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Job Title:  Social Science Research Analyst, GS-0101-12/13
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Health Resources and Services Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-HRSA-DE-13-815496

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 28, 2012 to Thursday, January 10, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map
United States 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 position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Division of Workforce and Performance Management, 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 six bureaus and 9 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 Professions' (BHPr) programs are designed to improve the health of the Nation's underserved communities and vulnerable populations by assuring a diverse, culturally competent workforce is ready to provide access to quality health care services.  BHPr program components provide workforce studies, identification of shortage designations, training grants for health professions, financial support to students, protection to the public from unsafe health care practitioners and support for the Nation's freestanding children's hospitals by providing funding for graduate medical education to these institutions.  The Health Professions Training programs award grants to health professions schools and training programs in every State, which use the funds to develop, expand, and enhance their efforts to train the workforce America needs. 

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-HRSA-MP-13-815651 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Who May Apply:  Open to all United States Citizens.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation required.


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Provides leadership in the analysis and assessment of policies that affect human service programs administered by BHPr, including examination of the feasibility and desirability of health-related training and programs, and policy recommendations based on analyses of their impact and effectiveness. Formulates recommendations to Agency officials about further social sciences research and policy analysis needs. Uses expertise on social science research and policy analysis to serve as a focal point, consultant and advisor to Agency officials and staff on the likely effect of policy proposals on such entities as the federal government, states, recipients, public health related programs, and training for community health workers. Takes a leadership role in collecting and analyzing data from public health studies, research projects, national statistical databases, and program administration data for use in program improvement and policy analysis tasks. Monitors activity in assigned policy areas, identifying information gaps and priority needs and prepares recommendations for senior leadership. Keeps abreast of new policies, program developments, priorities and objectives in order to ensure appropriate development of research activities and policies related to BHPr (Bureau of Health Professions) Programs.


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Basic Qualification Requirements:

Have at least a bachelor's degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


B. Have a combination of education and experience -- that provided knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


C. Have four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

Additional Qualification Requirements: In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirements, candidates must also:



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Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service analyzing, evaluating, and conducting studies related to the structure and operation of health care programs; experience using statistical software packages; and/or, assisting in the formulation and execution of health care policies and programs; and/or, compiling, analyzing, evaluating, and summarizing quantitative and qualitative data related to public health related programs; and/or training for community health workers; and/or any other health based community programs.



Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service managing, analyzing, evaluating, and conducting studies related to the structure and operation of health care programs; experience using statistical software packages; and/or, formulate and execute health care policies and programs; and/or, compiling, analyzing, evaluating, and summarizing quantitative and qualitative data related to public health related programs; and/or training for community health workers; and/or any other health based community programs.

See Qualifications section above. 


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:

Conditions of Employment at HRSA:


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:  No


8. Bargaining Unit Position:  No


9. Drug Screening Required:  No


10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No


11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: n No


12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized:  No


Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.


The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


Skill in identifying evaluation objectives and organizing evaluation efforts around strategic priorities.

Knowledge and skill for analyzing data.

Knowledge and kill in oral and writing communication techniques.

Knowledge of computer database systems in order to research, analyze and manage projects or the manipulation of large, complex files.


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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see


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


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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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 815496.  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.

  • 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 ONE DHHS (888) 663-3447 (Monday - Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm EST (except Federal holidays)); or by email:  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Disability Coordinator, Winona Chestnut at (301) 443-5107 or by email:  You must contact the Disability Coordinator prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 4:00PM EST.


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.      - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

         - College Transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement or you are basing any of your qualifications on education)


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, January 10, 2013.


Phone: (888)663-3447
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
5600 Fishers Lane
20857 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.


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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