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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. This position is located in the Office of Management (OM), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Rockville, MD.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a Federal scientific law enforcement agency with the legislated responsibility for ensuring that drugs, biological products and medical devices are safe and effective, that food and drugs are adequately packaged and informatively labeled and that radiation emitting devices are safe, and to prevent and reduce tobacco use. The work of the FDA is carried out by thousands of personnel stationed throughout the United States and abroad. The staff includes physicians, scientists, engineers and a variety of other multidisciplinary professional, technical and support personnel. FDA’s programs are national in scope and international in effect, and its activities directly affect and heavily impact upon multi-billion dollar industries, in addition to protecting the public health of hundreds of millions of American consumers.


Incumbent directs management activities and Departmental initiatives and is instrumental in transforming administrative activities from transactional processes to strategically focused business lines that directly support the Department's health and social welfare mission. As a member of the FDA executive team, the incumbent leads the implementation of strategic human resources management, competitive sourcing, E-Government, integration of budget and performance goals, and improved financial performance within the FDA. Incumbent integrates administrative activities to achieve breakthrough efficiencies, coaching and motivating staff professionals to excel in creating positive solutions to improve service delivery. Incumbent works with their peers throughout the Department to build and sustain best practices in all management areas.

While a primary focus of the incumbent is management and administrative operations, his/her expertise, advice and counsel are also sought regarding the Center's programs and their impact on the strategic plan and objectives of the Center. The Executive Officer serves as a catalyst and agent for the Center Director, accompanying or representing him/her at meetings and, in general, serving as the Center's focal point with authority to negotiate and resolve management issues.

As a senior administrative/management official within the FDA, the incumbent provides leadership for and/or oversees the conduct of administrative operations. Administrative operations include all functions necessary to support the Centers programs, including human capital, information technology, acquisitions, logistics, budget formulation and execution, and risk management. Incumbent participates with the Center and OPDIV leadership in providing operational and management expertise germane to the formulation of policies, goals, objectives, and operational strategies, and participates in program and resource allocation decisions which impact the total organization. Incumbent serves as CTP's principal advisor to CTP senior management and senior FDA officials on agency operations and administrative management matters; management tenets, techniques, and policies; requirements of administrative law and regulations; and methods and procedures. Incumbent collaborates with other senior officials across FDA and the Department in the development and implementation of strategic and financial plans.

Incumbent ensures efficient and effective administrative operations; resolves major problems and matters of key policy; promotes and leads major reviews and discussions regarding improvements in administrative/management operations processes. Through regular and special meetings, correspondence, and other means, incumbent ensures that information or developments in administrative/management areas are communicated to appropriate staff in CTP or throughout the FDA Department. Incumbent oversees the development of plans and reviews relating to continuous improvements initiatives and ensures that effective systems are developed and in place to provide CTP, FDA, and Departmental officials with information needed on a wide range of administrative/management issues.

Incumbent represents CTP and the FDA in matters of agency operations and management to Congress, HHS organizations, other health agencies, and Federal agencies, and act on behalf of the FDA, including the exercise of delegated authorities. Incumbent resolves problems concerning organization and administration in their assigned area; acts to improve organizational structure, management policies, and techniques; and keeps the total management process in mind to develop solutions to emerging problems in management of a critical and/or controversial nature and which may impact successful implementation of the CTP's programs.