Supervisory Public Health Advisor

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 27, 2021
Nov 03, 2021
Full Time


This recruitment is for two Branch Chiefs within the Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress and Special Programs within the Center for Mental Health Services, at SAMHSA/HHS.

The first position is for the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch (CAFB). The purpose of the CAFB programs are to implement a comprehensive,
strategic approach to promoting positive long-term mental health outcomes for
children and adolescents with or a risk of a serious emotion disturbance (SED) and
their families using a system of care approach.

The second position is for the Mental Health Promotion Branch (MHPB). The purpose of the MHPB programs are to relieve Mental Health problems and to foster the prevention of mental and behavioral disorders and the promotion of mental health.

The incumbents serve as the respective Branch Chief of the CAFB or the MHPB with
responsibility for coordinating, planning, and organizing promotion, prevention,
and/or treatment programs for children, youth, and young adults including, but not
limited to school mental health, at risk youth, children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance. The incumbents support and promote innovative mental health service development and expansion programs that are designed to bring about improvements in the quality and effectiveness of integrated series for children, adolescents, and young adults. Both Branches plan, develop, organize, fund and monitor grants and contracts concerned with the respective populations.

The position requires the ability to manage complex programs that require extensive
coordination with other Federal agencies and with State and local public health


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service -
  • Suitable for federal employment
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.
  • 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 Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.



Basic Qualifications: Experience that provided:
  • Knowledge of organizational, operational, and programmatic concepts and practices applied by public, private, or nonprofit agencies and organizations engaged in public health or other health-related activities.
  • Knowledge of the methods, processes, and techniques used to develop and deliver public health or health-related programs in State and local settings.
  • Knowledge of a specialized public health program.
  • Knowledge of, and skill in, the application of administrative or analytical methods and techniques necessary for working within the framework of a public health or related organization and carrying out specific program functions.
  • Skill in oral and written communications, gathering and conveying information, making oral presentations, and preparing reports, correspondence, and other written materials.


Minimum Qualifications: For the GS-14:

Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service with children, adolescents and/or youth and their families at risk for or experiencing mental health disorders, OR those with co-occurring substance use disorder treatment and mental health/disorders. Experience managing behavioral health program(s) including planning, developing, and implementing program requirements. Experience supervising staff, including addressing employee performance, leave, and training needs. Experience in the management of rules, regulations and policies governing the administration of an agency or program. Experience conveying complex information to broad audiences, which may include providers, stakeholders, government officials, community partners and/or state and local representatives.

Documenting experience:
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume.

Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

n accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description. Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the "percentage of times" the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.

OPM Qualification General Policies Website


Education substitution is not authorized for this grade level.

Additional information


Incentives may be authorized; however, this is contingent upon multiple factors, including funds availability. If authorized, certain incentives may require you to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3 years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid. Incentives may 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.

Bargaining Unit Position: No

Research position: No

Drug Screening Required: No

Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

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.

NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic you may be authorized to telework remotely. The Federal government will begin a phased transition to normal operations in line with the national guidelines to Open Up America Again. HHS will make operating decisions based on State or locality of duty stations and other factors.

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