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Vacancy Announcement

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

Division of Violence Prevention (DVP)

Office of the Director (OD)

Salary Range:

$120,034.00 to $201,700.00 / Per Year

Open Period:

December 1, 2014 to January 5, 2015

Series & Grade:

RF-0601, RF-0602, RF-0101

Position Information: 

Full Time – Permanent

Duty Locations:

1 vacancy in Atlanta, Georgia (Chamblee Campus)

Who May Apply:

US Citizens and Non Citizens

Security Clearance:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Supervisory Status:


The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) is seeking a Director for our Division of Violence Prevention. This announcement is open to CDC/ATSDR employees and Commissioned corps as well as the public.

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

Executive level compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience, which may result in a higher salary than reflected above.

CDC’s Injury Center is committed to continuing its work to prevent injuries and violence. Prevention is the most effective, common-sense way to improve health and lower societal costs of medical care and loss of work related to injuries and violence. Our priority is to equip states and the District of Columbia, local communities, and partner organizations with the best science, tools, and resources so that they can take effective action to save lives and protect people from injuries and violence.

Join us in making injury and violence prevention the premiere public health achievement of the next decade!

Learn More: Saving Lives and Protecting People:

CDC Injury Center Focus Areas

  • Motor vehicle-related injury prevention
  • Prevention of violence against children and youth
  • Prevention of prescription drug overdose
  • Prevention of traumatic brain injury

DVP seeks to prevent violence through surveillance, research and development, capacity building, communication, and leadership. DVP’s work in violence prevention involves monitoring violence-related behaviors, injuries, and deaths; conducting research on the factors that put people at risk or protect them from violence; developing and evaluating the effectiveness of violence prevention strategies, programs, and policies; helping state and local partners plan, implement and evaluate prevention programs; and conducting research on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies, programs, and polices. Please reference the DVP website for additional information:

Duties of the position include:

  • Serving as a principal advisor to the NCIPC Director and the senior management team on DVP activities to include strong leadership experience in creating a vision and setting direction in a scientific organization to include leading organizational change, leveraging divergent positions in a manner which contributes to overall organizational effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more scientific disciplines that involved public health such as having conducted complex precedent-setting research and/or evaluations with far reaching implications for public health. Personal record of significant contributions to the fields of disease prevention, public health, epidemiology, toxicology, environmental sciences, social or behavioral science. Examples might include senior , 1st or co-authorship on peer reviewed scientific publications, presentations at major national and international conferences, leadership positions in influential professional societies, membership on advisory boards or committees, invited editorials, commentaries or other manuscripts, consultations for influential organizations or journals.
  • Developing and implementing national, state or local policies, programs and research related to the assessment and development of research studies and projects; utilization of data to evaluate intervention or prevention strategies; utilization of state of the art laboratory techniques; data collection and statistical analysis; authorship of guidelines or policies based on scientific evidence; and/or authorship of evaluations of public health programs.
  • Experience in directing and managing a complex public health research organization, including establishing strategic plans and policies, developing and presenting budgets, evaluating program accomplishments and building and maintaining a diverse staff as well as running the day-to-day operations related to the conduct of Division programs
  • Experience in dealing effectively with high level government officials, the scientific and academic communities, national or international medical and health-related organizations, diverse community and non-government groups and the public at large.

Selective Placement Criteria & Qualifications Required

  • Basic Qualifications for RF-0101: Applicants must possess a degree with a major study in an academic field related to the behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to work in the position. In addition to the basic qualifications requirement, Ph.D. or other earned doctorate is required in one or more of the following: disease prevention or related health sciences, public health, epidemiology, social or behavioral science. Candidates must show clear evidence of specialized experience
  • Basic Qualifications for RF-0601: Applicants must possess a degree with a major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. 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, social or behavioral science. Candidates must show clear evidence of specialized experience.
  • Basic Qualifications for RF-0602: Applicants must possess a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant’s graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).]
  • Specialized experience is that which is directly related to the position to include leading and directing the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public health programs and projects to prevent injuries and violence and reduce their consequences. 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.
  • This position has an education requirement . You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Failure to submit transcripts or indicated college courses information will cause loss of consideration for this position.
  • Foreign Education: 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. For further information, visit:

How You Will Be Evaluated

In addition to specialized experience, applicants must possess the following competencies:

    1. Leadership experience in creating a vision and setting direction for large organizations such as scientific, public health, academic, non-governmental or other organizations.
    2. Leadership experience in leading, directing and managing a public health program or research organization.
    3. Ability to command the respect of the national and international injury prevention and control communities based on a high degree of prominence and expertise in injury prevention and control or other relevant field.
    4. Ability to develop and implement national or international policies, programs and research regarding causes of unintentional and violence related injuries or other leading causes of chronic disease or environmental health risks and interventions.
    5. Ability to deal effectively with high-level government officials, the scientific and academic communities, national or international health organizations, diverse community and non-governmental groups, media or the public.

Applicants must meet the qualification requirements as outlined above to be eligible for further consideration. You must provide detailed evidence of the experience, knowledge, skill, ability, and other personal characteristic requirements and show how and when they were used. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility. 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.

Conditions of Employment

    1. Security and Background Requirements: 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. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, 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 and/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. CDC Financial Disclosure -OGE form 450 or OGE form 278 - Holding ourselves to a higher standard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspires public confidence in its trust responsibilities and mission by maintaining high ethical principles. This position is subject to the confidential/public financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). Therefore, if selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-Form 450) or Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-Form 278) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information will be required annually.
    4. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
    5. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
    6. One-year probationary period required.
    7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be paid.
    8. Bargaining Unit Position:No
    9. Drug Screening Required: No
    10. Recruitment Incentive may be authorized: Yes

How to Apply

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

Applicants wishing to be considered for this position should send their resume and supporting information to Amy Peeples at: by COB January 5, 2015. Please include the text “DVP Director Vacancy Announcement” in the e-mail subject line. References and education requirements should also be included. * It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.

Resumes and CVs will be reviewed and interviews conducted. NCIPC/HRO will validate qualifications and process paperwork based upon the terms of the appointment.

Questions regarding this announcement should be directed to Amy Peeples at (770) 488-4936 or Deb Houry at (770) 488-4696.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic

Key Requirements

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent.


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Other Information

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see Veteran's Preference does not apply to Title 42 positions.