Food and Drug Administration Senior Health Science Advisor in Silver Spring, Maryland

Food and Drug Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Silver Spring, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 8/4/2016 (82 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 2/2/2017 (100 day(s) away)

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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Medical Products and Tobacco (OMPT), Immediate Office, Silver Spring, MD.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-OMPT-16-MP-1761421DC under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: 1. Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered. 2. Also, the MP announcement opens for 30 days and will close on September 6, 2016.



  • SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
  • OCTOBER 3, 2016
  • NOVEMBER 1, 2016
  • DECEMBER 1, 2016
  • JANUARY 31, 2017
  • March 02, 2017

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.

  • Serve as an expert technical consultant for the FDA Commissioner, OMPT Center Directors, and other Senior level management as it relates to recruitment and retention for specialized Scientific staff within Office of Medical Products and Tobacco (OMPT) Centers (CDER, CDRH, CBER, CTP);
  • Identify and analyze relationship of talent acquisition and retention of specialized scientific staff to OMPT leadership, scientific community, and human capital community;
  • Serve as an expert consultant in recruiting scientific experts for planning, monitoring, and administration of health science-related programs, or projects that encompassed the most critical work as it relates to FDA mission critical medical products and tobacco regulatory issues;
  • Manage and align program resources (financial, human, material, or informational) to facilitate effective and productive health and life science programs;
  • Service as an expert technical resource and leading authority on the planning and managing of projects that have significant impact on OMPT Centers operations and programs;
  • Develop and review performance metrics for all of OMPT's scientific recruiting functions to monitor problem areas and implement solutions.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • See Conditions of Employment
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Only experience gained by closing date announcement will be considered.
  • One year probationary period may be required.

In order to qualify for Senior Health Science Advisor, GS-601-15, you must meet the following: BASIC QUALIFICATION:Degree: major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONIn addition to meeting the Basic Qualification requirement, you must meet the following:

Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 In the Federal service, providing technical consultation in the development and implementation of short and long term recruitment, staffing and retention of scientific positions; advising management on the hiring needs and strategic recruiting and staffing plans; working with various stakeholders to create pathways on acquiring scientific talent; develop relationship with external organizations such as academia and trade associations; serving as technical resource on the planning and management of projects; represent agency at job fairs, conferences, etc. to recruit specialized scientific talent.

You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. 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. For further information, click on foreign education.

Conditions of Employment: 1. Security and Background Requirements: Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. 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 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. Pre-employment physical required: No5. Drug testing required: No6. License required: No7. Mobility agreement required: No**8. Immunization required: No 9. Incentives may be authorized; however, this is contingent upon funds availability. If authorized, certain incentives will require you to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3 years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid. Incentives include the following: moving expenses, recruitment or relocation incentive; student loan repayment, superior qualifications appointment, creditable service for annual leave for prior non-federal work experience or prior uniformed military service, etc. 10. Bargaining Unit Position: No11. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing of the announcement. 12. Please be advised that this position will be subject to FDA's prohibited financial interest regulation and may require the incumbent of this position to divest of certain financial interests. Applicants are advised to seek additional information on this requirement from the hiring official before accepting this position.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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. Once this process is completed, you will be notified of your status via e-mail.


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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

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Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed “surplus” or no longer needed, or an employee who has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated “well-qualified”. Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, see:

Salary Range: $128,082.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 445743000

Job Announcement Number: FDA-OMPT-16-DE-1760926DC