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Director for the Office of Science

Office of the Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance (proposed)
Apply by June 22, 2018

CDC is recruiting for the executive position of Director for the Office of Science, located in the Office of the Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance (proposed) in CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta.

The director provides vision and leadership in science innovation, research, ethics, and science administration, ensuring continuity and commitment to long-term scientific investments to achieve CDC’s overarching health protection goals, both nationally and globally. The director will:

  • Execute broad operating authority for overall planning, direction and management of the CDC/ATSDR science programs
  • Participate in overall management planning sessions in which program direction, feasibility of program changes and expansions, and allocation of funds are considered
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of program operations in relation to objectives and in relation to legislative, budgetary and program planning
  • Collaborate with other top management officials on the development and implementation of long range plans and their budget impact
  • Serve as the science advisor in shaping and directing science policies and plans for the agency and in providing leadership and direction in developing, improving, and fully utilizing CDC’s capacity in public health science and research
  • Work with the agency’s senior leadership team and other senior staff in the centers/offices, and external state and local public health and academic organizations to develop national center specific research agendas and an agency-wide public health science agenda, and strategies for funding and implementation
  • Work with other DHHS agencies, e.g. the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to ensure coordination of scientific effort, lack of overlap in research activities, and to address potential research gaps
  • Provide scientific guidance and leadership to international, national, state, or local government agencies, universities, health-related organizations, private and public foundations and professional associations, public health practitioners, elected officials, the legal community, and law enforcement and emergency response organizations, and
  • Lead a diverse staff of scientific, technical and administrative professionals responsible for carrying out the office’s scientific mission

Candidates must apply by June 22, 2018:

Applicants possessing a PhD or equivalent doctorate degree apply at

Applicants possessing an MD or equivalent degree apply at

Contact Vicki Hunter if you have questions about the application process.