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    This position is located in the Office of Research and Development (ORD), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), VA Central Office under the Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Service which is one of four components that comprise ORD. HSR&D manages a research program that spans the continuum of health care research and supports the integration of research and practice, linking the clinical aspects of patient care and organization/management needs.

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    The salary range listed on this announcement reflects the GS base rate and does not include locality pay. Upon selection, the salary will be adjusted to include the locality adjustment for the specific location.

    The incumbent of this position will serve as a Scientific Program Manager for VA research relating to women's health, health equity, rural health and special populations. The goal of HSR&D is to improve the quality of health care by examining the organization, delivery, financing, and management of health care services on the quality, cost, access to, and outcome of those services. The HSR&D program is looking for a Scientific Program Manager to lead these VA health services research portfolios in these critical areas, working with clinical and research partners to develop the strategic direction of these priority areas.

    Duties include, but are not limited to:
    • Advising and supporting the Director/Deputy Director of HSR&D in the planning, development, and oversight of the HSR&D Service research project portfolio.
    • Analyzing the needs, strategic plans, and goals of HSR&D and making recommendations for new directions, initiatives, policies, and procedures.
    • Developing collaborations with other Federal funders, including Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and the Center for Disease Control among others.
    • Making recommendations regarding the appropriate assignment of research proposal to the select portfolio based on subject matter expertise.
    • Identifying and recruiting VA and non-VA scientists to serve on review committees.
    • Conducting semi-annual scientific merit review meetings. Overseeing logistics including administrative support.
    • Preparing executive summaries of mail reviews and exercising professional judgment in making recommendations regarding projects reviewed by mail.
    • Providing general advice to field investigators regarding preparation of proposals and review criteria.
    • Evaluating HSR&D merit review projects recommended for funding in assigned areas and contributing to general HSR&D portfolio management.
    • Providing technical and other expertise and assistance, based on knowledge of general HSR&D merit review programs and procedures, to other program managers and executive staff.
    • Ensuring that funded projects are original and innovative, have broad applicability, and will advance the state of knowledge in the portfolio area(s).
    • Providing advice to investigators seeking to respond to solicitations and/or develop projects, providing guidance to funded investigators and Service Director about ongoing and completed projects, and ensuring appropriate coordination with other portfolio areas within HRS&D and R&D.
    • Ensuring appropriate and timely completion of project/center specific annual reports, final reports, and Just in Time (JIT) requirements for newly funded projects.
    • Serving as the primary point of contact for all programmatic and scientific issues related to proposed, planned, ongoing and completed activities in the assigned portfolio(s) including the development and dissemination of programmatic information.
    • Developing or revising and communicating policies and procedures to various constituents.
    • Initiating and participating in development, conduct, and analysis of projects to evaluate and improve aspects of assigned portfolios such as quality measurement, chronic disease management, chronic pain management, etc.
    • Representing HSR&D in communications and/or meetings with senior management within and outside VA, non-government experts, and the public.
    • Serving as liaison to other Federal agencies and internal VA committees in areas pertinent to his/her portfolio and/or areas of expertise.
    • Reviewing the literature in the subject area to identify gaps in scientific knowledge in the portfolio area.
    • Conceptualizing, developing, and writing solicitations to address gaps in portfolio area.
    • Overseeing documentation and reporting for relevant health services research outside the VA that complement the portfolio area.
    • Serving as the HSR&D Eligibility Coordinator for projects for which they are assigned.
    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Compressed/Flexible: May be available
    Telework: May be available
    Virtual: This is a virtual position.
    Position Description/PD#: Health Science Officer/PD02234A
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
    Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0601 General Health Science

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/614707400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.