Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Senior Science Advisor is a recognized authority in public health and tobacco prevention and control and applies medical and scientific expertise in the drafting and clearance of policy-related materials. Advises Center leadership on scientific and policy issues. Reviews documents submitted for regulatory action. Provides expert input to Center Director on materials used by senior leadership. A medical background is highly desirable.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Provides expert professional advice and assistance to Office Directors and staff on a wide range of scientific, policy, and regulatory issues.</li> <li>Reviews Center-wide documents for scientific accuracy as well as public health and policy implications.</li> <li>Maintains strong, constructive, collegial relationship with scientists at other Federal agencies involved in tobacco prevention and control efforts.</li> <li>Reviews and clears scientific documents from other agencies and organizations.</li> <li>Contributes to Center efforts to manage cross-cutting, challenging, or difficult issues by analyzing available information and applying accepted scientific methods and frameworks.</li> <li>Participates in, and contributes to, top level Center, Agency, and Department discussions, meetings, and conferences to include formal presentations related to tobacco regulation with internal and external stakeholders.</li> <li>Monitors and advises the Center Director on sensitive, controversial, and critical problems and precedent-setting issues.</li> <li>Applies extensive knowledge of tobacco prevention and control, the Tobacco Control Act, and Center programs and initiatives to make recommendations on strategic initiatives.</li> <li>Provides authoritative advice, guidance, assistance, interpretations and recommendations in developing new policies and strategic direction as well as solving problems and controversial issues.</li> <li>Demonstrates scientific background through publications in refereed journals and presentations at major professional meetings.</li> <li>In consultation with Center scientists, interprets scientific data in support of regulatory policy to meet CTP public health objectives.</li> <li>Demonstrated skill in identifying problems, gathering information, drawing conclusions, and recommending solutions.</li> <li>Ability to identify data gaps in support of Center-wide policies and priorities and ability to identify potential data sources to fill those gaps.</li> <li>Ability to advise and inform others outside of FDA on Agency rules, regulations, and procedures, provide advice to Senior Leadership at CTP and to diverse staff in the various Offices.</li> <li>Ability to multi-task; to work under short time frames and deadlines while maintaining scientific rigor, and to conduct careful and thoughtful reviews even under extreme time pressures.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 00 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Males born on, or after, December 31st 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an approved exemption. Visit www.SSS.gov for more info.</li> <li>Veterans Preference DOES NOT APPLY to positions, such as this one, advertised under Title 42-F hiring regulations.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:</strong> <br /> Candidates must have a doctoral-level degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, such as a Ph.D. or D.V.M., or other research doctoral-degree widely recognized in U.S. academe as equivalent to a Ph.D. <ul> <li>602: Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or equivalent from a school in the United States or Canada or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.</li> </ul> <strong>MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS:</strong> <li>Knowledge of tobacco prevention and control at the state or Federal level; recognized as a public health/tobacco control expert and authority.<strong> (Narrative response required, two page limit.) </strong></li> <li>Expert knowledge of a broad range of sciences related to tobacco, such as chemistry, microbiology, toxicology, pharmacology, medicine, neuroscience, social science, epidemiology, statistics, and evaluation.<br /> <strong> (Narrative response required, two page limit.) </strong></li> <li>Significant publication history, including first author publications. <strong> (Narrative response required, two page limit.) </strong></li> <li>Experience reviewing manuscripts for journals; ideally, also experience, drafting, reviewing, and clearing regulatory or policy-related materials.<strong> (Narrative response required, two page limit.) </strong></li> <strong>DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:</strong> <li>Ability to assess the public health implications of policy issues with strong scientific critical thinking skills and good communication skills. <strong> (Narrative response required, if applicable-Two page limit.) </strong></li> <li>Ability to work across a large, complex organization with individuals who have differing points of view; ability to negotiate acceptance and implementation of recommendations while maintaining a constructive working relationship.<br /> <strong> (Narrative response required, if applicable-Two page limit.) </strong></li> <li>Possesses excellent time management skills: Ability to multi-task and work under short time frames and deadlines while maintaining scientific rigor and to conduct careful and thoughtful reviews even under extreme time pressures. <strong> (Narrative response required, if applicable-Two page limit.) </strong></li> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>Foreign Education:</strong> 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. <strong> For further information, visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation . </strong> <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Additional Conditions of Employment:</strong> <li><strong>Security and Background Requirements:</strong> This position requires a <strong>Secret </strong> Security Clearance . 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 of a Secret Clearance. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualification is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal.</li> <li><strong>Political Appointees</strong>: If you are serving, or have served in the last 5 years (from 01/19/2018) as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee, HHS/FDA may be required to obtain approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to beginning employment. You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed. If you have served or are currently serving, you must provide a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting this appointment. In addition, you will be required to respond to the question in the assessment and certify your responses to the questionnaire. See the OPM page Political Appointees FAQ for more. </li> <li><strong>E-Verify: </strong>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 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.</li> <li><strong>Financial disclosure statement may be required.</strong> FDA inspires public confidence by maintaining high ethical principles, and all Federal Government employees are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct, that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. Certain positions within the FDA are subject to strict restrictions on financial holdings (FDA regulated financial holdings). The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 also requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to assuming this position, annually, and upon termination of employment. To determine how this position is affected, applicants are advised to seek additional information during the interview process from the Ethics and Integrity Staff, Division Management Programs at (301) 796-8435 prior to accepting such a position.</li> <li><strong>Outside activity restrictions apply:</strong> Requests for approval of outside activities may be required prior to participation n certain outside activities and outside employment. Employees designated public or confidential filers may not have outside activities. </li> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Once the job opportunity announcement closes (at 11:59 pm ET on 07/05/2019, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be conducted, the information will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether or not you are qualified for this particular position. See the USAJOBS help article " What is the difference between eligibility and qualifications? " for more… <br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>Structured interviews;</strong> applicants may be asked scenario-based interview questions concerning core competencies.<br /> <strong>Method/tools used to evaluate applicants:</strong> work samples, conducting a presentation, reference checks, tests may be used.<br /><br />To preview the assessment questionnaire, click this link: https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10401455 <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Confidential <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>The following documents are REQUIRED :</strong><br /> <ul><li>Resume</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /> "Required" means that you must submit these documents in order for your application to be considered complete. If you fail to provide one of these documents, your application may not be considered.<br /><br /><strong>The following documents are ACCEPTED :</strong><br /> <ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214/ Statement of Service</li><li>OF-306</li><li>Licensure, Certification, etc.</li><li>VA Letter, etc.</li><li>Resume</li><li>SF-15</li><li>SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /> "Accepted" means that you may optionally include the documents listed above in your application, if applicable to you. These documents are optional because they are not applicable to all applicants or are not used to determine your qualifications.<br /><br />If you have questions about the documentation requirements, please reference the following support articles: <ul> <li> How to understand the Required Documents for a job announcement (USAJOBS) </li> <li> What types of documents might I need to submit? (USAJOBS) </li> <li> Submitting documents with your application (Application Manager Help Site) </li> </ul> You may also contact the FDA Applicant Help Desk and reference VIN# 10401455. The help desk contact info is listed on this announcement. <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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