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    The closing date of this vacancy announcement is extended until December 7, 2018.

    This Department of Health and Human Services position is located in the newly formed Division of Research, Innovations, and Ventures (DRIVe) within the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a component of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

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    • The DRIVe Director will support the ASPR mission to Save Lives and Protect Americans by using innovative and transformational technology-based solutions to solve critical and complex health care challenges.
    • Use vision and strategic and scientific leadership to create programs that transform medical countermeasures and how they are made and used.
    • Pursue imaginative and innovative research and development projects with the potential to have a significant positive impact on national health care challenges and meet live-saving national security needs.
    • Identify promising MCMs and technology investment priorities and advance research and development strategies through public and private partnerships and collaborations with governmental and non-governmental organizations and other funding partners.
    • Communicate programmatic priorities, funding opportunities and models, and business practices to diverse audiences that include industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations, funding partners, and the general public.
    • Identify new business practices and funding mechanisms to increase efficiency and effectiveness in meeting programmatic objectives.
    • Organize, direct, and manage all human, financial, and informational resources to implement a comprehensive strategy that delivers effective high quality programs.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0601 General Health Science

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Appointment is subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
    • E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.
    • Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
    • Position requires the completion of a Public Financial Disclosure report.
    • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service, unless exempt.
    • Transcript is required.
    • One-year trial period may be required.
    • Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized.
    • Recruitment incentive may be authorized.


    Basic Requirements: Applicants must possess a Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: 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.

    Agency Requirements: In addition to the basic requirements, a Ph.D., M.D. or other earned doctorate is required.

    Minimum Requirements: Significant specialized experience leading, directing, and managing an innovative and dynamic organization focusing on the development or use of medical countermeasures (e.g. vaccines, drugs, diagnostic tools or medical devices) or technologies that address public health threats. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-14 grade level in federal service or equivalent state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.


    This position has a positive education requirement. Applicants must submit transcripts or a list of applicable courses with their application package. This also applies to status applicants who are applying to a position in a different occupational series than they are currently or were previously appointed.

    Applicants who do not submit their transcripts (or list of applicable course work) will be evaluated based on the information provided in their application package (and/or resume) along with their responses to a self-certification question asking if they meet the basic qualifications listed in the vacancy announcement. Those deemed tentatively qualified will be referred for consideration. If selected, applicants will be required to provide an official transcript prior to the final job offer. If the official transcript does not support the educational requirements of the position, the applicant will be considered ineligible for the position.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Failure to provide such documentation with your application will result in lost consideration. For further information, visit: http://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications

    Additional information

    This is an excepted service position under Title 42. Applications will be accepted from qualified persons, including Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers. No previous federal experience is required. This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your qualifications will be evaluated based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position. Your resume must provide clear examples that demonstrate level of accomplishment, and degree of responsibility.

    To preview the questionnaire, click this link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10293653

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    1. Resume
    2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
    3. College transcripts (Copies of transcripts are acceptable, however, originals will be required before entrance on duty)
    4. Foreign education evaluation (if applicable)
    Do not include a photograph or video of yourself, or any sensitive information (age, date of birth, marital status, protected health information, religious affiliation, social security number, etc.) on your resume or cover letter. We will not access web pages linked on your resume or cover letter to determine your qualifications.

    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.


    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

    You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. Your resume must clearly articulate how your skills and experiences align to the criteria defined in the qualifications section of this announcement and it must support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. For each position, you must describe your duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities. Your resume must also include the month, and year that you began and ended for each position held. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Not providing this information may result in the lowering of your assessment score or an ineligible rating. For resume writing guidance, please visit the USAJobs Resource Center or view their video tutorial.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.

    A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST), 12/07/2018 to receive consideration.

    To begin, click Apply. You must be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

    After logging into your USAJOBS account, you will be taken to an online application, which you must complete in order to apply for the position. *Verify the documents required for your application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application.

    Complete the online questionnaire, include necessary supporting documents and submit your application using the Submit Application button. Your application package will not be processed unless you click Submit Application.

    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to saved application at a later date, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    You are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application method. Please contact the HR Specialist at the end of this announcement, via email at patrice.mpulubusi@hhs.gov or via phone at 202-260-6150, 24 hours prior to the closing date between the office hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    Agency contact information

    Patrice Mpulubusi


    Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
    200 Independence Ave. SW
    Washington, DC 20201
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    Are you are a dynamic and forward-thinking leader looking for a new challenge? Can you provide vision and strategic direction to identify and create leading-edge technology-focused research opportunities to transform medical countermeasures and how they are made or used? If so, we want to hear from you!

    BARDA develops and procures medical countermeasures (vaccines, drugs, diagnostic tools and medical devices) to address the threats and medical consequences of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) accidents, incidents and attacks, pandemic flu, and emerging infectious diseases.

    Since 2006, BARDA has established over 200 partnerships with private industry and 42 BARDA-supported medical countermeasures have received FDA approval, with nine of those achieved in the past year alone.

    BARDA's newest division, DRIVe, is a bold approach to accelerate the development and availability of transformative technologies. Initial DRIVe Impact Areas include "Solving Sepsis" to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with sepsis, and "Early Notification to Act, Control, and Treat" (ENACT), to identify infections and exposures before people know they are ill.

    Critical to DRIVe's success is hiring an exceptionally talented DRIVe Director to lead an extraordinary team to build a bold and disruptive innovative portfolio to enable life-saving capabilities for all Americans.

    Join us - together we can transform the future!


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    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. When the vacancy announcement closes, an evaluation of your qualifications will be determined by a panel of experts. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

    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).

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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/515065900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.