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    This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-14. At the GS-13 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-14. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

    Employee will be assigned to the Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development (BLR&D) Service, Office of Research and Development (ORD), VA Central Office, Washington, DC, managing a portfolio in a specific medical research area. Duties include, but may not be limited to the following: 

    • Advises and supports the Director/Deputy Director of BLR&D in the planning, development, and operation of the BLR&D Service; develops policies, procedures, and criteria for administration of the service's medical research program; serves as principal advisor on development in a particular area of research; reviews project reports to assess investigators' compliance with medical research program guidelines; and consults with research elements within the service, agency, community, and/or private industry to develop research project opportunities that support the service's mission objectives.
    • Analyzes the needs, strategic plans, and goals of BLR&D and makes recommendations for new directions, initiatives, policies, and procedures; administers screening, advisory, and approval processes for the service; develops and coordinates implementation of research method and design standards, criteria, and guidelines for the scientific and technical activities of the service; and consults with the Director/Deputy Director to develop project presentation, budget recommendations, and resource allocations for proposed projects.
    • Serves as the lead within the service for the development, refinement, and implementation of the respective portfolio; collaborates with colleagues in portfolio management activities; establishes review policies and criteria covering multiple or broad medical portfolio issues; evaluates new or modified legislation to determine its impact on the medical research community; and conducts studies, analyzes data, and presents results through presentations and/or publications.
    • Makes recommendations regarding the appropriate assignment of research proposals to the various merit review committees; conducts semi-annual review meetings; manages assigned portfolio; represents ORD in communications and/or meetings with senior management within and outside VA; oversees documentation and reporting for all portfolio activities; prepares annual report of portfolio status; and may be assigned to work on special projects (i.e., white papers, briefing books, scientific presentations, etc.).

    WORK SCHEDULE: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel to attend meetings, conferences, and/or training off-site.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    United States Citizens

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    0601 General Health Science

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