Public Health Communicator - Food Safety

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education

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.


• In this position, you are responsible for disseminating information policies and programs in support of Agency goals to a variety of public and internal audiences. This position is responsible for educating stakeholders and the general public about agency policy and public health initiatives.
• The incumbent is assigned major, high visibility projects important to the Agency's food safety and public health initiatives.
• The incumbent provides the necessary liaison and coordination required with OPACE. The incumbent delivers speeches and makes presentation before targeted and diverse audiences to provide education on the Agency's mission, objectives, and accomplishments.
• The incumbent performs special assignments a) developing materials on food safety and relevant public health matters for information campaigns; b) reviewing impact of outreach initiatives and making recommendations for improvement; and c) keeping abreast of food safety and public health issues.
• The incumbent serves as a spokesperson for the Agency on issues related to food safety and product recalls to the media, public interested groups, and national organizations.


The ideal candidate for this position will be able to communicate with a diverse audience with varied backgrounds, to professionally represent the agency and to complete tasks independently and in a timely manner.

Who May Apply:
• You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
• You must successfully pass a background investigation.
• Selective Service registration is required.

You may qualify for this position at the GS-13 level (starting salary $99,172) if you possess the following: one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level that demonstrates the following:

1. developing, implementing and evaluating community-based programs;
2. developing scenario-based drills and exercises, community-based toolkits, and preparedness outreach and resource materials; and
3. facilitating and managing training events, exercises, workshops and meetings. 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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Security Clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation


$99,172 to $128,920 (GS-13 grade level)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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; and 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.

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