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Job Title:  Deputy Director for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-CDC-AD-13-846874

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, March 08, 2013 to Friday, April 19, 2013
Full Time - Indefinite
1 vacancy in the following location:
Atlanta, 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recruiting for a Deputy Director for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services.  The incumbent will be the central focus to coordinate, complement, and extend program-specific epidemiology and surveillance activities; strengthen the national public health laboratory systems through partnerships between CDC and state and local health departments, and tribal and territorial governments; and expand policies and procedures throughout the Agency for informatics and electronic health systems.


This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with these vacancy announcement numbers: HHS-CDC-ES-13-849947 and HHS-CDC-ES-13-851481.

Applicants must submit a separate application to be considered for each vacancy announcement.


This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42.  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. 

Executive level compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience, which may result in a higher salary than reflected above.


CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.


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The Deputy Director for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services has broad operating authority and is responsible for overall planning, direction and management of Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (OSELS). The Deputy Director participates in overall management planning sessions in which program direction, feasibility of program changes and expansions, and allocation of funds are considered.  Evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of program operations in relation to objectives and in relation to legislative, budgetary and program planning.  Collaborates with other top management officials on the development and implementation of long range plans and their budget impact.  Responsible for developing and maintaining high quality medical, scientific and technical competence in OSELS for assuring that OSELS's actions and programs reflect scientific integrity as well as operational effectiveness.  Serves as the principal spokesperson for CDC on matters related to OSELS' mission. Provides consultation and maintains liaison with other state, tribal, local, territorial and federal health agencies as well as foreign countries.


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Basic Qualifications for AD-0601:  Applicants must possess a degree with a major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.  In addition to the basic qualifications requirement, a Ph.D. or other earned doctorate is required in one or more of the following:  disease prevention or related health sciences, public health, epidemiology, social or behavioral science.


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 leading and directing the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects in surveillance, epidemiology or laboratory services.   Typically, 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspires public confidence in its trust responsibilities and mission by maintaining high ethical principles. This position is subject to the public financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). Therefore, if selected, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-From 278) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interests and your prospective position with the agency. This information will be required annually.

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.

All initial appointments to a Distinguished Consultant position are contingent on approval from Title 42/SES Executive Group or SBRS/Title 42 group.

In accordance with Federal and Agency Travel regulations, the payment of travel and relocation expenses may be reimbursed for travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position.

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.

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


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. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies ( Knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):  You must respond  to each competency listed below. Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.    


1.  Strong leadership experience in creating a vision and setting direction for large organizations, such as scientific, public health, academic or non-governmental organizations. Inherent is the ability to lead organizational change, leverage divergent positions or organizations in a manner which contributes to organizational effectiveness, and/or align or realign organizational resources for improved impact.

2.  Leadership experience in directing and managing a health research organization, including establishing strategic plans and policies, developing and presenting budgets, evaluating program accomplishments, and building and maintaining a diverse staff.

3.  High degree of prominence and expertise in public health or other health field such that the individual can readily command the respect of the national and international communities. 

4.  Experience in developing and implementing national or international policies and research related to the field of scientific health surveillance, epidemiology, statistics, informatics, laboratory science or a similar field.

5.  Experience that indicates the ability to deal effectively with high-level government officials, national and international organizations, non-governmental groups, media, and the general public.


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.  Yes

6. One-year probationary period may be required. No

7. Moving expenses may be authorized.  Yes

8. Bargaining Unit Position: No

9. Drug Screening Required:  Yes

10. Recruitment  or Relocation expenses may be authorized:  Yes

11. Immunization required:  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 apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date to receive consideration.

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link 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.

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 846874.  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.


You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is TAG:Vacancy ID.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

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.


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 (if the position has a positive education requirement)

         - 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 Friday, April 19, 2013.


CDC HelpDesk
Phone: (770)488-1725
TDD: (866) 539-4484
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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