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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Scientist Administrator - Patient Safety in Rockville, Maryland


This position is located in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS), Division of Patient Safety Organizations (PSO). The duty location for this position is in Rockville, MD. For more information about AHRQ, click the "Learn more about the Agency" Box. Applicants please note: Additional selections may be made across the Department of Health and Human Services through this vacancy announcement.


As of 09/21/2020, the closing date of this announcement has been extended to 09/29/2020. As a Health Scientist Administrator you will be responsible for conceptualizing, planning, and guiding a related group of activities that address a number of critical health services research issues, including but not limited to: the measurement and improvement of health care quality focusing on patient safety. Specifically, you will be: Assisting with the development, implementation, and administration of procedures to review Patient Safety Organizations (PSO) applications and list qualified PSOs Providing program assistance and guidance to the PSOs which include public and private entities, profit and non-profit organizations, provider entities such as hospitals, and other entities that establish special components which serve as PSOs Participating in Center efforts to develop and implement procedures to ensure that PSOs are in full compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. Serving as a project officer on Federal grants and contracts with professional health organizations and institutions tasked with PSO- and patient safety-related work. NOTE: Do not cut and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.


Conditions of Employment


THESE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE: 09/29/2020 EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: You must have a Bachelor's or graduate degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position being advertised. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. You must provide a copy of your unofficial transcripts that verify that you meet this education requirement by the closing date of this announcement. A copy of a diploma is not acceptable as verification. AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: 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). 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. In addition to meeting the education requirement, to qualify for this GS-13 Health Scientist Administrator position, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-12 level in the federal service. Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, an applicant's one full year of specialized experience must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for successful job performance. Examples of qualifying experience include the following types of tasks performed on a regular and recurring basis: identifying and recommending new evaluation strategies to enhance monitoring and evaluation of patient safety program activities; monitoring policies and procedures which govern the planning, awarding, and administration of contracts. Applicants will be evaluated on the following competencies: PATIENT SAFETY PROGRAM MANAGEMENT - Plans, develops, coordinates and manages the structure and administration of patient safety programs, the policies that impact those programs, safety outcomes, regulatory and accreditation requirements, and clinical measures as appropriate. CONTRACT MANAGEMENT - Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques, or requirements (for example, Federal Acquisitions Regulations) for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration. SCIENTIFIC WRITING - Prepares written documentation to transfer scientific information about concepts, situations, products, services, or results to audiences with varying levels of scientific knowledge. To preview the occupational assessment questionnaire, please click on the following link:


This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to your starting work. 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. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences. Click here for information on "Federal hiring for individuals with disabilities". Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. E-Verify: AHRQ participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their social security numbers. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. Creditable Service: A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for annual leave for prior work experience directly related to the duties of the position being filled. The use of this service credit is at the discretion of the selecting official and must be finalized prior to selectee's entrance on duty. For more information, please click here. Financial Disclosure: This position requires you to file a public or confidential financial disclosure report prior to receiving a final offer letter as well as within 30 days of your appointment. This will require you to report information such as recent sources of income, financial interests you hold, and outside activities you participate in, as well as similar information from a spouse or any dependent children. If you have questions, please contact AHRQ supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. Telework eligibility may be discussed during the interview process.