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 people here and around the world. This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD & TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Prevention Research Branch, Atlanta, Georgia. CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
As an expert in the behavioral sciences, the incumbent leads and directs studies of the behavioral aspects of public health issues and problems, and develops strategies to address those issues. Applies a professional knowledge of the behavioral sciences and related social and health sciences in the control and prevention of disease or injury.
As a Behavioral Scientist, you will:
- Lead the evaluation of public health program effectiveness by measuring and assessing the extent of behavioral change.
- Document program accomplishments and recommends changes in policy, program operations, and resource levels to improve effectiveness.
- Prepare original scientific research papers and literature reviews dealing with behavioral issues for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
- Provide authoritative and professional expertise in dealing with the behavioral aspects of public health issues.
- Lead the design and conduct of studies to isolate and define the behavioral aspects contributing to public health issues and problems.
- Lead the development of strategies and programs to address the behavioral component of public health issues, including educational campaigns to raise awareness.
- Collaborate with other CDC staff in the design of public health programs, to incorporate behavioral aspects in an integrated approach to disease or injury prevention.
- Partner with other government agencies and private organizations to accomplish program objectives.
- Develop and present workshops and seminars, and represents CDC at conferences and meetings sponsored by other government agencies, private organizations and professional associations.
Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in 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.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph. Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to include experience in leading evaluation of behavioral or social science research or programs and publishing the results of this research in scientific journals.
US Citizenship is required. Background Investigation is required.
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.
Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. One-year probationary period may be required. Travel, transportation, and moving expenses will be paid: No Bargaining Unit Position: No Drug Screening Required: No Recruitment Incentive may be authorized: No Annual Leave for non-federal service may be authorized: Yes Research position: No Promotion potential: No Supervisory position: No CDC Financial Disclosure -OGE form 450 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 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) 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. Public Trust/Moderate Background Investigation (5) is required
How you will be evaluated: Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).
Behavioral and Social Science KnowledgeData Analysis and InterpretationData CollectionHealth Intervention Planning and ImplementationNeeds Assessment (1)Oral CommunicationProject Management (2)Public Health KnowledgeResearch (2)Research DisseminationWritten Communication
This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-CDC-M5-20-10666847 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered. PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement (if applicable). Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location CDC-wide. The utilization of shared certificates within multiple Centers of the Center of Disease Control and Prevention may be used from this vacancy announcement for specialties to include but not limited to: Applied Epidemiology, Behavioral Epidemiology, Chronic Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Environmental Health, HIV/AIDS, Immunization, Infectious Diseases (e.g. Viral, Parasitic, etc.), Influenza, Malaria, Non-communicable Diseases, Outbreak Investigations, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), Surveillance, Tropical Medicine, Tuberculosis (TB), Viral Hepatitis, and/or Zoonotic Diseases. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx. Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov). For information on "People with Disabilities" please see http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp
and https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/getting-a-job/sampleschedaletters.pdf. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position. To view the questionnaire, click on the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10666846. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document(s), view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How to Apply
A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/03/2020 of this announcement to receive consideration.
For detailed information on how to apply, please see https://jobs.cdc.gov/job/atlanta/behavioral-scientist/250/14828531.