Deputy Director, Office of Food Additive Safety

College Park, Maryland
Sep 25, 2020
Oct 22, 2020
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is recruiting for the recently-vacated position of Deputy Director, Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS).  The OFAS Deputy Director is a member of the Center’s Management Council and serves as an advisor to me and to other FDA senior leaders on all activities related to food additives, color additives, generally recognized as safe (GRAS) substances, food contact substances and foods derived from new plant varieties.  We are looking for a candidate with an earned doctorate in a biological science, chemistry, toxicology, biochemistry or food technology. 

The Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) serves as CFSAN’s focal point for scientific and policy support for the development of Agency-initiated regulations on matters pertaining to the provisions of the food additive and color additive sections of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The Deputy Director participates with the Director in carrying out the diverse responsibilities related to the science, regulatory review, and compliance mission of the Office.  The successful candidate is expected to also perform special assignments particular to the position of the Office and serve as a spokesperson for the Director in matters related to the work of the Office.

The Deputy Director participates fully with the Office Director and other senior leaders (Division Directors and Senior Advisors) in all phases of the program. This includes developing, planning, organizing, and staffing projects and activities related to the overall OFAS program and responsibilities. It also includes developing Office policies and assisting the Office Director in resolving personnel, administrative and logistical problems which the Office may encounter. 

Other activities include identifying issues and developing and recommending actions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which the Office processes food ingredient applications (including food additive and color additive) and notifications (e.g., GRAS, FCN, BNF); providing day-to-day support to the Director in managing the work of the Office; and developing and implementing various Office policies.

The successful candidate serves as the principal advisor to the Office Director on matters relating to premarket review programs in the Office, and provides authoritative recommendations based upon a thorough understanding of the Agency's legal authorities, priorities, policies and procedures.

The Deputy Direct represents the Director in meetings, discussions, and conferences with officials of the Center, Agency, Department, other government agencies, international organizations, the scientific and academic communities and the regulated industries to present and discuss all matters relating to Office mission, functions, programs, and activities.

The Deputy Director participates in establishing and promoting a clear understanding of Center policies and a climate of mutual cooperation on issues for which the Office is responsible, with professional organizations and national and international organizations in the academic, industrial, and governmental sectors, for the purpose of advancing science and developing effective programs.

The Deputy Director performs special assignments involving the most difficult problems and extremely complex issues related to CFSAN program, strategies, and activities, including food safety, food defense, outreach, communication, and risk analysis.

Mandatory Qualifications: 

1. Mandatory Education Requirement:  A Ph.D. or other earned doctorate in toxicology, chemistry, biology, or microbiology, Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit:

2. Managerial experience which demonstrates leadership abilities in a scientific or public health environment and leadership competence and abilities to: develop complex and basic program goals; ensure that goals and priorities are considered in carrying out the functional responsibilities of the organization; direct and guide projects, including long-term and short-term planning; establish objectives and priorities; and conduct periodic program assessments.

3. Specialized experience in premarket safety assessment of food chemicals and ingredients.

4. Experience that demonstrates the ability to communicate and effectively interact with high level government officials, the scientific/academic communities, medical or health related organizations, and other top level representatives of counterpart federal agencies, foreign governments, representatives of the regulated industry, and others.

Further information about the position, major roles and responsibilities and the application procedure is below.  Thank you for your assistance in filling this senior leadership position.

Application Procedure and Deadline: Qualified candidates can submit a Curriculum vitae or resume narrative addressing the qualification requirements, cover letter (optional) and transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for the application process) electronically to:, with the subject line, “Deputy Director, Office of Food Additive Safety application.” 

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on October 9, 2020.

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