Director, Federal Occupational Health

Bethesda, Maryland
Aug 18, 2022
Aug 20, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time


The incumbent demonstrates and exercises leadership in the functional management oversight over the FOH, which seeks to ease burden and drive efficiencies through standardization, modernization, and streamlining the technology. Responds to customer needs through continuous engagement and robust feedback loops.

The Director, FOH, reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Support (PSC Director),and provides advice and guidance with respect to all aspects of FOH including:
  • Directing the activities of the portfolio whose function is to define and interpret for Federal agencies current concepts, laws and professional practices in occupational health and to formulate policies and standards for heads of departments and agencies of the Federal Government to use in the implementation of programs in occupational health for their employees.
  • Directs the delivery of multi-million dollar occupational health consultative and special services to Federal agencies in such areas as environmental surveillance, wellness/fitness, disability management, employee assistance, occupational health management, and occupational related health status.
  • Directs the development of a national program in occupational health management education for Federal managers, including components such as physical fitness, disability management, employee assistance and comprehensive program assessment.
  • Provides leadership in developing ways and methods for measuring program progress, the effect of program services on immediate problems and long-range effects; the relative benefits of specific methods of delivery of services; and the impact of variations methods of service delivery.
  • Develops programs and initiatives to meet national needs and objectives, and arranges and oversees management studies, cost studies, or billing rate analyses as necessary to review the efficiency and effectiveness of FOH service delivery.
  • Represents FOH in matters of operations and management to a variety of organizations, including HHS agencies, Federal agencies, and other PSC customers.
  • Resolves problems concerning organization and administration of FOH; acting as necessary to improve organizational structure, management policies, and techniques. Incumbent keeps the total management process in mind to develop solutions to emerging problems in management of a critical and/or controversial nature and which may impact successful implementation of HHS initiatives.
  • Leads in the development of long-term plans and budget proposals for FOH.

The incumbent provides leadership to a multi-disciplined staff of professional, administrative and support personnel. The incumbent inspires, motivates and guides subordinates toward goal accomplishments, adapting a leadership style to a variety of situations and activities.


Conditions of Employment

  • This employer participates in the E-Verify Program
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test; random testing after appointment
  • This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM.
  • Executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with an HHS Executive Consultant, or QRB Writer to develop an ECQ narrative for submission to OPM
  • You must meet the qualification requirements of this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.


As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Mandatory/Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors will automatically exclude you from further consideration.

All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's), listed below. It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results.

Fundamental Competencies:

Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

1. Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's):

This position also requires that you possess MTQ's that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following MTQ's must be evident in your resume.
  • Demonstrated experience with the facets of managing health related service provision such as strategic planning, relationship management, development and use of transparent funding mechanisms that involve inter-agency agreements, and attention to customer experience and other performance metrics.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide executive leadership and manage human, financial, IT, and contracted resources strategically in a complex service provision environment. Noted accomplishments shall demonstrate strong communication, collaboration, customer service orientation and conflict resolution skills.
  • It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.

    IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs.


    There is no positive education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications. The annual salary range may be found at the top of this announcement. This position may be eligible for performance bonuses and performance based pay adjustments.

    Probationary Period:

    An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one year probationary period.

    Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

    HHS inspires public confidence by maintaining high ethical principles, and all Federal Government employees are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct , that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 also requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278 , prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

    Security and Background Requirements

    If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees .

    Equal Opportunity Employment

    Equality is held as one of the most important values at HHS. Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit. HHS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

    If applying online poses a hardship to you, you may submit your application by contacting BreAnna Stewart .

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact: BreAnna Stewart . Requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Veteran's Preference

    Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    Selective Service

    As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.