Clinical Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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Job Summary

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), seeks to identify an outstanding Clinical Director to plan and lead NICHD’s clinical research activities. The NICHD’s current research emphasis includes: basic biology of reproductive health, multiple approaches to developmental biology with concentrations in cell biology, animal models, and genetics; clinical trials in and clinical studies of developmental disorders; studies of healthy human development; developmental endocrinology; neurosciences; translational imaging; and population health research. The NICHD Clinical Director reports to the Director, NICHD, and coordinates activities with the Scientific Director, NICHD.  The incumbent leads a clinical research program directed toward developing a greater understanding of the biological, medical, reproductive, and behavioral aspects of normal and atypical human development. The Clinical Director fosters and develops clinical research projects that address problems related to human health and disease, particularly involving pediatrics and women’s health.  The role of the Clinical Director encompasses responsibility and oversight for the delivery of quality and safe patient care in the context of NICHD’s clinical research programs and services. The position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for an extremely capable individual to plan and oversee NICHD’s clinical research programs.  The Clinical Director guides and oversees the Institute’s clinical research portfolio, clinical trials, and drug and device development efforts both internally and through research agreements with leading institutions around the country to advance clinical research.  The Clinical Director evaluates research efforts and establishes program priorities, allocates resources, directs the training of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows, collaborates with other NIH programs, and advises the NICHD Director and senior staff on clinical research programs and on areas of scientific interest to the Institute.  The incumbent plays a key role in creating and maintaining a nurturing clinical research environment that encourages creativity, collaboration among scientists from different disciplines, effective training of post-doctoral fellows and trainees, and efficient utilization of resources.  The Office of the Clinical Director has a staff of 38 professional and support employees, and a current annual budget in excess of $5.7 million.  The Clinical Director manages some 65 active clinical protocols, through 26 NICHD Principal Investigators and 66 Associate Investigators.  Opportunities exist to work with other Institutes and Centers in NIH to advance the science of NICHD, to build collaborations with outside academic partners for research and training purposes, and to partner with industry through technology transfer or cooperative research and development agreements.  The Clinical Director is expected to lead his/her own high-quality research program.  Resources commensurate with the vision of the proposed program will be provided.  Information on the NICHD may be found at:

Required Qualifications

Applicants must possess an M.D., or equivalent degree, and have demonstrated scientific leadership and/or senior-level research experience in a clinical research program of national and international standing in an area relevant to maternal and child health or human development.  The successful candidate will have a compelling vision for the future of the field, proven experience in managing and directing a clinical research program, and well-honed administrative and interpersonal skills.  The NICHD seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to maintain the Institute’s clinical research efforts at the forefront of science.  Preference will be given to those known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as distinguished individuals of outstanding scientific competence and those who possess a record of achievement as a senior scientific administrator/executive leader.  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 clinical research program involving extensive internal and external collaboration.

Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Employees providing healthcare or services in support of healthcare (Healthcare Workforce) may be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because they are expected to perform duties that put them in contact or potential contact with patients. We may request COVID-19 vaccination, and other vaccination documentation from Healthcare Workforce personnel at any point during the onboarding process or at any time during your employment with NIH.


Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.  A full package of Federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).  A recruitment and/or relocation incentive may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid.

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 at the NIH Ethics Website. 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 United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the 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.

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