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Director Legislative and Governmental Affairs Office

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 1, 2022

  • The Director, Legislative and Governmental Affairs Office serves as the key ARPA-H official responsible for developing and conducting the Agency's legislative program.
  • The incumbent leads an organization responsible for serving as the focal point for all legislative activity across the Agency, analyzing legislative and regulatory initiatives, and
  • Developing and recommending legislative proposals on related biomedical and health program proposals.
  • Establishes and maintains productive relationships with all Members of Congress and their staffs.
  • Provides senior leadership in the shaping and execution of ARPA-H policy, scientific, and program initiatives, in the context of national policy directions, Administration initiatives, Congressional interests, and other Washington dynamics.
  • Provides advisory services to agency officials on legislation of interest to ARPA-H pending in Congress as well as technical and advisory services to other agencies within the Executive Branch, congressional committees, State officials, and
  • Private organizations interested in ARPA-H programs or emerging legislative issues.
  • Leads development of agency regulations (including agency standards for the development of regulations and rulings) and Federal Register Notices.


Conditions of Employment

  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • This position requires completion of a public financial disclosure report.


This vacancy requires that the selectee submit a narrative response to the Executive Core Qualifications.

The ARPA-H seeks candidates who have a commitment to managerial excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to help build and lead within a dynamic and diverse organization. All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive- level management capability. Applicants must meet the requirements for the GS-0340 series as defined by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Standards Manual for General Schedule Positions which is available at: OPM Qualifications Standards GS-0340 Website and demonstrate in your five (5) page resume that you possess the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results.

Your responses to the below PTQs must be incorporated into your five (5) page resume. It is recommended that the corresponding PTQs are annotated in parenthesis. Separate PTQ narratives will not be accepted or considered .

  • Comprehensive and substantial knowledge of Federal legislative, congressional, and regulatory policies, and processes.
  • Demonstrated senior level experience managing and engaging in high-profile interactions involving senior Administration officials, members of Congress (including Committee Chairmen and leadership), their staffs, and support organizations.
  • Demonstrated comprehensive experience in the shaping and execution of policy and program initiatives in the context of national policy directions, Administration initiatives, Congressional interests, and other Washington dynamics.
  • Senior-level experience which demonstrates a commitment to building and managing strong working relationships that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Political, Schedule C, Non-career SES Appointee*: In the last five years, based on the closing date of this announcement, have you served or are you currently serving as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee? You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed. (If you have this experience, please state this within your 5-page resume).
    • A political appointee is an appointment made by the President without confirmation by the Senate (5 CFR 213.3102(c)) OR an assistant position to a top-level federal official if filled by a person designated by the President as a White House Fellow (5 CFR 213. 3102(z)).
    • A Schedule C appointee occupies a position excepted from the competitive service by the President, or by the Director of OPM, because of the confidential or policy-determining nature of the position duties (5 CFR 213.3301 and 5 CFR213.3302).
    • A Non-career SES appointee is approved by the White House and serves at the pleasure of the appointing official without time limitations (5 CFR 317 Subpart F).
    (Please confirm whether or not you have this experience within your 5-page resume)

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) ( Mandatory for Selectee ): If selected, you MUST submit a narrative statement in response to each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) described in this link: Senior Executive Service - Executive Core Qualifications

    It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and how to write your ECQs .


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    The ARPA-H office will be located off-site from the NIH main campus. The office will have locations in Washington, DC and North Bethesda, MD.

    Travel and Transportation expenses may be authorized in accordance with applicable Federal Travel Regulations governing the relocation of current Federal employees and new appointees.

    A one-year probationary period must be served by the individual selected if not currently or previously in the career Senior Executive Service.

    Additional selections may be made for similar positions across the DHHS within the local commuting area(s) of the location identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) at DHHS. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply directly to the vacancy of interest and not rely on this possibility as a means of securing employment.

    Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure: The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at the NIH Ethics website . We encourage you to review this information.

    This position requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

    Financial Suitability: It is the policy of the government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

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

    If you are a hearing impaired individual seeking assistance with the application process, you may contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this announcement by phoning a relay operator at 711. For additional information see Maryland Relay .

    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 the hiring agency directly: NIH Reasonable Accommodations Website . Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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