Associate Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Associate Director for the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA).

The DEA maintains an overview of the scientific and financial status of the Institute's programs to produce effective advice to the Director in the planning, development, and scientific administration of the Institute’s program areas. In addition, the DEA oversees the Grants Administration Branch (GAB), which develops guidelines, procedures, and internal controls to ensure proper and continuing implementation of NIGMS, NIH, and DHHS policies; is responsible for the business management of the Institute's grant programs including negotiation of awards; processes all documentation necessary for administration of the Institute’s grant programs; and prepares and distributes grant-related materials required by the NIGMS Advisory Council With about 40 grants management specialists on its staff, it is the single largest component within the Institute.

The Associate Director reports directly to the NIGMS Director and is a member of the senior leadership team. This position offers important opportunities to set scientific priorities, lead change and improve the research enterprise.

LOCATION: Bethesda, MD

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in a field relevant to the position.  The ideal candidate will have considerable research and/or research administration experience and knowledge related to the NIGMS mission.  In addition, candidates should possess recognized research management and leadership abilities. The position will be filled under a Title 42 (f) excepted service appointment. 

SALARY/BENEFITS:  Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.  A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. 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). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and financial disclosure requirements. 

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 ACCOMODATION:  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, copy of degree, and full contact details for three references.  In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit the statements to two pages each).  NIGMS will be accepting applications from Monday, May 20, 2019 and plans to have the position open for at least 45 days, but the application process will not close until a candidate has been selected.

Please send your application package to You may contact Audrey Clarke with questions about this vacancy at

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