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Food Safety and Inspection Service Deputy Director in Washington, District Of Columbia

Summary This position is in the Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education (OPACE), Food Safety Education Staff (FSES). The Staff's primary mission is to educate the public about safe food handling practices to help reduce the rates of foodborne illness nationally. FSES also effectively communicates with the public, media, stakeholders, other Government agencies, internal audiences, and others about FSIS programs and activities. FSES operates the Meat and Poultry Hotline. Responsibilities Serves as the Deputy Director of the Food Safety Education Staff, which is a first-line supervisor to an immediate staff of professional employees. Directs national consumer food safety education campaigns and programs. Provides overall direction, coordination, and editing of food safety educational materials, including communication plans, press releases, blogs, social media postings, articles, and publications. Leads behavioral research efforts (behavioral/attitude surveys, studies, or focus groups), and incorporates results into food safety education campaigns. Provides advice and assistance to the Under Secretary for Food Safety, the Administrator, and their immediate staffs on complex food safety education information. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions and specialized experience, as defined below. TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-13 is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-14 level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade.) MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience: GS-14: Specialized Experience: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service that includes: Planning and assigning work, scheduling priorities, evaluating performance, and providing advice and counsel on technical or administrative matters to staff; Directing national consumer food safety education campaigns and programs; Providing direction, coordination, and editing of food safety education publications; and Providing direction, coordination, and control to consumer food safety education programs, including planning and implementation of education campaigns and oversight on consumer behavior research. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: OPM Administrative and Management Group Standard Education This job does not have an education qualification requirement. Additional Information 1. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website ( for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. 2. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). 3. Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. 4. See FedsHireVets for more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website. 5. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer to PUBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015. 6. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. 7. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). 8. It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. To see more information visit: CHCO Council.