Director National Center of Excellence in Primary Care Research

Rockville, Maryland
Feb 27, 2021
Mar 07, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


Director of the NCEPCR will lead the strategic vision for the National Center and support and align both intramural and extramural primary care research across AHRQ. The Director will work to develop a national primary care research agenda, including clinical research evaluation, and serve as AHRQ's liaison with the external primacy care community as well as oversee the dissemination of AHRQ's primary care work. The position is located in AHRQ's Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement.
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  • Creates the strategic vision for the NCEPCR that support CEPI's, AHRQ's and DHHS's goals and mission, and includes a plan for expanding the Center through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
  • Develops a national primary care research agenda that support AHRQ's and CEPI's goals and mission by engaging with internal and external stakeholders and by systematically identifying primary care problem areas and research gaps.
  • Serves as a recognized expert within the areas of primary care and primary care research; oversees the development of funding solicitations for grants or contracts related to primary care research.
  • As a member of CEPI's leadership team, participates in supporting and aligning ongoing primary care projects across all divisions within the Center, as well as other primary care activities across AHRQ.
  • Serves as AHRQ's main point of contact with the primary care community, communicating the evidence from AHRQ's research and how this evidence can be used to improve the quality of care and health outcomes.
  • Provides medical expertise, consultation, technical review and advisory assistance to other components of AHRQ, DHHS, and private sector organizations such as managed care organizations, academic institutions, professional organizations and clinical providers regarding primary care research, methods, infrastructure and workforce.
  • Supports AHRQ scientists in conducting intramural primary care research by designing and offering training in primary care research design and methods and providing consultation/mentoring.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents are eligible to apply
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Transcript(s) is/are required
  • Position requires the completion of a Public Financial Disclosure report
  • 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
  • All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 p.m., closing date of announcement
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service, unless exempt


Degree: Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or equivalent from a school in the United States or Canada. This degree must have been accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association ; Association of American Medical Colleges ; Liaison Committee on Medical Education ; Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association , or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.


Degree from Foreign Medical School: A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States. Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates , a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.


In addition to the education requirements listed above, qualified applicants must also be considered an expert in the following field.
Clinical Research Evaluation : An individual who is actively engaged in clinical research evaluation and whose work in this area is considered by recognized experts or peers in the field of clinical research evaluation to be outstanding. One or more of the following achievements must be present to demonstrate you have received such recognition: a) Significant experience dealing with complex, precedent-setting evaluation issues having far reaching implications for clinical research or resulted in a widespread economic effect in the health-care delivery system; b) Taken an active role in the development of significant scientific or regulatory guidelines for clinical research evaluation; c) Been the recipient of invitations to speak at or to chair major national or international meetings and symposia; or d) Meet other criteria demonstrating sufficient rigor or accomplishment in a relevant or closely related field that is necessary to the accomplishment of the mission.


This position has an education requirement.

Additional information

This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42. Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons (i.e., U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents). No previous federal experience is required. This appointment does not confer any entitlement to conversion to a position in the competitive service.

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please see Agency Contact Information for whom to contact for more info. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. You must contact the HR contact on the vacancy announcement at least three business days before the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.

Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450 form) is required. The Ethics Reform Act of 1989, Executive Order 12674, and 5 C.F.R. Part 2634, Subpart I, require individuals who are assigned to certain designated positions in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, to file an annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450 Form). Please be advised that you will receive an OGE-450 form and it is required that you complete and return this form. A formal official job offer cannot be extended until you have submitted this form and been cleared by AHRQ's ethics officials. As an AHRQ employee, you will also be required to file an annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450). In addition, you may be required to: (1) divest of certain financial interests, or (2) maintain certain financial interests below the de minimis levels of: (1) $15,000 (individual stock) and (2) $50,000 (stocks or sector-specific mutual/exchange traded fund combined). 5 C.F.R. 2640.202.

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

Selective Service:
The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Once you have been determined to meet the minimum qualifications your application will be referred to a Peer Review Committee who will determine the final list of highly qualified candidates for selection.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
NCS/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. You must provide a complete Application
Package, which includes:
  • Resume (CV)
  • College transcripts (Copies of transcripts are acceptable, however, originals will be required before entrance on duty)
  • Three references
  • Your Resume must clearly articulate how your skills and experiences align to the criteria defined in the qualifications section of this announcement. For each position you must describe your duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities. Your resume must also include the day, month, and year that you began and ended for each position held. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. For resume writing guidance, please visit the USAJobs Resource Center or view their video tutorial at .

    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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