Director, Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys

Hyattsville, Maryland
Dec 02, 2021
Dec 09, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time

As the Director, Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys the incumbent will:
  • Serves as a consultant and advisor, and based on personal expertise provides scientific and technical consultation in all program areas. Represents the Center as the expert for health, nutrition, and related statistics at various interagency, coordinating and advisory committees, as well as, national and international professional organizations.
  • Ensures all programs under his/her direction reflect the principles of workforce diversity in their management and operations in such areas as recruitment and staffing, employee development, staff assignments and communications.
  • Initiates decision making processes and projects and participates fully in discussions and decisions concerning the National Center for Heath Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control plans, programs, and activities, both in strategic planning and in the actual determination, allocation and administration of Division programs, functions and activities.
  • Develops and implements Division policies and plans, and makes critical decisions and provides expert advice and counsel concerning approaches and options that are sound and feasible in relation to NCHS and CDC goals and objectives and Federal budgetary and economic realities. Continually evaluates budget, fiscal, and administrative controls to manage Division program operations and services.
  • Represents the Division in dealing and negotiating with individuals representing other components of NCHS, CDC and DHHS; other Federal agencies; State and local public health departments, and national and international health organizations; professional and voluntary health organizations; and public interest groups.
  • Directs the overall planning and direction of the analytical program of the Division, both methodological and substantive, toward the production of a continuing series of published reports, special analytical releases, publication in professional journals and presentation at professional meetings.
  • Addresses and solves unusual and often precedent setting problems associated with the program operations and related activities. Seeks and develops the most cost effective and fiscally responsible methods to conduct these programs and solve relating problems.
  • Provides leadership and direction on scientific, technical and administrative matters.


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 above the GS-14 grade level to be considered for this position.

Basic Qualifications for RF-1530

Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.


Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

In addition to the basic qualifications requirement, a Ph.D. in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position is required.

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.

.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; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


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 credentials 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 Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, National Center for Health Statistics,within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, inHyattsville, MD.

This position is also being announced under vacancy announcement numbers HHS-CDC-RF-21-11282619 and HHS-CDC-RF-21-11284810. Applicants must apply to all three vacancy announcements to receive consideration for all three occupational series. Please carefully read the qualifications requirements in all three vacancy announcements.

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

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