Deputy Director, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

This announcement has been amended to add the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to the conditions of employment.

This position is subject to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a condition of employment.

Job Summary

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking applications from exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director to assist in providing leadership to one of the preeminent institutions for nursing research. The NINR advances research and research training that leverages nursing’s holistic approach and reach across clinical and community settings to identify and propel practice and policy solutions that are responsive to people’s lives and living conditions for the most pressing health challenges and most stubborn health disparities. The NINR is moving in exciting directions, and the NINR Deputy Director will play a central role in shaping these developments. The Deputy Director is a vital part of the leadership team, serving as the second-in-command for the NINR.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a leader to create the realization of the NINR’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 the NINR mission and objectives. The Deputy Director serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Institute, communicating the NINR vision. The Deputy Director facilitates the forward progress of nursing research though key presentations, strategy sessions, and formulating research objectives with the Director, the research community, and government colleagues. The Deputy Director also serves as a role model to the rest of the Institute, managing resources with integrity and fairness, while maintaining the Institute’s policies and priorities. To support its mission, NINR has an annual budget of approximately $174 million and a staff of approximately 96 FTEs.

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Required Qualifications

The NINR 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 Ph.D. and/or an M.D. or equivalent research doctoral degree and have demonstrated senior-level research experience and knowledge of research programs in nursing science, or in a biomedical, behavioral, or social science field that is relevant for nursing science. They should be known and respected within their profession, nationally and 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 the demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources and lead a research program involving extensive internal and external collaborations. Nurse scientists are encouraged to apply.

Vaccination Mandate

In accordance with Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to exceptions that may be required by law. If selected, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before your entrance on duty if you are selected after the compliance date. Your HR Consultant will provide a list of documents acceptable as proof of vaccination and instructions for how to submit a request for a legally required exception, if needed, to comply with vaccination requirement.


The Deputy Director, NINR, be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience and NIH salary guidelines. Full Federal benefits will be provided, including retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and savings plan (401(k) equivalent). A recruitment or relocation incentive may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid.

Expanded/Maximum Telework Posture

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

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 on the NIH Ethics Program website. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the selectee 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 education institutions in the United States. We will only accept the competed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). 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 accommodations 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.

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