (This includes active duty officers, inactive reserve officers, and applicants who have been approved for commissioning in the USPHS Commissioned Corps)?

Are you eligible for noncompetitive appointment?
This includes applicants who are eligible for special or noncompetitive appointment authorities such as 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, persons with disabilities and PHS Commissioned Corps Officers.  This also includes applicants who meet the qualifications for this position and who have previously held, or currently hold, a Federal position at the grade of this position.

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level that you will accept for this position. The lowest grade for this position is 13.


11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are a male at least 18 years of age, born after December 31, 1959, have you registered with the Selective Service System?

01 Yes
02 No
03 Not Applicable

12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Select/enter at least one occupational specialty. The specialty code for this position is:

001 Competitive Merit Promotion
002 Non-Competitive Merit Promotion

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:

090080001 Bridgeport, CT
090280003 Hartford, CT
251275017 Stoneham, MA
250000027 Worcester County, MA
330070013 Concord, NH
440057007 East Providence, RI

22. Transition Assistance Plan

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and meets the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Consumer Safety Officer (Food-LACF/HACCP/Seafood), GS-0696-13.

A. I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that includes knowledge of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, implementing rules, regulations, and court precedents which apply to the principles, practices, and theories of food program activities. Experience managing regulatory enforcement program activities carried out by subordinate units, such as consumer affairs, enforcement and quality management programs, which directly impact regulated industry, Federal, State and local agencies and governments, and the general public.
B. I do not meet the requirements as described above.

2. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your education and/or experience and meets the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Consumer Safety Officer (Food-LACF/HACCP/Seafood), GS-0696-13.

A. I have successfully completed a full four year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: biological sciences, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical science, or related scientific fields that provided knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work. The 30 semester hours can 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. I have a combination of education and experience which includes course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including courses consisting of at least 30 semester hours in the fields of study described in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. I do not possess the experience and/or education described above.

3. I am a current employee of the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), New England District or a FDA, PHS Commissioned Corps Officer.


4. Do you meet the time-in-grade requirement of 52 weeks at the GS-12 grade level.


For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

5. Makes recommendation to management officials as to whether or not a firm/individual involved in food products is in compliance with regulatory procedures.

6. Review reports of inspections and investigations for violations to determine the sufficiency of the evidence.

7. Manages the review of previously approved products determining whether they should continue to be permitted in light of current scientific safety criteria recommending a course of action if needed.

8. Acts upon the full range of violations within the area of expertise including emergency situations ensuring violation is corrected.

9. Develop and interpret established operating policies and procedures in order to formulate and recommend plans, leadership, guidance and program strategies.

10. Maintain crucial review of overall program to ensure applicable laws, guidance and policies are followed and implemented in accomplishing assigned tasks.

11. Review and evaluates tests methodss and new automated methods of processing and analysis.

12. Conducts inspections and investigations of facilities where only limited guidance documents are available or new regulations must be used in evaluating the industry.

13. Conducts more complex, technical investigations and inspections of establishments preparing proposed or final endorsements.

14. Assists in long term investigations, grand juries, or multi-organization investigations with limited oversight, directly monitoring or managing compliance programs for sample collection or inspection programs.

15. Performs investigations involving complaints of injury or death requiring special coordination and a high degree of insight planning, deciding and directing the investigation.

16. Analyzes results, decides when an investigation is complete or what additional work may be required providing timely and accurate feedback to management.

17. Plans, conducts and directs highly technical, complex and multi-faceted inspections and in-depth investigations related to the production, control and testing of food products.

18. Develop and maintain effective communication with regulated industry, consumer groups and the general public.

19. Meets with industry representatives to exchange information and to provide advice and guidance regarding those aspects of review with deficiencies.

20. Provides extensive advisory, liaison and consultative services for food programs to regulated industries, State agencies, Federal agencies and management.

21. Handles hostile or uncooperative industrial officials with tact and firmness to obtain information needed.

22. Advises on new advances in technology related to food products, new programs, laws and regulations, significant court decisions and any new findings involving food products.

23. Collaborate with internal offices and governmental agencies coordinating investigations and emergency operations and advising on policy and programmatic directions relating to national public health.

24. Employ all media and personal contacts available with diplomacy and tact in furthering the mission.

25. Serves on task forces and study groups charged with considering problems or directions in the area of food programs making recommendations for consistency across lines.

26. Serves as expert witness in area of expertise in court cases dealing with regulated products.

27. Prepares memoranda, briefings and other background material concerning substantive issues, findings, conclusions and proposed solutions to keep management and appropriate staff involved at key decision points.

28. Develops and implements formal training programs for personnel, industry and state/local officials regarding technicial and scientific matters, inspectional/investigational issues, policies and laws affecting the food program area.

29. Researches and prepares final background and decision papers for the signature of upper management.