Health Specialist

Montgomery County, Maryland
Jan 13, 2022
Jan 15, 2022
Full Time

  • Responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing activities for assigned research programs and the management and evaluation of grant applications.
  • Review data and progress reports, and implements corrective actions needed to achieve adequate research progress.
  • Participate in the development of Program Announcements, Requests for Applications, and Requests for Proposals in areas of research.
  • Plan and execute analytic research projects and researches the quality of methodologies and measures pertinent to the assessment and summarization of the health status of Americans.
  • Monitor the status of project applications and awards from peer review through post-award administration and produces documents and responses to requests for information required.
  • Coordinate with investigators, organizations and other government agencies engaged in assigned research activities and related fields and provides assistance to prospective grantees on various grant mechanisms and grant review processes.
  • Identify inadequacies and inconsistencies in data and inform higher-level specialists data issues.
  • Provide technical assistance to lower graded professionals on the use of complex statistical and epidemiologic techniques.
  • Serve as a technical expert with respect to various phases of statistical interpretation relating to topics under consideration.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation, verification of qualifications, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, and any other job-related requirement before or after appointment.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Financial disclosure required.
  • Position requires Education. Please submit transcripts.


In order to qualify for a Health Specialist, GS-0601, position you must have successfully completed a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or graduate/higher level degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. (This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained).

In addition, in order to qualify for a Health Specialist, 0601 at the GS-11 level, you must have:
A. completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or, have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field; OR
B. at least 1 year of qualifying specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: planning and conducting health-related projects; assisting in the preparation of comprehensive reports of project results; carrying out assigned portions of quality control programs using selected statistical methods for use in quality control analysis; coordinating the compilation and preparation of periodic reports; OR
C. a combination of graduate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

In addition, in order to qualify for a Health Specialist, 0601, at the GS-12 level, you must have:
At least one year of qualifying specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: conducting epidemiology-related health research; managing and evaluating grant applications; preparing comprehensive reports of study results; preparing funding plans and evaluating progress reports for funded projects.

In addition, in order to qualify for a Health Specialist, 0601, at the GS-13 level, you must have
At least one year of qualifying specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: planning, coordinating and implementing activities for epidemiology-related research programs; conducting initial scientific and administrative review of program project grant and training grant applications; assisting staff with grant related administrative activities including preparing funding plans and evaluating progress reports for funded projects; carrying out segments of complex studies covering a wide range of health topics.

You will receive credit for all experience material to the position, including experience gained in religious, civic, welfare, service, and organizational activities, regardless of whether you received pay.

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.

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This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education .

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • As a condition of employment, all federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. During the onboarding process, if selected, you must provide proof of vaccination. An official job offer and continued employment is contingent on this requirement. For more information on this requirement, visit the Safer Federal Workforce page on vaccines. If you need a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit .
  • Due to COVID-19, we are currently operating in a maximum telework state. If selected, you may be expected to telework. As employees to return to the office, you may be required to report to the location listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. At the discretion of the supervisor and NIH policy, you may be eligible for workplace flexibilities, which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with NIH Workplace Flexibilities guidance.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information is required annually. For information, visit the NIH Ethics website: .
  • This position is designated as a " non-emergency/teleworker " position and the selected candidate will be considered a " non-emergency/teleworker " employee. In the event of a closure, you must be available to telework or request leave.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should apply online to this announcement to receive consideration
  • We may make additional selections for similar positions within the commuting area(s) of the locations listed through this vacancy announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s). Clearance of CTAP/ICTAP will be applied for similar positions.
  • The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
  • The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Visit our Applicant FAQs page for helpful information on the application process.
  • Visit our Total Compensation page for a detailed look into the benefits, awards, leave, retirement and other incentives employees may receive as part of a rewarding work environment.

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