July 24, 2018
“The professional staff of the FDA is the pillar of our mission to protect and promote the public health. Everyone at the FDA has a unique and vital role to play in advancing that mission. And we’re committed to supporting our workforce and recruiting the next generation of talented, dedicated and highly trained colleagues,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “As part of that effort to attract and retain a world-class workforce, today we’re delighted to announce an important new recruitment campaign that’s focused on helping the FDA hire the people who will help us continue to meet the challenges of today's rapid advances in science, medicine, and technology. We encourage everyone to follow our ‘FDA Jobs’ Twitter handle and share our employment opportunities through their own social media networks. We’re hopeful that this increased public engagement will put our job vacancy announcements in front of talented people who share our passion for advancing public health and the mission of the FDA.”
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the launch of a new public campaign that is focused on recruiting skilled and dedicated employees who want to help the FDA advance its public health mission. The new campaign includes print advertisements at rail stations, in rail cars and on buses in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) system. We have targeted our recruitment campaign to prospective employees with a new graphic and slogan – “You want to make a difference. FDA wants to hire you.” In addition to appearing within the WMATA system, this graphic and slogan will now serve as the unified brand for all of the FDA’s recruitment materials.
The new campaign is part of the agency’s broader efforts to help the FDA attract the best and brightest candidates using new human resources’ authorities provided to the agency through the 21st Century Cures Act. The FDA launched a pilot program focused on aligning the right people with the right skills to the right positions in November 2017. To date, the pilot’s important work has included an ambitious effort to improve recruitment and retention across the agency with the establishment of new hiring procedures using updated, centralized systems that are designed to directly support the FDA’s hiring objectives.
Because social media has become an important tool for employee recruitment, the next phase of the FDA’s modernized hiring and recruitment process is to build a stronger social media presence. That’s why the FDA recently took steps to consolidate all its hiring-related social media platforms to make it easier for people to find and share recruitment materials and job announcements via social media.
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.