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HHS and FDA Mission-Critical Positions

Presentation by Kim Holden, Assistant Commissioner for Management, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the HHS and FDA Virtual Hiring Event, Nov. 3, 2011

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Hello, I am Kim Holden, the Assistant Commissioner for Management. Welcome to our virtual hiring fair.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a premiere Federal agency that actively recruits dedicated and diverse employees for its mission critical medical and science positions to strengthen its public health mission.  Typically, the FDA is known for hiring qualified physicians, chemists, microbiologists, food inspectors, and consumer safety officers.  However, this is only a partial listing of the job opportunities available at the FDA.  The agency also utilizes the services of statisticians, mathematicians, accountants, attorneys, IT professionals, administrative technicians, and interns.

These non-science based positions are part of the intricate network of professionals that work together to achieve the important regulatory and non-regulatory work that ultimately safeguards the American public.  We have several positions that support our mission administratively.  For example we have program support specialist positions.  These individuals do everything from answering the phones, timekeeping, and filing reports. We have budget officers who manage payroll and operating funds and help plan future funding.  Also we hire IT support staff that provide direct support to our employees for their computers. HHS and FDA is continually looking for qualified, hardworking people who believe in the importance and nobility of pubic service.  Such potential candidates offer the agency the level of commitment it requires to fulfill its promise to serve honorably and with the utmost integrity.

In addition to the wide gamut of job opportunities, HHS and FDA also provide a high standard of quality work life for its employees, which includes flexible work schedules, tele-working and hoteling; competitive salaries, health benefits, and the ability to earn annual and sick leave.  The FDA realizes that its most important asset is its employees.  As such, many of its policies and activities are geared toward promoting, employee engagement and high morale among its workforce.  Many offices, offer their employees, opportunities that allow them to continue their education, or pay for existing student loans.

The FDA provides its employees an exciting environment with many opportunities for growth. For instance, the FDA has field offices throughout the nation to include Alaska, Puerto Rico and Hawaii, as well as our international offices in places such as India, China, Europe, Central and South America.  FDA employees enjoy the opportunity to work in these fascinating locations.  Every FDA employee is part of a dynamic, and growing organization that is always at the forefront, of new products that save lives, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans.  The FDA is a model employer and through its many services represents what is best about public service.