CDC Vacancy Announcement: Deputy Director of the Center for Preparedness and Response

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking an exceptional candidate to serve as the Deputy Director of the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) has been charged with strategic direction, coordination, oversight, and accountability for all CDC’s public health emergency response activities.  CPR is divided into three divisions and an Office of the Director, with a total budget of approximately $810 million and about 600 employees.  The Center has primary oversight and responsibility for all programs that comprise CDC’s public health preparedness and response portfolio.  Using an all-hazards approach to preparedness, CPR helps the Nation prepare for and respond to urgent threats to the public’s health.  CPR carries out its mission by emphasizing accountability through performance, progress through public health science, and collaboration through partnerships.

The Deputy Director will:

  • Serve as the Chief Scientific advisor to the Director of CPR, including the Division Directors, the Science Officer and other CDC senior leadership
  • Provide leadership and direction on public health emergency preparedness and response policies
  • Translate and interpret scientific information, related policies, operations concepts, and the Director’s goals and objectives for programmatic decision making
  • Coordinate and resolve high-level issues for collaborative projects and commitment of resources
  • Represent CPR with senior level officials at CDC and in other agencies of the Federal government, as well as state, academia, volunteer, private and international organizations to provide a critical interface for programs and objectives
  • Provide scientific leadership and expertise in the development and execution of research projects, ensuring scientific soundness and technical feasibility


Applicants must possess an M.D., O.D., or Ph.D. and demonstrate:

  • High degree of public health prominence and expertise, and a distinguished record of accomplishments in the field of public health emergency response and preparedness
  • Strong leadership experience in creating a vision; setting direction in an organization; and recruiting, developing, and retaining excellent and diverse staff
  • Senior management experience in directing and managing a large organization, including establishing strategic plans and policies, organizing and prioritizing issues, and evaluating program accomplishments
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with proven ability to effectively communicate complex programmatic and scientific concepts to varying audiences
  • Proven, successful experience in developing and implementing public health policies, programs, and research in global public health programs
  • Proven ability to deal effectively with high-level government officials, foreign ministries of health, scientific and academic communities, national and international medical and health-related organizations, diverse community and non-governmental groups, U.S. and global media, and the international public at large
  • Requires eligibility for Top Secret government security clearance, and may require up to 25% travel

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