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Job Title:  Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-ES-13-ES-934032

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 to Friday, August 30, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD United StatesView Map
All groups of qualified individuals


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations.  This dedicated corps of executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession.  As an SES member you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.  


The Food and Drug Administration is the regulatory, scientific, public health and consumer protection agency responsible for ensuring that all human and animal drugs, and medical devices are safe and effective, that cosmetics, foods, food additives, drugs and medicated feeds for food producing animals, and radiation emitting devices are safe, and for tobacco product regulation in order to decrease the tremendous toll of disease, disability, and death caused by tobacco use in the United States. FDA’s programs are national in scope and effect, and the agency’s activities have a direct and significant impact on multi-billion dollar industries, in addition to protecting the health and safety of American consumers. The work of the Agency is carried out by a staff of over 14,000 scientists, physicians, regulatory and other personnel stationed throughout the United States.


This position is located in the Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland.  The Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco is a senior executive to whom the Directors of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health(CDRH), the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research(CBER), the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research(CDER), the Center for Tobacco Products(CTP), and the Associate Commissioner for the Office of Special Medical Programs(OSMP) report.  The Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco reports directly to the Commissioner and represents, supports and advocates for the collective interests of these Centers and the OSMP to advance the mission of the agency.

Applications will be accepted from United States Citizens only, including Public Health Service Commissioned Officers.

This vacancy announcement is being advertised concurrently with vacancy, HHS-FDA-13-AD-937756.



  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • Application package must be received by closing date of the announcement.


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The Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco serves a critical role within the Office of the Commissioner by enhancing the efforts of the Centers and OSMP in advancing the mission of FDA and addressing the agency’s strategic priorities. 


Specifically, s/he represents the Centers and OSMP in agency-wide strategic planning; ensures a strategic alignment between the Centers, the Office of the Commissioner, and the FDA field offices; monitors the implementation of cross-cutting FDA medical products and tobacco scientific program initiatives for the Commissioner; promotes cross-cutting issue resolution; and identifies cross-cutting areas where additional analysis, coordination, and/or resources are needed. 


The Deputy Commissioner also coordinates the development of integrated strategies to build FDA’s medical product and tobacco-related scientific and regulatory capacities and programs to more efficiently address cross-cutting issues and to facilitate cross-center goals to enhance efficient, clear and scientifically valid review processes and oversight activities. 


S/he facilitates efforts to build consistency and uniformity, where appropriate, in the evaluation of new medical products and tobacco products.


S/he facilitates the development of new strategic partnerships with key stakeholders and serves as a liaison with external partners such as NIH, the Reagan-Udall Foundation, the academic community, and the industry on medical product and tobacco-related matters.


The Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco also serves as a conduit for the Centers and OSMP for communications with the Commissioner and represents and advocates for the interests and needs of the Centers and OSMP with other Deputy Commissioners, the Office of Science, and other senior Office of the Commissioner officials.  These interests and needs include the modernization of information technology systems and other critical elements of FDA’s infrastructure; and responsiveness and efficiency of agency counterparts.


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Specialized Experience Requirement


To be qualified for this position, you must provide evidence of experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse organization responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations on a national level;  have broad scientific, clinical and product development expertise and experience; coordinating with appropriate officials to develop strategies to advance policies and programs, and to represent an organization in meetings and negotiations; demonstrated diplomacy skills for organizational dynamics to manage complex relationships with internal and external partners tactfully and effectively; and  demonstrated capability in effective written and oral communications, including delivering presentations and testifying at hearings, and excellent interpersonal and partnership development skills. This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials.  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.


Senior Executive Service Requirements


Current or former career SES employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but must address the Technical Qualifications (TQs) within the assessment questionnaire.  Unless you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the ECQs and TQs via the assessment questionnaire in order to receive consideration for the position.

Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission if selected.  If you are applying under this option, you must address both the TQs and ECQs in this announcement.  Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps must address the TQs but are not required to address the ECQs.


Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQs is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at  Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.


When responding to the TQs and ECQs, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the TQs and ECQs.


Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.  In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunction with the resume that you provide.  You should limit your narrative to two pages per each ECQ and TQ.


In order to satisfy all of the specified requirements, you must submit narrative responses via the assessment questionnaire addressing the TQs and the five ECQs outlined below.


Technical Qualifications


In addition to specialized experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position:


1.  Knowledge of and familiarity with the statutes, regulations, policies and procedures related to relevant FDA programs, as set forth in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended; the Public Health Service Act; the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act; the Food and Drug Administration Science and Innovation Act (FDASIA); and other applicable laws;

2. Directly related professional experience in government, industry, academic or other sectors, as required, to provide the requisite subject matter expertise, advocacy experience, and a documented record of success; OR broad scientific, clinical and product development expertise and experience;

3.  Ability to coordinate with appropriate officials within and outside an organization to develop strategies to advance policies and programs, and to represent the FDA in meetings and negotiations;

4. Demonstrated diplomacy skills for organizational dynamics to manage complex relationships with internal and external partners tactfully and effectively; and 

5. Demonstrated capability in effective written and oral communications, including delivering presentations and testifying at hearings and excellent interpersonal and partnership development skills.


Desired Qualification


It is desired that you:

1. Possess an advanced scientific degree, preferably an Ph.D. or other earned doctorate in a scientific field related to the position to be filled or a Medical Degree (M.D.);

2. Are recognized as a national expert in a public or scientific field; and/or

3. Possess training, professional development, and outside professional activities that provide evidence of initiative, resourcefulness and potential for effective job performance and honors, awards, or other recognition for performance or contributions based on managerial excellence.

Executive Core Qualifications


Fundamental Competencies:  The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs.  Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Integrity/Honesty; Written Communication; Continual Learning; and Public Service Motivation.  These Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narratives.


1.  Leading Change:  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, vision)


2.  Leading People:  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, team building)


3.  Results Driven:  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, technical credibility)


4.  Business Acumen:  This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  (Competencies:  financial management, human capital management, technology management)


5.  Building Coalitions:  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, influencing/negotiating)


Other Requirements


The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.  Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.


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 an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.


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.


General Health Science Series, 0601, Basic Requirements

Degree: Applicants must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor or higher degree that includes major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.



How You Will Be Evaluated:


Your resume and narrative responses to the technical qualifications and the five Executive Core Qualifications are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position.  Responses that are not supported by your resume will eliminate you from consideration.  Your application will be evaluated in the following manner:


1.  Application packages will be reviewed for completeness (incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration).


2.  Basic qualifications review.  Your resume and questionnaire will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement.  (If you do not meet this requirement, you will not receive further consideration).


3.  Review of your supplemental qualifications document to determine your rating.


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 will be required.

6. This position may be subject to strict personal prohibited financial holding regulations. You are encouraged to contact the FDA’s Ethics and Integrity Staff for information prior to accepting the position.

This position is subject to strict prohibited financial interest regulations for the employee, the spouse, and minor children of the employee. The applicant is required to contact the FDA Ethics and Integrity Staff to discuss these regulations and file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) which could restrict the type of financial interest (stock holdings) that the incumbent of this position may have, and/or limit the ability of the employee to perform certain official functions. Until the FDA Ethics and Integrity Staff clear the selectee for this position, a final offer letter may not be granted.

7. A one year SES probationary is required.

8. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be paid.

9. Bargaining Unit Position: No

10. Drug Screening Required: Yes

11. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized.



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Other Information

Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.


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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 Friday, August 30, 2013 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.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
   ·Other (QRB Certificate )

1.    Resume - Ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, and social security number.  When uploading your resume, choose the supporting document type called "Resume;"

2.    Completion of online Questionnaire to include addressing the narrative responses for the MTQs and ECQs;

3.     SF-50, showing your current or former civil service status, if applicable;

4.   Transcripts verifying the degree you are claiming; and 

5.    Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

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 934032.

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 Friday, August 30, 2013  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 View Occupational 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.

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 ERIC HelpDesk at (301) 827-3742; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


NOTE: If you do not submit the documents above by the closing date of the announcement, the system will consider your application incomplete, and you will receive no further consideration.  Any documents submitted that are not listed above will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


Shawniece Able
Phone: (240)402-4394
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center Executive Resources
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD


We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.  You will be notified of the outcome by e-mail using the e-mail address on file in the Application Manager system, or by postal mail if no email address was provided by you during the application process.

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