Executive Director, Office of Technology

Washington, D.C
Oct 05, 2019
Oct 13, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is a staff division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that reports directly to the Immediate Office of the Secretary for HHS.

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This position is located in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) located within the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ONC ensures that public and private sector programs and initiatives related to the exchange of health information are complementary efforts executed in a coordinated manner. ONC is charged with formulating the Federal Government's health information technology (IT) strategy and leading and promoting effective policies, programs, and administrative efforts to advance progress on national goals for better and safer health care through a nationwide interoperable health IT infrastructure. ONC's mission, adopted from the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015 - 2020, is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities through the use of technology and health information that is accessible when and where it matters most.

This position serves as the Executive Director, Office of Technology and reports to the Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT. In this capacity the incumbent serves as principal advisor to the National Coordinator for Health IT, Principal Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT, Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT, Deputy National Coordinator for Operations, and other executives and chiefs on all issues and activities associated with health information technology, standards, certification, strategic initiatives, and interoperability.

The incumbent functions as the principal advisor to the National Coordinator for Health IT and Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT on health information technology matters, which impact ONC policy, direction, and long-range program goals. The incumbent provides executive direction and control over ONC's technology portfolio, and leads one of ONC's two main program offices.

The incumbent fosters health information innovation, advises and provides leadership for programs and activities, which encourage development and adoption of health information technology standards, which are essential to healthcare powered by technology.

The incumbent provides executive leadership and managerial direction to professional, technical, and support personnel engaged in a variety of substantive activities related to the planning, development, execution, and coordination of health information technology, including the overall administration of the ONC Health IT Certification Program.

The incumbent evaluates ONC's overall technology efforts and activities and, as necessary, develops, establishes or recommends heath information standards, programs, pilot initiatives, and similarly framed investments to the National Coordinator for Health IT.

The incumbent meets and collaborates with high level external stakeholders with expertise on issues related to the assessment of new health information technology programs and on issues related to standards, certification, and technology based strategic initiatives. These collaborations focus on identifying, tracking and supporting innovations in health information technology and enable ONC to accomplish its mission and ensure all ONC activities are of the highest technical caliber. These collaborations also allow ONC to catalyze and lead the modernization of health information technology standards and foster innovative partnerships with other federal agencies and Departments.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You will be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This employer participates in the E-Verify Program.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test; random testing after appointment.
  • This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM.
  • Executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with an HHS Executive Consultant, or QRB Writer to develop an ECQ narrative for submission to OPM.
  • You must meet the qualification requirements of this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.


Open to all groups of qualified individuals from the public, current employees within the Federal civil service, career SES and SES reinstatement eligibles. SES Candidate Development Program SESCDP graduates may also apply for noncompetitive consideration.

As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Mandatory/Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors will automatically exclude you from further consideration.

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 Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs), 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.

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.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs):

This position also requires that you possess MTQs that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following MTQs must be evident in your resume.
  • In-depth knowledge of the laws, regulations, executive orders, secretarial orders, and other relevant activities governing health informatics, health information privacy and security, and heath information technology. Ability to manage a budget of over $25 million, provide executive leadership to over 50 staff members, translate and interpret legislation and regulation into technical requirements, identify gaps in relevant standards necessary to meet those priorities, and develop long term technical investment strategies to support policy priorities.
  • Record of successfully providing leadership, direction, and coordination in program planning, policy analysis, standards development, development of implementation specifications, regulatory processes and evaluation for complex programs of national significance to federal agencies or other large organizations involved with health IT certification, health information standards, and interoperability on a national level. Extensive experience with multiple large complex technical programs at HHS, another Federal agency, or equivalent large corporate portfolio.
  • Ability to rapidly adapt and respond to changing health information technology advances, develop strategies for new health information technology and health information exchange initiatives, and devise and implement effective approaches and methods for resolving challenges.
  • Superior ability to express ideas, policies, and complex technical issues orally and in writing in a concise, convincing, and timely manner; present subject matter at national and international conferences; respond to requests from press and other news media; and express the views and opinions of senior executives.
  • Ability to resolve issues in areas where high levels of uncertainty exist and balance conflicting interests of national or international importance.
  • It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.


    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.


    There is no positive education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    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:

    An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one year probationary period.

    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 BreAnna Stewart .

    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: BreAnna Stewart . 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.

    Individuals selected for senior executive positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

    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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your cover letter (NOT TO EXCEED ONE PAGE) and your resume (NOT TO EXCEED FIVE PAGES), demonstrating possession of the technical qualifications and achievement of the five executive core qualifications are the documents that will be used to determine your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. YOU MUST ADHERE TO THE PAGE LIMITS ABOVE AND INCLUDE BOTH DOCUMENTS OR YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following documents to be considered for the position:
    • Resume that contains your full name, address and phone number, and does not exceed the five (5) page limit;
    • Cover Letter (optional);
    • Online Assessment Questionnaire. To preview the assessment questionnaire, click here: ( https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10605514 ).

    Applicants who are currently, or were previously, Federal employees must also submit:
    • An SF-50 showing your current or former civil service status; and
    • Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.
    NOTE: Documents submitted that are not listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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