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Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health Communications Specialist in Rockville, Maryland


This position is located in the Department of Health And Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, Office of Research Integrity (ORI), located in Rockville, Maryland. ORI's mission is to protect the health and safety of the public, promote the integrity of U.S. Public Health Service (PHS)-supported research, and conserve public funds by ensuring the integrity of all PHS-supported biomedical and behavioral research.


Develops and implements communication activities to inform internal and external stakeholders of a variety of policies, programs, services, and resources that improve public health.

Organizes and develops social marketing campaigns for mass communications.

Designs, conducts, and evaluates public health communication efforts.

Prepares responses to a variety of complex or controversial inquiries from the media,Congress, representatives from government, business, labor, and the general public covering more complex and/or controversial issues.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment


Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the Minimum Qualification requirements as noted below. Minimum Qualifications:

GS-11: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service that includes the following: Assisting in developing informational and educational resources that promote research integrity; Assisting in responding to inquiries and/or presenting information to a variety of groups or representatives, including members of the research community, national organizations, and other partners; and Assisting in researching information for use in education and outreach activities that promote responsible research practices in the research community. OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related;or a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level. OR GS-12: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service that includes the following: Developing informational and educational resources that promote research integrity; Responding to inquiries and/or presenting information to a variety of groups or representatives, including members of the research community, national organizations, and other partners; Researching information for use in education and outreach activities that promote responsible research practices in the research community; and Utilizing evaluation techniques to conduct assessments, compile data, and/or draw valid conclusions from data-sets related to research integrity. Documenting experience: In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description. Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the "percentage of times" the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above. NOTE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited. Time-in-Grade Requirement: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). You must include an SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one) that supports meeting this requirement with your application package. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Special Instructions for 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. Failure to provide such documentation with your application will result in lost consideration. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans - Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion consideration, the veteran must be: 1) a preference eligible; or 2) a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4). Special Hiring Authorities for Military Spouses and Family Members - People With Disabilities (Schedule A) - PHS Commissioned Corps (CC) Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement. Candidates will be referred as CC personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment. You must provide a copy of your current personnel orders and/or other supporting documentation to be referred as CC. Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please see Agency Contact Information for whom to contact for more info. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. You must contact the HR contact on the vacancy announcement at least three business days before the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.

For more information on disability employment, please visit Selective Service: Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service - Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to: Political Appointment: Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Office. If you are unable to apply online, please go to for more information on our alternate application method.