Director, National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory

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Washington D.C.
Oct 20, 2017
Oct 28, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time


Are you a high-performing executive, skilled strategist, and collaborative relationship builder with an exceptional record of delivering optimal results and measurable outcomes?  Are you a proven leader, an excellent communicator, and a natural motivator who views challenge as opportunity?  Do you have that special ability for recognizing and cultivating talent...and inspiring greatness in others?  If so, we may have the perfect career opportunity for you! 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking for a dynamic and energetic leader to join the Senior Executive Service (SES) — a talented team of men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of our government.

Who we are, what we do, and why it matters.  HHS is the United States government's principal agency for enhancing and protecting the health and well-being of all Americans.  As the nation's highest and most wide-reaching authority on all things health, HHS works to provide effective health and human services and to foster advances in medicine, public health, and social services.  But what we do goes beyond our national borders.  As we strengthen the well-being of communities in our own country, we also seek and provide global solutions.  Through this work, and through the dedication of our more than 90,000 employees, HHS works to strengthen the health of our nation and the world.  That's HHS - we are one Department comprised of multiple agencies and offices - each unique in their mission and all serving one remarkable common purpose!

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), an elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and expertise required to lead across organizations. This cadre of dedicated executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession. As an SES member, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the Federal Government and lead the next generation of public servants.

As part of the SES at HHS, you will be among a group of highly skilled executives, contributing to one of the most important missions in the Federal Government.  So, don't just make a career move...make a difference!  The Department of Health & Human Services Senior Executive Service – Leaders who touch lives. 


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Occasional travel - As needed

Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes May be authorized

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Cover Letter (optional).
  • Resume (no more than 5 pages).
  • This position requires completion of public financial disclosure report.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • Must complete a one year probationary period.


All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability.  To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs), listed below.  It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results.

Fundamental Competencies

Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.  It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

1. Leading Change:  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.

2. Leading People:  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.

3. Results Driven:  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.

4.  Business Acumen:  The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5.  Building Coalitions:  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.

Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

This position also requires that you possess PTQs that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role.  The following PTQs must be evident in your resume.

1. Progressively responsible senior management experience on the development, execution, and coordination of national and/or state substance abuse and mental health policy, legislation, and regulations with specialized experience related to the duties of the position.

2. Responsible senior management experience that reflects in-depth knowledge and experience of strategic planning development work and execution aimed at meeting organization goals and program objectives as related to NMHSUPL through teamwork.

IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position.  If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs. 


Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications.  The annual salary range may be found at the top of this announcement.  This position may be eligible for performance bonuses and performance based pay adjustments. 

Probationary Period:

Selectee must serve a one-year probationary period unless previously completed.

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 SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

Security and Background Requirements

If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Equality is held as one of the most important values at HHS.  Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit.  HHS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

If applying online poses a hardship to you, you may submit your application by contacting .

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact: . Requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Veteran's Preference 

Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

Selective Service

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service.  If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

A recruitment incentive may be authorized.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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