Food Safety and Inspection Service Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer/Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer (Frontline Supervisor) in Dodge City, Kansas

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Summary

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health regulatory agency responsible for ensuring the safety of meat, poultry and processed eggs.

Duty Station: Dodge City, KS (Ford County) Shift: 1st Shift, Mon-Fri, 7:00am-3:30pm HQ Plant: M262 National Beef Packing Co. Position: Slaughter/Processing Species: Multiple

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Responsibilities

This is a rewarding, challenging, and critical position directly involved in protecting public health. In this Frontline Supervisor position, you will:

  • Participate with the District Manager and Deputy District Managers in the formulation of operational policies, procedures and programs including long-range goals and priorities for program activities within the assigned area.

  • On an on-going basis, determine the adequacy and accessibility of resources and information to enable subordinates to function together as part of a cohesive food safety team.

  • Adjust work activities and schedules based on changing priorities.

  • Oversee and coordinate review, implementation, and ongoing assessment of inspection and enforcement activities at meat, poultry, and egg products establishments in a defined geographic area.

  • Identify public health or food safety issues, and direct activities of front line personnel to conduct inquiries or assessments, document findings, and take or recommend appropriate action.

  • Supervise and coordinate the work activities of individuals or cross-functional teams of FSIS Food Inspectors, Consumer Safety Inspectors, Veterinary Medical Officers, and Consumer Safety Officers in an assigned area.

  • Manage the workforce, conduct performance reviews, develop and mentor your team members, and address employee and labor relations issues.

  • Provide leadership to employees relative to long and short-term tasks, duties and responsibilities.

  • Utilize Agency information systems, reports, and analytical tools to oversee plants’ compliance with HACCP and other regulatory requirements, and to ensure that inspection resources are appropriately focused on food safety priorities.

  • Ensure proper implementation and maintenance of Agency sampling initiatives within your assigned area of responsibility.

  • You will also review and render decisions on plant management appeals of in-plant level decisions and actions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel required may vary depending on geographical assignment.

Supervisory status

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Promotion Potential

13

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0701 Veterinary Medical Science

0696 Consumer Safety

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Conditions of Employment
  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year supervisory probationary or trial period.

  • If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

  • A background investigation is a requirement for this position. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade: Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-12 grade level for consideration for the GS-13 grade level.)

Specialized experience for the GS-0696 series: Your 52 weeks of specialized experience must demonstrate your ability to perform, plan or manage complex food safety activities. Qualifying experience typically includes compliance work in the 1801 series, processed products inspection or the supervision of processed product inspection.

Specialized experience for the GS-0701 series: Your 52 weeks of specialized experience must demonstrate the ability to perform, plan or manage complex veterinary medical activities. Applicants applying to the GS-0701 series can use the following types of education in-lieu of specialized experience:

  1. A Ph.D. degree in specialties or related sciences (e.g. animal science, avian medicine, etc.).

  2. Successful completion of three years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position.

  3. Successful completion of all requirements for Diplomate status in an ABVS-recognized veterinary specialty organization For a full listing of all specialties please view the OPM 0701 qualification standards.

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: GS-0701 Series GS-0696 Series

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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: In order to meet the basic educational requirements for the GS-0696 series, you will need to have completed education which includes at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) in the basic biological and physical sciences (e.g., Animal Science, Chemistry, Food Science, Nutrition, Public Health, Zoology, etc.) by the closing date of this announcement. Please reference the specific Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualifications standards for the 0696 education qualifications. Note: Copies of transcripts are required for this announcement; the CSO letters and worksheets previously issued to FSIS employees that documented meeting CSO educational requirements is not sufficient alone to document education; USDA policy requires copies of transcripts for this position.

In order to meet the basic educational requirements for the GS-0701, you will need to have completed a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). The AVMA website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. OR

Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet the following requirements: click here.

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  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployed Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): 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 applications must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

  • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

  • This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.

  • 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 click here.

  • E-Verify: Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

  • More information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses and Schedule A Disabled may be found on the USAJOBS wesite.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

  • Knowledge of scientific discipline; technical skills/knowledge
  • *Information processing*
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Mathematics
  • Communication (Oral/Written)
  • Analytical abilities
  • Leadership Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fsis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=5839AFEF-5C08-4DE5-A38F-A97600F63DB5

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

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The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.

  • *College Transcripts: *If education is required or you are using education to meet qualification requirement, you must submit a legible copy of your college transcripts. The transcript must include your name, the name of the college, and the date a degree was awarded. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

  • Current and former Federal employees:

  • Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND

  • Most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.

  • Current permanent FSA County employees must submit your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.

  • Veteran Hiring Authorities: VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty showing dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. Disabled veterans must include VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after date the certification is submitted.

  • If claiming 10-point veteran’s preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/

  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment: Letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).

  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

  • Other Special Hiring Authority: If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, see the requirements for that authority and submit the required supporting documentation. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/hiring-authorities

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information please visit: PSLF

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

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Agency contact information
Stacey Mosher
Phone

612-659-8547

TDD

800-877-8339

Fax

612-370-2376

Email

Stacey.Mosher@fsis.usda.gov

Address

USDA/Food Safety Inspection Service/Human Resources Operation Division HROD/100 N 6th St., Butler Square West Suire 420C Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403 United States

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Next steps

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log into your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513604700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2018 to 10/25/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Salary: $87,252 to $113,428 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time