Food Safety and Inspection Service Consumer Safety Inspector in Portland, Oregon

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SPECIFIC VACANCY INFORMATION (Everett, WA): Consumer Safety Inspector, GS-1862-9/10, SJ-519 Establishment: (M18235, Garden Fresh Gormet Foods, Inc., located in Snohomish county) Work Schedule: (Relief, Mon - Fri, 06:00 - 14:30, This a District Wide Relief. Shift and Hours Vary

Rest of US pay rates (locality may adjust pay) GS-09: $50,598 - $65,778 Per Year GS-10: $55,720 - $72,437 Per Year

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Responsibilities

*SPECIFIC VACANCY INFORMATION (Tacoma, WA): * Consumer Safety Inspector, GS-1862-9/10, SJ-519 Establishment: (M9317, Cutting Edge Meat Processor, LLC., located in Pierce county) Work Schedule: (Relief, Mon - Fri, 06:00 - 14:30, This a District Wide Relief;Shift and Hours Vary**

SPECIFIC VACANCY INFORMATION (Portland, OR): * Consumer Safety Inspector, GS-1862-9/10, SJ-519 Establishment: (M18356, Ajinomoto Foods North America., located in Multnomah county) Work Schedule: (Relief, Mon - Fri, 07:00 - 15:30, This a District Wide****Relief. Shift and Hours Vary*

Rest of US pay rates (locality may adjust pay) GS-09: $50,598 - $65,778 Per Year GS-10: $55,720 - $72,437 Per Year****

*As a CSI you will ensure that regulated establishments produce a safe product by executing appropriate inspection methods, determining noncompliance with regulatory requirements, documenting noncompliance and initiating enforcement action, where warranted. Here's what you will be assigned to do:*

  • Verify that meat and poultry slaughter and/or processing establishments’ Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans meet regulatory requirements and are being executed effectively to prevent unsanitary conditions and adulteration of product.
  • GS-9 (SJ-519a): Performs the full range of duties associated with verifying plant HACCP and SSOP plans, sampling, and related activities regarding a multitude of commercial operations and facilities. Learns to adapt to covering a wide variety of operations involving the full range of HACCP processing categories.
  • GS-10 (SJ-519) Involves working in a relief capacity in plants of all types, and often incorporating a district’s entire geographic area. Addresses a variety of problems and issues for which there may be several possible courses of action contained in a wide range of established regulations, practices, and procedures.
  • Independently performs Hazard Analysis Verification (HAV). HAV is an analytical review of establishments' production process in order to ensure regulatory obligations to conduct a food safety hazard analysis.
  • Review records, observe plant operations and conduct hands-on verification to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. You will prepare detailed documentation (Non-Compliance Records) of noncompliance with regulatory requirements. You will determine when regulatory control action is necessary. You will assess whether the plants corrective or preventative actions are acceptable and effective, if there are trends in noncompliance, or if enforcement action is warranted.

  • Conduct regulatory oversight activities inside plants in matters relating to other consumer protections (e.g., economic adulteration and misbranding).

  • Have contact with plant managers, owners and others to explain legal and regulatory requirements, discuss operation of the plants SSOP, HACCP plan and other food safety programs. You will communicate on and defend determinations on noncompliance issues and discuss plans for addressing non-compliance. You will also work with a variety of individuals to resolve problems, clarify differences of interpretation concerning HACCP and other food safety or consumer protection requirements and you will advise other Agency inspectors, supervisors and officers on inspection and enforcement matters for which you are involved. You may conduct various samplings, surveys and tests to obtain pertinent data on potential problem areas, industry trends, or other issues of current interest to the Agency.

  • You may be involved in performing health and safety verification sampling and tests for detection of specific microbes (e.g., salmonella, listeria, etc.), residues or contaminants. You may also perform direct, structured sampling involving Protein Fat Free (PFF), undeclared species, undeclared ingredients or suspected economic violations involving net weight or labeling.

Travel Required

76% or greater - Travel required may vary, depending on geographical assignment.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

10

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1862 Consumer Safety Inspection

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a current FSIS Employee or USDA Career Transition Eligible (CTAP)
  • Meet Time-In Grade (TIG) by completing 52 weeks at next lower grade
  • Resume documenting 52 weeks of Specialized Experience
  • Training As a Condition of Employment (TCOE) is required
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

All applicants (including FSIS employees) must provide a copy of their Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that includes, tenure and career-conditional/career status and preferably includes position title, series and grade.[Note: FSIS bargaining unit employees are exempted from this requirement in accordance with the Labor Management Agreement]

This is a Bargaining Unit position covered by the National Joint Council (NJC) of Food Inspection Locals.

If you are a current FSIS employee and a non-competitive applicant (reassignment, change to lower grade, or noncompetitive re-promotion) wanting consideration for this position, you must complete the on-line application process and/or apply to the Voluntary Reassignment System. **In order to apply to the Voluntary Reassignment System, you must submit a hard copy of "Form 4335-3, Employee Request for Reassignment within Field Operations". The required form(s) must be filled out and mailed to:

USDA, FSIS, HROD Butler Square West, Suite 420C 100 N Sixth Street Minneapolis, MN 55403.**

Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance.

Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements within 30 days after 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-08 grade level for consideration for the GS-09 grade level.)

*For the GS-09 level: * Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-08 level) (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

For the GS-10 level:Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

Specialized experience includes: working with the Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts in order to inspect meat, poultry and egg products; working with basic SSOP and HACCP principles and practices in order to verify plant HACCP and SSOP responsibilities; performing basic mathematics and elementary statistical concepts and methods to perform testing and sampling procedures and experience in reaching and interpreting conclusions.

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.

Please view OPM's Qualifications Standards, Consumer Safety Inspector Series, GS-1862.

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  • This position has a training program requirement as a condition of employment (TCOE). If selected, you must successfully complete a 4-week training program, the Inspection Methods course, at a designated location which may require travel outside the duty location for an extended period. This training is necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of a CSI to further the mission of the Office of Field Operations and FSIS. You must begin the training within 90 days of the effective date of your selection, and you must successfully complete it within 12 months of the effective date of your selection. Failure to successfully complete the training may result in returning you to your former position (depending on availability and the needs of the Agency); or if qualified, be offered another position at the same or lower grade than the position held immediately before accepting the covered position; or removal from Federal Service.

  • THIS POSITION REQUIRES A PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL. (Applicants hired under CTAP) Position Requirements.

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

  • If selection is made below GS-10, promotion to that level may be made without further competition, upon completion of 12 months of satisfactory performance.

  • This announcement may be used to fill additional like vacancies should any occur in the announced duty location.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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).

  • 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. See more information at: CHCO Council.

  • More information on applying under special hiring authoritiessuch as Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30% Disabled Veterans, Certain military spouses, and schedule A disabled may be found on the USAJOBs website.

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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 education, experience, 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:
  • Communication - Oral and Written
  • Mathematics
  • Attention to Detail
  • Problem Solving
  • Dependability
  • 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. Non-Competitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.
  • REMINDER Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described in 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.

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 or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

To view the application form, visit: https://fsis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=2CAD8068-158B-4871-8EF7-A992010CAF4E

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

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.

Other required documents may include: **

  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP:** 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.

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. veterans preference) 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.

If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

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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Benefits

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.

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. For an overview, please visit: Benefits For Federal Employees.

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

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 the instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.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 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agent 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.

If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment office, or another establishment that provides internet service to complete online application and the assessment questionnaire. If this is not an option, refer to the Alternative Methods for Applying section below for specific instructions.

*Alternative Methods for Applying: * If you are unable to apply using the internet, please fax your request for an application package along with your name and mailing address to: 612-370-2060.

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Agency contact information
Barbara Walton
Phone

612-659-8545

TDD

800-877-8339

Fax

612-370-2376

Email

barbara.walton@fsis.usda.gov

Address

USDA, FSIS, HROD 100 N. 6th Street, Suite 420C Minneapolis, MN, 55403 USA

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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/516510400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 11/07/2018 to 11/20/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 09 - 10

Salary: $50,598 to $72,437 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time