Job Description

Job Summary

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.

This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Operations, Silver Spring, Maryland. 

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-OO-14-MP-1120757VP under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.


The incumbent of this position will serve as the Managing Director of Ethics performing the following duties:

  • Responsible for strong management and the development of FDA ethics policies, procedures, and appropriate controls.
  • Makes decisions based on detailed analysis and review, consideration of all relevant legal principles, and applicable policy factors in light of FDA's mission, and collaborative relationships with other government programs, private industry and academia.
  • Manages and directs a comprehensive ethics program in accordance with Executive Order, legislation, policy and regulation.
  • Serves as the primary advisor to FDA's Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the Deputy Chief Operating Officer (COO).
  • Manages strategic planning, internal/external communication, program development and oversight; reports, briefings, analysis and risk assessment.
  • Provides expert and strategic advice on the handling policy-sensitive issues and oversees the release of information for highly visible and publicized studies, projects, and events that receive intense scrutiny by the public, the media, and Congress.
  • Guides, manages and reviews activities that include oversight of the certification and approval of financial disclosure reports, outside activities, official duty activities, gifts and gift exceptions, waivers, authorizations widely attended gatherings and related functions.
  • Manages the development and implementation of comprehensive strategic plans; formulating policies, procedures and proposed regulations, and presents and/or defends policies, programs, and activities orally and in writing to senior government officials, advocacy, professional and scientific organizations, key constituencies, and the public.
  • Conducts outreach activities within the FDA community, the public and targeted audiences that are directly affected by or interested in FDA ethics activities including biomedical researchers, Federal agencies, Congressional staff and administrators of national and international biomedical research institutions. 

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No