Food and Drug Administration Consumer Safety Officer in College Park, Maryland

Food and Drug Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • College Park, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Food Safety, Division of Produce Safety, Fresh Produce Branch, located in College Park, MD.

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.


The incumbent serves as a Consumer Safety Officer and the duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provides expert technical and scientific guidance/assessment on complex,precedent setting,and/or controversial issues involving opinion and policy on the microbial safety of fresh or minimally-processed produce including nuts and seeds.
  • Promotes the adoption, implementation, and enforcement of the uniform technical guidelines, administrative procedures, and regulatory standards provided in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and its implementing regulations, where applicable.
  • Reviews and evaluates scientific or technical activities to determine adequacy and consistency with established policies and precedents related to the microbial safety of fresh or minimally-processed produce including nuts and seeds.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • This position may required up to 10% travel.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Only experience gained by closing date announcement will be considered.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • College transcript(s).

In order to qualify for Consumer Safety Officer, GS-696-11/12, you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements:

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. OR

Combination of education and experience -- courses consisting of at least 30 semester hours in the fields of study described in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


GS-11: Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 In the Federal service, which includes assisting in developing, collecting and interpreting data regarding the safety of food; and maintaining communications with the industry, state, federal and local public health officials on policy, scientific and technical issues related to safety of food.


Have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree related to the position being filled. (Transcripts must be submitted)


Have equivalent combinations of education and experience as stated above in A and B. (Transcripts must be submitted)

GS-12: Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 In the Federal service, which includes preparing replies to correspondence from the regulated community and other interested persons on food safety; provide guidance and direction to the field investigators about the potential routes of contamination; and maintaining communications with the industry, state, federal and local public health officials on policy, scientific and technical issues related to safety of food.

If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on foreign education.

Conditions of Employment: 1. Security and Background Requirements: Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. 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 or appropriate disciplinary action. 2. 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. 3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. 4. Pre-employment physical required: No5. Drug testing required: No*6. License required: No*7. Mobility agreement required: No**8. Immunization required: No 9. Incentives may be authorized; however, this is contingent upon funds availability. If authorized, certain incentives will require you to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3 years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid. Incentives include the following: moving expenses, recruitment or relocation incentive; student loan repayment, superior qualifications appointment, creditable service for annual leave for prior non-federal work experience or prior uniformed military service, etc. 10. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes11. Financial disclosure statement required: Yes

Please be advised that this position will be subject to FDA's prohibited financial interest regulation and may require the incumbent of this position to divest of certain financial interests. Applicants are advised to seek additional information on this requirement from the hiring official before accepting this position.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. Once this process is completed, you will be notified of your status via e-mail.


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Other Information

In the last five years, based on the closing date of this announcement, IF you served or you are currently serving 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.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

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Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed "surplus" or no longer needed, or an employee who has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated "well-qualified". Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, see:

Salary Range: $64,650.00 to $100,736.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0696-11/12

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 449169000

Job Announcement Number: FDA-CFSAN-16-DE-1790354JW