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    CMHS is comprised of three line Divisions and two staff components and is responsible for providing national focus for the prevention, treatment and recovery for persons with mental illness and the improvement of systems of care for adults with serious mental illness and for children with serious emotional disturbances.  To accomplish this, the Center 1) supports services and demonstration programs designed to improve access to care and improve the quality of treatment, recovery, prevention and related services, especially for those traditionally not served, under-served or inappropriately-served; 2) identifies national mental health goals and develops strategies to meet them; 3) designs and supports evaluations, assessments and services research activities in order to assists states, communities, providers, individuals and families; 4) supports activities to improve the administration, organization and financing of mental health care; 5) supports technical assistance activities to educate professionals, consumers, family members and communities, and services; 6) administers the Mental Health Services Block Grant program and other programs providing direct assistance to States; 7) collects, synthesizes and disseminates mental health information and research finding to States, other governmental and mental health-related organizations, and the general public; 8) carries out administrative and financial management, policy development, planning and evaluation and public information functions which are required to implement mental health services programs for a budget in excess of $800 million; 9) collaborates with other Federal agencies and departments, State and sub-state units of Government, and the private sector to improve the system of treatment and social welfare support for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances; 10) conducts activities to promote advocacy, self-help and mutual support, and to ensure the legal rights of persons with mental illness including those in jail and prisons.

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    Policy Development

    In conjunction with the Director, CMHS, the incumbent oversees the formulation and development of CMHS policies, objectives, and strategic goals to ensure a comprehensive and integrated program.  As a member of the Center’s top management team, collaborates with the Director to establish and articulate CMHS policy, strategic organizational priorities, and operating principles. 

    Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation

    Along with the Director, provides executive leadership and direction in the coordination and execution of program functions oriented to mental health activities.  Working closely with the Director, the incumbent determines the programs or major efforts that should be initiated, accelerated, or curtailed, and the timing of such actions; and the proportion of total resources to devote to particular projects of major scope and cost.  Administers CMHS programs by providing leadership and direction to the Center's organizational segments, including the Divisions and Offices, and facilitates necessary coordination, integration and linkages, as appropriate.  Serves as Acting Director in the absence of the Director, CMHS, and during such circumstances has full authority for the operation of the Center and full authority to make all decisions and commitments for the Director. 

    Incumbent represents the Director, CMHS, in SAMHSA/HHS executive staff meetings and has authority to commit CMHS to a course of action. Chairs or serves as an active member of various intra-­agency and HHS standing and ad hoc committees.

    Coordinates and integrates activities of the Office of the Director, CMHS, with other Offices and program officials of CMHS, SAMHSA, DHHS, other Federal agencies, various national and international agencies, private foundations and professional lay organizations.

    Provides guidance on the formulation of budget requests, reviews justifications of the CMHS programs, and participates with the Center Director in the presentation of the budget and program information to SAMHSA, DHHS, the Office of Management and Budget and the Congress.


    In conjunction with the Director, CMHS, actively develops and maintains intra-agency and interagency liaison, cooperation and working relationships with key experts and professional organizations in the health treatment fields, and with State and local officials.

    Represents CMHS, and as necessary SAMHSA, before professional conventions and forums, conferences sponsored by private or governmental bodies, and various congressional committees on substantive program issues as a spokesperson with respect to CMHS programs.  Prepares and delivers explanations in support of CMHS programs and budgets to HHS committees and the Office of Management and Budget. 

    Personnel Management

    Through subordinate managers and supervisors, oversees and directs a staff of professional, technical, and support personnel.  Performs related supervisory and managerial duties, including organization of work groups, determination and adjustment of program goals, policies, objectives, and procedures, and resolution of policy and technical issues referred by subordinate managers for executive-level attention. Develops and applies creative workforce management policies and programs that positively influence the ability of staff members to deliver high quality products and services. 

    Determines the need for and participates with the Center Director in the selection of key professional staff necessary for administration of CMHS programs.


    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - As needed

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All groups of qualified individuals

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
    • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
    • Application package must be received by closing date of the announcement.


    To meet the minimum requirements for this position, you must possess a degree in public health or other field of study with course work directly related to the work of the position, or experience that provided: 

    • Knowledge of organizational, operational, and programmatic concepts and practices applied by public, private, or nonprofit agencies and organizations engaged in public health or other health-related activities.
    • Knowledge of the methods, processes, and techniques used to develop and deliver public health or health-related programs in State and local settings.
    • Knowledge of a specialized public health program.
    • Knowledge of, and skill in, the application of administrative or analytical methods and techniques necessary for working within the framework of a public health or related organization and carrying out specific program functions.
    • Skill in oral and written communications, gathering and conveying information, making oral presentations, and preparing reports, correspondence, and other written materials.


    To be qualified for this position, you must provide evidence of experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse organization responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations on a national level.  This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, excellent judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials.  Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. 

    Unless you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you must provide a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) in order to receive consideration for the position.  Current or former career SES members are not required to address the ECQs, but must address the TQs.

    Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission if selected.  If you are applying under this option, you must address both the TQs and ECQs in this announcement.  Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps must address the TQs but are not required to address the ECQs. 

    Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQs is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf.  Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide. 

    You will be prompted to provide narrative descriptions including specific examples of your experience, education, and accomplishments that are applicable to each of the TQs and ECQs.  Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.  In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunctions with the resume you provide. 

    Technical Qualifications

    1.  Ability to provide executive leadership and direction in the coordination and execution of program functions oriented to mental health activities.

    2.  Experience developing and maintaining working relationships with key experts and professional organizations in the mental health treatment fields, and with state and local officials.

    3.  Senior level experience in oral and written communications, gathering and conveying information, making oral presentations, and preparing reports, correspondence, and other written materials.

    Desirable Qualification

    It is desired that you possess a masters or higher degree in public health, psychology, or public administration.

    Executive Core Qualifications

    Fundamental Competencies: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs.  Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Integrity/Honesty; Written Communication; Continual Learning; and Public Service Motivation.  These Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narratives.

    1.  Leading Change:  This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.  (Competencies:  conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building).

    2.  Leading People:  This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.  (Competencies:  conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building).

    3. Results Driven:  This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.  (Competencies:  accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility).

    4.  Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.  (Competencies:  financial management, human capital management, technology management).

    5.  Building Coalitions:  This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.  (Competencies:  partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating).



    Additional information

    The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.  Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status. 

    All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. 

    All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. 

    A recruitment or relocation incentive including the reimbursement of travel, transportation, or moving expenses associated with reporting for duty may be authorized.

    As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service.  If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. 

    Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your resume and narrative responses to the technical qualifications and the five Executive Core Qualifications are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position.  Responses that are not supported by your resume will eliminate you from consideration.  Your application will be evaluated in the following manner: 

    1.  Application packages will be reviewed for completeness (incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration). 

    2.  Basic qualifications review.  Your resume and narrative responses to the TQ's and ECQ's will be reviewed to ensure you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement.  If you do not meet this requirement, you will not receive further consideration.

    Background checks and security clearance

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    Required Documents

    1.  Resume (ensure that your resume contains your full name, address and phone number) (Required);

    2.  Completion of online questionnaire, including narrative responses to the TQs and ECQs (Required);

    3.  SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your current or former civil service status, if applicable;

    4.  Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board Certification (OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the documents listed in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement. 

    Application packages for this vacancy must be received on-line via the USA Staffing web site by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 05, 2016. 

    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.  You may preview the assessment questionnaire by clicking here:  View Occupational 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: https://applicationmanager.gov/

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy Identification Number:  1840815.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. 

    Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. 

    If applying online poses a hardship to you, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed on the vacancy.

    Agency contact information

    Rebecca Lackey


    HHS OHR Executive Resources
    200 Independence Ave
    Suite 801
    Washington, DC 20201
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    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 that of Deputy Director, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), located in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As Deputy Director of the Center, the incumbent is chief advisor to the Director in all areas related to the Center's programs and management.

    Next steps

    We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.  You will be notified of the outcome by e-mail using the e-mail address on file in the Application Manager system.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/455263500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.