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Job Title:  Staff Fellow
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-AHRQ-13-AD-864900

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Thursday, March 28, 2013 to Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 2 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD 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.

This position is located in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets (CDOM).  AHRQ is the lead federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.  AHRQ conducts and supports health research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision-making.

The CDOM provides a locus of expertise and leadership for research on health care markets, delivery systems, and organizations.  The center is comprised of an interdisciplinary staff that identifies emerging research needs, manage portfolios of research grants and contracts, conduct and publish peer-reviewed research, and develop databases and software tools that can be used with the databases.

This position is located in CDOM’s Public Reporting, Payment, and Community Quality Collaboratives team, which develops evidence on these and related topics.  The team partners with major stakeholders to use this evidence to develop tools to facilitate and improve consumer engagement and behavior, consumer decision-making, transparency, and provider performance.  The team is responsible for a broad range of initiatives, including:

·         An innovative desktop software tool that enables state and local organizations and health care systems to create a website using their own hospital discharge data and publically available inpatient/survey measures for public reporting of quality.  For more information, please visit:

·         Community-based organizations or collaborative of multiple health care and consumer stakeholders working together to transform health care at the local level by measuring and publishing quality and price information to enable consumers to make better decisions about their care and to promote quality and efficiency of care.

·         The science of public reporting health care measures initiative, which informs the development of a health care system in which consumers have ready access to reports that allow meaningful comparison of providers based on measures of quality and resource use.

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including U.S. Nationals (permanent residents). No previous federal experience is required.  This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42.  This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and has no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.


  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National
  • Relevant experience or education (See qualifications)
  • Suitable for federal employment as determined by a background investigation


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Major Duties:

·         Assume primary role in collaborating with interdisciplinary staff to conceptualize and implement the multi-year strategic plan for My Own Network Powered by AHRQ (MONARHQ) initiative.

o   Provide leadership within the Public Reporting, Payment, and Community Quality Collaboratives team to identify potential innovations to MONAHRQ based on new findings, on methods of reporting and quality measurement.

o   Organize multiple efforts to ensure the timely expansion and development of MONARHQ that responds to user and internal AHRQ needs.

o   Collaborate with and provide expert consultation to the staff managing the MONAHRQ contract; serve as lead overseeing major tasks.

·         Participate in the inter-agency Users Group of the Science of Public Reporting Initiative.

·         Interact with individuals outside AHRQ to obtain input for strategic planning and to develop specific plans for further development of consumer engagement/behavior initiatives including tools to facilitate consumer decision-making.

·         Coordinate with other federal, state, and local public and private reporting initiatives.

·         Provide expertise and guidance on identifying innovations in methods of reporting quality measures.  Synthesize high-tech in public reporting, keeps informed of developments and analyzes information to identify critical issues, and emerging concerns.

·         Coordinate with other federal, state, and local public reporting initiatives.

·         Conduct presentations at professional conferences and webinars.


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Basic Qualifications for AD-601:  Applicants must possess a successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with a major study in an academic field related to health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.


Additional Qualifications 

(Career civil service equivalent GS-14)  In addition to the basic qualifications requirement, a Ph.D. or other earned equivalent doctorate degree is required plus four (4) years appropriate post-doctoral health/research experience.

In addition to education requirements, the following experience is desirable:

·         An in-depth knowledge of, and work experience in public reporting and/or quality measurement,

·         In-depth knowledge of, and/or work experience in consumer engagement/behavior,

·         Experience managing large, multi-faceted research and/or software development projects,

·         Experience coordinating and communicating with stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels,

·         Experience with strategic planning and collaborating to identify goals and achieve strategic outcomes,

·         Experience with federal contracts,

·         Capacity to work in a team-oriented environment, and

·         Strong demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.

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:




This position has an education requirement.  You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades).  Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package.


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.

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.

8. Bargaining Unit Position:  No

9. Drug Screening Required:  No

10. Recruitment Incentive may be authorized:  No


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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


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Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and


Email the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to Geralyn Goins,

OR mail to:

DHHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850

Attention: Geralyn Goins



To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

        - College Transcripts, foreign education evaluation

     4. Cover letter (maximum of two pages).  Describe how your knowledge and experience qualify you to carry out the responsibilities of this position.

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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.


Geralyn Goins
Phone: (301)427-1419
Agency Information:
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD


Once the 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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