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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health
Department of Health And Human Services
Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services

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Open & closing dates

10/06/2017 to 11/06/2017

$124,406 to $187,000 per year
Pay scale & grade

ES 00
Work schedule

Full-Time – Full Time
Appointment type

Permanent – Senior Executive Service (SES)


1 vacancy in the following location:

Washington DC, DC 1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes May be authorized
This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
Senior Executives

Jobs open to those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

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Are you a high-performing executive, skilled strategist, and collaborative relationship builder with an exceptional record of delivering optimal results and measurable outcomes? Are you a proven leader, an excellent communicator, and a natural motivator who views challenge as opportunity? Do you have that special ability for recognizing and cultivating talent…and inspiring greatness in others? If so, we may have the perfect career opportunity for you!

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking for a dynamic and energetic leader to join the Senior Executive Service (SES) — a talented team of men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of our government.

Who we are, what we do, and why it matters. HHS is the United States government’s principal agency for enhancing and protecting the health and well-being of all Americans. As the nation’s highest and most wide-reaching authority on all things health, HHS works to provide effective health and human services and to foster advances in medicine, public health, and social services. But what we do goes beyond our national borders. As we strengthen the well-being of communities in our own country, we also seek and provide global solutions. Through this work, and through the dedication of our more than 90,000 employees, HHS works to strengthen the health of our nation and the world. That’s HHS – we are one Department comprised of multiple agencies and offices – each unique in their mission and all serving one remarkable common purpose!

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), an elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and expertise required to lead across organizations. This cadre of dedicated executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession. As an SES member, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the Federal Government and lead the next generation of public servants.

As part of the SES at HHS, you will be among a group of highly skilled executives, contributing to one of the most important missions in the Federal Government. So, don’t just make a career move…make a difference! The Department of Health & Human Services Senior Executive Service – Leaders who touch lives.

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The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Women’s Health) (DASH-WH) provides oversight, direction, and coordination of activities pertaining to women’s health issues and policies across the Department. The DASH-WH is the principal advisor and confidant to the ASH in planning, determining, and assessing health policies and programs that affect the health needs of women across their lifespan. The incumbent also directs the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), which is established within OASH. OWH envisions that all women and girls are healthier and have a better sense of well-being; to this end, it provides leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex- and gender-specific approaches. As OWH Director, the DASH-WH manages work groups and task teams, leads the HHS Coordinating Committee on Women’s Health, and provides coordination and guidance on women’s health issues to other HHS components. Day-to-day duties include directing the specific programs, projects, and activities carried out by OWH.


The DASH-WH, on behalf of the ASH and of the Secretary, as requested:

(1) Provides executive leadership, guidance, and oversight on a range of processes and functions across HHS that relate to women’s health. These processes and functions include review, analysis, and evaluation of policies, programs, and activities addressing women’s health;

(2) Provides executive leadership, management, and direction of procedures, programs, activities, and resources as Director of the Office on Women’s Health (OWH);

(3) Interacts with Regional Health Administrators to ensure effective regional representation of OWH programs;

(4) Serves as the principal advisor to the ASH and serves as staff advisor to, and spokesperson for, the Secretary on women’s health issues;

(5) Advises the ASH on activities, programs, and policies across HHS;

(6) Directs, influences, and assists the ASH on evidence-based policy development related to women’s health;

(7) Represents HHS in a variety of settings at Federal, national, state, and local levels;

(8) Conducts strategic planning with OWH, HHS, and external partners to ensure relevance, timeliness, and feasibility of ongoing programmatic direction;

(9) Fosters collaboration and partnerships within and outside of HHS that leverage OWH and Departmental resources to reduce leading causes of illness, disability, and premature death for women;

(10) Maintains awareness of developments in biomedical, behavioral, and public health sciences and health policy, reporting to the ASH on developments that may be long-range, but of potential interest and applicability to women’s health;

(11) Oversees the preparation of action plans, white papers, literature reviews, and other reports for the consideration of the ASH and HHS leadership, Congress, and the public, including an annual report to Congress on HHS Activities to Improve Women’s Health as Required by the Affordable Care Act;

(12) Maintains ongoing, close, and effective liaison and communications with the heads of appropriate organizations and individuals in the public and private sectors, with the goals of both communicating HHS policies, goals, priorities and programs, as well as conveying to the ASH feedback and insights from these sectors;

(13) Serves as the Designated Federal Officer for the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee; and

(14) Ensures adherence to HHS guidelines by all OWH communications tools, including print and electronic media.

(15) Establishes science-based programs and evaluates their impact in addressing critical gender/sex based health disparities that particularly affect women; and

(16) Participates with HHS-wide efforts such as Healthy People 2020 to ensure representation, measurement, and communication of gender/sex based disparities in health status and other indicators of well-being.

Travel Required

25% or less – 25% Domestic Travel
Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
United States Citizens

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0601 General Health Science
Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is required. Background and/or Security Investigation required. Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed. This position requires completion of public financial disclosure report. Application package must be received by closing date of the announcement.


To be qualified for this position, you must provide evidence of experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse organization responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations on a national level. This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, excellent judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials. Typically, 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.

Unless you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you must provide a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) in order to receive consideration for the position. Current or former career SES members are not required to address the ECQs, but must address the PTQs.

Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission if selected. If you are applying under this option, you must address both the PTQs and ECQs in this announcement. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps must address the PTQs but are not required to address the ECQs.

Professional/Technical Qualifications

1. Provides medical and scientific insight on the research and evaluation of health services, quality measurement, improvement, and patient safety.

2. Leads research and provides authoritative advice/guidance on extramural research programs emphasizing medical, behavioral, financial and policy determinants of health care quality.

3. Develops and execute grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, and other mutually beneficial and appropriate mechanisms to stimulate medical research activities. Serves as the project officer, co-project officer or principal investigator (PI) as required.

4. Develops research, business partnerships and coalitions with Federal agencies, state and local organizations to discuss health services research strategies and programs.

5. Represents the agency/organization in professional meetings, conferences, and task forces with representatives of domestic and national organizations. In doing so, delivers keynote speeches, participates on relevant panels, and prepares substantive position papers/reports and briefing materials on health related topics to quality-related health services research. All products must be aligned to the Department and organizational mission.

Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQs is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management’s web site at Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

You will be prompted to provide narrative descriptions including specific examples of your experience, education, and accomplishments that are applicable to each of the PTQs and ECQs. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunctions with the resume you provide.

Executive Core Qualifications

Fundamental Competencies: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs. Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Integrity/Honesty; Written Communication; Continual Learning; and Public Service Motivation. These Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narratives.

1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves 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. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building).

2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s 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. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building).

3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves 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. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility).

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves 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. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management).

5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves 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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating).


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.

Additional information

Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications. The annual salary range may be found at the top of this announcement. This position may be eligible for performance bonuses and performance based pay adjustments.

Probationary Period:

Selectee must serve a one-year probationary period unless previously completed.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

HHS 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. 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 the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment. All possible and/or potential conflicts of interest shall be resolved prior to issuance of a final job offer.

Security and Background Requirements

If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. An MBI-5 Public Trust clearance is required.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Equality is held as one of the most important values at HHS. Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit. HHS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. If applying online poses a hardship to you, you may submit your application by contacting .

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact: . Requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Veteran’s Preference

Veteran’s Preference does not apply to the SES.

Selective Service

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

A recruitment or relocation incentive including the reimbursement of travel, transportation, or moving expenses associated with reporting for duty may be authorized.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your resume and narrative responses to the Professional/Technical qualifications and the five Executive Core Qualifications are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. Responses that are not supported by your resume will eliminate you from consideration. Your application will be evaluated in the following manner:

1. Application packages will be reviewed for completeness (incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration).

2. Basic qualifications review. Your resume and narrative responses to the PTQ’s and ECQ’s will be reviewed to ensure you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement. If you do not meet this requirement, you will not receive further consideration.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation
Required Documents

1. Resume (ensure that your resume contains your full name, address and phone number) (Required);

2. Completion of online questionnaire, including narrative responses to the TQs and ECQs (Required);

3. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your current or former civil service status, if applicable;

4. Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board Certification (OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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.

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.

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Benefits for federal employees
Healthcare insurance
Pay and leave

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the documents listed in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement.

Application packages for this vacancy must be received on-line via the USA Staffing web site by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, November 06, 2017.

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. You may preview the assessment questionnaire by clicking here: View Occupational 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 Identification Number: 2017125. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.

If applying online poses a hardship to you, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed on the vacancy.

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Agency contact information
Rebecca Lackey



HHS OHR Executive Resources
200 Independence Ave
Suite 801
Washington, DC
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Next steps

We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome by e-mail using the e-mail address on file in the Application Manager system.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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