This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Public Health Advisor (Quarantine Program)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-CDC-MP-13-784882

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$92,259.00 to $119,935.00 / Per Year
Monday, November 19, 2012 to Thursday, November 29, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Newark, NJ United States
This vacancy is open to current permanent CDC/ATSDR employees with competitive status.


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Who May Apply:  This vacancy is open to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) employees with competitive status only.  Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement.  Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.


This position is located at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ), Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch (QBHSB), in Newark, New Jersey.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location.

CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background Investigation is required.
  • A signed Geographic Mobility Agreement is required.


Incumbent serves as the Officer-in-Charge at an assigned CDC Quarantine Station. The incumbent implements mandated federal regulations, and plans and directs policies and strategies designed to protect the public health of the United States related to communicable disease Provides guidance, and direction to port partners in DGMQ programs, quarantine principles, bioterrorism preparedness, and other public health activities related to control and prevention of communicable diseases.  Collects and analyzes data from monitoring and surveillance projects at ports to evaluate effectiveness of programs and strategies designed to control and prevent communicable diseases from entering the United States and spreading between States.  Incumbent develops new epidemiologic and evaluation projects, providing expert advice on surveillance and data issues and on prevention oriented research related to quarantine.  Evaluates programs, conducts systematic analyses on their intervention or prevention effectiveness, and submits reports and recommendations. Provides advice and assistance to community partners in the development and implementation of public health programs and activities, and integrates public health activities at ports with those in communities to develop more effective communicable disease control and prevention programs.  Serves as the team leader of the assigned CDC Quarantine Station and provides administrative and technical leadership necessary for the station staff to perform their duties, including their duties related to port and local quarantine, emergency response, and bioterrorism preparedness programs in the servicing jurisdiction outside of the duty station.



Specialized Experience

Candidates must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service.  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, to include experience leading,  planning and implementing public health programs related to communicable diseases at the Federal, state and local levels; monitoring and analyzing disease trends and consulting with public health officials and specialists to ensure appropriate measures are taken to prevent and introduction/spread of communicable diseases by people, etiologic agents or vectors; and providing advice to public health entities regarding development, extension and improvement of public health programs.


Documenting experience:  In 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.

Conditions of Employment:

1. Additional Security and Background Requirements:  May be referred depending on the position being filled.  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

2.   All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

3.   Financial disclosure statement: may be required.

4.   1-year probationary period: may be required.

5.   Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: may be authorized

6.   Bargaining Unit Position: No 

7.   Drug Screening Required: No

8.   Relocation Incentive Authorized:  No  

9.   Annual Leave for Non-Federal Service Authorized:  No

10.   Student Loan Repayment Authorized:  No  

11.   Travel Required: Yes, Domestic, 10%

12.  Mobility Agreement Required:   Yes

13.  Subject to permanent reassignment to another CDC Quarantine Station as the needs of the service warrant.

14.  Subject to temporary duty assignment at any location in the United
States and its territories or possessions, in foreign countries, or
at sea.  Selectee will be required to sign a Geographic Mobility Agreement. 

15.  Subject to shift work, weekend work and evening hours.   On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, independent of shift work assignments.  

16.  Will be required to wear uniform. 

17.  Must be able to qualify for unrestricted access to secure areas at U.S. ports. 

18.  Must be able to qualify for a secret security clearance. 

19.  Must be able to obtain an official U.S. passport. 

20.  Must have a valid State government-issued driver's license. 

21.  The incumbent is required to be current in his/her immunizations per ACIP guidelines.   Must undergo baseline and periodic health screening procedures such as respiratory fit testing and PPD tests for tuberculosis exposure.   May be required to wear an N-95 respirator. 

22.  Must be physically fit enough to work long hours and frequently travel on foot to remote gate areas in a short period of time. 

23.  May be required to provide basic quarantine station support, including purchasing, property inventory, document processing, timekeeping, and answering inquiries, etc.

24.  Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.  



Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

1.  K nowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and techniques to administer and evaluate public health programs

2.  Knowledge of prevention methods to prevent and control infectious diseases among travelers and globally mobile populations (i.e., migrants, travelers, immigrants, refugees).

3.  Knowledge of public health preparedness and emergency response policies, procedures and priorities.

4.  S kill in oral communication

5.  Skill in written communication

6.  Knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct team activities.

7.  Ability to work effectively with individuals and groups at all levels.


The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


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Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  For information on how to apply as a CTAP 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.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 784882.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. 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 contact the Atlanta Customer HelpDesk Telephone (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email HRCS@CDC.GOV.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - SF-50 (if you are a federal employee or have reinstatement rights as a federal employee)

         - PHS Commissioned Corps Officer must submit a copy of latest personnel order

         - College Transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement)


Note:  You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, November 29, 2012.


CDC HelpDesk
Phone: (770)488-1725
Agency Information:
HHS CDC Center
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

Control Number: 330946800
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