Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Services Policy and Oversight

Falls Church, Virginia
Oct 03, 2022
Oct 11, 2022
Full Time

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Services Policy & Oversight (DASD(HSP&O)) is responsible for policy and
oversight of all aspects of the clinical services functions of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
(OASD(HA)) including, but not limited to quality management and patient safety; substance use treatment and mental health;
women's health; disease prevention, population health and health promotion; medical ethics and patient advocacy; medical
informatics; graduate medical education; medical accession and retention; human capital strategies for medical professionals; and the
Department of Defense's HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in support of the President's Emergency Program for AIDS relief. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the ASD(HA) for all DoD clinical policies, programs, and activities, and provides oversight for a range of quality assessments/quality improvement, patient safety, and population based health management programs across the Military Health System (MHS), affecting both the direct care and purchased care components of TRICARE.
  • Develops policies, procedures, and standards which shall govern DoD medical programs and serves as principal advisor to the ASD
    (HA) on all matters involving clinical policy.
  • Develops and oversees policy concerning the medical treatment of detainees.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of policy concerning quality improvement and patient safety.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of policy regarding women's health issues.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of policy regarding substance abuse and mental health diagnosis and treatment.
  • Revises as needed the DoD policy and procedures related to HIV/AIDS and serves as the DoD liaison to the Administration's
    Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of policy regarding health promotion/disease prevention and disease management.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of policy regarding clinical informatics.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of regulations concerning medical accessions, medical standards for retention, medical
    requirements for separation and medical disability.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of policy concerning patient advocacy and medical ethics.
  • Develops and oversees accession and retention incentives for medical professionals and MHS Human Capital strategic planning.
  • Serves as the HA senior representative to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Integrated Product Team.
  • Serves as an HA representative to the Health Executive Council.
  • Chairs the Health Services Oversight Council and is an essential member of the MHS Governance team.
  • Chairs the Center of Excellence Oversight Board and the Senior Military Advisory Committee on Detainee Care.
  • Chairs the Flag Officers Committee on Graduate Medical Education (GME) which is charged with developing and implementing
    the strategic plan for GME.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
  • Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on10/21/2022
  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • You will serve a two-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • Must submit transcripts.


Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained.

In addition to the above Basic Requirements, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately, not to exceed 10 pages. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so will result in a rating of 'ineligible.' When responding to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per ECQ, and address each ECQ separately. OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at:

Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). Use two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ being sure your experience matches the ECQ criteria.
Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of....) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.).

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves 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.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves 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.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves 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.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves 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.

Applicants that are either Career SES members, or graduates of the Office of Personnel Management Certified Development Program are not required to address the ECQs.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification.

1. Knowledge of the mission, organizations, and operations of the MHS.
2. Ability to resolve inherently complex issues related to a large healthcare system.
3. Demonstrated ability to lead senior leader teams and working groups to collaborative and successful decisions and results-oriented

DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement:

In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. This individual must have the ability to apply a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities is required. Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required. This information should be embedded within the application package (Resume, Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications).


This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to your starting work.

Additional information

Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs.

Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 10/21/2022