Travel Requirements: This position may require up to 25% travel.
Application Period: Monday, November 29, 2021, through Monday, January 10, 2022
Salary: Salary starts at $122,530.00 and is commensurate with education and experience
Conditions of Employment: United States Citizenship is required
Special Notes: This position is being filled under an excepted hiring authority, Title 21, Section 3072 of the 21st Century Cures Act. The candidate selected for this position will serve under a career or career-conditional appointment and be paid under the provisions of the authority. Additional information on 21st Century Cures Act can be found here.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is the regulatory, scientific, public health, and consumer protection agency responsible for ensuring all human and animal drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, foods, food additives, drugs, and medicated feeds for food-producing animals, tobacco and radiation-emitting devices safe, and effective.
The mission of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH or Center) is to protect and promote public health by performing essential public health tasks designed to ensure medical devices, diagnostic products, and radiological equipment, to include new and emerging technologies, are safe, reliable, and effective for the American people.
The Office of Product Evaluation and Quality (OPEQ) is responsible for setting strategy and overseeing the Offices of Health Technology I - VII, Office of Clinical Evidence & Analysis (OCEA), Office of Regulatory Programs (ORP), Quality & Analytics Staff, Clinical & Scientific Policy Staff, Strategic Initiatives Staff, Regulation Policy & Guidance Staff, and Operations Staff. This Assistant Director position resides within the Office of Health Technology VI (OHT VI or Office), in the Division of Joint Arthroplasty Devices (DJAD or Division). Using a focused Total Product Lifecycle (TPLC) approach, OHT VI ensures quality end-to-end device evaluation of orthopedic devices and the consistent interpretation and application of regulatory policy and guidance
CDRH is seeking a strategic, public health focused, and team-oriented Assistant Director who is dedicated to improving health outcomes and the quality of life of patients through the advancement of arthroplasty medical devices and systems. In this critical supervisory position, you will report directly to the DJAD Director and will be responsible for providing expert scientific and technical leadership, exceptional administrative management, and exercising sound evidenced-based judgment and decision-making in the review of shoulder arthroplasty surgical instrumentation and systems.
As a collaborative leader, you will manage and grow a high-performing, multidisciplinary scientific, technical, and professional team in support of advancing the strategic vision and regulatory mission of the Division and Office. As such, you will monitor and evaluate the technical performance of your Team who serve as experts in their respective fields. You will also devote at least 25 percent of your time towards coaching, mentoring, and supervising your employees.
As the Assistant Director you will perform the following:
Utilize expert scientific and technical knowledge and vast regulatory expertise to serve as an authoritative advisor for the DJAD Director, OHT VI Director, and OPEQ on shoulder arthroplasty instrumentation and systems, both novel and existing, encompassing the entire product lifecycle.
Provide expert consultation to Division and Office leadership on programmatic plans, health care community, scientific, and industry-related trends, significant concerns, and adverse event reported data regarding shoulder arthroplasty medical devices regulated by the Division.
Collaborate with team members, colleagues, and Division leadership to ensure the uniformed adoption, implementation, and consistent application of OPEQ and Division-wide guidance, initiatives, and policies regarding regulatory oversight of shoulder arthroplasty instrumentation, devices, and systems.
Ensures the uniformed high quality and consistency of scientific and regulatory reviews across the total product lifecycle of shoulder arthroplasty medical devices assigned to the Division.
Provide comprehensive support to product advisory panels, industry, and consultants and coordinate activities regarding classification actions, petitions, premarket notifications (510(k)s), premarket approval applications (PMAs), Product Development Protocols, De Novos, 513(g)s, Investigational Device Exemptions (IDEs), Humanitarian Device Exemptions (HDEs) and Pre-submissions (Q-subs) with Center and Agency components or other organizations, when appropriate.
Coordinate and partner with colleagues and leadership across the Division and Office, as appropriate, to leverage the necessary expertise for pre-market, compliance, and surveillance, as well as clinical, scientific, and regulatory policy expertise for reviews.
Draft decisions and recommendations of national public health significance, which may impact the availability of certain products due to safety, efficacy, performance, and reliability concerns.
Collaborate with Division leadership to plan, organize, and establish or realign assignments, priorities, and work projects to advance new initiatives and/or programmatic and regulatory objectives for the Division and Office.
Engage and collaborate with patient advocacy groups, industry, healthcare, and scientific communities to address all adverse event data and medical concerns associated with shoulder arthroplasty instrumentation, devices, and systems.
Professional Experience/Key Requirements:
To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate in your curriculum vitae or resume the necessary qualifying experience for this position, which is equivalent to the following:
Managing and leading diverse multidisciplinary staff in a large and complex organization responsible for the scientific, technical, public health, and regulatory activities associated with FDA regulated products
Evidence of leading strategic achievement of organizational goals, evaluating workforce performance, and deploying effective interventions to improve organizational outcomes
Enforcing policies, protocols, guidance documents, and/or recommendations that speak to the safety, efficacy, and reliability of medical products.
Analyzing, interpreting, and sharing regulatory policy expertise with review teams and advising Division and Office leadership on scientific matters that may be highly complex, precedent-setting, or controversial in nature.
Advanced degrees in applied, life, and/or physical sciences, such as Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, or medical fields are highly desired
Scientific and/or clinical expertise in the utilization of orthopedic shoulder arthroplasty instrumentation, medical devices, and systems
Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with a diverse cadre of customers and stakeholders
Artful in effectively interpreting and presenting complex information and concepts, in both written and oral formats
All applicants born male, on (or after) 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System OR have an approved exemption.
This position is subject to strict prohibited financial interest regulations which could restrict the type of financial interest (stock holdings) for the employee, the spouse, and minor children of the employee. For additional information on the prohibited financial interests, please visit the FDA Ethics and Integrity Office website at https://www.fda.gov/about-fda/jobs-and-training-fda/ethics.
How to Apply:
Submit an electronic resume or curriculum vitae, a cover letter containing a brief summary of scientific accomplishments, SF-50 (if applicable), and a copy of unofficial transcripts all in one document (Adobe PDF) to CDRHRecruitment@fda.hhs.gov, with Job Reference code “2020-OHT-6-DHT6A-11”in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through January 10, 2022.
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