Job Title:VMO (Public Health) (Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian)
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Food Safety and Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:FSIS-2014-VMO-0389
/ Per Year|
|Tuesday, September 30, 2014 to
Tuesday, September 29, 2015|
SERIES & GRADE:
|Many vacancies in the following location(s):|
North Pole, AK
WHO MAY APPLY:
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
|Public Trust - Background Investigation|
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.
This is an excellent opportunity to seek a greater leadership role and responsibility in public health. If you are a new, mid career, or experienced professional interested in a Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) career, this job is for you!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
- This open continuous announcement is to collect applications from applicants and fill vacant positions as they become available.
- Once a request to fill an open position in a specific geographic location arrives in Human Resources, only qualified applicants with the matching geographic location(s) will be considered.
- To ensure continued interest and availability, your application is only valid for 6 months (180 days) or the closing date of this announcement, whichever comes first.
- You will receive an email notification to remind you to re-verify your continued interest.
- Occasional Travel
- At Agency Discretion. For example, some positions will require travel from establishment to establishment during the workweek and/or travel away from home for 1-5 nights per month or more if needed.
- US Citizenship is required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Successful completion of a background investivation
- Successful completion of a pre-employment physical
- Training as a condition of employment
Our Public Health Veterinarian's are valued members of a dynamic team. Most importantly, you are in a pivotal role from day one and your work has visible impact.
- Plan, organize, coordinate and adapt the full range of meat and poultry inspection operations in slaughter and/or processing establishments;
- Ensure establishments meet requirements of the Pathogen Reduction and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations;
- Oversee consumer protection, non-food safety concerns such as proper labeling and packaging;
- Serve as team leader who works with and supervises other public health professionals to ensure establishments under our jurisdiction comply with sanitation standards and properly implement systems that control hazards from entering the food supply;
- Enforce the Federal meat and poultry inspection procedures prior to slaughter and throughout the entire establishment, including humane handling, ante-mortem inspection, post-mortem inspection, processing operations, veterinary dispositions, and transportation and distribution of meat, poultry, and egg products to markets and retail stores.
Please reference the specific Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualifications standards for the 0701 Job Series.
You may apply to this announcement up to six (6) months prior to receiving your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL:
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
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements.
- Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)
- Possession of a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT).
- Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. Under this provision, equivalency is established only if an AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college accepts the graduates final transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational program, or training program (e.g. residency or graduate program).
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE;
- Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing; OR
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.
English language proficiency assessments may also be waived for qualified job applicants whose native language is English (i.e. the official or common language of an individual's country of birth is English) AND they submit a diploma or other official documentation from the school as proof of graduation from a high (secondary) school where the entire curriculum and educational programs of the school is taught in the English language for the entire three or four years of full-time attendance.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL:
You must have completed at least one year of post DVM specialized veterinary experience that demonstrates the ability to independently perform the veterinary medical duties required of the position
You must have a Masters degree, from an accredited college, in an area of specialization*; or successfully completed two years of an internship, residency program or fellowship training program in a discipline related to this position.
*Area of specialization, including but not limited to, animal science, avian medicine, food safety, infectious diseases, veterinary clinical sciences, pathobiology, biomedical sciences, veterinary anatomy, veterinary preventive medicine, comparative biological sciences, epidemiology, veterinary parasitology, molecular veterinary biosciences, public health, microbiology, pathology, immunology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, wildlife, zoological animal medicine, or sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS AND INFORMATION:
Functional Requirements and Environmental Factors
Training As A Condition of Employment (TCOE)
On The Job Training Statement
This position requires a Pre-Employment Physical.
Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may require a Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance or be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.
If selected, you will be required to have the official transcripts sent directly from your college, in a sealed envelope or a secure, certified official electronic format, to our Human Resources Operations Division Office (Minneapolis, MN), prior to entering on duty. If you receive a tentative offer for a position, and do not provide official transcripts as specified above, your tentative offer will be withdrawn.
If selected, false documents and statements can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
Subject to satisfactory completion of one-year probationary or trial period (unless prior service is creditable)
Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probation period (unless prior service is creditable).
If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your first day of work (entry on duty) is 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Office of Personnel Management has granted Direct Hire Authority government-wide for Veterinary Medical Officer Positions. There is a critical hiring need in severe shortage locations and these positions play an important role in protecting the nation’s food supply. This authority permits hiring without regard to certain competitive requirements. For more information: Click Here
Prior to issuing a referral list, we will review your resume and transcript(s) to ensure that you meet the qualification requirements for the grade(s) selected.
- Applicants are not rated or ranked numerically. Applicants are still strongly encouraged to provide complete information about their job-related experience and education. Your resume must document that you meet the Qualification Requirements detailed above.
- All applicants who meet the qualifications AND specific geographic location of the vacant position will be referred to the selecting official in last name order
- Veteran’s preference does not apply due to the existence of the Direct Hire authority for this position. Applicants are still strongly encouraged to provide documentation related to veterans preference.
Since applicants are not rated or ranked, we recommend that applicants demonstrate possession of the following competencies within the body of their resume for review by Selecting Official; no separate statements addressing them are required.
- Communication Skills – The ability to listen effectively, demonstrate understanding, clarify meaning for others, and speak with clarity and precision; to communicate with a diverse audience; and to write clearly and concisely.
- Leadership - The ability to organize tasks and to lead people effectively; to guide and coach others to improve their skills and achieve challenging goals; to inspire and motivate others; and to solicit and consider others’ opinions. The ability and willingness to make recommendations to improve inspection systems or procedures; demonstrate a strong work ethic, meet commitments, and seek out and accomplish professional development activities.
- Facilitation Skills/Negotiation - The ability to facilitate productive meetings or groups, generating discussion and involvement from others, achieving mutually beneficial resolutions to issues, bringing conflicts toward resolution by bringing issues into the open and attempting to resolve them in a collaborative manner, and giving fair consideration to everyone’s views.
- Problem Solving/Judgment - The ability to gather, examine, and interpret information from different sources to generate or evaluate effective solutions to problems and make sound decisions to generate alternate approaches to solving problems when needed to be aware of the likely consequences and implications of decisions, generate and implement new and useful ideas, “think outside the box”, explore alternatives, take risks and try new approaches.
- Planning/Time Management - The ability to plan and organize time in order to work both productively and efficiently as well as to maximize the quantity and quality of work; and to set priorities, determine long term vs. short-term priorities, and complete assigned tasks within schedule constraints.
To view the application form, visit: https://fsis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=062e4877-6ccb-4dc8-9aa3-a3a30113d9fb
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: Click Here
We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information please visit: PSLF Program
FSIS offers various Recruitment Incentives to newly hired veterinarians. For example, a tiered sign-on bonus in difficult staff duty location! Please Click Here
for more information.
NOTE: Incentives offered based on Agency needs and are subject to change or termination. Incentives may require a Service Agreement.
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. For More Information
If selected for a position with further promotion potential, you are placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
Per Public Law 104-134, all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license
HOW TO APPLY:
Please read the entire announcement and the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.
- You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically.
- We are available to assist you during normal business hours.
- Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office for an alternate method.
- All electronic and hardship application packages with supporting documents must be complete to be considered.
- This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: In your USAJOBS account, you will have the opportunity to select your stored USAJOBS resume, create a new resume or upload a resume, and upload other relevant documents. All uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). See "Required Documents" for details.
Step 3: Click "Apply Online", answer all required questions, verify the documents you selected from USAJobs transferred into the Agency’s staffing system, and attach any additional documents that may not have transferred or be required.
NOTE: It is applicant’s responsibility to submit updated information. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
You must submit a complete Application Package. It is your responsibility to ensure required documents is received. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions or documents, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
- A resume should be provided. It should include relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties and salary), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry.
- Provide specific and detailed information about work experience and job duties.
- Include all starting and ending dates for each job you have held and include full time or part time hours worked on average per week.
- List any licenses you hold and college degrees you have earned, including the type of degree and where earned.
NOTE:If selected, the information provided within resume/application package will determine certain recruitment incentives.
- PROOF OF DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE (DVM) DEGREE OR EQUIVALENT:
- Legible scanned copy of your college transcripts showing your conferred DVM or
- If applicable, submit a Copy of current licenses (e.g., a license to practice veterinary medicine conferred by a state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners) or
- If applicable, submit A certificate (e.g., Diplomat in a specialty area of veterinary medicine, completion of a qualifying internship, residency, or Fellowship in veterinary medicine) that is indicative of possessing the educational requirements of the announcement.
- Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must submit required documents (e.g., proof of ECFVG certification; or copy of Veterinary license; or Letter documenting acceptance into an advanced degree, post graduate, residency or graduate program at an AVMA accredited veterinary medical school; AND an English proficiency score report documenting required acceptable minimum scores, from TOEFL, IELTS or CAEL) that prove basic qualification for this position as stated in OPM’s qualification standards.
- If you are applying (up to six months) prior to completing your DVM degree, you must submit transcripts showing you are currently enrolled in your DVM program.
- IF APPLICABLE, CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTS: To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, surplus or displaced Federal employee must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and 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.
NOTE: 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 Agencys staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agencys 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).
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were qualified and/or referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application.
Application packages may or may not be reviewed for eligibility prior to a vacancy being identified. If you are determined qualified, that does not mean there is an open position in your geographic location(s).
You will be contacted directly if further evaluation or interview is required.
Additional Duty Location Info
Many vacancies in the following locations:
North Pole, AK
Baker Hill, AL
Union Springs, AL
De Queen, AR
Fort Smith, AR
Green Forest, AR
Pine Bluff, AR
Los Angeles, CA
Los Banos, CA
Pico Rivera, CA
Colorado Springs, CO
Fort Collins, CO
Fort Morgan, CO
Grand Junction, CO
Stafford Springs, CT
Washington DC, DC
Center Hill, FL
Live Oak, FL
Moore Haven, FL
Zolfo Springs, FL
Buena Vista, GA
Pine Mountain Valley, GA
Columbus Junction, IA
Des Moines, IA
Iowa City, IA
Sioux Center, IA
Sioux City, IA
Storm Lake, IA
West Liberty, IA
Idaho Falls, ID
Twin Falls, ID
Arkansas City, KS
De Soto, KS
Dodge City, KS
Bowling Green, KY
West Groton, MA
Mount Airy, MD
Union City, MI
Buffalo Lake, MN
Cannon Falls, MN
Cold Spring, MN
Long Prairie, MN
Pelican Rapids, MN
Saint Cloud, MN
South Saint Paul, MN
Thief River Falls, MN
Poplar Bluff, MO
Saint Joseph, MO
South West City, MO
Bay Springs, MS
Great Falls, MT
Lumber Bridge, NC
Mount Olive, NC
Rose Hill, NC
Saint Pauls, NC
Siler City, NC
Tar Heel, NC
New Rockford, ND
Dakota City, NE
Grand Island, NE
North Haverhill, NH
Green Village, NJ
Santa Fe, NM
Brasher Falls, NY
New York, NY
Newark Valley, NY
South Fallsburg, NY
Stone Ridge, NY
West Valley, NY
Bowling Green, OH
Saint Henry, OH
Broken Bow, OK
Klamath Falls, OR
New Holland, PA
New Oxford, PA
West Columbia, SC
Sioux Falls, SD
Chapel Hill, TN
College Grove, TN
Lenoir City, TN
Union City, TN
College Station, TX
Corpus Christi, TX
Del Rio, TX
El Paso, TX
Fort Hancock, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Mount Pleasant, TX
San Angelo, TX
San Antonio, TX
Salt Lake City, UT
Glen Allen, VA
New Market, VA
Moses Lake, WA
Black Earth, WI
Eau Claire, WI
Green Bay, WI