Health Scientist - PD 22R123/22R124 - Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Rockville, Maryland
Posted
Jan 21, 2023
Closes
Jan 27, 2023
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

As a Health Scientist you will provide research, analytic, and evaluative support for programs and functions within the Office of Epidemiology and Research (OER), the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems (DHVECS) or the Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD).

Your major duties and responsibilities include:
  • Assisting the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Team Lead in advising OER leadership on the design, production, and dissemination of annual National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) and NSCH Longitudinal Cohort Study (NSCH-LC) data.
  • Identifying, designing, and conducting analyses of surveillance and program data. Uses these analyses to inform program and policy related work.
  • Preparing written materials of a scientific and programmatic nature of findings and analyses. These summaries will be presented both written and orally to MCHB staff and the public.
  • Participating in the analysis of NSCH, NSCH-LC, and other program data documenting the performance of MCHB funding by grantees as well as the characteristics of clients served and services delivered by MCHB program grantees and providers.
  • Participating in the analyses of other Federal MCH-related data and surveillance systems to inform MCHB programs and policies.
NOTE: Do not cut and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. Federal applicants must submit an SF-50 to show status and time-in-grade.
  • Males ages 18 through 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • PHS Commissioned Corps applicants must submit current personnel orders.
  • This position has an education requirement - transcripts are required.
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Position is in the Bargaining Unit.
  • Recruitment incentives are not authorized.
  • Student loan repayment incentive is not authorized.
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of the pre-appointment process (i.e., background investigation, verification of qualifications and job requirements, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, etc.)


Qualifications

THESE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE: 01/26/2023

Do not cut and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

OPM INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GENERAL MEDICAL AND HEALTHCARE SERIES, 0601:

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

ALL APPLICANTS MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF THEIR UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS TO ALLOW HR TO DETERMINE THAT THEY MEET THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS POSITION BY CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT PROVIDE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE. COPIES OF DIPLOMAS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AS VERIFICATION OF THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT.

MINIMUM QUALIFYING SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, an applicant's one full year of specialized experience must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for successful job performance.

GS-12: In addition to the education requirement, to qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year of minimum qualifying specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-11 level in the federal service.

Examples of minimum qualifying specialized experience at the GS-11 level include performing the following types of tasks on a regular and recurring basis:
  • Conducting and analyzing scientific studies or surveys related to public health programs;
OR
  • Designing or developing technical documents (i.e. data reports) for dissemination to internal and external customers.
GS-13: In addition to the education requirement, to qualify for this position at the GS-13 level, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year of minimum qualifying specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-12 level in the federal service.

Examples of minimum qualifying specialized experience at the GS-12 level include performing the following types of tasks on a regular and recurring basis:
  • Providing scientific leadership in formulating, developing, implementing, and evaluating scientific studies or surveys;
OR
  • Providing technical advice on the application of advanced statistical analysis, theories, and methodologies;
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; community; student; social). If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.

Applicants whose resumes clearly demonstrate the required minimum qualifying specialized experience will be evaluated based on the occupational assessment competencies listed below. A COMPETENCY is defined as a measurable pattern of knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and other characteristics that an individual needs to perform work roles or occupational functions.

PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT - Plans, develops, coordinates, and manages the structure and administration of public health organizations and the policies that impact health programs and reimbursement of health services.

SCIENTIFIC REVIEW MANAGEMENT - Plans and conducts scientific review activities to ensure an unbiased, informed review process, and successful programmatic outcomes.

QUANTITATIVE/QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS - Examines and evaluates data to manage and achieve results.

RESEARCH AND EVALUATION - Knowledge of the principles, methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and the reporting of results.

Current status candidates must meet Time-in-Grade (TIG) by the closing date of this announcement. To allow us to verify that you meet TIG requirements, provide any of the following SF-50s:

Current year pay adjustments are not acceptable for verifying TIG (ex. 2023 general increases cannot be used to verify TIG).
  • Competitive or Career-ladder promotion to your highest grade (this does not include 120 day temporary promotions)
  • Regular Within Range Increase (WRI) or With In Grade (WGI) increase at your highest grade (this does not include quality step increases (QSIs).
  • Competitive career/career-conditional appointment to your highest grade.
  • SF-50 at your highest grade held, that is at least one year older than the announcement closing date of 01/26/2023.
Not sure which SF-50 to submit? Check out our video... Go here to watch the video on the SF50s to submit in your application package .

Education

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.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov .

Applications can be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application. However, agencies must verify that the education was completed successfully before the applicant can be appointed.

Additional information

HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences.
  • Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees . Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
  • E-Verify: HRSA participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their social security numbers.
  • Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • Creditable Service: A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for annual leave for prior work experience directly related to the duties of the position being filled. The use of this service credit is at the discretion of the selecting official and must be finalized prior to selectee's entrance on duty. For more information, please click here .