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Job Title:  Health Communication Specialist
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-CDC-D3-13-835784

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$85,500.00 to $111,148.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Atlanta, GA 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 (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Office of the Director (OD), Atlanta, GA.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-CDC-M3-13-835751 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.
Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location.


CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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


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This position is to serve as a health communication and marketing content expert and advisor for HHS health, regulatory or human services program.  Plans, applies, and evaluates various communication science and marketing techniques to achieve optimal program results and promote positive health outcomes. Guides the development, testing, and disseminating scientific information and audience-based products, tools, and messages (i.e., via written, electronic, and audiovisual formats). Conducts and manages audience research and program evaluation activities for health communication and marketing. Contributes to the management and oversight of state, regional, or national public health communication and marketing projects and campaigns. Liaises with other communicators and communication staff on cross-cutting issues. Provide advice, technical assistance and leadership in planning and developing communication and marketing priorities, campaigns, strategies, and practices for effective communication and marketing directed toward professional and lay audiences,including underserved populations and populations at risk.


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Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level of difficulty and responsibility in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph.

Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating complex public health communication and marketing programs and campaigns related to immunizations and respiratory disease. 



Conditions of Employment:
1. Additional Security and Background Requirements:  May be referred depending on the position being filled.  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. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
3. Financial disclosure statement may be required.
4. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No
5. Bargaining Unit Position: No
6. Drug Screening Required: No
7. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No
8. Research position: No
9. Supervisory position: No
10. Promotion potential:  No
11. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
12. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No
13. Travel required: No
14. Moving expenses will not be authorized


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 to 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).  You do not have to respond to the KSAs separately but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the KSAs.

1. Knowledge of health communication theories, principles, practices and techniques
2. Skill in project management techniques to plan health communication and marketing strategies
3. Skill in oral communciation
4. Skill in written communication


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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 835784.  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.      - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.


CDC HelpDesk
Phone: (770)488-1725
Agency Information:
HHS CDC Center
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA


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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