Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Supervisory Statistician in Rockville, Maryland

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Rockville, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 9/23/2016 (32 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), Division of Surveillance and Data Collection (DSDC), within the Treatment Services Branch (TSB) in Rockville, MD.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-SAMHSA-MP-16-1801699 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Additional selections may be made across the Department of Health and Human Services through this vacancy announcement.


Incumbent serves as a Statistician and will perform the following duties:

Plans, develops and implements a statistical and methodological research program designed to provide information on the Nation's substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities and client-level data.

Develops and administers statistical designs, administrative data collection reporting systems and sampling plans for national surveys.

Advises on, designs and performs statistical analyses of the U.S. substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities, including analyses of client-level data.

Conceives, develops and establishes program goals and objectives to meet the agency's legislative mandate to collect facility level data and to describe such facilities through publishing findings in reports and scientific peer reviewed journals.

Establishes and maintains collaborative partnerships with researchers and program officials throughout the organization, other agencies private research foundations, professional associations and the health care community involved in substance abuse and mental health care and related research.

Manages the Behavioral Health Services Information System (BHSIS), and provides leadership and/or direction in the areas of data collection and methodologies of BHSIS.

Analyzes information obtained for BHSIS to determine the state of the Nation's substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities and aspects of client care in the behavioral health system.

Obtains and analyzes data from various sources, including administrative data to examine program and policy issues.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • A background investigation clearance is required.


A. Degree that includes 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.


B. Combination of education and experience-- courses as described in "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should include a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

In addition to meeting the BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS, candidates must also meet the Specialized Experience below:

GS-14: Must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level of Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Leading a project team in designing surveys, developing questionnaire content, analyzing data, and managing a contract for large-scale facilities surveys; overseeing the review of contract deliverables in the areas of data collection, field management, imputation, analysis plans, and statistical reports; collecting, analyzing and interpreting administrative data sets from state data systems or other federal systems; translating data into useful products; overseeing, coordinating, and implementing projects that meet agency goals within an assigned budget; providing consultation and leadership on surveys, and presenting findings to a diverse audience.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Conditions of Employment:

  1. 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. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

  2. *E-Verify: * If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

  3. *Direct Deposit: * All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

  4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

  5. Financial disclosure statement required: Yes

  6. One-year probationary period may be required.

  7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No

  8. Bargaining Unit Position: No

  9. Drug Screening Required: No

  10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No

  11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No

  12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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Other Information

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 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. For more information on veteransÂ’ preference see

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Salary Range: $108,887.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1530-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450578800

Job Announcement Number: HHS-SAMHSA-DE-16-1801694