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Job Title:  Senior Information Technology (IT) Specialist/Chief Technology Officer (CTO)-NIAID-SL
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NIAID-SL-13-844455

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$119,554.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 01, 2013 to Monday, April 01, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD United StatesView Map
Annual salary limit may increase per OPM and OMB certification of the DHHS Senior Level (SL)/Scientific and Professional (ST) Performance Appraisal System. Applications will be accepted from all qualified Status Candidates; Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and ICTAP; VEOA eligible; Military Spouses; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; and individuals with disabilities.


The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

Are you a high level Information Technology Professional seeking a career at the premiere biomedical research center for the Nation and the world?   Do you have what it takes to run the cyber infrastructure and computational biology functions of one of NIH's Institutes?  Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of life and a competitive compensation package?  

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, the world's largest medical research facility, seeks applications from exceptional candidates for the challenging position of Senior Information Technology (IT) Specialist/Chief Technology Officer (CTO), in the Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology (OCICB), Office of Science Management and Operations, Office of the Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).  The primary responsibilities of this Senior Level (SL) position are to serve as the senior expert and consultant to NIAID top management regarding IT research support computer systems, the use of mobile communication devices for health services and information (mHealth), and enterprise content management (ECM).   The CTO is responsible for identifying , integrating, leveraging, and implementing new and innovative technologies as part of the process that identifies strategies, business opportunities and new technologies.   The CTO develops new capabilities regarding all aspects of IT which support NIAID, NIH, and DHHS programmatic initiatives and needs to ensure efficient alignment and integration of technology systems in effectively supporting critical mission goals, e.g. the use of mobile communication devices for health services and information and technologies for enterprise information, records, and content management.  The ideal candidate for this position will lead research on new technologies, technology enhancements, technology redesign, forecasting, and developing business cases for cyber and information technology plans essential to accomplishing NIAID national and international strategic objectives.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity to serve as a key member of the NIH/NIAID leadership team and be the primary advisor to the OCICB Director and the senior managers of the NIAID on key legislative, regulatory, and policy technology developments that directly affect the business management and strategic use of cyber and information technologies which support NIAID scientific research.

This is a Senior Level (SL) executive position.   SL positions are not graded.   SL employees are eligible for salary increases and/or bonuses based on performance.




  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


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Serves as the NIAID CTO, and as such, serves as the senior expert and consultant to NIAID top management regarding IT, research support computer systems (including basic, translational, pre-clinical, and clinical research), the use of mobile communication devices for health services and information (mHealth), and enterprise content management (ECM).


Provides advanced technical and business management expertise on the strategic use of cyber and information technologies to support NIAID scientific research, core business processes, and mission-critical goals.


Has primary responsibility for: advising the NIAID Director and Deputy Directors, the OCICB Director, and the Division and Laboratory Directors and their staffs on targeted, tactical, research support computer systems (including basic, translational, pre-clinical and clinical research), mHealth, and ECM solutions to address and integrate the scientific objectives and strategic business management needs of the Institute, ensuring the proper use of information technologies.


Stays abreast of cyber-infrastructure and information technology trends and emerging developments for applicability and adoption within the Institute, as well as NIAID, NIH, and DHHS programmatic initiatives and needs to ensure alignment and integration of informatics systems and services with mission goals.


Co-chairs the NIAID Science, Business, and System Integration Workgroup.


Provides expert technical assistance and business advice regarding the entire NIAID cyber- and IT infrastructure, including hardware, software, application development, networking, and other areas relating to the electronic support of NIAID's programs, including advising on policies and plans for the introduction, assimilation, and integration of contemporary and emerging IT and cyber-technology to enhance NIAID operations.


Forecasts and develops a business case for cyber- and information technology plans for NIAID.


Responsible for leading, or coordinating, on behalf of NIAID and OCICB, intra- and interagency cooperative IT and ECM projects through which highly confidential information is shared.   Ensures NIAID systems are internally integrated and are externally interoperable with multi-institutional information systems.


Represents and speaks on behalf of senior Institute management in high-level internal and external meetings with program managers; congressional staff members; officials of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); the General Services Administration (GSA) and other government agencies; global leaders of academia, business, and industry in the U.S. and abroad; consumer representatives and members of the press; and other interested parties.


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The NIAID seeks candidates who have a commitment to excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. 

Applicants must meet the requirements for the GS-2210 series as defined by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Standards Manual for General Schedule Positions which is available at: OPM Qualifications Standards GS-2210 Website

Candidates must have had senior level experience (GS-14/15 or equivalent) that meets the following mandatory qualification requirements.  The experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to show clearly that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.

This vacancy also requires that you MUST submit a narrative response to the Professional/Technical Qualifications statements (see below).  NOTE: If you do not submit this information by the closing date of the announcement, your application will not be considered.


1. Experience demonstrating senior-level expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative long-range IT or cyber infrastructure, computational biology, and cyber technologies goals, plans, policies, and programs in support of a large biomedical or research institution.

2.  Experience providing senior-level leadership and technology development guidance for innovative, large, comprehensive IT and enterprise architecture technologies involving cyber infrastructure, computational biology, cyber and information technologies including hardware, software, application development, networking, and satellite communication.

3. Demonstrated ability to advise and speak on behalf of executives inside and outside the agency or organization regarding enterprise IT or cyber infrastructure and systems programs, policy, security, or technical matters.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

Minimum requirements:  Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the experience required for this position.  You may be found ‘not qualified’ if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.  If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

Rating:  A panel of Senior Executives will review your application and evaluate your qualification for this position based on the information in your application.  Interviews will be at the discretion of the panel and/or selection official.  Your application will be rated, based on the extent and quality of your experience, relevant to the duties of this position.

Referral:   If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selection official for consideration and possible interview.



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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


We are located in Bethesda, MD; our campus is adjacent to downtown Bethesda, MD, at the Medical Center Metro station, and close to shops, walking trails, and restaurants.

May be subject to a one year probationary period.

A Relocation or Recruitment Incentive may be authorized subject to individual approval.

Travel and Transportation expenses may be authorized in accordance with applicable Federal Travel Regulations governing the relocation of current Federal employees and new appointees.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure :   The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles.  NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at the NIH Ethics website. We encourage you to review this information.   NOTE: This position requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Equal Opportunity Employment :   Equality is held as one of the most important values here at NIH.   Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit.   NIH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.   

    NOTE: Applicants must submit application materials ELECTRONICALLY by the Closing Date of the announcement to the following email address:

    Your application, regardless of the format must describe your job related qualifications pertinent to this position. The announcement number must be entered on the first page of your application. Please submit:       

    (1) Resume OR OF-612 Application for Federal Employment. Applicants must provide names, titles, and phone numbers of five references.   Do not include your date of birth or Social Security Number on application materials.

    (2) Supplemental narrative statements addressing the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs).  The supplemental statements should not exceed six (6) pages and be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment.

    (3) If you are a current or former federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade, and eligibility.You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from eOPF. If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126 or Email CPR, or visit the National Archives Website.

    (4) Other supporting documents (if applicable):

    ·   Veterans Preference (DD214), CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A Documentation

    ·   PHS Commissioned Corps Officers must submit a copy of latest personnel order

    NOTE: Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (i.e., an appropriate form of application and professional/technical qualifications narrative) WILL NOT receive consideration for the position.

    Please do not submit unsolicited material such as publications, personal endorsements, performance appraisals, award certificates, etc., as these items will not be included in the rating process and will be discarded.  All application materials are subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act and become the property of the Department of Health and Human Services.  Any additional information needed will be requested prior to appointment.


    This announcement is located on the NIH Home Page under "Executive Jobs ."   Additional information regarding the NIH may be found at the NIH website.   For more information on NIAID please visit:

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Information on Reasonable Accommodation

Contact Information:

Name:    Mariela Light

Phone:   301-496-9788

TDD:     301-594-8942


Department Of Health And Human Services/National Institutes of Health

31 Center Drive, MSC 2272

Bldg 31; Room 4B39

Bethesda, MD 20892-2272



This position requires completion of a public financial disclosure report.


Mariela F. Light
Phone: (301)496-9788
TDD: 1800-735-2258
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


You will receive an email informing you of the receipt of your application.  Applicants who are determined to be highly qualified by the Search Committee will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview, at which time you will be contacted.  All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications once a final selection is made.

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