Job Overview


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.



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.