Director for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recruiting for a Director for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Currently, 1 in 2 US adults has a chronic disease, and 1 in 4 has two or more chronic diseases. To help address this nationwide epidemic, NCCDPHP’s director is supported by a staff of 858 full-time federal employees, a total operating budget of over $1 billion, and a growing network of partners in public health, such as you. These partnerships extend across state and local government agencies, scientific and medical groups, community health organizations, and businesses that recognize the human and economic imperative of chronic disease prevention.

NCCDPHP promotes proven strategies that reduce the most common risk factors for chronic diseases: tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol use. We have made impressive gains in improving health across the lifespan, increasing healthy life expectancy, and reducing health care costs. But much urgent works remains to be done.

To guide our vision of a nation of healthy people in healthy communities, NCCDPHP’s new director will lead team efforts to:

  •        Find out how chronic diseases affect diverse populations in the United States.
  •        Study interventions to find out what works best to prevent and control chronic diseases.
  •        Fund and guide states, territories, cities, and tribes to use interventions that work.
  •        Share information to help all Americans understand the risk factors for chronic diseases and the actions they can take to reduce them.

The new NCCDPHP director will guide a multipronged approach to:

  •        Keep updated, accurate counts of how many Americans have chronic diseases or chronic disease risk factors.
  •        Improve environments to make it easier for people to make healthy choices.
  •        Strengthen health care systems to deliver prevention services that keep people well and diagnose diseases early.
  •        Connect clinical services to community programs that help people prevent and manage their chronic diseases and conditions.

The incumbent of this executive-level position will:

  •        Lead and manage the various center program areas to achieve the stated agency and center goals and objectives.
  •        Develop long range plans and the justifications for resources necessary for the organization including the proper internal allocation of resources.
  •        Advance the state of the science in their respective field and program through intramural and extramural research and development.
  •        Develop and maintain high quality medical, scientific and technical competence in the center and assure that the center's actions and programs reflect scientific integrity as well as operational effectiveness.
  •        Assure the center's operations are carried out in consonance with the general guidelines of the federal service and are in conformity with the policies of HHS and CDC.
  •        Plan and conduct collaborative studies with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization; state and local health departments; other federal, state and local government agencies; industry and labor groups;  academia; etc.
  •        Provide leadership and oversight of the center's prevention programs, public health surveillance, applied research and service activities and assure that appropriate priorities are set.
  •        Ensure that the center's science and information disseminated is of high quality, reliability, objectivity, and integrity.

Interested candidates must apply online before midnight EDT on October 29, 2018:

Applicants possessing a PhD or equivalent doctorate degree can apply at:

Applicants possessing an MD or equivalent degree can apply at:  

We welcome your consideration of the position or your help in facilitating candidate recruitment by sharing this information with your colleagues. To discuss the position requirements in more detail, you may contact Dr. Nancy Messonnier, search committee chair, at For questions regarding the application process, please contact Vicki Hunter or Henry Greene

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