Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Open & closing dates
12/09/2019 to 01/21/2019
$129,662 to $213,600 per year
Appointment type

Pay scale & grade
RF 00
 Work schedule








Atlanta, GA


This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42. Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers. No previous federal experience is required. This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and may provide entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.


As the Director, National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the incumbent will: Serve as the center director and senior advisor for birth defects and developmental disabilities, planning and coordination methods, and application projects, Determine the overall policies and approaches to be followed to achieve the mission,

Direct and manage the operations of the center with primary responsibility for providing leadership and guidance to staff, Promote and support opportunities for collaborating between public health organizations, as well as integration with other CDC organizational units, DHHS offices and other Federal agencies as appropriate Participate in developing program, policy and objectives, short and long-term goals, program strategies, and operating policies, and Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of program operations in relation to objectives and to legislature, as well as budgetary and program planning.


Basic Qualifications for RF-0601: Applicants must possess a Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. In addition to the basic qualifications requirement, a Ph.D. or other earned doctorate is required in one or more of the following: disease prevention or related health sciences, public health, epidemiology, or social or behavioral science.

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 leading, directing and/or managing a public health program in the area of birth defects and developmental disabilities.

Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Current federal employees must be at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level.

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