Consumer Product Safety Commission PRODUCT SAFETY INVESTIGATOR in United States
Summary The Division of FieldOperations is responsible for carrying out investigative, compliance, consumer information and public affairs activities. We encourage voluntary industry compliance with the laws and regulations administered by the Commission, identify product related incidents, investigate selected injuries or deaths associated with consumer products, and implement wide-ranging public information and education programs designed to reduce consumer product injuries. Responsibilities The Division is primarily comprised of Product Safety Investigators and support staff that are required to work remotelyfull-time from home at duty locations across the country. Our goal as an agency is to assure consumer products distributed to the public are safe. Investigators serve as the Commissions front-line to the public and have a crucial role in protecting America’s families from unsafe consumer products. Product Safety Investigators are responsible for: Conducting inspections of manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers who produce, assemble, distribute and sell consumer products. Traveling to on-site locations such as production plants, company offices, distribution facilities, etc. Examining production methods, product specifications, manufacturer's testing and quality control procedures, product certification and labeling. Identifying & evaluating products for potential, substantial, and imminent hazards. Collecting and processing product samples. Determining compliance with the organization's regulations, laws, and product standards. Conducting investigations by interviewing consumers, fire and police officials, as well as other knowledgeable officials and witnesses on product related injuries and deaths. Conducting interviews of responsible management personnel. Obtaining affidavits and documents & preparing concise, factual reports. Conducting media interviews and responding to inquiries from the local media. Conducting information and education campaigns that promote consumer safety. Maintaining contact with local government offices, coroners, and medical examiners. Equally as important as the responsibilities outlined above, are values such as honesty, loyalty, patience, integrity and the ability to support and respect your management, peers and subordinates. Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship Required. Background Investigation Required. Incumbent works remotely full-time from their residence Incumbent must reside within 50 miles of Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN The selectee will be required to residewithin 50 miles of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.This position requires that the incumbentworks remotely full-timefrom their residence andmust have high-speed internet access. Remote work is a condition of employment. Frequent local travel including occasional overnight travel and driving long distances is required, inside and outside the geographic area of responsibility. This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see http://www.sss.gov for more information.Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) prior to appointment and the appropriate background investigation forms to determine suitability for Federal employment. False statements or responses on these forms can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service. The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from theI-9 Form. We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more aboutE-Verify,including your rights and responsibilities. Upon appointment, the selectee will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 annually. The selectee must possess a valid State driver's license in order to maintain eligibility to operate a motor vehicle. Use of a privately owned motor vehicle may be required. Moderate physical exertion is required such as lifting and carrying (15-50 lbs) as well as intermittent strenuous activity.Selectee must be able to interview consumers who may have suffered a serious injury or the loss of a relative. Depending on your status, this position may require serving a 1-year probationary period. Qualifications All candidatesmustpossess the Selective Placement Factor (SPF)to receive consideration for this position.The SPF required for this position is: Applicants must have experience and/or education in conducting formal or official inspections and/or investigations of one or more of the following types: safety investigations, fire investigations, regulatory/civil/criminal investigations, background investigations, death investigations, or regulatory inspections. Applicants qualifying based on experience must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following: GS-9:Conduct investigations and/or inspections, interviews, gather data, and prepare written reports in order to support and develop cases. GS-11:Conduct investigations and/or inspections, interviews, gather data, and prepare written reports in order to independently support and develop cases, conduct oral presentations, and collect samples or evidence. Evidence of the above specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.We will not makeassumptions regarding your experience or based on job titles alone.If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Applicants must meet the qualifications for this position within the closing date of this announcement. Education GS-9:Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or J.D., if related or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-7.GS-11:Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-9.If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST provide transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.All educationclaimed by applicantswill be verified. Additional Information CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement. Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized. The agency may utilize recruitment incentives for this position. All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the CPSC will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. The CPSC will request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.