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Center for Devices & Radiological Health (CDRH) / Office of Surveillance & Biometrics (OSB)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Silver Spring, MD (Washington DC metropolitan area)

September 2012


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting and promoting the public health, through theregulation and supervision of food safetytobacco products, medications, vaccinesblood productsveterinary products,medical devices, and electromagnetic radiation emitting devices.  In the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH, "the Center"), we focus on activities and outcomes that protect and promote public health, so that patients and providers have timely and continued access to safe, effective, and high-quality medical devices and safe radiation-emitting products.  We provide consumers, patients, their caregivers, and providers with understandable and accessible science-based information about the products we oversee.  We facilitate medical device innovation by advancing regulatory science, providing industry with predictable, consistent, transparent, and efficient regulatory pathways, and assuring consumer confidence in devices marketed in the U.S.


CDRH is seeking a talented Knowledge Management (KM) expert to lead the new KM program for the Center.  This is an exciting opportunity to advance knowledge-sharing in the Center, as the Center fulfills its responsibility for assuring the safety and effectiveness of medical devices and electronic radiation-emitting products produced or marketed in the United States.  By leading the change that fosters a culture of sharing, the KM Director can have a significant impact on how CDRH does work that has significant impact on the public health.


As Director of KM, the incumbent will be responsible for serving as the principal advisor to the Center Director, and the Director of the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics (OSB), and other key officials on the development and implementation of the Center's KM program.  A comprehensive KM program is expected to make the most current and highest quality knowledge readily available and easily accessible to all Center staff, to enable fully informed and timely decisions about medical devices, to characterize their risks and benefits, and to frame the gaps in understanding of the current state of medical devices.  The KM Director will help change the culture to minimize knowledge gaps and maximize knowledge flows across the entire organization.


The Director will lead the development of an overarching KM framework, a key Center strategic priority, from which all KM activities will follow.  This framework will ensure all KM activities meet certain criteria and requirements to ensure maximum knowledge flow across the Center, that content created and captured is managed and governed to ensure credibility and findability, that best practices are shared Center-wide, and that processes and methodologies are leveraged as much as possible to minimize redundancies and conserve resources.  The KM Director will develop and implement other related processes and methodologies to manage certain knowledge types and make these available to the Center for implementation.


The KM Director will participate on various Center committees and working groups to maximize exposure and awareness of Center activities, which will lead to greater understanding of knowledge flow requirements and bottlenecks.  The KM Director will assure education and training of CDRH staff on KM practices and behaviors that will lead to institutional sharing and collaboration, increase staff awareness and knowledge about collaboration processes and technologies, and drive personal and organizational KM adoption and use.  The education and training will directly support the KM program, and, therefore, will support the CDRH strategic priorities. 


The KM Director will advocate for increased knowledge flow and transfer activities within and across CDRH, the FDA, the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal government, and their constituents.



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