Workforce Support and Development Division (WSDD)

Division Director: Kristen Dunn-Thomason

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Plans, coordinates, and implements the NIH employee development, enrichment, and retention activities throughout an individual’s career lifecycle and across the organization,
  • Manages job specific trainings, professional development courses, customized classes, administrative internship programs, and a comprehensive array of leadership programs,
  • Plans and implements the NIH Awards Program to recognize outstanding accomplishments that further the NIH mission,
  • Manages NIH New Employee Orientation and leads efforts around onboarding,
  • Guides NIH in workforce planning and advanced analytics,
  • Facilitates other workforce enhancement activities such as the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and the NIH Competencies program, and
  • Provides functional support to NIH for the HHS Learning Management System (LMS).

Structure:

WSDD is comprised of:

  1. NIH Training Center
    • Director, NIH Training Center (NIHTC): Elena Juris
    • Deputy Director, NIH Training Center: Barb LeClair
    • Supports the development of NIH human capital through consultation and collaboration with key officials and other NIH training programs to provide agency-specific training, and career development programs,
    • Performs consulting services that are designed to enhance learning and to facilitate optimal individual, group, and organizational performance,
    • Formulates, organizes, plans, and executes goals and objectives toward significantly enhancing NIH-specific training and development opportunities for scientific and professional staff within the various Institutes and Centers, and
    • Manages NIH Leadership Development, Presidential Management Fellow, and Management Intern programs.
  2. Strategic Workforce Analytics and Engagement Branch (SWAE)​
    • Chief, Strategic Workforce Analytics and Engagement Branch (SWAE): Jonathan Lappin
    • Chief, Workforce Planning and Analytics Unit: Lillian Thomas​
    • Supports the development of NIH human capital through consultation and collaboration with key officials and other NIH workforce offices/ programs to provide agency-specific career enhancement, engagement, and recognition programs,
    • Guides NIH in workforce planning and advanced analytics through the Workforce Planning and Analytics Unit,
    • Plans and implements the NIH Awards Program to recognize outstanding accomplishments that further the NIH mission through the NIH Director’s Awards, the HHS Secretary’s Awards; and HHS vetted external awards,
    • Facilitates NIH employee engagement programs, including coordinating the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS),
    • Ensures that new hires at NIH are engaged with the NIH mission from the first day, understand Federal employment, and related responsibilities and benefits by coordinating NIH New Employee Orientation, and
    • Facilitates employee development through the NIH Competencies Program.