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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-13-AD-937756

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

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$123,753.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 05, 2013 to Friday, August 30, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD United StatesView Map
United States 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.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

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 all United States Citizens only, including Public Health Service Commissioned Officers.  This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42.  This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.

*Executive level compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience, which may result in a higher salary than reflected above.

This vacancy announcement is being advertised concurrently with vacancy, HHS-FDA-13-ES-934032.


  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • An advanced degree in a health science/allied science is required.
  • Supervisory/managerial probationary and trial period is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.


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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  foundations, 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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To qualify for the position you must meet the following basic OPM qualifications AND the FDA technical qualifications:


Basic Requirements:


For the General Health Science Series, 0601:

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.


For the Medical Officer Series, 0602:

Applicants must have received a Doctor of Medicine of Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).]


Residency Training: In addition to meeting the degree/education requirement, candidates must also have five years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training comparable to the GS-15 grade level.


Mandatory FDA Technical Qualifications

In addition to the above basic qualifications/educational requirements, applicants must possess at a minimum, a doctoral-level degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, such as Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M. D.D.S., Sc.D, or other research doctoral-degree widely recognized in the U.S. academe as equivalent to a Ph.D.


This position requires proven executive leadership and managerial capabilities; a 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; broad scientific, clinical and product development expertise and experience; and 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. 


Desirable Requirements

It is desired that you:

1. Are recognized as a national or international expert in a public health or scientific field; and/or

2. 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.  

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 evaluation 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:



Applicants must meet the qualification requirements as outlined above to be eligible for further consideration.  You must provide detailed evidence of the experience, knowledge, skill, ability, and other personal characteristic requirements and show how and when they were used.  This evidence must include clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.  Qualification determinations will be based on the information provided in your application and the requirements of the position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).


(1) Broad scientific, clinical and product development expertise and experience;

(2) Ability to coordinate with appropriate officials within and outside FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to develop strategies to advance policies and programs, and to represent the FDA in meetings and negotiations;

(3) Demonstrated diplomacy skills for organizational dynamics to manage complex relationships with internal and external partners tactfully and effectively; and

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


Conditions of Employment:

1. Security and Background Requirements: THIS POSITION REQUIRES A TOP SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE. 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. One-year trial / probationary period may be required.

8. A one year supervisory/managerial probationary is required for those who have not completed a prior one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.

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

10. Bargaining Unit Position: No

11. Drug Screening Required: Yes

12. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized: May Be Authorized.


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Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


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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 Identification Number:  937756.  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.

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 Employee Resource and Information Center (ERIC) HelpDesk Telephone 301-827-3742 or email 

; TTY/TDD:800-877-8339, the decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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

1.  Your Resume

2.  A complete Assessment Questionnaire.

3. Other supporting documents:

     -   College Transcripts, foreign education evaluation, SF-50 (if prior federal service)

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 Friday, August 30, 2013.


Glenda D. Miller
Phone: (240)402-4384
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center Executive Resources
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD


Once the online 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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