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 Office for Human Research Protections, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.  OHRP provides leadership for protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

OHRP helps ensure this by providing clarification and guidance, developing educational programs and materials, maintaining regulatory oversight, and providing advice on ethical and regulatory issues in biomedical and social-behavioral research. 

The purpose of the position is to fully share the responsibilities of the Director for planning and directing the programs and initiatives of the Office.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-OASH-MP-14-1120495 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.


The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Health Science Administrator (Deputy Director, Office for Human Research Protections) with responsibility for planning and directing the programs and initiatives of the office.  Duties include the following:

  • Share responsibility and authority with the Director to develop, coordinate, and execute the full range of OHRP programs and activities. 
  • Collaborate with the Director to formulate plans and strategies for critical OHRP initiatives. 
  • Lead program reviews to determine the extent to which OHRP ensures application of bioethical principles to protection of human subjects and is responsive to current research initiatives. 
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to identify specific, meaningful measures and objectives associated with the desired policy outcomes and impacts.
  • Direct the OHRP staff through subordinate division chiefs to ensure that the organizational environment positively influences staff members’ ability to deliver timely, high-quality products and services.  

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional domestic and local travel is required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No