Deputy Director

USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service

About the organization

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. Please visit for additional information.

The position is in the Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education (OPACE) located in Washington D.C. OPACE is responsible for planning and executing communication programs that inform and educate a variety of audiences, including Congress, the media, consumer and industry stakeholder organizations, and consumers on FSIS policy and public health responsibilities and activities, foodborne illness prevention, and safe food handling.


Serves as the Deputy Director of the Food Safety Education Staff, which is a first-line supervisor to an immediate staff of professional employees.

Directs national consumer food safety education campaigns and programs.

Provides overall direction, coordination, and editing of food safety educational materials, including communication plans, press releases, blogs, social media postings, articles, and publications.

Leads behavioral research efforts (behavioral/attitude surveys, studies, or focus groups), and incorporates results into food safety education campaigns.

Provides advice and assistance to the Under Secretary for Food Safety, the Administrator, and their immediate staffs on complex food safety education information.


You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service that includes:

Planning and assigning work, scheduling priorities, evaluating performance, and providing advice and counsel on technical or administrative matters to staff;

Directing national consumer food safety education campaigns and programs;

Providing direction, coordination, and editing of food safety education publications; and

Providing direction, coordination, and control to consumer food safety education programs, including planning and implementation of education campaigns and oversight on consumer behavior research.

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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


$122,530 to $159,286 per year (GS-14 grade level)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]


Before responding to this announcement, please review the Terms of Use [PDF]. The Peace Corps is not able to confirm the legitimacy of all positions posted to this jobs board. If you believe an announcement has violated the Peace Corps Terms of Use, please contact [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employment

The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:

The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.

Does this sound like the position for you?

Apply to job