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Job opening: Interdisciplinary Quality Assurance Manager

Salary: $128 717 - 167 336 per year
Relocation: YES
City: Albany
Published at: Mar 26 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
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. The incumbent serves as Laboratory Quality Assurance Manager with designated authorities and responsibilities outlined in the laboratory quality manual and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for testing laboratories.


The incumbent has oversight and responsibilities for the Laboratory Quality Assurance Plan, Chemical Hygiene Plan, Biological Safety Program, and Radiation Safety Program. The incumbent has direct access and input at the laboratory's highest level of authority at which decisions are made on laboratory policy or resources; provides guidance to laboratory staff and OPHS personnel regarding the laboratory quality system. Serves as quality assurance expert and as an information resource between the Field Service Laboratory (FSL) and representatives from other OPHS divisions, federal agencies, state and local governments, international agencies, etc. The incumbent performs laboratory audits and targeted assessments, acts as liaison during external audits, and prepares and compiles the laboratory response to audit reports. Documents through objective evidence whether the laboratory is compliant with the overall quality assurance system and analytical methodology. The incumbent continually evaluates laboratory safety, health, security and environmental practices and programs and provides technical guidance. The incumbent conducts quarterly inspections of laboratory operations to verify compliance with applicable occupational safety and health regulations and established procedures.


  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Must pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/
  • False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from federal service.


This position is interdisciplinary and may be filled with either the 1320-chemistry series or the 0403-microbiology series. In addition to the specialized experience requirement, both series have a basic requirement that you must meet to qualify. You can meet the IOR for the chemistry series with education or a combination of education and experience: Degree: 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. Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience, or additional education. You can meet the IOR for the microbiology series with undergraduate education, a combination of education and experience or graduate education. Degree: 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 their equivalent. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Graduate Education: Microbiology, or a specific area of study such as bacteriology, virology, mycology, algology, protozoology, parasitology, immunology, serology, microbial genetics, or soil microbiology; or specific applied fields of microbiology such as clinical and public health microbiology, food technology, production processes, industrial fermentation, pollution, etc. Time in grade: You must have completed 52 weeks at the GS-12 grade or its equivalent in the federal service. Specialized experience: You must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade. Your resume must clearly describe in detail how your experience meets each of the following requirements. Performing microbiological or chemical laboratory analyses in a food laboratory setting Working in a laboratory with a quality assurance or quality control program. Analyzing or reviewing microbiological or chemical data. Providing oral briefings, updates, or presentations involving microbiology or chemistry. Writing or participating in the creation or revision of scientific or quality system documents involving microbiology or chemistry. Experience in one of the following areas: developing project objectives, developing a plan to complete goals and objectives, working on a project to complete goals and deliverables, or evaluating methods, policies, or procedures for support of established guidelines. 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.


Transcripts are required. You must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, it must include student name, school name, and enough information to validate qualifications such as course names, prefixes, grades, semester or quarter credit hours, date degree was awarded, etc. If you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been obtained from an accredited school, college, or university,

To verify your institution's credentialing, visit Dept. of Education Accredited Schools.

If any education was completed at a foreign institution, you must submit evidence that the institute was accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. Follow this link for a list of private organizations that evaluate education: National Association of Credential Evaluation Services .


  • Address Food Safety and Inspection Service 1400 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20250 US
  • Name: Gary McCann
  • Phone: (612) 852-7706
  • Email: [email protected]


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