Deputy Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Job Summary

THE POSITION:  The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director to assist in providing leadership to the only NIH Institute singularly devoted to dental, oral and craniofacial research and the largest institution world-wide for dental research.  The mission of NIDCR is to improve dental, oral, and craniofacial health through research, research training, and dissemination of health information.  The Deputy Director is a vital part of the leadership team, serving as the second-in-command for the Institute.  In coordination with the Director, the Deputy Director oversees all aspects of NIDCR’s $485 million budget including planning, oversight, and allocation of the Institute’s over 500 person staff, which includes fellows and volunteers.  They are also responsible for monitoring and evaluating programs and initiatives throughout the NIDCR.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a leader to execute and manage the daily operations in support of the NIDCR’s strategic vision and mission.  The Deputy Director works collaboratively across the NIH, throughout the federal government and with other key stakeholders and organizations to further the advancement of NIDCR’s mission and objectives.  They serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Institute, communicating the NIDCR’s position and incorporating the views/needs of key stakeholders into Institute plans and initiatives.  The Deputy Director facilitates the identification and development of future leaders through mentoring programs, continuous development of skills and expertise, and recognition of achievements. The Deputy Director also serves as a role model to the rest of the Institute, managing people and financial resources with integrity and fairness, while maintaining the Institute’s policies and priorities.

LOCATION:  Bethesda, MD 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  The NIDCR 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 a DDS/DMD or equivalent doctoral dental degree, M.D. and/or Ph.D. and have senior-level research experience and detailed knowledge of research programs in several scientific areas related to dental, oral, and craniofacial research.  They should be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as individuals of outstanding scientific competence.  Applicants also must have demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing, and analyzing program objectives and priorities.  Candidates should have demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources, and lead a research program involving extensive internal and external collaboration, and demonstrated ability to serve as a spokesperson and to interact with scientific organizations, the media, advocacy, and community groups, possessing excellent written and oral communication skills. The scientific implications of the research programs would benefit from knowledge of and familiarity with Federal research grants administration.

SALARY/BENEFITS:  The Deputy Director, NIDCR, will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.  Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: Equality is held as one of the most important values here at NIH.  Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit.  NIH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH especially encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

STANDARD OF CONDUCT/FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE:  The NIH 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  We encourage you to review this information.  The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent 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 to grant reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, copy of degree, and bibliography (if not included in your curriculum vitae).  In addition, applicants are asked to prepare a supplemental narrative statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements and interest in the position, (please limit to three pages).  Send application package to Ms. Brenda Fogel at by the below closing date. Questions may also be directed to Ms. Fogel by calling 301-451-7338.   Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute. Applicants are encouraged to browse the NIDCR Home Page at


The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM ET on Monday, May 3, 2021.


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