Associate Director for Mining

Application Period

Monday, April 15, 2024 – Friday, June 21, 2024


Office of the Director
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) a research institute, within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that focuses on the study of worker safety and health. A priority at NIOSH is to develop new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice, and empowering employers and workers to create safe and healthy workplaces. To do this, NIOSH conducts work-related research and makes recommendations to prevent worker injury and illness. The work done at NIOSH impacts every part of the American workforce.

Job Description

The Associate Director for Mining is responsible for managing, directing, coordinating, overseeing, and evaluating all activities of the Institute’s mining programs, along with creating and maintaining strong relationships with mining industry groups. The Associate Director will provide leadership and support for the Directors of the Pittsburgh Mining Research Division and the Spokane Mining Research Division. This position serves as a Special Advisor to the Institute Director on all matters related to the overall NIOSH Mining Program. This Distinguished Consultant position is in the Excepted Service under Title 42.

Preferred Experience

  • An extensive background as an Engineer, Health Scientist, Geologist, Physical Scientist, Industrial Hygienist, or other related field.
  • Experience working with a broad range of partners and decision-makers in mining industry.
  • Experience guiding and coordinating mining research, occupational and public health science, policy, and innovation.
  • A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctorate degree from an accredited university.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide advice and assistance on mining program, scientific policies, activities, and operations.
  • Plan, develop, evaluate, and manage mining-related occupational safety and health public health research programs.
  • Lead the Institute in establishing mining programmatic goals to meet or exceed the Institute’s mining mission within approved appropriations/budget.
  • Liaise with top officials of other Federal, State, and local government organizations, and/or public and private partners, advancing the organization’s mining research goals and programs.
  • Develop occupational and public health goals and objectives that integrate the organization’s mining mission and carry out quality improvements, as needed.
  • Represent the Director on various committees on matters regarding the mining program with full authority to speak and act on behalf of the organization.

Who May Apply

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons including Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers


  • Have a Ph.D. or other earned doctorate in one or more of the following: Engineering, or a degree with a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health science, or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position
  • Experience must be in an engineering/scientific assignment but may also include management responsibilities
  • Have professional experience and stature that is appropriate with the duties of the position
  • No previous federal experience is required


$191,900.00 – $246,400.00 per year

Telework Eligible

Yes—as determined by the agency policy

Travel Required

Occasional travel—25% or less domestic travel may be required for this position


The position may reside in Washington, District of Columbia; Morgantown, West Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Denver, Colorado; or Spokane, Washington. The duty location will be determined upon selection.

Relocation Expenses

Yes—You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

Position Sensitivity and Risk

Critical—Sensitive (CS)/High Risk


A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. To learn more about federal benefits, visit the Office of Personnel Management at

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must email a complete application package by Friday, June 21, 2024, to

Required Documents

  • A cover letter explaining relevant work experience and interests (Optional)
  • Curriculum vitae/resume with demonstrated examples of experience
  • Official Doctoral academic transcript is *required*
  • Three references (one personal, two professional)

Failure to submit any of the above-mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package.

NIOSH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Agency Contact

NIOSH Recruiter |

EEO Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


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