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Associate Executive Director For Health Sciences

USA Government

This is a Full-time position in Rockville, MD posted June 8, 2020.

Responsible for planning, organizing, directing and evaluating CPSCs health sciences programs to accomplish CPSCs health science related goals. Establishes Directorate management policies relative to planning, scheduling, priorities, program emphasis, budgeting and staffing. Responsible for the direction of subordinate Divisions, delineating functional responsibilities, recommending improved organizational structures to the Deputy Assistant Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director (AED), and delegating authority within the Directorate.

Analyzes significant findings contained in formal program evaluation reports. Determines impact on and/or need for major changes in program direction and long-range goals. Identifies and seeks the elimination of significant obstacles to program accomplishment.

Advises the Assistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification and Reduction, the Executive Director, Chairman, and Commissioners on health matters which impact on the accomplishment of CPSC goals; allocation of resources; initiation, curtailment, consolidation or decentralization of program activities; evaluation of the applicability of new scientific developments to  CPSC activities; delegation of authority; and on petitions and  industry concerns as well as relevant provisions of specific legislation.

Responsible for the successful completion of all Commission annual operating plan projects assigned to the Directorate for Health Sciences to manage. Authority to manage project­related tasks and activities may be delegated by the AED to Division Directors and other senior staff within the Directorate. However, the AED is directly responsible for the overall success of these efforts. Responsible for all Health Sciences tasks in other Commission projects.

Responsible for development and evaluation of product safety standards, and evaluation of product safety tests and test methods based on scientific and medical expertise as well as the evaluation of specific product testing and risk assessments to support general agency regulatory activity.

Responsible for evaluating scientific tests and test methods, participating in the scientific development of product safety standards, providing advice on proposed standards, collecting scientific and medical data, reviewing and evaluating toxicological, physiological, pharmacological, medical, and chemical hazards. Responsible for determining exposure, uptake and metabolism, including: identification of the toxicological and physiological bases that cause some population segments to be at special risk; performing risk assessments for chemical hazards and physical hazards based on scientific modeling in consumer products and human exposures; performing or monitoring research, conducting studies of the safety of, or of improving the safety of, consumer products; providing CPSC’s primary source of technical expertise for implementation of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act; and providing scientific and medical support to all CPSC organizations, activities, and programs.

Works in collaboration with the Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director, and with the AEDs for Epidemiology, Laboratory Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Compliance and Field Operations, Health Sciences, Economic Analysis, Office of the Budget, and the Office of Resource Management, to formulate policy options for Commission consideration and approval. Consults with other Directorates and their staffs on review and evaluation of scientific program plans, objectives, priorities, accomplishments, and legislative recommendations from the health science perspective. Participates in the resolution of overall critical and controversial program problems which cross Directorate and Office lines.

Coordinates research and evaluation activities with the National Institutes of Health, National Academy of Science and other federal agencies, private industry and consumer interest groups. Reviews proposals for large-scale research activities with other Federal agencies and other organizations. Provides the Assistant Executive Director with advice on feasibility and/or proposed relative priorities of health sciences functions to be conducted by CPSC; in-house or by contract. Develops and provides liaison on contracts. Provides supervision and direction of all health sciences activities; including analyses of physiological studies and incident data, and recommends solutions.

Responsible for the technical health content and scientific integrity of information and education programs, discussions, and correspondence with consumers and representatives of industry and other Federal organizations concerning policies and objectives of CPSC.

Travel Required
Occasional travel – Up to 25% travel in Local Commuting Area.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0601 General Health Science
Conditions of Employment
U.S Citizenship Required.
Background Investigation Required.
Appointment to this position is subject to Commission approval.
This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

A public financial disclosure statement is required upon appointment into the SES.  This statement will be used to avoid conflicting situations in employment through advice and counseling. You will need to provide the information annually.

One year probationary period required for initial SES appointment.

The selectee will be required to complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment”, (OF-306), prior to appointment and the appropriate background investigation forms to determine suitability for Federal employment.  False statements or responses on these forms can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form. We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The system confirms employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

All applicants must submit a separate written narrative response to each of the following ECQs. Additional information is available at: ECQ Information. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results model. It is recommended that you draft your ECQs in a Word document and then insert the responses into our system (limit of 6,400 characters per narrative).


ECQ 1 – LEADING CHANGE. The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 – LEADING PEOPLE. The ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 – RESULTS DRIVEN. The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 – BUSINESS ACUMEN. The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 – BUILDING COALITIONS. The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Non-competitive applicants do not need to submit ECQ narratives but you must clearly state your status in your resume and submit a written narrative response to the Technical Qualifications. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. The agency has the option of considering you non-competitively or including you in the competitive process. You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career Senior Executive, Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certified graduate of a Senior Executive (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) or an individual with SES reinstatement eligibility. You may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if you meet the mandatory technical qualifications requirements.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: In addition, all applicants must submit a separate written narrative response to each of the following MTQs. Please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled managing a large public or private sector organization that administers complex, rules-based benefits or services, etc. It is recommended that you draft your MTQs in a word document and then insert into our system (limit of 6,400 characters for each narrative).

1. Experience in advanced concepts, principles, and practices of a broad range of scientific and public health disciplines (biological, toxicological, biochemical, microbiological, and medical/physiological) that enable the applicant to serve as a recognized scientific authority.

2. Extensive knowledge of and experience in the application of biological sciences, chemical, medical or public health principles and concepts to address regulatory and issues.

Mandatory Education Requirement. All applicants must meet the education requirement below to qualify:

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.

A Ph.D., M.D., or D.Ph., or equivalent professional experience, or a combination of education and experience in biomedical sciences (e.g., pharmacology, toxicology, immunology, microbiology, or physiology), chemistry, public health or closely related fields is highly desirable.

You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application process. Official transcripts will be required upon appointment.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.

All education claimed by applicants will be verified.