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 you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce, in Rockville, MD. (

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

Comprising five bureaus and 10 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities.

The Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) improves the health of the nation's underserved communities and vulnerable populations by developing, implementing, evaluating and refining programs that strengthen the nation’s health care workforce. 

Serves as Deputy Associate Administrator, sharing and participating fully with the Associate Administrator in directing the overall strategy and policy for programs under Titles III, VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act, and Section IV of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Act. Directs the day-to-day operational activities within the Office of the Associate Administrator and with the Bureau's Offices related to research activities, policy development, program implementation, or administrative management.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), an elite group of senior government leaders who possess broad experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations. This dedicated corps of executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession. As an SES member you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

This position is critical to assessing the current status of Health Resources and Services Administration's research programs, assuming scientific leadership by defining long- and short-range goals for health research programs and appropriately guiding health research support in keeping with departmental and national policies.


If selected for the position, duties will include:

  • Plan and direct studies, special programs and research projects with other organizations to promote national health workforce programs to increase primary care delivery to serve in areas of the nation with the greatest need.
  • Provide executive leadership and direction for the research, development, promulgation and evaluation of substantive policies and procedures for BHW programs.
  • Utilize health science theories to direct the Bureau’s health workforce data collection and analysis efforts.
  • Provide leadership in health care systems design to Ministries of Health in host countries to help build capacity to sustain health care training systems.
  • Direct activities that are designed to develop global health initatives supporting education and training in over 25 countries to train health care workers.
  • Ensure that research is used to direct the development of new legislative proposals or proposing modifications to existing legislation.
  • Represent BHW to HRSA, OS, OMB and other Government Agencies, State and national organizations and directly through membership on interagency committees and task forces.
  • Work with officials of health workforce programs both within and outside the government on researching the effectiveness of present programs and identifying existing and emerging research opportunities in health workforce educational, recruitment, and utilization programs.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 1 day per month

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation incentives may be authorized.