Staff Officer - Pathways Recent Graduate
Department Of Agriculture - Washington, DC

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Mission Statement: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

We offer opportunities for future merit-based promotion, career enhancement, and professional development; flexible work schedules; and transit subsidies in some locations. For more information about the agency, visit FSIS .

This is an appointment under the USDA Recent Graduates program.

This is an Excepted Service Appointment.

The Recent Graduates Program provides developmental experiences in the Federal Government. It is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who, within the previous two years, graduated from qualifying educational institutions with an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying educational institutions.

The program duration is one year.

Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

Appointee must complete 40 hours of formal interactive training.

Appointee must sign a USDA Pathways Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement.

The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period.

Appointee must be a U.S. citizen.

The position is located in Washington D.C. and the work schedule is full time flexible.

This is an AP Band 3 and 4 position. The AP Band 3 is equivalent to the GS-9/11 and the AP Band 4 is equivalent to the GS-12/13. If selected at the AP Band 3, after successful completion of the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, the participant may be eligible to be non-competitively converted to a position at the AP 4 level.

Salary range for Band 3 is $51,630 to $81,204 and Band 4 is $74,872 to 115,742.

Initial appointments to positions for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) occupations may be made at the GS–11 equivalent level, if you possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree directly related to the STEM position.

Click here for more information on the Pathways Programs.

This position is located in the Risk, Innovations, and Management Staff (RIMS) Office of Policy and Program Development (OPPD), FSIS. For more information about the agency, visit FSIS Website.

This position is currently covered by the Public Health Human Resources System (PHHRS) Demonstration Project. Please visit: Why PHHRS? How does it benefit employees?
KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. CITIZENSHIP
MALES BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 MUST BE REGISTERED WITH SELECTIVE SERVICE
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
THE DURATION OF THE RECENT GRADUATE APPT CONSTITUTES A TRIAL PERIOD

EDUCATION (SEE QUALIFICATIONS) DUTIES:
As a Microbiologist/Veterinary Medical Officer/Food Technologist /Chemist (Staff Officer), here is a brief description of some of the duties:

Assists in providing key leadership and program direction in developing regulatory policy regarding existing and new meat, poultry, and egg regulations to ensure regulatory policy fully accommodates HACCP/pathogen reduction initiatives of the Agency.

Establishes national policies on methods to reduce or control the hazards affecting wholesomeness of meat and poultry and egg products and the collection, development, and interpretation of basic scientific data on which to base these policy decisions.

Provides key leadership and program directing in developing regulatory policy regarding performance standards and risk management and the impact on meat, poultry, and egg products.

Makes substantial recommendations to top Agency officials through the RIMS Director concerning significant trends and issues that may require regulatory action by major program offices.

Disseminates performance standard information useful to scientific and technical personnel both inside and outside the agency, and keep abreast of current trends and new developments that may impact Agency programs and the meat, poultry, and egg industries.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
The Chemist/Microbiologist/ Food Technologist/Veterinary Medical Officer (Staff Officer) position is an interdisciplinary position. This job may be filled by one of four (4) different job series. You must meet all of the requirements for at least one of the job series in order to be considered. The requirements are: 1. Education 2. Specialized experience

1. Education Requirements : All four (4) job series (403/701/1320/1382) have an education requirement. Please review the Required Documents Section for transcript requirement to prove basic eligibility.

Applicants to the AP-403, MICROBIOLOGIST series: A Bachelor's degree in one of following fields: microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, OR courses equivalent to a major in any of these fields, as well as the appropriate experience as defined in the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE section of this announcement. For additional information on how to qualify please visit the AP-403 qualification standards .

Applicants to the AP-701, VETERINARY MEDICAL OFFICER , series: A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) 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 web site has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. AVMA web site: click here OR Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet the following requirements: click here Please reference the specific Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualifications standards for the 0701 Series .

Applicants to the AP-1320, CHEMIST series: A bachelor's degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics OR college coursework equivalent to a major in related disciplines shown above including 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, and appropriate experience as defined in the SPECIALIZED EXPEREINCE section of this vacancy announcement. For additional information on how to qualify please visit the AP-1320 qualification standards .

Applicants to the AP-1382, FOOD TECHNOLOGIST series: A bachelor's degree in: food technology, dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or biological or physical science that was comprised of at least 30 semester hours in basic biological and physical sciences, and included 20 semester hours in food technology OR college coursework equivalent to a major in any of these fields and appropriate experience as defined in the SPECIALIZED EXPEREINCE section of this vacancy announcement. For additional information on how to qualify please visit the AP-1382 qualification standards .

2. Specialized Experience Requirements: Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of creditable specialized experience include:

AP-4 : One year of experience that is equivalent to the experience that would have been gained at the next lower grade level (AP-3 if applying for the AP-4) if employed in the Federal service. Experience may include serving as a recognized scientific expert for an organization or staff, writing scientific policies and/or procedures on a national or organization-wide scale, serving as a lead or major contributor on scientific-based projects including planning, formulating, coordinating and implementing policies, programs or activities at or above the next lower grade level than the grade to which applying. *Applicants that are applying under the AP-701 Veterinary Medical Officer Series may use additional education, certifications, or training in-lieu of the specialized experience requirement for the AP-4 band level. Documentation showing completion of the addition education, certifications, or training must be provided at time of application. For additional information on qualifications please visit the AP-701 qualification standards .

AP-3 : One year of experience that is equivalent to the experience that would have been gained at the next lower grade level (AP-3 if applying for the AP-4) if employed in the Federal service. Experience may include drafting or contributing to written scientific policies and/or procedures on a departmental, local, or regional scale, and working on and contributing to scientific based projects. ***The Veterinary Medical Officer series does not have a specialized experience requirement at the AP-3 level. Applicants to this series only need to meet the minimum education requirements and the time-in-band/time-in-grade requirements. All other applicants can use education in-lieu of specialized experience (e.g. a Ph.D. or a master's degree). Please see the How to Apply section about submitting required documentation. For additional information on qualifying substitutions of education please click this link . All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Please view OPM's Qualifications Standards Handbook.

To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

RECENT GRADUATES PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following requirements;

Completed all requirements for an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two (2)years; OR

Completed all requirements for an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution on or after December 27, 2010, and before July 10, 2012 (eligibility under this provision expires July 10, 2014); OR

Individuals who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon release or discharge from active duty. This eligibility period cannot extend more than 6 years from the date on which the requirements for the academic course of study were met.

***If qualifying based on education, you must submit your transcripts. These items should include course title, school name/location, date completed, grade, and number of credits. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted at this time. However, if selected you must provide a copy of your official transcripts before starting work in the position. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating.

We will review your resume and transcripts to ensure you meet basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualifications you will be placed in one of three quality categories based on your answers to the on-line occupational questions: Best-Qualified, Well-Qualified, or Qualified. These answers must be supported by your resume and/or other documentation you provide. Responses that are not supported by your resume and/or other documentation may eliminate you from consideration and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

Names of candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent to the selecting official for consideration.

The occupational questions will evaluate you on the following competencies: Technical Competence, Creative Thinking, Analytical Skills and Writing.

Veteran's Preference: Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category, before non-preference eligibles in that category. Preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the Best- Qualified category on the referral list. XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles within their assigned category. For additional information on entitlements, click here: Fedshirevets

**REMINDER** Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficiently detailed information to clearly support the competencies. All information used to evaluate your application must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted.
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BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. To find out more visit: Benefits Of Working For The Federal Government .

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

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an Executive Agency of the Federal Government. Click here: for more information .

The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period.

This position may be eligible for telework and/or other flexible work arrangements.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This announcement may be used to fill additional, like vacancies should any occur in the commuting area.

If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

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.

FSIS Utilizes E-verify to verify identity and Employment Eligibility. What If you have a concern that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or you feel you have been discriminated during the verification process based on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515). For more information on E-Verify, you may contact DHS at 1-888-464¬4218.

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