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Vacancy Announcement

Director, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

National Institutes of Health



INTRODUCTION AND POSITION INFORMATION:  The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for conducting and supporting biomedical research, behavioral research, and research training in normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking a first-rate scientific leader for the position of NIDCD Director. 


The NIDCD Director provides visionary leadership, executive management, and strategic direction to the Institute. The Director sets Institute goals, priorities, policies, and program objectives, and ensures the continuous evaluation and performance assessment of the Institute’s efforts and functions. S/he supports research which leads to better understanding of human communication disorders, developing treatments, and improving patient outcomes.


The NIDCD Director is responsible for implementing a Federal research program that provides funding to universities, hospitals, and other public and private sector organizations through research grants, center grants, cooperative agreements, training grants and contracts to conduct, foster, and support basic and clinical research and training. The NIDCD Director oversees strategic direction for an extensive portfolio of basic, clinical, and applied research grants and contracts made to scientific institutions and to individuals across the United States and the world in communication processes including diseases and disorders affecting hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. In addition, NIDCD maintains intramural basic and clinical research laboratories and facilities on the NIH campus, supporting 15 Principal Investigators. The NIDCD Director assures rigorous review of intramural research program plans, and operations are made so that Institute research activities are at the forefront of research in deafness and other communication disorders. To carry out its mission, the NIDCD has a staff of approximately 210 employees and an annual total budget of approximately $460 million.


LOCATION:  Bethesda, Maryland 


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  The NIDCD seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. In addition, the executive must have experience and demonstrated ability in the administration and management of a major national research program as well as broad familiarity and knowledge of biomedical, behavioral, clinical and translational research. Ideally, the executive should possess in-depth knowledge in one or more of NIDCD’s research areas. In addition to senior-level research experience, applicants must have extensive experience and knowledge of Federal research programs, along with senior-level administrative and interpersonal skills to meet the demands of leading a complex organization. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership in collaborating with different stakeholder groups, including the research community, NIH leadership and staff, patient advocacy organizations, other Federal agencies, international funding organizations, legislators, and the public. Applicants must have demonstrated ability in planning and assessing programs, developing plans to resolve operational problems and issues, and managing financial and human resources, and have the capacity to plan for and guide organizations in the conduct of intramural and extramural research activities. Applicants must also have experience serving as a spokesperson and have a strong ability to communicate directly to the scientific community and to the public, including Congress, the importance of the Institute’s mission and funded research, its future plans, and the meaning of the Institute’s research findings in terms of improving deafness and other communication disorders. Applicants should possess a complete understanding of the Federal government’s organization and administration of scientific grants and programs, and of the regulations governing the protection of human subjects in research and the humane care and use of laboratory animals in research. Applicants should be recognized by scientists, educators, and administrators as an authoritative and outstanding scientific administrator.


SALARY/BENEFITS:  The NIDCD Director will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, and retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided. This position is subject to public financial disclosure requirements.


STANDARDS OF CONDUCT/FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE:  The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at NIH Ethics Office websiteWe encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the executive to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.


FOREIGN EDUCATION:  Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on Foreign Education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:  NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT:  Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.  The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.


HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants must submit a current Curriculum Vitae (to include bibliography). In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements:  a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to 2 pages each). Completed application packages must be submitted to:  Brenda Fogel at (301-451-7338). All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized officials of NIH.


Applications will be reviewed beginning August 1, 2018

(Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.)


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