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Job Title:  Director, Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-CDC-RS-13-793166

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, November 26, 2012 to Monday, January 07, 2013
Full Time - Indefinite
1 vacancy in the following location:
Hyattsville, MD United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Non Citizens


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 is an Excepted Service position in the Senior Biomedical Research Service (SBRS).  The SBRS facilitates the recruitment of high level scientific researchers and leaders that are essential to fulfill the research and evaluation mission of the National Center for Health Statistics.

Appplications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including non-citizens and Public Health Service Commissioned Officers.  No previous federal experience is required.  This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing relevant experience.
Executive level compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience, which may result in a higher salary than reflected above.


This position is located in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology & Laboratory Services (OSELS), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (DHANES), Office of the Director (OD), in Hyattsville, MD. 


This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcements HHS-CDC-M1-13-791982 and HHS-CDC-D1-13-791689 under competitive procedures.  Please review these announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.



CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.


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The Director of the Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (DHANES)provides overall scientific direction and management to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a comprehensive survey on the forefront of research, employing state-of-the-art survey methodology.  NHANES produces an array of information used to guide medical practice and develop health policy in areas such as obesity and nutrition, cardiovascular disease and prevention, asthma, oral health, health behaviors and environmental health.  The survey combines personal interviews with standardized physical examinations, diagnostic procedures, and laboratory tests on a sample of approximately 5,000 persons per year.  The survey is conducted in specially-designed mobile examination centers which cross the country to reach the survey's nationally representative sample population. Findings from NHANES are considered the gold standard for data on chronic and infectious diseases, environmental exposures and patterns of growth and development.  NHANES data are the foundation for growth charts, used by pediatrician and parent alike to measure the growth and development of America's children.  The NHANES program is often used as a model for surveys in other communities within the US as well as in the international community.  The NHANES Director is responsible for the overall direction and planning of the biomedical research program of the Division and, as such, plans, manages, organizes and directs all programs, surveys and research activities of the Division of Health and Nutrition Examinations Statistics, and provides executive leadership and scientific direction to all program functions, survey operations and substantive and methodological activities.  The NHANES Director is well-recognized as a consummate leader within the public health and research community, developing and maintaining productive relationships with colleagues around the world to advance health examination surveys.  To lead this exciting far-reaching program, we are looking for applicants with a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm and innovative thinking necessary to lead within a dynamic and diverse organization.


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Basic Qualifications for AD-0602:  Physicians must have a Doctorate of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accredited body in the year of the applicant's graduation and a current medical license to practice medicine and surgery in a State or Territory of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia; or a equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country). If the medical degree was received from a foreign medical school, but you are licensed to practice medicine in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States require no other certification in regard to the quality of the education. 


Since this position has a specific education requirement, all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by providing an original, official college transcript before appointment additionally for 0602, you may submit a copy of your current medical license to verify completion of the basic education requirement. We will be unable to return these documents to you.

Candidates must show clear evidence of specialized experience.  Specialized experience is that which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, such as experience planning, managing, organizing and/or directing an epidemiology/statistical research program or health survey program.  Experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.



Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit:

The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SBRS position, annually, and upon termination of employment.  Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.


How You Will Be Evaluated:
Applicants must meet the qualification requirements as outlined above to be eligible for further consideration.  You must provide detailed evidence of the experience, knowledge, skill, ability, and other personal characteristic requirements and show how and when they were used.  This evidence must include clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.  Qualification determinations will be based on the information provided in your application and the requirements of the position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.   You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities.


Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques used to study health status and public health programs such as chronic disease and nutrition.

Comprehensive knowledge of public health programs, such as health and nutritional status, infectious disease activities and other health related topics in order to design and investigate trends and developments affecting the nation’s health.

Skill in designing and managing large and highly complex health or health related surveys or studies that are based on current theory, science , and state-of-the art practice.

Ability to negotiate and represent the Division in a variety of settings.

Ability to administer a complex scientific program and supervise and direct a scientific, technical and administrative support staff to achieve program goals and objectives, such as planning and developing budgets, establishing long range plans and schedules, determining goals and objectives and providing advice and  counsel to employees.


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.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  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/or 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 may be required Yes

6. One-year probationary period may be required. NO

7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses maybe authorized: Yes 

8. Bargaining Unit Position:  NO

9. Drug Screening Required: NO

10. Recruitment Incentive may be authorized:  Yes


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Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Veteran's Preference does not apply to Title 42 positions. 


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


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 793166.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Atlanta Customer HelpDesk at (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email HRCS@CDC.GOV.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


  1. Your Résumé - 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 résumé, 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.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - College Transcripts

         - Foreign education evaluation

         - SF-50 (if prior federal service) 

Note:  You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 07, 2013.


CDC HelpDesk
Phone: (770)488-1725
TDD: (866)539-4484
Agency Information:
HHS CDC Center Executive Resources
1600 Clifton Rd


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  When the vacancy announcement closes, an evaluation of your qualifications will be determined by a panel of experts.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

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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