Deputy Director Principal, National Center for Health Statistics

Hyattsville, Maryland
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 28, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time

As the Deputy Director Principal the incumbent will:
  • Plan, coordinate and evaluate the total vital health, and health-related statistics programs of the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Provide national and international leadership in vital and health statistics and epidemiology.
  • Coordinate the National Center for Health Statistics technical and scientific activities and initiatives with public and private health statistical agencies.
  • Oversee and provide guidance on the Public Health data standards and health classification programs.
  • Ensure that the National Center for Health Statistics data systems produce information needed by the Department of Health and Human Services to monitor change in health status and health care in response to legislation and Departmental Initiatives.
  • Research new scientific techniques and methods that can be implemented to improve the National Center for Health Statistics data collection methodology, survey methodology, data quality and reliability and statistical computation.
  • Oversee the advancement of knowledge and application in the core areas of measurement, collection, analysis, and dissemination of data and health statistics.
  • Foster support for the National Center for Health Statistics through consultation with experts in the fields of mathematical statistics and statistical analysis, survey design and methodology, cognition and survey measurement, questionnaire evaluation and design, small-area-estimation, missing-data and survey non-response, combined data, data quality, and data dissemination and confidentiality.
  • Provide overall direction of the National Center for Health Statistics' analytics program ensuring that it serves policy makers and researchers throughout the Executive and Legislative Branches of government with information on challenges and progress in meeting the country's health and health care needs, on the quality of care, and the use of statistical tools that enables the National Center for Health Statistics to efficiently disseminate its data and studies and a set of critical reports.
  • Ensure that Federal, Health and Human Services, and the Center for Disease Control's technical requirements and infrastructure are capable of supporting the National Center for Health Statistics' data collection activities in a manner that maximizes data access, visualization, and dissemination.
  • Coordinate and provide technical direction in the application of statistical and data science for data analysis and dissemination activities of the Center.
  • Improve the dissemination of NCHS by developing publications and data access systems to meet the wide range of user needs including early release products.
  • Coordinate data collection strategies and efforts through HHS Data Council, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, the National Center for Health Statistics Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) and the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy to develop and adopt data collection standards, develop and adopt practices to protect confidentiality, and address specific interests, problems or needs.


Conditions of Employment

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, some CDC employees have been authorized to work virtually. However, when CDC is cleared to return back to work, you will be required to report to the location identified in the vacancy announcement for which you applied.


Current federal employees must be at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level to be considered for this position.

Basic Qualifications for RF-0602: 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 (external link) ; Association of American Medical Colleges (external link) ; Liaison Committee on Medical Education (external link) ; Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association (external link) , or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) 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 (external link) , 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.

Candidates must show clear evidence of specialized experience.

Specialized experience is that which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, such as planning, managing, organizing and/or directing an epidemiology/statistical research program or health survey program. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.


This position has a positive education requirement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts or a list of applicable courses with their application package. This also applies to status applicants who are applying to a position in a different occupational series than they are currently or were previously appointed. Applicants who do not submit their transcripts (or list of applicable course work) will be evaluated based on the information provided in their application package (and/or resume) along with their responses to a self-certification question asking if they meet the basic qualifications listed in the vacancy announcement. Those deemed tentatively qualified will be referred for consideration. If selected, applicants will be required to provide an official transcript prior to the final job offer. If the official transcript does not support the educational requirements of the position, the applicant will be considered ineligible for the position.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that:
  • The education credential have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs.
  • Such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program, or that full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

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Additional information

The executive level compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience and may result in a higher salary than reflected above. This position is located in the National Center for Health Statistics, within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Hyattsville, MD.

This position is also being announced under vacancy announcement numbers HHS-CDC-RF-21-11240942 and HHS-CDC-RF-21-11241865. Applicants must apply to all three vacancy announcements to receive consideration for all three occupational series. Please carefully read the qualifications requirements in both vacancy announcements.

To view the questionnaire, click on the following link:

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document(s), view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

CDC Financial Disclosure: HHS fosters a work environment committed to government ethics. Through its ethics program, HHS seeks to prevent conflicts of interest on the part of executive branch employees. A conflict-free HHS allows its public servants to make impartial decisions based on the interests of the public when carrying out governmental responsibilities, to serve as good stewards of public resources, and to loyally adhere to the Constitution and laws of the United States. As an executive branch employee, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct and the criminal conflict of interest statutes. An introduction to federal ethics will be available during orientation. You must complete the remainder of your initial ethics training during your first three months at HHS. Further details on this will be provided during orientation.
You might be required to a file a public or confidential financial disclosure report within 30 days of your appointment. You will receive formal notification if a disclosure report is required. This can require information such as recent sources of income, financial interests you hold, and outside activities you participate in, as well as similar information from a spouse or any dependent children. If you have questions, please contact the Deputy Ethics Counselor or Ethics Coordinator for your office, which you can find here:

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