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Supervisory Public Health Advisor Homeless Programs Branch

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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

$114,590.00 to $148,967.00

Rockville, MD

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$114,590 to $148,967 per year

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GS 14

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Rockville, MD

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)



Individuals with a disability

Military Spouses

Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista


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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. For information on the SAMHSA mission, goals, bureaus and offices, visit

This position is located in the Department of Health And Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, CMHS-Center for Mental Health Services, Division of Service and Systems Improvement, in Rockville, Maryland.


Implements the agenda for transforming mental health care for persons with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders (i.e., who are homeless or are HIV positive).

Offers an array of service delivery, service capacity development, technical assistance, and national leadership projects to assist states and localities.

Administers programs and technical assistance that address co-occurring disorders. In collaboration with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the Branch supports an infrastructure development and services program and a national technical assistance contract.

Who May Apply: Current Federal employees or Former Federal employees in the competitive service, including Merit Promotion; Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP); Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); military spouses; Veterans; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; and Schedule A eligibles.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement. Candidates will be referred as (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment. You must provide a copy of your current personnel order in lieu of the SF-50 to be referred as CC.

**Applicants please note: Additional selections may be made across the Department of Health and Human Services through this vacancy announcement.**

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A Supervisory Public Health Advisor (Homeless Programs Branch) position is a mission critical occupation for SAMHSA. The position is responsible for analyzing public health programs, policies and procedures to ensure that Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration meets its mission, goals and objectives.


As a Supervisory Public Health Advisor, you will plan and manage activities to implement national activities into comprehensive service delivery systems for persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders who are homeless or HIV positive.

Specifically, you will:

Oversee the administration and synthesis of current programs that are identifying effective interventions.

Direct efforts to promote collaboration among Federal agencies involved in administering programs serving persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders who are homeless or HIV positive.

Provide the technical direction of grants and contracts awarded by the branch and ensure that Project Officers exercise adequate surveillance and quality control over the activities of grantees and contractors.

Establish programs to provide direct assistance to communities in implementing new and improved service delivery systems.

Implement systems to evaluate program activities continually in relation to goals, objectives, and plans.

Directs responses to Congressional, media, and public inquiries about agency-supported homeless, co-occurring and HIV activities

Travel Required

25% or less - Up to 25% domestic travel may be required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Status candidates; Current Federal Employees; Former Federal Employees; Career Transition Assistance Program; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program; Veterans Recruitment; Individuals with Disabilities; Military Spouses; Peace Corps; Commissioned Corps Officers.

Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

Job family (Series)

0685 Public Health Program Specialist



Conditions of Employment

U. S. Citizenship is required.

Federal applicants must submit an SF-50 to show status and time-in-grade.

Must meet Time-in-Grade by the closing date of this announcement.

Males ages 18 through 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

Background investigation required.

PHS Commissioned Corps applicants must submit current personnel order.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: All qualification requirements must be met by 02/23/2018.

Financial disclosure statement is required.

A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.

Position is not in the Bargaining Unit.

Drug Screening is not required.

Recruitment incentives are not authorized.

Student loan repayment incentive is not authorized.

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid.



Basic Requirements for all Public Health Program Specialist Series, 0685 positions require that you demonstrate specialized experience in each of the following five competencies:

1. Knowledge of organizational, operational, and programmatic concepts and practices applied by public, private, or nonprofit agencies and organizations engaged in public health or other health-related activities.

2. Knowledge of the methods, processes, and techniques used to develop and deliver public health or health-related programs in State and local settings.

3. Knowledge of a specialized public health program.

4. Knowledge of, and skill in, the application of administrative or analytical methods and techniques necessary for working within the framework of a public health or related organization and carrying out specific program functions;

5. Skill in oral and written communications, gathering and conveying information, making oral presentations, and preparing reports, correspondence, and other written materials.

In order to qualify for this GS-14 Supervisory Public Health Advisor position, your resume/CV must demonstrate that you have one full year of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-13 level in the federal service. Examples of qualifying experience include the following types of tasks performed on a regular and recurring basis:

Developing and implementing short- and long-range program goals and objectives to facilitate strategic planning as it relates to homeless or HIV-related programs inclusive of mental health and co-occurring disorders (i.e., major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.).

Providing authoritative guidance to an organization on the implementation of current, proposed, or new public health-related program policies and regulations.

Overseeing the utilization of a variety of grant and contract mechanisms in the award and administration of grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, or other related financial instruments;

Initiating and maintaining interagency liaison with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure coordination of programs affecting public health programs and systems.

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.

Current status candidates must meet Time-in-Grade (TIG) by the closing date of this announcement. To allow us to verify that you meet TIG requirements, provide any of the following SF-50s:

Competitive or Career-ladder promotion to your highest grade (this does not include 120 day temporary promotions)

With-In-Grade (WGI) increase at your highest grade (this does not include quality step increases (QSIs)

Competitive career/career-conditional appointment to your highest grade.

SF-50 at your highest grade held, that is at least one year older than the announcement closing date of 02/23/2018.

Current year pay adjustments are not acceptable for verifying TIG (ex. 2018 general increases cannot be used to verify TIG).

Go here to watch the video on the SF50s to submit in your application package


This position does not have an education requirement. Please do not send transcripts.

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

Conditions of Employment: 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: SAMHSA 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 your HRSA Ethics Advisor at

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 (Member 4 Copy), 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. Click here for more information on veterans' preference

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): Click here

SAMHSA 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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, a review of 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.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

COLLABORATION - Works cooperatively with others, inside and outside the organization, to accomplish objectives to build and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships, leverage information, and achieve results.

GRANTS MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION - Acquires and applies critical financial concepts and practices, based upon a thorough understanding of the Federal Government, to administer grants and cooperative agreements in accordance with organizational needs and deadlines.

LEADERSHIP - Inspires, motivates & guides others toward goal accomplishment; coaches & mentors subordinates; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations; models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, & respect for individuals by applying these values to daily behaviors.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT ? Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.

PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT FOR HOMELESS PROGRAMS - Plans, develops, coordinates and manages the structure and administration of public health homeless programs and organizations and the policies that impact health programs and reimbursement of health services.

To preview the occupational assessment questionnaire, please click on the following link:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Required Documents

Required Documents

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact either HRSA's Office of Human Resources at (301) 443-3780 or by email:

or HRSA's Reasonable Accommodation programs at (301) 443-2538 or by email:

. You must contact the Reasonable Accommodations Program prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 4:00PM EST (except Federal holidays).

Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete online Application Package that includes: A current Resume - For resume writing guidance, please visit USAJOBS Resources Center

or view their video tutorial.

If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates (month/year) for paid and non-paid work experience, including the average number of hours worked per week for each job title listed. You must also ensure that the duties performed are clearly matched to each period of employment. If we cannot determine that you have performed qualifying duties for at least one year, then you may be rated ineligible.

A complete Assessment Questionnaire

Other supporting documents to be submitted with application:

Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable, a DD-214 Member 4 copy, which shows type of discharge. If still active, provide an official Statement of Service. Any other documentation such as VA letter documenting disability, SF-15, and any other required supporting documentation based your veterans' preference claim.

SF-50: Federal applicants must submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows status and time-in-grade, and its full performance level. If you are an HHS employee you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from eOPF. If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: National Personnel Records Center, Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL, 62295; FAX (618) 935-3014; Email CPR

; or visit the National Archives Website

PHS Commissioned Corps Officer must submit a copy of latest personnel order in lieu of SF-50.

Peace Corps volunteers must submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in lieu of the SF-50. If you do not have one you should email the Peace Corps Office of Volunteer and PSC Financial Services at

If you are currently serving in a pay banded position, please include a copy of your pay band chart with your application.

College transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement, or you are qualifying on the basis of education).

For Résumé and Application Tips visit the USAJOBS Resource Center

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/23/2018.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/23/2018 to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account

, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Applicants please note: To assist us with an expeditious application review process, please do not submit any of the documentation listed below unless specifically requested in the announcement. The following documents are not required and do not need to be submitted with your resume: Diplomas of any type (When education documents are required, you must submit unofficial transcripts)

Letters of Recommendation, Reference, or Congratulations, etc.

General training documents or certificates of completed training (Except Contract Specialist positions when requested in the announcement)

Any documents with a picture of the applicant (Except medical or nursing licenses when requested in the announcement)

Awards documentation including SF-50s for Awards

Performance Appraisals (Only ICTAP/CTAP eligible applicants need to submit their latest performance appraisal)

Evaluations of any type

Writing Samples


Executive Core Qualifications Statements (ECQs)

Agency contact information

AskHR HRSA Helpdesk


(301) 443-3780



Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

5600 Fishers Lane

Rockville, MD


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Next steps

Once your online questionnaire is received you will be sent an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed. You may also check the status of your application through your USAJobs profile. check the status

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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