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Job #: R-00013693
Location: Bethesda, MD
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Health

Job Description:

The Government Health and Safety Solutions Operation is seeking a Health Science Policy Analyst (HSPA) in Bethesda, MD.

Purpose: The purpose of this position is to provide analytical, writing, and editing support to Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) within the NIH Office of the Director (OD).

Background: The THRO 1) Coordinates tribal health research-related activities across NIH; (2) through the position of a Tribal Affairs Advisor serves as a liaison to and NIH representative on tribal health related committees or working groups; (3) coordinates and convenes the NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee; (4) collaborates with NIH Institutes and Centers on the development of reports on tribal health topics; (5) manages information dissemination related to tribal health research coordination and the Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee; (6) convenes trans-NIH committees, workshops, meetings and other activities related to tribal health research and scientific priorities; and (7) works with NIH Institutes and Centers to leverage resources or develop initiatives to support tribal health research.


The HSPA serves a key role in providing support to the THRO by researching, analyzing, and preparing plans and reports on research and research training, focused on American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) populations and tribal affairs. In this role, the analyst identifies appropriate source information, performs necessary analyses, and prepares reports, slides, fact sheets, and other materials for the THRO.

Task 1: Data Analysis and Reports

Identifying NIH or other data sources and performing data queries, literature reviews, developing or otherwise finding data needed to prepare reports to be submitted by the THRO. Tracking office accomplishments to assess completion of goals outlined in the NIH Strategic Plan for Tribal Health Research. Supporting Health Science Policy Analyst in tasks related to completion of 2018 AI/AN research portfolio analysis. Extracting data from various NIH systems and analyzing data for accuracy, and ensuring the data are pertinent to reporting requirements. Developing and utilizing quality assurance methods to ensure data are complete, accurate, and pertinent to the task. Takes steps to reconcile data integrity concerns. Drafting reports based on data analysis, feedback, and Division/OD/NIH/HHS practices.

Task 2: Information Dissemination

2.1 Preparing PowerPoint presentations for a wide range of audiences on NIH AI/AN research and career development activities

2.3 Proofreading written documents on scientific, technical , and policy issues and translating technical and scientific subject matter into clear and concise text.

2.4 Ensuring that written content is written in plain language, accessible to a lay audience, and free of bureaucratic or overly dense language.

Task 3: Support for Communications Activities

3.1 Support communications staff by developing and editing content for print publications,

online channels, community engagements, Tribal Consultations, and Tribal Advisory

Committee meetings.

3.2 Prepare all written materials in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner consistent with

best-practice communication strategies.

3.3 Research and develop a variety of materials as background information to be used in pre-

paring written and oral communication documents for staff.

Task 4: Training

4.1 Collaborate with Health Science Policy Analysts to coordinate summer training activities

for AI/AN students.

4.2 Draft outreach communication to inform summer students of events or activities.

4.3 Create AI/AN summer student directory and online resources for students.

Deliverables and Due Dates

Deliverables for this position are highly variable and will be specified with each assignment. In addition, given the level of coordination responsibility the analyst will undertake, the analyst will propose due dates for tasks for approval by the COR in consultation with the THRO Director.

On a general level, deliverables will include databases and spreadsheets with statistical data that conform to the requirement.

Deliverables may also include reports of variable lengths and Web content.

Instructions and guidance will be provided to the analyst as assignments arise. In some cases, however, assignments will be entirely new to the Division and will have no accompanying guidelines to follow. The analyst will be expected to draw on past experience, education, and prior work products to identify the proper way to proceed.


The analyst is expected to return expert-quality work that is error free. If any revisions need to be made by federal staff, they are expected to be minimal and stylistic rather than to correct content, grammar, format, and the like.

Qualifications, Education, and Experience Required

  • Master's degree in a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience.
  • Knowledge of NIH policies, procedures and policies.
  • Broad knowledge of biomedical research areas so as to be able to conduct literature searches, to gather new information, identify topics, write and edit in depth technical documents and documents for the lay public.
  • Excellent judgment in interpreting findings, analyzing data and other gathered information, verifying facts, and drawing conclusions.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and image processing software (Photoshop).
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Knowledge of correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and style.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team member.
  • Experience working with underrepresented communities preferred but not required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a NACI level 1 clearance

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