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Job Title:Public Health Advisor

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:PH-NM-13-854907

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 08, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
White Oak, MD United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


The Food and Drug Administration - Protecting and Promoting Your Health

Help protect public health by joining the FDA's Center for Devices & Radiological Health (CDRH).  From reviewing applications for innovative medical devices to educating industry on relevant policies and regulations to providing accurate, science-based health information to the public, CDRH is at the forefront in ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of the medical devices and radiation-emitting products that millions of Americans use daily.


One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section)


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As a Public Health Advisor, you will be responsible for

  • Leading communication teams to develop consensus on messages for public communications;
  • Designing and implementing communications strategies for outreach to the public on health issues;
  • Developing a variety of patient education materials related to medical device and radiological product safety and use;
  • Translating complex, scientific and technical data into easy-to-understand language intended for the general public; and
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with scientists, researchers, and professional organizations;


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In order to be qualified at the GS-11 level, you must possess one of the following:

A. One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, assisting in the development of educational/informational public health programs and communications for use by the general public; recommending communications techniques in order to reach target audiences; researching and consolidating social science research and other technical or scientific information into public education materials; and preparing a variety of reports, slides, websites, exhibits, or other communications pieces intended for the general public.  - OR -
B. A PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in public health or a closely related field.   - OR -
C. A combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate level education as described in B that, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement. (Only graduate education in excess of the first two years may be used in this calculation.)

In order to be qualified at the GS-12 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, developing risk communications related to public health issues intended for use by the general public; coordinating multidisciplinary groups (to include scientists, researchers, and professional health-related organizations) for the purpose of building consensus or agreement on health-related issues; and evaluating the effectiveness or accuracy of existing communication strategies for public health/safety initiatives and issues.


In order to be qualified at the GS-13 level, you must possess  one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, planning and managing risk communication strategies for public health/safety initiatives; facilitating and/or coordinating multidisciplinary groups (to include scientists, researchers, and professional health-related organizations) for the purpose of building consensus or agreement on health-related issues; evaluating the effectiveness or accuracy of existing communication strategies for public health/safety initiatives; and developing program goals, objectives, and associated resource needs for public health programs.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.


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:

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

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).


Once the application process is complete, a review of your 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. Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated using Category Rating, meaning that qualified candidates will be placed into one of the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Although veterans do not receive additional points, veterans' preference is still applied by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category.  Preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).  Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures will receive a numeric rating you receive is based on their responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.  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 rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


  •  Written Communication
  • Technical Knowledge - Public Health Communications
  • Teamwork
  • Program Management



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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


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 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

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 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


Commissioned Corps Officers in the Public Health Service and "qualified" commissioned corps candidates may be considered for internal placement provided they submit a cover letter indicating commissioned corps status, a current resume or curriculum vitae, and provide all other required information specified in the vacancy announcement.



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The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 29, 2013.


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: 854907.   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.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Résumé:  Resumes should include full description of job duties as well as dates (mm/yr) of employment
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
         - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 
         - College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
         - SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a status candidate with current or 
           former Federal service)


All application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, March 29, 2013 


Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a 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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