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Job Title:  Director, Office of Health Education, Communications and Science Policy-NHLBI-SES
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NHLBI-SES-13-891392

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 to Monday, July 08, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD United StatesView Map
Applications will be accepted from all qualified persons. Current SES employees, individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must apply to be considered for this position. (Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute.) *Additional Salary Information* Annual salary limit may change per OPM and OMB certification of the DHHS Performance Appraisal System.


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 Senior Communications Professional seeking a career at the premiere biomedical research center for the Nation and the world?   Do you want to make a difference in this country's healthcare?   Do you have what it takes to run   communications, health education, and policy functions of one of NIH's Institutes or Centers?   Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of life and a competitive compensation package?


Who we are, what we do, and why it matters. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the premiere biomedical research center for the Nation and the world.  The 27 Institutes and Centers at NIH employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting research efforts for a healthy nation.   For more information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, please visit NIH Overview. To find out more about working at NIH, visit Life at NIH.



The Office of the Director (OD) in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Office of Health Education, Communications and Science Policy.   This is a career Federal position in the Senior Executive Service.   See "Duties" section for a list of the major responsibilities.


As part of the SES at NIH, you will be among a group of highly skilled executives, contributing to one of the most important missions in the Federal government:   improving the health of the Nation and saving lives.




  • This position requires completion of public financial disclosure report.


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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH, provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and to enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.   The breadth of the Institute's programs reflects the breadth of its mandate, which includes three of the four leading causes of death in the United States.   For more information about the NHLBI, please visit its website.


The NHLBI is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Office of Health Education, Communications and Science Policy. The incumbent will manage the Institute's key health education, communications and science policy functions in a manner supportive of the NHLBI research mission.   In this capacity, the incumbent provides expert advice and guidance to the Director, Deputy Director and other senior Institute officials in initiating, developing, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of a dynamic, nationally and internationally visible program for these functions.  S/he has the responsibility for developing a strategic health education and communication vision and dynamic program to support an organization dedicated to uncovering new knowledge and technologies, both basic and clinical; communicating leading edge scientific research results, enhancing effective internal communications, and effectively managing the human and fiscal resources of the Office.  The incumbent also is responsible for advising the Institute Director on national heart, lung, and blood policy, legislation and regulations, scientific research programs, and external relations with various Institute/DHHS/Federal constituencies, national and international constituencies and stakeholders. The incumbent provides executive leadership and management in the comprehensive and continuing development and analysis of policies and communications strategies related to the ethical, social and legal implications of heart, lung, and blood research and for matters relating to communications on a national and international level, media relations and public inquiries.   The incumbent directs the NHLBI Congressional liaison activities and in this role administers and coordinates Congressional testimony preparation, reviews of pending and new legislation and regulations, and briefings of members and staff of the Congress.


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




The NHLBI 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-1001 series, as defined by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Manual for Administrative and Management Positions which is available at: OPM Qualifications Standards GS-1001 Website.


To qualify, 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 clearly show that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.









You must submit a narrative statement in response to each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. The ECQs assess the broad executive skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service (SES). The narrative should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES.   This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of the programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. The basic definition for each ECQ is supplemented by underlying Competencies which are the personal and professional attributes critical to successful performance in the SES.   Applicants need not address these Competencies individually in the narrative but they should be reflected in the related ECQ.  


Applicants should also incorporate the Fundamental Competencies which are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs.   Since the Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting, they should be addressed over the course of the ECQ narrative.  It is not necessary to address them directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole. The Fundamental Competencies are:   Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.


NOTE:  If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management, you DO NOT need to address the ECQs.   However, you must still provide the narrative response to the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below following the ECQs.


HOW TO WRITE YOUR ECQS:   Information on addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), including the definitions of the ECQs and the Competencies associated with the ECQs, and how to write effective ECQ statements, is available in OPM's "Guide to SES Qualifications."   OPM SES Qualifications Website. Do not exceed more than TWO pages for each ECQ .





This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.   Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.   (Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision)




This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.   Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.   (Competencies:   Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building)




This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.   Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies:   Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility)




This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies:   Financial Management, Human Capital Management and Technology Management)




This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating)


NOTE:   In addition to the Executive Core Qualifications listed above, candidates must possess experience at the senior level (GS-14/15 level or equivalent) in the following job-specific Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).   The PTQs measure technical expertise required by this position.





1.         Ability to lead, direct and coordinate the work, financial oversight, and human resources related to a strategic health education, communications, and science policy program in a complex and dynamic biomedical environment. Must be able to develop, implement, and evaluate policies and activities related to health education, communications and science policy, as well as provide advice and counsel to senior management staff regarding these areas.


2.          Ability to develop and implement immediate and long-term policy, programs, and strategies to strengthen and enhance relationships with national and international organizations such as advocacy and voluntary groups; scientific, professional, and patient organizations; the media; Congress; and other federal agencies.   Must be able to interact and represent the Institute at the highest level of government, as well as with nationally and internationally recognized scientific and policy leaders.


3.          Ability to apply strategic planning, performance based management, change management, and business process improvement strategies to achieve a high performing, active, and client-focused organization.




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


  1. Minimum requirements:  Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or 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.
  2. Rating:  A panel of Senior Executives will review your application and evaluate your qualifications 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, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position.
  3. 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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We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity.  Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs.  


The following links will navigate you to the Federal government’s generous benefit packages such as annual, sick and holiday leave, health insurance, and a Thrift Savings Plan with matching contributions.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits and OPM’s website for Employee Benefits.


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.


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


Arelocation or Recruitment incentive may be authorized subject to individual approval.


A background investigation is required for this position.


A one-year probationary period must be served by the individual selected if not currently or previously in the career Senior Executive Service.


Public Health Service Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps may apply.  

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.   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.


If you are a hearing impaired individual seeking assistance with the application process, you may contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this announcement by phoning a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258.   For additional information see Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay.


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

This announcement is located on the NIH Home Page under “Executive Jobs.”  Additional information regarding the NIH may be found at the NIH website 

NOTE:  Failure to comply with the required application procedures will result in non-consideration of your application.


Contact Information:

Mariela Light

Phone:  301-496-9788

TDD: 1-800-735-2258



Or write:

Department Of Health And Human Services/National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive, MSC 2272
Bldg 31; Room 1C39
Bethesda, MD 20892-2272




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) Candidates MUST supply a narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs. Narrative statements should not exceed ten (10) pages and be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment.

(4) 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.

(5) If you are a current or former SES, you must submit a copy of your SF-50 showing your appointment. 

(6) If you are a Candidate Development Program Candidate and your ECQs have been approved by OPM, please provide certificate/document indicating OPM approval.

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, proof of Veterans' Preference, etc., as these items will not be included in the rating process and will be discarded.  (Veterans' Preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.)  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.  

NOTE:   Failure to comply with the required application procedures will result in non-consideration of your application.


Mariela F. Light
Phone: (301)496-9788
TDD: 1-800-735-2258
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


What to Expect Next:

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.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement


Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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