Deadline: September 9, 2016

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OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. 

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. 

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities[i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.  Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under these appointment authorities.


This position is located in the Office of Research and Development (ORD), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), VA Central Office. The incumbent serves as the Director of the Program for Research Integrity Development and Education (PRIDE). PRIDE's mission is to protect participants in VA human research. PRIDE is responsible for all policy development and guidance for human research protection in the VA; all training and education in human research protection throughout the VA; ensuring all VA facilities with Federal wide Assurances attain Full Accreditation; and managing the Central Office Human Protection Program and VA Central IRB. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing overall strategic direction, guidance, and oversight of PRIDE, Human Research Protection Program, and the Central Institutional Review Board (IRB).

  • Developing and implementing operating and strategic plans and identifying opportunities to expand care of Veterans through a vigorous research program.

  • Serving as a primary liaison with the Office of Research Oversight for issues related to human subjects research.

  • Providing technical guidance and program advice.

  • Developing and implementing programs to educate VA investigators and research support staff regarding the conduct of human subjects research.

  • Developing written guidance on the conduct of human subjects research and ensuring that it is consistent with ORD policies and Federal regulations.

  • Assigning and reviewing work of subordinate staff to ensure compliance with ORD, VA and Federal policies and procedures.

  • Ensuring that quality and efficiency standards and deadlines are met.

  • Overseeing the development of and approving performance appraisal plans for subordinate staff.

  • Overseeing the accreditation contract and providing guidance and training for VA facilities on accreditation.

  • Ensuring the VA Central IRB performs independent ethical and scientific review of multi-site human research projects.

  • Overseeing the quality assurance program for VA Central IRB activities.

  • Directing and implementing VA and ORD policy regarding the Central IRB.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm; Telework may be available

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel

  • Travel to field sites may be required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes

  • Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized. Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Job Requirements:

Key Requirements

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Background investigation may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959


Time-In-Grade Requirement:  Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.  The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service.  For this vacancy announcement, applicants must have completed at least 52 weeks at the GS-14 grade level to be eligible for the GS-15 grade level.  An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.

Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

Selective Placement Factor (SPF): This position includes a SPF (skill, knowledge, ability or other work characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). SPF's are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The SPF for this position is: Experience managing an Institutional Review Board (IRB) and supervising IRB and regulatory staff.

Basic Requirement: You must possess a degree in a major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of Health Science Officer, and that is typically in or related to the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the GS-14 grade level.  Examples of Specialized experience are: developing policies, procedures, and criteria for administration of a medical research program specific to an IRB; developing policy related to human subjects research; considered a subject matter expert in professional and scientific research and development that is health-oriented; serving as a liaison for issues related to human subjects research; performing analytical and evaluative functions related to quality improvement/quality assurance programs; training field investigators and research support staff regarding best practices and oversight of human subjects research; directing, overseeing, supervising, and planning work of subordinates in an IRB program. 

You will be rated on the following competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position. Narrative responses are not required at this time.

  • Knowledge of all Federal requirements for the protection of human research subjects, including requirements promulgated by VA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP).

  • Ability to independently plan and organize work priorities and balance workload of subordinate staff appropriately.

  • Knowledge of the accreditation standards of the Human Research Protection programs (HRPP).

  • Skill in human subjects research and IRB management in order to provide expert, accurate, and detailed advice to VA Central IRB members, national study teams, and local VA facilities.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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; spiritual; community; student; social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.   

PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.   If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference" and required documentation with your application materials.

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