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Food Safety Specialist #01349

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To be considered for this position, you must complete a Commonwealth of Virginia application for employment (i.e. state application) through the on-line "Virginia Jobs" (RMS) employment site no later than the cut-off date stated in this announcement. VDACS is an equal opportunity employer & encourages candidates with disabilities to apply. Please note that VDACS does not accept resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application; therefore, the application must be detailed and fully completed (including periods of unemployment if applicable). Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide descriptive information. Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may result in your non-selection. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted for consideration. Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position. Finally, if you have a "yellow form" or "blue form" issued by a state agency as related to the Layoff Policy, this document must be received by VDACS prior to the application deadline in order to be considered. Fax to 804-371-8879, call 804-371-8066, or email to hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. THIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT. Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Food Safety Specialist #01349
Role Title Environmental Specialist I - 59031
Job Open Date 01/09/2018
Job Close Date 01/25/2018
Open Until Filled
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)? No
Hiring Range $40,148 - $57,850
Agency Dept of Agri & Cons Services (301)
Agency Website http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/
Location Arlington - 013
Sublocation Fairfax
Position Number 01349
Job Posting Number 1033075
Type of Recruitment General Public - G
Does this position have telework options? No
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference No
Job Type Full-Time (Salaried)
Job Type Detail Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Pay Band 04
Job Description

The work territory is Arlington and Alexandria as well as certain zip codes in Fairfax and Loudon Counties.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a self-motivated person to become part of our Food Safety team. This position is responsible for the evaluation of food processes and the enforcement of the Virginia Food Laws and related federal and state regulations. Duties include evaluating the condition of food processing facilities relative to food safety and food defense; assisting new and existing food processing technologies and food labeling at manufacturing operations and retail food establishments; investigating complaints; conducting food borne illness investigations; collecting official samples of food and food related products; reviewing new food business proposals and assisting in the development of safe food processes; and evaluating and interpreting nutritional related claims for foods and dietary supplements.

The selected individual will establish and work from a home office under the guidance and direction of a regional field office.

The successful candidate will be required to live in or convenient to the assigned territory. The use of a state vehicle will be provided.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of food safety practices and principles; food processing theory and practices; and dietary supplement safety including structure function claims and labeling. Possess proficient computers skills and standard office applications. Exceptional customer service skills; a verifiable ability to communicate effectively (oral and written); work well with the public under stressful situations as well as the ability to interpret and apply laws & regulations and to independently plan, organize and execute job duties including investigating complaints. The ability to assume extensive responsibility, exhibit initiative and reliability, and work independently and in a team environment; to make autonomous decisions and to take appropriate actions in diverse circumstances and environments; to respond to emergency situations and other assigned duties during both traditional and non-traditional work periods; and to effectively plan and organize work activities. Additionally, good visual acuity and the ability to walk, bend, stretch, crouch and lift light loads up to 40 lbs. is needed. Must have (or be eligible for) and maintain a valid Virginia driver’s license and have a driving record that reflects a sense of responsibility for highway safety. Must be able to meet retail standardization requirements within 18 months of hire & be able to obtain and maintain FDA credentials. H.S Diploma/GED required.

Preferred Qualifications

Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Health or a related field. Experience applying food safety principles, food processing and related quality and safety controls at the government level and working knowledge of HACCP (especially as pertaining to seafood) and Virginia Food Laws is also preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.

Special Requirements

Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered for this position, you must complete a Commonwealth of Virginia application for employment (i.e. state application) through the on-line “Virginia Jobs” (RMS) employment site no later than the cut-off date stated in this announcement. VDACS is an equal opportunity employer & encourages candidates with disabilities to apply.

Please note that VDACS does not accept resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application; therefore, the application must be detailed and fully completed (including periods of unemployment if applicable).

Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide descriptive information.

Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may result in your non-selection.

This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted for consideration.

Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position.

Finally, if you have a “yellow form” or “blue form” issued by a state agency as related to the Layoff Policy, this document must be received by VDACS prior to the application deadline in order to be considered. Fax to 804-371-8879, call 804-371-8066, or email to hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. THIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT.

Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Contact Information

Name Human Resources
Phone (804) 371-8066
Fax
Email hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov
Address

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Ensure that you application is detailed and completed in full.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only);
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  2. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  3. * How did you find this employment opportunity?
    • State Recruitment Management System (RMS)
    • Agency Website or Bulletin Board
    • Job Board (Indeed, Monster, Dice, etc.)
    • Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)
    • Newspaper or Professional Journal (Please specify below)
    • Career Fair or Job Event (Please specify below)
    • VEC (Virginia Employment Commission)
    • Radio/TV (Please specify below)
    • Other (Please specify below)
  4. * Please specify the actual source from your response to question #3 above (Name of newspaper, Journal Title, Job Board, Career Fair, Agency Website, Social Media Type, etc.) If unknown or none, enter: N/A.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * In accordance with the Governor’s guidance on Virginia’s participation in the Employer of National Service initiative, are you an alumnus of a federal national public service volunteer organization such as the Peace Corp, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America? If yes, please specify the organization and your dates of service.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Did you fully complete your application, with details, keeping in mind that this is the only document that will be reviewed in order to assess your qualifications for this position? (VDACS does not accept resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application; therefore, submitting an incomplete application or an application lacking in detail, including periods of unemployment, may result in your non-selection.)
    • Yes
    • No

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