Director, Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys

Hyattsville, Maryland
$172,500 - $221,400. Compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Nov 18, 2021
Dec 17, 2021
Full Time
Position Type
Executive, Permanent

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is seeking a Distinguished Consultant to provide overall scientific direction and management for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), a comprehensive survey on the forefront of research and employing state-of-the art survey methodology.  NHANES produces an array of information used to guide medical practice and develop health policy in areas such as obesity and nutrition, cardiovascular disease and prevention, asthma, oral health, health behaviors and environmental health.

NHANES is NCHS’s most in-depth and logistically complex survey.  The survey combines personal interviews with standardized physical examinations, diagnostic procedures, and laboratory tests on a sample of approximately 5,000 persons per year.  The survey is conducted in specially designed mobile examination centers which cross the country to reach the survey’s sample population.  

NCHS is the principal health statistics agency in the United States.  Its mission is to provide statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people.  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.

As the Director, Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, the incumbent:

  • Serves as a consultant and advisor, and based on personal expertise provides scientific and technical consultation in all program areas. Represents the Center as the expert for health, nutrition, and related statistics at various interagency, coordinating and advisory committees, as well as, national and international professional organizations.
  • Ensures all programs under his/her direction reflect the principles of workforce diversity in their management and operations in such areas as recruitment and staffing, employee development, staff assignments and communications.
  • Initiates decision making processes and projects and participates fully in discussions and decisions concerning the National Center for Heath Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control plans, programs, and activities, both in strategic planning and in the actual determination, allocation and administration of Division programs, functions and activities.
  • Develops and implements Division policies and plans, and makes critical decisions and provides expert advice and counsel concerning approaches and options that are sound and feasible in relation to NCHS and CDC goals and objectives and Federal budgetary and economic realities. Continually evaluates budget, fiscal, and administrative controls to manage Division program operations and services.
  • Represents the Division in dealing and negotiating with individuals representing other components of NCHS, CDC and DHHS; other Federal agencies; State and local public health departments, and national and international health organizations; professional and voluntary health organizations; and public interest groups.
  • Directs the overall planning and direction of the analytical program of the Division, both methodological and substantive, toward the production of a continuing series of published reports, special analytical releases, publication in professional journals and presentation at professional meetings.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree, or an M.D. or equivalent degree.  Applicants should also have a commitment to scientific excellence; the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead within a dynamic and diverse organization; and a substantial record of accomplishment in health statistics or health data, nutrition, sociology, demography, economics, survey research, medicine, epidemiology, or related disciplines.

For more detailed information about the position, minimum qualifications, and how to apply, visit (601 series - Health Scientists); (602 series - Physicians); or (1530 series - Statisticians).

***Job posting closes December 8, 2021***