Director, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement

Rockville, Maryland
Mar 27, 2023
Mar 28, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time


Directs a national portfolio of health services, health systems, and implementation research focused on critical programmatic areas including: systematic evidence review; methods and measures of clinical decision-making and patient engagement; use of technology to improve clinical decision-making; and quality, data and methods related to healthcare delivery and systems research, technical support, and resource development to improve clinical practice improvement; and how those methods can be applied to primary care.

Provides leadership and oversight for CEPI's research agenda. Directs staff to undertake programmatic assessments of research activities to identify gaps, prioritize needs, and develop strategies to improve overall program effectiveness and efficiency and to meet evolving policy and population health priorities. Independently establishes and maintains relationships with academic and practice-based healthcare communities involved in evidence synthesis, clinical decision-making, digital healthcare, healthcare systems research, practice improvement, and primary care research to integrate approaches in the fields of evidence synthesis, clinical decision making, digital healthcare, health systems research, practice improvement, and primary care research.

Serves as principal advisor to the Director, AHRQ, and other senior Agency officials on all matters related to CEPI's mission and program initiatives. Functions as a critical member of the Agency's Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for formulating and implementing strategic and financial plans that reflect Departmental objectives and AHRQ priorities and goals.

Represents the Agency on national and international committees, panels, work groups, conferences, and meetings as an expert in the field and serves as the principal authority on policy, research, and implementation activities related to evidence-based practice improvement.

Provides supervisory leadership and direction to a subordinate staff of highly skilled professionals. As the supervisor, the incumbent has the full authority to oversee the daily activities of these employees from both personnel and programmatic direction perspectives.


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) 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 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 of: Clinical Research Evaluation

1) Actively engaged in clinical research, implementation, or evaluation and whose work in the field of quality improvement and implementation 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 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 healthcare delivery 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 of the Center.


This position has an education requirement.

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.

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 position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

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