Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Physician Professional Advisory Committee

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)


Purpose: ATSDR's mission is to prevent exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment. Commissioned Corps officers work throughout the agency in positions varying from scientific to managerial. Although a majority of officers within the agency are environmental health officers or engineers, officers from almost every category are assigned to ATSDR.

Liaison: CAPT Doris Ravenell-Brown
 Phone: (404) 498-1800/05
FAX: (404) 498-1825
Alternate: CDR Daisy Mitchell



Capacity Building Branch (CBB)/Prevention in Clinical Care Team (PCCT) Vacancy Announcement for Health Scientist


Division/Branch/Team:  DHAP/Capacity Building Branch (CBB)/Prevention in Clinical Care Team (PCCT)


Position Title/Series/Grade:  Health Scientist (GS-0601-13)


# of vacancies:  1


Duty location: Atlanta, GA


Major responsibilities/duties: The Prevention in Clinical Care Team’s (PCCT) primary focus is to build capacity of the healthcare workforce to achieve success at each step of the HIV continuum of care by supporting implementation of evidence-based behavioral and bio-medical HIV prevention interventions and public health strategies in healthcare settings.


This nonsupervisory Health Scientist position will:


  • Provide critical advice and assistance in overcoming barriers to program delivery; develop, oversee, coordinate, and manage new initiatives impacting public health domestically.
  • Design, oversee, implement, and conduct major scientific surveys/studies or projects to identify and solve public health problems. Identify and analyze public health issues and their impact on operations that are critical to the public health community at large. Develop and/or use innovative methodologies and techniques. 
  • Search, synthesize and interpret information relevant to public health.   Review and analyze studies and projects assessing major and or sensitive public health issues in order to make recommendations for processes, procedures and /or policies related to public health programs, practices and research.
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to national, state and local health agencies and to various other organizations.  Lead collaboration on programs/projects/studies and coordinate efforts, as appropriate, with other program staff, other CDC Centers, Institutes and Offices, other federal agencies, national, State and local health agencies, and private and non-profit organizations, etc.
  • Communicate information to various audiences. Prepare scientific and other articles and technical reports for publication. Make presentations at international and national meetings.


The ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, to make clear, convincing presentations, explain and justify recommendations, represent the agency and assigned program or project areas, provide guidance and advise program administrators and members of the community, respond to inquiries, and interact with high level officials and representatives from public and private health organizations are important qualifications.  In addition, candidates should have knowledge of the principles, methods, applications, and state-of-the-art technology in the position's scientific area of responsibility to provide direction and guidance on critical and complex issues.


POC for recruitment:  Allison Mneimneh, 404-639-1855

Deadline for submission of CV/resume: May 19, 2017


Permanent Lateral Reassignment Opportunity

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Division of Diabetes Translation, Program Implementation Branch 

Join a cross-division team of Public Health Consultants working to prevent and reduce complications associated with diabetes throughout the U.S.

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)/Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT), Program Implementation Branch, is offering a permanent lateral reassignment opportunity for qualified individuals to serve as a Consultant/Subject Matter Expert to state and local health departments. This position supports cooperative agreements that work to assist states and the District of Columbia in planning, carrying out, and evaluating evidence-based diabetes interventions in health systems and communities. This work aligns with the NCCDPHP’s 4 chronic disease domains and the responsibilities of this position focus on Domains 3 and 4 in particular as a means to prevent and control diabetes.

  • Domain 1 – Epidemiology and surveillance
  • Domain 2 – Environmental approaches that promote health and support and reinforce healthful behaviors
  • Domain 3 – Health systems interventions to improve the effective delivery and use of clinical and other preventive services
  • Domain 4 – Community-clinical linkages to support diabetes prevention and control efforts and the management of chronic diseases

Collectively, the work conducted through this chronic disease prevention framework will result in a healthier society delivering healthier students to our schools, healthier workers to our businesses, and a healthier population to the health care system.

Duties and Responsibilities: This position provides team-based consultation and technical assistance to state grantees working collaboratively with staff across the Division of Diabetes Translation; the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention; the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity; and the School Health Branch within the Division of Population Health. Works with team members to:

    • Complete a thorough assessment of assigned grantees’ work and work plans to determine strengths, gaps, and needs relative to CDC requirements; develop written consultation plans to address those needs through ongoing technical assistance and training;
    • Provide practical guidance and resources to assist grantees in translating diabetes and other relevant science into practice in Domains 3 and 4 and achieving progress on established performance measures; determine when additional subject matter expertise is required and serve as a conduit to ensure grantee access to those resources;
    • Identify problems or barriers impacting the grantees’ work; share appropriate information, and engage grantee staff and leadership in identifying actions to resolve problems impeding program success.
    • Develop concise, grammatically correct, and technically accurate reports, state profiles, technical assistance summaries, trip reports, and other written documentation that clearly communicate information on grantee interventions, accomplishments/impact, and challenges, and provide specific recommendations for improvement;
    • Contribute to the development of resources and evidence-based tools and training for use by CDC staff, state health departments, and other internal and external partners related to diabetes prevention and control.
    • Document success stories and lessons learned from field-based practice to inform future programming;
    • Monitor grantee performance through review of grantee programmatic and fiscal reports and data on short, intermediate, and long-term performance measures; and
    • Carry out Federal grants management processes according to division protocols and CDC Office of Grants Services guidance.
    • Engage in self-directed learning to acquire new skills and knowledge on an ongoing basis to improve performance and understanding of the work, with emphasis on Domains 3 and 4 as applied to diabetes prevention and control.
    • Participate on various cross-team/cross-divisional work groups to improve efficiency and effectiveness of scientific and operational processes and products.

Qualification Criteria:


  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to synthesize and document critical information from verbal conversations/meetings and technical reports.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team, and to interact collaboratively across teams, branches, and divisions.
  • Sound understanding of public health principles and practice, with emphasis on achieving and measuring population-level reach and impact.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate group process.
  • Skill and experience in negotiating and facilitating critical conversations with diplomacy and tact.
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to coordinate and manage multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Demonstrated experience in working as a Program Consultant and in helping grantees/organizations achieve and measure outcomes.
  • Willingness and ability to be flexible and adapt well to a changing environment.


Prior experience or content-related knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • Increasing access, referrals, and reimbursement for
  1. Diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs.
  2. CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programs.
  • Increasing engagement of community health workers (CHWs) in the provision of self-management programs and on-going support for adults with diabetes.
  • Increasing engagement of pharmacists in DSME, delivery of or patient referral to CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programs, and provision of medication-/self-management for adults with diabetes.
  • Increasing implementation of quality improvement processes in health systems, with emphasis on use of electronic health records and standardized quality measures.
  • Increasing use of team-based care in health systems, including pharmacists.
  • Promoting awareness of prediabetes among people at high risk for type 2 diabetes.
  • Experience working with partners and/or populations with disproportionate burden of diabetes (e.g., racial/ethnic minority populations, older adults, populations at lower socio-economic levels, etc.)

Application Procedures:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter expressing their interest in the position along with a resume or CV outlining relevant qualifications and experience via e-mail to Robert Hancock by three weeks after posting, 2017.  Please include “Lateral Reassignment Opportunity” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Selection/Acceptance Process: Applications will be reviewed and final candidates will be interviewed prior to selection. AHRC will notify the selectee and negotiate the effective date of the transfer between the losing and gaining supervisors.

This solicitation is intended for Commissioned Corps Officers at the 0-4 through 0-6 level.


Epidemiology Workforce Branch, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development Career Opportunity for Commissioned Corps Officers




The Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD), Epidemiology Workforce Branch (EWB) is recruiting for a supervisory epidemiologist to join the Epidemiology Competency-based Curriculum (EpiCC) Team. This is a diverse team of medical officers, epidemiologists, and educational specialists that are responsible for maintaining the competency-based curricular content of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), CDC’s flagship epidemiology training and response program. EpiCC is also responsible for supporting the development and implementation of curricula for the CDC Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS) fellowship, the Science Ambassadors fellowship, as well as the Hubert Global Health Fellowship and the CDC Epidemiology Elective programs.


We invite applications from Commissioned Corps Officers from all professional categories at the O-5 and O-6 levels.


Duty Location: Atlanta, GA

Application deadline: May 19, 2017

Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Assist with development and implementation of fellowship curricula to align with epidemiology competencies.
    • Work with instructional designers to develop didactic and experiential learning activities based on adult learning concepts.
    • Develop and deliver presentations and case studies at training courses.
    • Assist with determining current trends in public health workforce training needs.
    • Support the assessment and evaluation of competencies among EIS and other fellowship participants.
    • Coordinate trainings associated with EIS Summer and Fall Courses and other classroom, distance learning, or host-site based training programs.
    • Assist with coordination of EIS Conference Scientific Program Committee.
    • Coordinate the involvement of appropriate CDC Subject Matter Experts to facilitate training of CDC EIS, LLS and other fellows.
  • Serve as a liaison with the CDC community and State and Local Public Health Officials to assess current workforce training needs and to integrate them as appropriate into current fellowship curricula. 

  • Represent program to external partners and media.
  • Supervise EIS field officers to include supporting the administrative needs of field EISOs and the DSEPD clearance process. Provide technical guidance as epidemiology SME on studies, work projects and research to implement standards that support evidence-based science.  
  • Serve as CIO liaison to headquarters-based EISOs for the EIS fellowship program.
  • Develop manuscripts, reports and presentations related to best practices and current trends in public health workforce training needs.
  • Support recruitment, selection, and evaluation activities across all fellowship programs coordinated by the Epidemiology Workforce Branch.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Expert knowledge of and experience in epidemiological practices that impact public health outcomes.
  • Experience supervising EIS officers or completion of the EIS fellowship is highly desirable.
  • Experience working within State/Local health departments is highly desirable.
  • Supervisory epi or lab experience is highly desirable.
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment and work well with others with the ability to contribute expertise and        follow leadership directives at appropriate times.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to plan, organize, negotiate, and coordinate across multiple organizational units for successful outcomes. Must have significant experience developing and managing project timelines.
  • Knowledge of State and Local public health practices.

Application Procedures: 

This opportunity is open to Commissioned Corps Officers only.  For more information, please email Beth Lee, Deputy Branch Chief, EWB.  Interested applicants should submit the following to Beth Lee by COB, May 19, 2017, and include “EWB Career Opportunity for Commissioned Corps Officers” in the email subject line: 

  • Cover letter indicating the position(s) in which the applicant is interested.
  • CV or resume outlining relevant qualifications and experience 

This message is intended for Commissioned Corps Officers Grades O5/O6         


NCHHSTP/EB Vacancy Announcement for Medical Officer




Division/Branch/Team:  NCHHSTP/EB


Position Title/Series/Grade: Medical Officer/0602/14


# of vacancies: 1


Duty location: Atlanta, GA


Major responsibilities: This position will support 2 international sites (Bangkok, Thailand, and Kisumu, Kenya) and the Atlanta-based site and the following ongoing research projects:

  • Female microbicide Study:  The medical officer will lead or provide major technical input into the development of a priority inter-agency research protocol to evaluate an alternative combination intravaginal delivery system for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and hormonal contraceptive.  The medical officer will specifically lead protocol design, assist study/program execution and monitoring, perform data analysis, provide ethical oversight and lead manuscript writing;
  • Kenya Core Work:  The medical officer will provide critical technical assistance, oversight and monitoring of epidemiology and study implementation for the biomedical interventions to prevent HIV. The medical officer will also have responsibilities for developing research and program concepts and protocols, monitoring data collection, monitoring execution of DHAP-supported research and programmatic activities conducted at the site, data analysis, ethical oversight and manuscript writing and will assist with ensuring smooth logistics for the research;
  • Kenya Lab Support:   The medical officer will provide clinical consultation for the appropriate use and interpretation of laboratory testing in the research on HIV prevention and reduction of HIV morbidity at the Kisumu research site;
  • Emory CDC Clinical Trials Unit :  The medical officer will participate in and provide clinical and scientific guidance for adaptation of NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Network-funded research on HIV prevention and interventions to reduce HIV morbidity and replication;
  • Thailand Ministry of Public Health cooperative agreement:  The medical officer will provide expert technical assistance to the DHAP-supported HIV and STD Research Program (HSRP) at the Thailand-United States Collaboration (TUC) to complete research and data analysis.




POC for recruitment: M. Leigh Bennett-Conner, 770-488-3462 and Siobhan O’Connor, 404-639-2337 


Deadline for submission of CV/resumeMay 26, 2017


Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR)

Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR)

Officer of the Director (OD)


This solicitation is intended for Commissioned Corps Officers 0-5 level.


Within the Office of the Director, the Policy and Communication Office (PCO) directs the division’s policy and communication activities regarding the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program, one of CDC’s largest cooperative agreement programs. PCO is primarily responsible for developing and coordinating DSLR’s official responses to executive and congressional requests for information and also advises senior leadership regarding cross-cutting strategic planning and policy activities. PCO also develops key documents concerning DSLR’s PHEP program, partnership activities, and division goals and objectives; and develops the PHEP cooperative agreement funding opportunity announcement and continuation guidance documents.  These activities support the strategic plans, mission, and goals of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) and the Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR). This opportunity is open to any CDC/ATSDR permanent general schedule employee or Commissioned Corps Officer. Contractors are not eligible to apply.

Duties Include:

  • Develops and implements communication and marketing programs, projects, and strategies for PHEP awardees, the general public and other audiences, including innovative demonstration projects
  • Applies communication theories and models to communication campaign development; uses audience segmentation analysis and formative research to select appropriate communication channels and messages; maintains ongoing tactical communication campaign activities.                                                                                                                                       
  • Provide expertise and support related to health communications and marketing functions and activities.
  • Participates in the writing of cooperative agreement guidance documents and technical assistance materials.
  • Develops and disseminates printed, electronic, and audiovisual materials for technical and lay audiences, scientific journals, and Internet and other mass-media outlets.
  • Researches and evaluates activities related to health communication and marketing. 


Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Good interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of mass communication theories, principles, practices, and techniques; to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate health communication and marketing programs, projects, and strategies
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment


Application Procedure: Interested applicants should submit their resume or CV to Angela Taylor by close of business May 26, 2017.



  • A cover letter addressing:
  • Health communication experience
  • Interest in this position
  • Writing samples including published articles or written communication plans


Target Job Series is 1001 series at the GS 12 or O-3 or O-4 Commissioned Corps level (O-5 billet)


Location: Atlanta, GA


For more information

Contact Linda Tierney for more program information.


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