Director Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Rockville, Maryland
Aug 08, 2022
Aug 13, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time


The incumbent serves as Director, CQuIPS with responsibility for planning and directing the scholarly, technical, management and communication activities of the Center. The Director serves as the principal advisor to the Director, AHRQ and other senior Agency officials on policy/program issues related to patient safety and safety improvement and is responsible for leading efforts to stimulate interest and support for the Center's agenda.

The incumbent plans and directs a comprehensive national program of research focused on advancing the safety of health care, assessing consumer and provider perceptions of health care culture, services and systems, and developing and testing measures, tools, and methods for improving the safety and quality of health care. The Director develops short- and long-range strategic plans for Center activities and establishes research and practice improvement agendas which reflect program goals and Center priorities.

The incumbent represents the Agency on national and international committees, panels, and bodies as the principal authority on Federal patient safety efforts, including research, research methods, measurement development, quality and safety reporting, and improvement strategies.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents are eligible to apply
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Transcript(s) is/are required
  • Position requires the completion of a Public Financial Disclosure report
  • E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System
  • All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 p.m., closing date of announcement
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service, unless exempt


Eligibility for the Senior Biomedical Research and Biomedical Product Assessment Service (SBRBPAS) applicant must have a doctoral level degree in biomedicine or a biological related field, or a doctoral or master's level degree in engineering, bioinformatics, or a related or emerging field and meet the OPM Qualification Standards for a General Schedule (GS) 15 level position in the applicable professional or scientific series (42 U.S.C. §237(b) and 42 CFR §24.4).


Must be considered an expert in the field: Clinical Research Evaluation (Patient Safety)

1) Actively engaged in clinical research, implementation, or evaluation and whose work in the field of patient safety is considered by recognized experts or peers in the field to be outstanding.
2) Have significant experience dealing with complex, precedent-setting research, implementation, or evaluation issues which have had far reaching implications for patient safety clinical research or resulted in a widespread economic effect in the healthcare delivery system.
3) Have taken an active role in the development of significant scientific or regulatory guidelines for patient safety research, implementation, or evaluation.
4) Received invitations to speak at or to chair major national or international meetings and symposia.
5) Demonstrate sufficient rigor or accomplishment in a relevant or closely related field that is necessary to the accomplishment of the mission.


This position has an education requirement.

Degree: Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or equivalent from a school in the United States or Canada. This degree must have been accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association ; Association of American Medical Colleges ; Liaison Committee on Medical Education ; Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association , or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.


Degree from Foreign Medical School: A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States. Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates , a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

Additional information

This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42 U.S.C 237(b) SBRBPAS. Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons (i.e., U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents). No previous federal experience is required. This appointment does not confer any entitlement to conversion to a position in the competitive service.

Recruitment: You may qualify for a recruitment incentive in accordance with agency policy.

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please see Agency Contact Information for whom to contact for more info. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. You must contact the HR contact on the vacancy announcement at least three business days before the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.

Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450 form) is required. The Ethics Reform Act of 1989, Executive Order 12674, and 5 C.F.R. Part 2634, Subpart I, require individuals who are assigned to certain designated positions in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, to file an annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450 Form). Please be advised that you will receive an OGE-450 form and it is required that you complete and return this form. A formal official job offer cannot be extended until you have submitted this form and been cleared by AHRQ's ethics officials. As an AHRQ employee, you will also be required to file an annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450). In addition, you may be required to: (1) divest of certain financial interests, or (2) maintain certain financial interests below the de minimis levels of: (1) $15,000 (individual stock) and (2) $50,000 (stocks or sector-specific mutual/exchange traded fund combined). 5 C.F.R. 2640.202.

Political Appointee: Agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit