Food and Drug Administration TECHNICAL WRITER-EDITOR in Jefferson, Arkansas

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

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (15 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 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, National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Office of Management/Executive Programs & Services, Jefferson, AR.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-NCTR-17-MP-1816366*SB under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.*

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.


At the full performance level of this position, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Develop and edit a variety of organizational reports, presentations, technical reports, electronic media projects, standard operating procedures, and other documents to accurately communicate technical information to various audiences.
  • Develop, analyze, select, and present technical information on the specialized subject in a form and at a level suitable for the intended audience.
  • Provide advice and assistance to authors preparing technical information for presentation.
  • Review, edit, and correct draft documents; consult with other subject experts; and assist in preparing the material for printing.
  • Draft, edit and review a variety of routine but highly sensitive documents prepared by professional and scientific staff members.
  • Review a variety of both technical and administrative information, identifying and referring items of interest to staff as appropriate.
  • Serve as liaison with technical specialists in the development of strategies for searching, acquiring, and maintaining technical materials and other documents.
  • Utilize a variety of computerized technology such as Microsoft (MS) systems and other software to create, edit, and prepare materials.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation required.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" section for all required documents
  • Only experience gained by closing date will be considered.

In order to qualify for the Technical Writer-Editor, GS-1083-7 FPL GS-9, applicants must possess the following:

*GS 7: *

A. Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level or equivalent band level of responsibility in the Federal service assisting in reviewing and making editorial revisions on executive-level correspondence, standard operating procedures, and briefing materials. Experience providing technical editing of both technical and administrative documents. Experience using software to create and prepare materials. OR

B. Have one full year of graduate level education OR *superior academic achievement which included a total of 15 semester hours in an appropriate scientific, technical, or social science field(s), and at least one course above the introductory level in the field(s) covered by the position. *Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. OR

C. Have equivalent combinations of education and experience as stated above. Transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.

NOTE: Volunteer experience may also be used as qualifying experience.

Foreign Education: 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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Conditions of Employment:

  1. 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.

  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. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

  5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

  6. One-year probationary period may be required.

  7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: NO

  8. Bargaining Unit Position: YES

  9. Drug Screening Required: NO

  10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: NO

  11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: NO

  12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: NO

  13. Financial disclosure statement required: NO

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.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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Other Information

Are you eligible for a non-competitive 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 of this position and who have previously held, or currently hold, a Federal position at the grade level of this position.

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 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

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

CMS employees currently participating in 100% Full-Time Telework Program may be eligible to remain in the program. If an employee in this program is selected, the pay will be set in accordance with the locality pay for the applicable duty station.

Salary Range: $40,033.00 to $52,043.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1083-07/07

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450878800

Job Announcement Number: FDA-NCTR-17-DE-1797473PW