Senior Science Advisor for Health Equity

Job Vacancy link: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/683796300

Open/Close Date: 10/18/2022 to 11/16/2022

Salary: $112,890 – $275,000 per year

CTP Job Link: http://www.fda.gov/ctpjobs


The Senior Science Advisor for Health Equity is in the CTP Office of the Center Director and serves as the Center’s leading authority on health equity and program manager to advance health equity as it relates to tobacco products in the United States.

Responsibilities/Job Duties:

  • Provides scientific, policy and organizational expertise and skill in leading and directing efforts to ensure health equity, through developing, promoting, advancing and evaluating strategies to reduce health disparities.
  • Represents the Center and FDA in a variety of activities that promote and educate the community about CTP and FDA?s role in reducing tobacco-related health disparities, including during external meetings, conferences, and presentations.
  • Performs critical responsibilities that are vital to the CTP, FDA, DHHS in ensuring that programmatic work and communications appropriately acknowledge and address disparities among under-represented and underserved populations.
  • Presents and discusses resolutions and findings related to health equity with the Center Director and senior management. Documents findings in written reports, identifying weaknesses and outlining conclusions, analyzing findings, recommendations.
  • Advises on issues of health equity and provides effective cross-Center leadership in the prioritization, implementation and evaluation of policies for complex programs that reduce health disparities and increase attention to health equity.
  • Utilizes advanced knowledge of and expertise in the principles, concepts, and methods of epidemiology or statistics, health science, and research to identify, prioritize and address health equity issues and concerns.
  • Leads and participates in establishing health equity goals, objectives, plans, and priorities, and in communicating those to staff through staff meetings, policy statements, and other formal methods.
  • Functions as an exceptional and visionary leader with the capability to identify trends and knowledge gaps in health disparities and differences in health that are closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage.



1. Candidates must have a master’s degree (e.g., M.S., M.A., M.P.H.) or doctoral-level degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, such as a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., Sc.D., or other research doctoral-level degree, widely recognized in U.S. academe as equivalent to a Ph.D.

2. Candidates must meet the minimum qualification requirements for the GS-15 and beyond in the civil service.


3. Extensive knowledge of and experience in leading efforts to achieve equitable health outcomes and reduce health disparities in underserved populations.

4. Knowledge of measures and analytic approaches used to identify challenges and track improvements in advancing health equity and address social and economic determinants of health.

5.Experience providing effective leadership to build collaborative working relationships necessary for programmatic changes targeted at advancing health equity and reducing health disparities.

About Food and Drug Administration: Center for Tobacco Products

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) regulates the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products. Our goal is to reduce the harm from all regulated tobacco products across the entire population, including: reducing the number of people who start to use tobacco products, encouraging more people to stop using these products, and reducing the adverse health impact for those who continue to use these products.  CTP's actions have significant public health and consumer protection impact and are among the most important issues faced by the Agency in its long and distinguished history.

The Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is responsible for implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This law gives FDA authority over tobacco products by adding a new chapter to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The Tobacco Control Act gives FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products and manufacturers based on the best available science and CTP is responsible for both assessing and fostering that science-base. CTP's actions have significant public health and consumer protection impact and are among the most important issues faced by the Agency in its long and distinguished history.