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    The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) is the government's lead agency for behavioral health statistics, as designated by the Office of Management and Budget.

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    CBHSQ was established as a result of the ADAMHA Reorganization Act of 1992 and the data collection and evaluation functions specified in that Act for the new SAMHSA, and in response to critical demands for more capacity and enhanced Federal leadership for data collection and analysis, and program evaluation relating to the incidence, prevalence, and consequences of substance abuse and mental illness and the effectiveness of Federal efforts to address these major public health problems.

    The position of Director, Office for the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) is located in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA's mission is to improve resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for substance abuse and mental illness.The incumbent provides leadership in the development of a national substance abuse and mental health epidemiological studies program, including surveys, methodological developments and studies which may involve over 3600 clinics, 1000 programs, 56 state and territorial mental health and/or substance abuse programs, and numerous Federal agencies.

    As the SAMHSA spokesperson on epidemiological and data collection issues, the incumbent provides expert assistance and consultation to White House staff, congressional staff, other Federal officials, state and local government executives and researchers on the development, analysis, and application of epidemiological data. Also represents SAMHSA at conferences, seminars, symposia, etc., on matters dealing with the epidemiology of health services and substance abuse.

    Collaborates with national and international peer experts in epidemiology, biostatistics, and survey research to ensure that SAMHSA is kept abreast of and collaborates, as appropriate, on the most promising strategic approaches for long-range epidemiological research. Also provides expert technical guidance and assistance to SAMHSA components on evaluation strategies and how analyses and findings can be translated to provide definitive information on the need for mental health and substance abuse services and the effectiveness of prevention and treatment programs.

    Identifies major and new epidemiological field studies and investigative needs and initiates steps to meet those needs, including, as appropriate, negotiating with SAMHSA components and other agencies on cooperative efforts. Monitors and provides expert technical and policy guidance and oversight for data collection and epidemiological studies and activities carried out by SAMHSA components.

    Ensures that such efforts are designed to capture data from diverse ethnic/racial and linguistic groups, as appropriate.Advises the Assistant Secretary, Center Directors, and other senior staff, Advisory Councils, work groups, etc. on critical issues; participates in regular and special meetings regarding Agency initiatives and priorities; assists senior officials in the presentation of budget and program information and testimony based on epidemiologic and evaluation activities and findings, and other data and trend analyses, or personally presents such testimony or briefings for senior officials within PHS, HHS, and other agencies/department; members of Congress; and other key representatives from public, private, or non-profit organizations.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Resume (no more than five (5) pages.
    • Position requires the completion of a public financial disclosure report.
    • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Must complete a 1 year probationary period, if not previously completed.
    • Application must be received by closing date of the announcement.


    All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs), listed below. It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results.

    Fundamental Competencies:

    Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

    1. Leading Change: 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.

    2. Leading People: 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.

    3. Results Driven: 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.

    4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    5. Building Coalitions: 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.

    Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

    This position also requires that you possess PTQs that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following PTQs must be evident in your resume.

    1. Ability to provide leadership in planning, developing, implementing, evaluating and monitoring policy, program plans and initiatives, using effective monitoring systems, for critical public health initiatives, and to coordinate major activities with internal staff and key outside organizations including those at the Federal and State level and representing major constituent groups.

    2. Knowledge of data collection and analytic activities related to substance use treatment and mental health issues and of research, developments and trends relating to the provision of substance abuse treatment and mental health services and the relevant health, social and economic factors pertinent to those services.

    It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.


    IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications. The annual salary range may be found at the top of this announcement. This position may be eligible for performance bonuses and performance based pay adjustments.

    Probationary Period:
    Selectee must serve a one-year probationary period unless s/he previously completed one year the Senior Executive Service.

    Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure:
    HHS inspires public confidence by maintaining high ethical principles, and all Federal Government employees are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct, that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 also requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

    Security and Background Requirements:
    If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.

    Equal Opportunity Employment:
    Equality is held as one of the most important values at HHS. Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit. HHS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.If applying online poses a hardship to you, you may submit your application by contacting: Rebecca Lackey.

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact: Rebecca Lackey. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Veteran's Preference:
    Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    Selective Service:
    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.

    A recruitment incentive may be authorized.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your cover letter (Optional) and your resume (NOT TO EXCEED FIVE PAGES), demonstrating possession of the technical qualifications and achievement of the five executive core qualifications are the documents that will be used to determine your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. YOU MUST ADHERE TO THE PAGE LIMIT ABOVE OR YOU MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following documents to be considered for the position:

    • Resume that contains your full name, address and phone number, and does not exceed the five (5) page limit;
    • Cover Letter (optional); and
    • Online Assessment Questionnaire. To preview the assessment questionnaire, click here: (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10439967).

    Applicants who are currently, or were previously, Federal employees must also submit:
    • An SF-50 showing your current or former civil service status; and
    • Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.
    NOTE: Documents submitted that are not listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

    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 must submit the complete online application and documentation specified in the Required Documents by 11:59 PM (EST) March 19, 2019 of this announcement to receive consideration.

    Applicants must have a USAJOBS account to apply to this position. For more information on establishing a USAJOBS account; searching for and applying to HHS jobs; or understanding the federal hiring process, contact .

    Submitting Your Application

    To verify your application is complete, log in to your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and then select More Information for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, 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.

    Once the online questionnaire is received, an acknowledgement e-mail will be sent to the address on file. If you are unable to upload any of the required supporting documents, you may fax them to 1-478-757-3144. Please include a cover sheet clearly indicating the announcement for which you are applying.

    Should you have any questions related to this vacancy, please contact the HR Specialist listed at the end of this vacancy announcement at least 24 hours prior to vacancy close.

    Agency contact information

    Rebecca Lackey


    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    5600 Fishers Ln
    Rockville, MD 20857
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    READY FOR A HEALTHY CAREER OPPORTUNITY? Are you a high-performing executive, skilled strategist, and collaborative relationship builder with an exceptional record of delivering optimal results and measurable outcomes? Are you a proven leader, an excellent communicator, and a natural motivator who views challenge as opportunity? Do you have that special ability for recognizing and cultivating talent...and inspiring greatness in others? If so, we may have the perfect career opportunity for you! The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking for dynamic and energetic leaders to join the Senior Executive Service (SES) - a talented team of men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of our government.

    To learn more about SAMHSA, please click here: https://www.samhsa.gov/

    Next steps

    You will receive an email informing you of the receipt of your application. Highly qualified candidates may be referred for an interview and may be required to undergo a reference check. The OPM Executive Resources Board (ERB) may review results and make recommendations on final selections to the approving authority. We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/526170600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.