Job Posting for Massachusetts Department of Public Health: FDA Tobacco Enforcement Inspector

Title: FDA Tobacco Enforcement Inspector

OrganizationMA Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

This position is located in Boston, MA and travel throughout Eastern MA is the primary function of this position.

The Compliance Officer conducts inspections for surveillance and enforcement of FDA regulations including compliance checks with minorsThis position is required to become a Commissioned Officer for the federal Food and Drug Administration. Failure to meet requirements to become a Commissioned Officer or maintain commissioned status will result in termination from position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete an FDA Inspector orientation and training along with required annual refresher trainings.
  • Conduct inspections for surveillance and enforcement of FDA regulations including compliance checks with minors and store inspections.
  • Obtain evidence and establishes facts concerning non-compliance with laws, rules and regulations regarding youth access to minors and related FDA regulations.
  • Maintain adequate documentation for enforcement of FDA regulations.
  • Submit necessary documents for enforcement of FDA regulations within the scheduled timeframe.
  • Assist with minor training and schedules, supervises, and evaluates minors to assist in compliance checks.
  • Comply with established quality control procedures to ensure information is accurate and complete.
  • Perform related duties such as maintaining records, attending meetings and preparing correspondence including emails and letters.
  • Maintain accurate retail store list by communicating changes in community and/or comparing to the Retail Data Management System (RDMS).
  • Prepare reports concerning assigned activities in order to provide requested information and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Communicates as requested with state and federal agencies as well as local boards of health.
  • Attend required “Working with Youth Training” and establish and maintain professional boundaries when working with minors.
  • Maintain communication with State Program Coordinator and/or Backup State Program Coordinator about issues and/or concerns of inspection process.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions

  • Compliance Officers work in a typical office environment; required to travel for job related purposes; required to work varied shifts including weekends and nights.
  • Typical schedule requires work two evenings per week and two weekend days per month.
  • Approximately 85% of time is out of the office.


  • Ability to transport self to required inspections, training and meetings.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle to be used for inspections. Vehicle must meet state-required safety standard, have a current state inspection sticker and have required auto insurance coverage.
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
  • Ability to use investigative techniques to obtain information.
  • Ability to gather information from questioning individuals and observation.
  • Ability to gather information by examining records and documents.
  • Ability to prepare written and verbal reports, as well as submit reports on iPhone.
  • Ability and willingness to be commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration for enforcement purposes.
  • Knowledge of inspection techniques appropriate to retail store environment.
  • Ability to train and work effectively with teenagers (age 16-17).
  • Ability to maintain a calm manner in a stressful situation.
  • Strong Commitment to Smoking Cessation.Minimum Entrance Requirements

    Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in investigatory, law enforcement or regulatory administration work, or (B) and equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


    A Bachelor’s or higher degree may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required experience.*

    *Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.


As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve – but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

• 75% state paid medical insurance premium

• Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

• Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

• Low cost basic and optional life insurance

• Retirement Savings: State Employees’ Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

• 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

• Tuition Remission for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

• Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

• Incentive-based Wellness Programs

• Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

• Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

To Apply: 

Submit an application here

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