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Director Healthcare Associated Infections Division Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Rockville, Maryland
Closing date
Oct 4, 2023


The incumbent will be heavily involved in the administration of the Center's activities relating to HAIs and CARB, as well as patient safety and quality improvement more generally. The work includes a broad range of activities which require the employee to be innovative and exercise leadership to formulate major aspects of Agency programs and effectively consider competing management and scientific priorities, as well as considerable judgment in developing, interpreting, and adapting approaches which are subject to Congressional scrutiny.

The incumbent leads the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Division and provides guidance and expertise for a full range of research and programmatic activities related to health services research, clinical research evaluation and related disciplines across the Center, including data analysis, research implementation, and quality and safety measurement.

The incumbent develops comprehensive strategies to prevent and reduce HAIs and combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria (CARB), including improving antibiotic use and promoting antibiotic stewardship; stimulate HAI prevention and CARB related research through the planning, development, and execution of new grants/contracts which focus on the clinical, as well as other aspects of health care quality, services, and systems; cultivate collaborations with other Federal entities such as NIH, CDC, FDA, HRSA, and CMS which relate to the Agency's and the Center's priority areas; and prepares position papers, reports, and oral presentations that summarize various facets of the HAI program.


Conditions of Employment

  • Current Federal Government Employees and the Public may apply
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Transcript(s) is/are required
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service, unless exempt
  • 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
  • Position requires the completion of a Public Financial Disclosure report
  • All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 p.m., closing date of announcement



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 (Patient Safety)

1) Actively engaged in clinical research, implementation, or evaluation and whose work in the field of patient safety 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 patient safety 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 patient safety 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 current federal employees government wide and the public. This appointment does not confer any entitlement to conversion to a position in the competitive service.


Relocation expenses "may be authorized".

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

HHS has a critical preparedness and response mission: HHS protects the American people from health threats, researches emerging diseases, and mobilizes public health programs with domestic and international partners. In support of this mission, HHS offers its employees the opportunity to volunteer to become Federal Civilian Detailees and contribute their unique skills through voluntary temporary assignments to humanitarian emergencies or Departmental priorities countering new and emerging health, safety, and security threats.

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