Job Overview


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.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary (OS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Division of Education and Development in Washington, DC.

The Division of Education and Development enhances the protection of human subjects in HHS-conducted or supported research by providing education to individuals involved in the human subjects research enterprise.  Specific Division functions include conference coordination, quality assessment, promotion of cooperative education and development, provision of ethical guidance and clarification, and maintenance and promulgation of educational and institutional review guidance materials.

Note: This announcement has been amended to include the correct travel requirements and extend the closing date to January 31, 2014.

This vacancy is also being announcement concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-OASH-MP-14-1020472 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible to apply under those procedures.  NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply to the concurrent merit promotion announcement as shown above above.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


  • Manages the development of educational programs and materials and conducts educational events concerning the protection of human subjects. 
  • Provides authoritative guidance to research institutions, HHS components, other Federal agencies, research investigators, the media, and the general public concerning application of HHS policies, procedures and regulations for the protection of human research subjects.
  • Identifies areas requiring new or revised policies, standards and guidelines and makes recommendations on how the OHRP should respond.  Prepares reports and recommendations to help the OHRP Director/Deputy Director identify and address new developments and unanticipated issues related to human subject protections. 
  • Represents OHRP within and outside HHS to gain support for the protection of human subjects.  Makes public presentations representing OHRP and HHS in matters pertaining to HHS policies, procedures, and regulations for the protection of human subjects.
  • Directs the staff of the Division of Education and Development. Assigns work, sets priorities, establishes milestones, and provides professional advice and administrative guidance to staff members.  

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • 30% Domestic travel required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No