Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health

Washington D.C.
Nov 07, 2017
Nov 07, 2017
Full Time

25% or less - 25% Domestic Travel

Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes May be authorized

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • This position requires completion of public financial disclosure report.
  • Application package must be received by closing date of the announcement.

To be qualified for this position, you must provide evidence of experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse organization responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations on a national level.  This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, excellent judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials.  Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. 

Unless you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you must provide a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) in order to receive consideration for the position.  Current or former career SES members are not required to address the ECQs, but must address the PTQs.

Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission if selected.  If you are applying under this option, you must address both the PTQs and ECQs in this announcement.  Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps must address the PTQs but are not required to address the ECQs. 

Professional/Technical Qualifications

1. Provides medical and scientific insight on the research and evaluation of health services, quality measurement, improvement, and patient safety.

2. Leads research and provides authoritative advice/guidance on extramural research programs emphasizing medical, behavioral, financial and policy determinants of health care quality.

3. Develops and execute grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, and other mutually beneficial and appropriate mechanisms to stimulate medical research activities. Serves as the project officer, co-project officer or principal investigator (PI) as required.

4. Develops research, business partnerships and coalitions with Federal agencies, state and local organizations to discuss health services research strategies and programs.

5. Represents the agency/organization in professional meetings, conferences, and task forces with representatives of domestic and national organizations. In doing so, delivers keynote speeches, participates on relevant panels, and prepares substantive position papers/reports and briefing materials on health related topics to quality-related health services research. All products must be aligned to the Department and organizational mission.

Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQs is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at  Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide. 

You will be prompted to provide narrative descriptions including specific examples of your experience, education, and accomplishments that are applicable to each of the PTQs and ECQs.  Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.  In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunctions with the resume you provide. 

Executive Core Qualifications

Fundamental Competencies: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs.  Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Integrity/Honesty; Written Communication; Continual Learning; and Public Service Motivation.  These Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narratives.

1.  Leading Change:  This core qualification involves 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.  (Competencies:  conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building).

2.  Leading People:  This core qualification involves 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.  (Competencies:  conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building). 

3.  Results Driven:  This core qualification involves 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.  (Competencies:  accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility).

4.  Business Acumen: This core qualification involves 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.  (Competencies:  financial management, human capital management, technology management). 

5.  Building Coalitions:  This core qualification involves 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.  (Competencies:  partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating).


A bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

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.  All possible and/or potential conflicts of interest shall be resolved prior to issuance of a final job offer.

Security and Background Requirements

If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  An MBI-5 Public Trust clearance is required.

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 or relocation incentive including the reimbursement of travel, transportation, or moving expenses associated with reporting for duty may be authorized.

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

Your resume and narrative responses to the Professional/Technical qualifications and the five Executive Core Qualifications are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position.  Responses that are not supported by your resume will eliminate you from consideration.  Your application will be evaluated in the following manner: 

1.  Application packages will be reviewed for completeness (incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration). 

2.  Basic qualifications review.  Your resume and narrative responses to the PTQ's and ECQ's will be reviewed to ensure you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement.  If you do not meet this requirement, you will not receive further consideration.

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