Director, Division of Birth Defects and Infant Disorders - CDC - Atlanta, GA

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

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Major Duties:

Responsible for planning, developing, and implementing the Divisions policy and program objectives, developing operating plans, and evaluating progress. Develops projects and activities from broad program goals through the application of sound managerial and leadership concepts and practices.

Directs national surveillance for birth defects and infant disorders, coordinates surveillance activities amongst appropriate agencies and provides technical assistance. Applies epidemiological principles and procedures to investigate, review, analyze and determine the causation of disease or public health issues or situations.

Initiates and monitors research, epidemiologic studies and program activities to produces new scientific knowledge that informs policies, practice, and programs related to strategies and interventions to reduce birth defects and infant disorders.

Serves as an expert and leader in the field regarding prevention and clinical birth defects and infant disorders. Consults and collaborates with international and domestic agencies. Represents NCBDDD and CDC at official professional and scientific meetings that address birth defects. Serves as a spokesperson for CDC on birth defects.

Develops an affirmative action plan for the area supervised, including appropriate objectives and goals; and monitors and periodically assesses progress.

Determines allocation of human and financial resources for the Division and assures compliance with related legal requirements; Deals with personnel management matters affecting the organization.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.



Basic Qualifications for RF-0601 (General Health Science): Applicants must possess a degree with a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained. In addition to the basic qualifications requirement, a Ph.D. in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position is required.


Basic Qualifications for RF-0602 (Medical Officer): Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or equivalent from a school in the United States or Canada. This degree must have been accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (external link)Association of American Medical Colleges (external link)Liaison Committee on Medical Education (external link)Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association (external link), or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained.  Degree from Foreign Medical School: A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States. Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (external link), a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.


This position has a positive education requirement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts or a list of applicable courses with their application package. This also applies to status applicants who are applying to a position in a different occupational series than they are currently or were previously appointed. Applicants who do not submit their transcripts (or list of applicable course work) will be evaluated based on the information provided in their application package (and/or resume) along with their responses to a self-certification question asking if they meet the basic qualifications listed in the vacancy announcement. Those deemed tentatively qualified will be referred for consideration. If selected, applicants will be required to provide an official transcript prior to the final job offer. If the official transcript does not support the educational requirements of the position, the applicant will be considered ineligible for the 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
  • such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program, or that full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

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