Deputy Director

Washington D.C.
Aug 11, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ), Office of Surveillance (OS) in Silver Spring, MD.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-CDER-17-MP-1989523MMA under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. 

Failure to submit the required documents will result in loss of consideration. Examples of required documents are: transcripts AND OTHER REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS.

First time supervisors/managers are required to serve a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.

Please read and follow the instructions carefully under How to Apply.

All requirements must be met by the closing date of announcement.

NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional domestic and international travel may be required.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Only experience gained by closing date announcement will be considered.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • Transcripts are required.
  • Basic Education Requirement: 

    All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university that included at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: biological sciences, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical science, or related scientific fields that provided knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work. The 30 semester hours can include up to 8 semester hours in statistics, or course work that included the principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer programming.


    A combination of education and experience - courses consisting of at least 30 semester hours in the fields of study described in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    In addition, you must demonstrate in your resume one year of qualifying specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 In the Federal service, that includes serving as the principal advisor for management, overseeing the staff, office budget, hiring, and contracts, supervising project management, technical and administrative staff members, providing scientific and technical expertise in matters related to decision and analytics, risk-based assessments, and strategic policy analysis.

    Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the basic requirement for the desired occupational series AND the specialized experience requirement.

    Specialized Experience:

    In order to qualify for a Deputy Director, 0696/15, you must meet the following:

    All Applicant must have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 In the Federal service, that includes serving as the principal advisor for management, overseeing the staff, office budget, hiring, and contracts, supervising project management, technical and administrative staff members, providing scientific and technical expertise in matters related to decision and analytics, risk-based assessments, and strategic policy analysis. Please note that volunteer experience can be counted as specialized experience.

    If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. 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.  For further information, click on foreign education.

    Conditions of Employment: 

    1. Security and Background Requirements:  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  If hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection or appropriate disciplinary action. 
    2. 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.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 
    3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.  
    4. Pre-employment physical required: No
    5. Drug testing required: No
    6. License required: No
    7. Mobility agreement required: No
    8. Immunization required: No
    9. Incentives may be authorized; however, this is contingent upon funds availability. If authorized, certain incentives will require you to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3 years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid. Incentives include the following: moving expenses, recruitment or relocation incentive; student loan repayment, superior qualifications appointment, creditable service for annual leave for prior non-federal work experience or prior uniformed military service, etc.
    10. Bargaining Unit Position: No
    11. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing of the announcement.
    12. Financial disclosure statement required: No

    Q - Nonsensitive


      As the Deputy Director, you will
    • Serve as the authority for management, staffing, hiring, budget, and contracts as well as serve as the programmatic lead for projects. The incumbent will also perform the following duties:
    • Provide regular reports to the Director on management, operational, and programmatic issues.
    • Coordinate and manage the day-to-day operations of the office as well as the quantity and quality of work performed and undertakes corrective action when policy problems, backlogs, procedural difficulties, etc. are observed.
    • Formulate and execute plans and budgets for the office.
    • Provide authoritative advice and assessments of the impact of actual and proposed Administration or Congressional actions on the programs, functions, and activities of the office.
    • Serve as a principal advisor to the Director and provide the scientific and technical expertise and executive leadership throughout the Office of Surveillance in matters related to decision analytics, risk-based assessment, and strategic policy analysis.

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