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Job Title:Public Health Advisor

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services

Job Announcement Number:HHS-OASH-DE-14-1078257

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$75,621.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, March 26, 2014 to Tuesday, April 15, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington DC, DC View Map
Rockville, MD View Map


United States Citizens


Public Trust - Background Investigation




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.

These positions may be located in any of the offices reporting to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), with vacancies in Washington, DC and Rockville, MD.  

The mission of OASH is management oversight of 12 core public health offices — including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Corps — as well as 10 regional health offices across the nation and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees.  The primary purpose for this position is serve as a senior public health analyst and individually or as part of a team plan, manage or evaluate public health programs, projects or activities associated with of the public health division or office assigned.  

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-OASH-MP-14-1078162 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.  

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


  • 25% or Greater
  • Two weeks of travel annually may be required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation required.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date.


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  • Manage or evaluate public health programs, projects, or study activities associated with assigned public health programs.
  • Identify potential problem areas, formulate program responses, and recommend program improvements to identify and resolve program problems that may adversely impact timelines or the successful completion of project plans and objectives.
  • Establish systematic methods for program execution and advocacy that include identification of objectives, evaluation criteria, and legal and regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Collect and interpret data and information from a variety of sources; prepare responses to inquiries; compose advanced issue and background papers; and prepare a variety of reports and other substantive program documentation.  
  • Provide oversight and technical management of public health contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements addressing a wide variety of public health issues.
  • Lead development of public health messages with subject matter experts and prepares appropriate end-products for communicating public health information to target audiences.


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Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (or equivalent) in the normal line of progression for this occupation as stated below.  

At the GS-12 level:

Qualifying experience for GS-12 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-11 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience evaluating public health programs and policies and providing guidance to various public, nonprofit, and private organizations on matters relating to the delivery of health education, training and services.  

At the GS-13 level:

Qualifying experience for GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-12 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience evaluating public programs and projects involving governmental organizations from multiple sectors at the community, State, and national levels and providing guidance and recommendations on matters relating to the delivery of health education, training and services.  

All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

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.  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 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 is required.

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No

8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

9. Drug Screening Required: No

10. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No

11. Student loan repayment inventive authorized: No

12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No


Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the competencies associated with this position.  If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may adversely affect your eligibility. 

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to the following quality categories:

Best Qualified - Meets the qualification requirements and demonstrates a superior level of possession of the competencies of the position.

Well Qualified - Meets the qualification requirements and demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the competencies of the position.

Qualified - Meets the qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the required competencies listed below for this position.

At the GS-12/13 levels:

  • Knowledge of public health program development concepts, process, administration, and management to develop and evaluate key public health strategies.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of qualitative methods and quantitative methods to develop data collection tools and review, evaluate, and survey public health program operations.
  • Ability to oversee contracts, grants, awards or cooperative agreements and ensure deliverables meet agreed upon terms, conditions, and quality.  
  • Skill in composing a variety of issue papers, background materials, and outreach materials on public health initiatives. 

At the GS-13 level only:

  • Skill in developing evaluation plans to measure the effectiveness of public health programs in meeting established goals.

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: (View Occupational Questionnaire)

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).


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Veterans Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.   For more information on veterans preference see

CTAP/ICTAP:  This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To be well-qualified for this position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must possess knowledge, skills, and abilities that clearly exceed the qualification requirements of the position. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible, go to:

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

Selective Service:  The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.   For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit


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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions. 

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A: Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.   Follow the prompts to complete the on-line assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link:  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:

1. Click here to print a fax cover page 

2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using (1078257).  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.

3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B: Fax

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire (View Occupational Questionnaire);

2. Print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  

3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
  • Your Resume - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire

Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you)

  • Veterans' Preference documentation (i.e. SF-15, DD-214, Statement of Service, Service Connected Disability Letter, etc.)
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation


For Resume and Application Tips visit:


julia baker
Phone: (703)995-9625
Agency Information:
HHS NCR Center
200 Independence Ave SW
HHH Building
Suite 801
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. 

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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