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Job Title:  Director, Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-CDC-RS-13-783043

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$118,846.00 to $199,700.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 16, 2012 to Sunday, December 16, 2012
Full Time - Indefinite
1 vacancy in the following location:
DeKalb County, GA United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Non Citizens


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 is an Excepted Service position in the Senior Biomedical Research Service (SBRS).  The SBRS facilitates the recruitment of high level scientific researchers and leaders that are essential to fulfill the research and evaluation mission of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including non-citizens and Public Health Service Commissioned Officers.  No previous federal experience is required.  This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.

This position is located in the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.


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This position serves as the Director, Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences (DTHHS). The purpose of this position is to develop and coordinate a research agenda and program that integrates epidemiology and environmental medicine with toxicology. This includes investigating the relationships between exposures to hazardous substances and adverse health effects. The Division Director oversees the coordination of all activities associated with human health studies, surveillance activities, and registries; provides epidemiologic, toxicologic, geospatial, and biostatistical assistance and consultation to site-specific activities across ATSDR including chemical-specific consultations as needed; oversees coordination of all activities associated with toxicological profiles including associated research; oversees development and the application of science-based health education tools, methods and strategies to deliver messages, education, and training; and, provides scientific and technical expertise and site specific support in addressing the health issues presented by emergency or acute release events and threatened releases of hazardous materials.The Division includes the Emergency Response Program, and Geospatial Research, Analysis and Services Programs; Environmental Epidemiology Branch; Environmental Medicine Branch; Environmental Toxicology Branch; and the Environmental Health Surveillance Branch staffed by approximately 109 employees with an annual operating budget of approximately $20 million.  As Director, the incumbent is responsible for: (1) planning, directing, and evaluating the activities of the Division; (2) developing goals and objectives and providing national leadership, guidance and direction on science, policy and program issues; (3) facilitating the science, including analytic support, of the division and undertaking special scientific activities, (4) coordinating division activities with other components of ATSDR, CDC, and other federal agencies; (5) designing, implementing, and disseminating the results of scientific research for use by programs and researchers; (6) ensuring the quality and consistency in the science and format used in the development of divisional products and materials; (7) developing outreach messages following the procedures and policies of the Agency's Health Communication Science Office; (8) providing timely responses to policy activities (i.e., FOIA, congressional inquiries, budget formulation, and briefings); (9) developing measures of division productivity and reports to the Center/Agency, and CDC director. 


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Basic Qualifications for AD-0602:  Physicians must have a Doctorate of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accredited body in the year of the applicant's graduation and a current medical license to practice medicine and surgery in a State or Territory of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia; or a equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country). If the medical degree was received from a foreign medical school, but you are licensed to practice medicine in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States require no other certification in regard to the quality of the education. 


Since this position has a specific education requirement, all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by providing an original, official college transcript before appointment  Additionally for 0602, you may submit a copy of your current medical license to verify completion of the basic education requirement. We will be unable to return these documents to you.

Candidates must show clear evidence of specialized experience.  Specialized experience is that which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, such as experience in a senior executive capacity with responsibility to provide leadership in planning, coordinating, and evaluating public health research programs in the areas of toxicology, epidemiology and environmental medicine. 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.

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.  For further information, visit:

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 SBRS 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.


Applicants must meet the qualification requirements as outlined above to be eligible for further consideration.   You must provide detailed evidence of the experience, knowledge, skill, ability, and other personal characteristic requirements and show how and when they were used.   This evidence must include clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.   Qualification determinations will be based on the information provided in your application and the requirements of the position.   Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.    


Conditions of Employment:

1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

2. 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.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid.

8. Bargaining Unit Position: No.  

9. Drug Screening Required: No

10. Recruitment Incentive may be authorized: Yes


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Veteran's Preference does not apply to Title 42 positions. 


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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.  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:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 783043.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Atlanta Customer HelpDesk at (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email HRCS@CDC.GOV.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - College Transcripts

         - Foreign education evaluation

         - SF-50 (if prior federal service) 

Note:  You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Sunday, December 16, 2012.


CDC HelpDesk
Phone: (770)488-1725
Agency Information:
HHS CDC Center Executive Resources
1600 Clifton Rd


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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