Deputy Director, CSR

THE POSITION.  The Center for Scientific Review (CSR), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the challenging position of Deputy Director.  The CSR, with approximately 420 federal employees and an annual budget of approximately $138 million, is the focal point at the NIH for peer review of research grants, fellowship applications and assignment of NIH grant applications to CSR or the appropriate Institutes or Centers for funding consideration and scientific review. CSR provides staff support to the Office of the Director, NIH, for the formulation of grant and award policies and procedures.  CSR assists other NIH components in providing information about the NIH peer review systems and the research grant and fellowship application procedures to the scientific community, Congress, other NIH staff, and the general public. The primary goal is to identify the most promising research based on fair, independent, expert, and timely reviews, free from inappropriate influences. The Deputy Director is a vital part of the leadership team, serving as the second-in-command for the CSR.

Specifically, the Deputy Director serves as a principal advisor to the Director, CSR, and participates in discussions for the development of major policy decisions affecting the research grant and review programs; provides advice and consultation to NIH components, advisory councils, and grantee institutions; augments searches for the most qualified and representative individuals to serve as members of initial review groups; and ensures effective administrative procedures are established so that program operations and obligations of government funds and other resources are rendered consistent with statutory and regulatory requirements and within limitations imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Executive Branch policies.  The Deputy Director acts for the Director as requested, and he/she must be a team player who can interact successfully with all levels of the Center’s staff. The Deputy Director also works closely with the CSR Advisory Council and the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research to assess broad policy issues related to the scientific review of research grants, ensuring smooth interface between program goals of  NIH’s Institutes and Centers and CSR’s review policies and procedures.

He/she serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Center, communicating the CSR’s position and incorporating the views/needs of key stakeholders into the Center’s 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 leads people and manages financial resources with integrity and fairness, while maintaining the Center’s policies and priorities.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a leader to execute and manage the daily operations in support of the CSR 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 CSR’s mission and objectives. 

LOCATION:        Bethesda, MD 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral-level degree, and have senior-level research experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more health science areas.  They must also have familiarity with scientific grant funding and peer review. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership and broad vision in the grant arena involving dealings with outside groups; serving as spokesperson; planning, program assessment, and analysis of program objectives; resolution of operational problems and issues. 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 the demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources, including building, motivating, and maintaining a culturally diverse staff and to lead a research program involving extensive internal and external collaboration.

SALARY/BENEFITS:  The Deputy Director, Center for Scientific Review will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.  Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

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.

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 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.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography (if not included in your curriculum vitae), and a photocopy of their doctoral degree.  In addition, applicants are asked to prepare a supplemental narrative statement (no more than three pages) that addresses the required qualifications and interest in the position).  Completed application packages must be submitted to: Mr. William Hennings at, and for questions 301-402-7227.  All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized officials of NIH.