Deputy Director for Regulatory Science

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Beltsville, Maryland
Jan 08, 2021
Jan 16, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Office of Science Deputy Director for Regulatory Science serves as one of two Deputies to the Director, Office of Science. Shares responsibility with the Office of Science Director and Deputy Director for Regulatory Management in supervising Office of Science staff. Represents the Center in the scientific community and with other government organizations that share mutual responsibilities and interests in the field of tobacco science and public health.
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  • Serves as a principal advisor to the Center Director, in the absence of the Office of Science Director, on tobacco-related science and research matters which impact Center policy, direction, and long-range program goals.
  • Provides executive leadership and managerial direction to professional, technical, and support staff engaged in a variety of substantive activities related to tobacco science programs.
  • Provides recommendations on public health policies based on scientific merit, soundness of reasoning, relative priorities, availability of resources, and anticipated results.
  • Meets with program managers from the FDA offices to discuss present and emerging issues of major impact and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to establish a recommended course of action necessary to address the issues.
  • Provides information about Office of Science activities and policies to Congress, including expert advice on scientific matters related to existing and proposed policies, programs, regulations, proposed legislation, and legislative strategy.
  • Responsible for reviewing the Office of Science organizational structure and delegations of authority to subordinates in the Office in order to implement delegations of authority to maintain the most efficient operations.
  • Represents the Office, Center, and FDA on committees and at professional meetings, both national and international, making commitments, suggestions and recommendations concerning programs and policies related to tobacco science.
  • Directs the personnel actions, career development, and employee counseling associated with the supervisory responsibilities for Office staff.
  • Reviews, evaluates and modifies the operating policies and procedures for the PMTA and MRTPA application review programs to assure consistency across these programs in order to obtain the most efficient and effective operations.
  • Oversees the Center's tobacco regulatory research program to address short- and long-term research priorities.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders on tobacco research, such as NIH, CDC, contract labs, and academic researchers.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 5 to 10% (Occasional Foreign and Domestic Travel is required.)

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Males born on, or after, December 31st 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an approved exemption. Visit for more info.
  • Veterans Preference DOES NOT APPLY to positions, such as this one, advertised under Title 42-F hiring regulations.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.


BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have a master's degree (e.g., M.S., M.A., M.P.H.) or doctoral-level degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, such as a Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., D.M.D., Sc.D., or other research doctoral-degree widely recognized in U.S. academe as equivalent to a Ph.D.

  • Candidates must meet the minimum qualification requirements for the GS-15 and beyond in the civil service.
  • Knowledge of and experience regarding tobacco control policy in a scientific organization.
  • Knowledge of and skill in tobacco product and tobacco use research, synthesis and analysis of scientific information to inform the development of regulations and marketing application review.
  • Experience leading a scientific organization.
  • Extensive knowledge of tobacco product regulations, policy, and research.
  • Familiarity with the application of FDA laws and regulations, including the Tobacco Control Act.
  • Broad familiarity with regulatory science.

  • Education

    Foreign Education: 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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation .

    Additional information

    Additional Conditions of Employment:
  • Security and Background Requirements: This position requires a Public Trust Clearance. If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication of a Public Trust Clearance. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualification is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal.
  • E-Verify: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 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.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required. FDA 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. Certain positions within the FDA are subject to strict restrictions on financial holdings (FDA regulated 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-450, prior to assuming this position, annually, and upon termination of employment. To determine how this position is affected, applicants are advised to seek additional information during the interview process from the Ethics and Integrity Staff, Division Management Programs at (301) 796-8435 prior to accepting such a position.
  • Prohibited financial interests restrictions apply: Employees designated as public or confidential filers, and their spouse or minor children, may not hold financial interests in FDA significantly regulated organizations.
  • Outside activity restrictions apply: Requests for approval of outside activities may be required prior to participation in certain outside activities and outside employment. Employees designated public or confidential filers may not have outside activity, unpaid or paid, with FDA significantly regulated organizations.
  • Bargaining Unit status: Non-Bargaining
  • Incentives may be authorized: This is contingent upon funds availability. If authorized, certain incentives will require you to sign a service agreement to remain in FDA 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.

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the job opportunity announcement closes (at 11:59 pm ET on 01/19/2021, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be conducted, the information will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether or not you are qualified for this particular position. See the USAJOBS help article " What is the difference between eligibility and qualifications? " for more...

    Qualification determinations will be based on the information provided in your application and the requirements of the position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Structured interviews; applicants may be asked scenario-based interview questions concerning core competencies.
    Method/tools used to evaluate applicants: work samples, conducting a presentation, reference checks, tests may be used.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire, click this link:

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    The following documents are REQUIRED :
    • Resume

    "Required" means that you must submit these documents in order for your application to be considered complete. If you fail to provide one of these documents, your application may not be considered.
    As noted above under Qualifications, all applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
    • Resume.
    • Transcripts (unofficial transcripts/foreign education evaluation are acceptable at time of application).

    The following documents are ACCEPTED :
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • Other supporting documentation not listed above
    • PCS Orders
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    "Accepted" means that you may optionally include the documents listed above in your application, if applicable to you. These documents are optional because they are not applicable to all applicants or are not used to determine your qualifications.

    If you have questions about the documentation requirements, please reference the following support articles:
    • How to understand the Required Documents for a job announcement (USAJOBS)
    • What types of documents might I need to submit? (USAJOBS)
    • Submitting documents with your application (Application Manager Help Site)
    You may also contact the FDA Applicant Help Desk and reference VIN# 10988466. The help desk contact info is listed on this announcement.

    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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