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CDC Position Announcement: Director, Office on Smoking and Health

Friday, January 16, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking candidates for an open staff position: Director of the Office on Smoking and Health.  The application deadline is January 30.

Dear Colleague:


CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is seeking a proven senior leader to serve as Director of the Office on Smoking and Health. Originally established in 1965 as the National Clearinghouse for Smoking and Health, OSH is dedicated to eliminating the death and disease caused by tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.


Attached and pasted below please find additional information regarding the request for candidates for this position. Interested candidates should send their CV to Stacy Robinson at no later than January 30, 2015 .  I am also appending a one-page overview of the Office on Smoking and Health.


Please forward this announcement to anyone who may be interested in this position.


Thank you,


Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH

Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Notice of CDC Job Opportunity


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director of the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP).


NCCDPHP leads national efforts to promote health and well-being through prevention and control of chronic diseases. The center’s strategic priorities are strengthening epidemiology and surveillance, promoting environmental improvement to increase opportunities for health, strengthening health systems to effectively deliver preventive services, and promoting linkages between the community and clinical settings to better manage chronic conditions.


The Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) employs these and other strategies as the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control.  We develop, conduct, and support strategic efforts to protect the public's health from the harmful effects of tobacco use by administering programs which include:  national mass media campaigns to inform Americans about the dangers of tobacco use in order to reduce death and disability due to smoking; setting a strategic direction for the CDC’s role in tobacco prevention and control; funding and providing technical assistance to the States, territories, and tribal health departments for comprehensive tobacco control programs; conducting research and surveillance of the US population for tobacco use trends; evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions; and promoting and stimulating research on the determinants and health effects of smoking and non-combustible tobacco use. In addition, OSH administers the Global Tobacco Surveillance System, in partnership with the CDC Foundation, WHO and private funders.


Duties will include:

§  Leading OSH senior staff leadership team in the development of strategic goals and objectives for tobacco prevention and control that integrate chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and scientific and programmatic activities, and maintaining focus and discipline in the execution of the mission and priorities of the Office

§  Providing strategic leadership and collaborative support for CDC’s role  as: a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Smoking and Health;  the lead DHHS organization for the Objectives for the Nation related to smoking and health; providing staff support to the Surgeon General on activities related to smoking and health

§  Managing, directing, coordinating, and evaluating the activities of the Office on Smoking and Health

§  Providing leadership, scientific oversight, and guidance in program planning and development

§  Serving as the key spokesperson for the Office on Smoking and Health

§  Coordinating the development of policy positions related to tobacco use and health in CDC, PHS, and HHS

§  Providing strategic leadership for development, execution and evaluation of national media campaigns

§  Providing  strategic leadership to staff operating  the National Tobacco Control Program, which provides funding and technical support to health departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, territories and tribes

§  Creating and strengthening productive relationships with leadership of other divisions in the NCCDPHP, other units in CDC, other HHS agencies working on tobacco such as FDA, NCI, SAMHSA, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and NIDA, State and local health departments and tribes, as well as non-governmental organizations working on tobacco issues.

§  Providing staff support for a Congressionally-mandated Federal advisory committee on smoking and health, and enhancing  working relationships with the other federal departments on the committee that are working on tobacco use prevention and control.

§  Leading and managing over 140 highly qualified and competent medical, scientific and technical staff and an annual budget $200 million supporting a broad portfolio of prevention programs, surveys, national mass media campaigns, and epidemiologic studies related to tobacco use and tobacco control, as detailed above.

§  Working with Division deputy and senior leadership to improve quality and effectiveness of the workforce, as well as the work environment.

Minimum requirements:

§  A Ph.D., DPH, MD or DO, with training and experience in public health, health services research, epidemiology, psychology, medical sociology, or health communications is required. A record of scholarly publications and experience with peer-reviewed research in public health or related fields will be a significant review criterion. A demonstrated ability to provide leadership and foster collaboration across multi-disciplinary teams in the development, execution and evaluation of major public health initiatives is essential. A track record establishing collegial functional relationships among different organizations is important.  Management experience with fiscal accountability will be a significant review criterion.

Other Special Notes:

§  This position is located in Atlanta, Georgia

§  Moving expenses may be authorized.

§  Relocation incentive may be authorized.

§  Approximately 20% travel may be required.


How to apply:

§  Interested candidates should send their CV to Stacy Robinson at no later than January 30, 2015.


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