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Senior Service Fellow (Behavioral Scientist)

Atlanta, GA

Apply by March 30, 2019

Senior Service Fellow Behavioral Scientist Basic Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Center Name: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Salary Range: $91,631 – $119,121 (RG-0101, Grade 13 equivalent)
Work Schedule: Full-time
Appointment Type /
Duration:
1 year with the opportunity for extension up to 5 years
Bargaining Unit Status: Non Bargaining Unit

Position

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency.  Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of our people here and around the world.

 

Job Description

This position is located in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Division of Violence Prevention (DVP). DVP is committed to stopping violence before it begins. The Division’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
  • Conducting research on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies, programs, and policies and ensuring their widespread adoption

Through its programs and initiatives, DVP works with national organizations, state and local health agencies, and other partners to develop, implement, and promote effective violence prevention and control practices. DVP’s Research and Evaluation Branch (REB) plans, directs and conducts etiologic studies, effectiveness research, dissemination/implementation research, and program evaluation focusing on the prevention of violence, including, but not limited to, youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, child maltreatment, and elder abuse.

DVP is seeking highly qualified candidates for a full-time Senior Service Fellow position as a Behavioral Scientist. The Ideal candidate will have experience and subject matter expertise in adverse childhood experiences (ACE) research. DVP defines ACEs as stressful or traumatic events that happen during childhood and adolescence. ACEs include child maltreatment, bullying, youth violence, teen dating violence, sexual violence, as well as suicide.

 

Duties

Incumbent will:

  • Apply expertise to collect, analyze and interpret complex data using appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative methods.
  • Independently assess and document accomplishments and recommend changes in policies or programs implemented in complex environments to improve effectiveness.
  • Use comprehensive conceptual frameworks, interpret and apply guidelines, assess program effectiveness and analyze and resolve challenging issues and problems.
  • Partner with government agencies, private organizations, and other stakeholders to develop and accomplish program objectives.
  • Provide scientific oversight of complex and innovative violence prevention surveillance, research, or evaluation projects.
  • Identify and define the behavioral aspects of public health problems and solutions using theory-based paradigms from the scientific literature.

 

Basic Qualifications

  • Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

  • Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

OR

  • Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

In addition to the basic qualifications, candidates must possess a doctoral degree in psychology, sociology, criminology, public health, or related field. In addition, highly qualified candidates would possess the following:

  • Experience and subject matter expertise in adverse childhood experiences research, or a related field;
  • At least three years’ experience in the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of primary prevention programs and policies;
  • Demonstrated capability to provide expert advice and consultation to research and non-research partners on the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of primary prevention programs and policies;
  • A track record of scientific productivity as exemplified by scientific publications and other evidence of effective written communication skills;
  • Expertise and experience in communicating scientific concepts, such as through conference presentations; and
  • Ability to collaborate with other scientific and professional staff on behavioral research.

 

Basic Requirements

  • Both US citizens and non-US citizens are eligible.

Non-US citizens meeting the above degree and specified specialized experience requirements are eligible for noncompetitive appointments under this appointing authority. Citizens of countries on the Non-Aligned list (including China, India, and Switzerland) are eligible for this appointment. Citizens of countries that have been determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to be State Sponsors of Terrorism will not be able to obtain a security clearance to work at CDC and should not be considered for this appointing authority. Countries currently on this list include: Iran, Sudan, and Syria. See the full list.

  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • Up to 10% domestic travel may be required.

Transcripts: This position has an education requirement. Upon request, 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. Visit the Careers at CDC webpage for more information on foreign education.

 

EEO 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.

 

How to Apply

Submit your resume and college transcripts to: Attention Jeffrey Herbst at jherbst@cdc.gov by 11:59 EST Saturday, March 30, 2019.

 

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and interviews may be conducted.

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