Director, National Institute of Nursing Research

Director, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

THE POSITION:  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, the world’s premiere biomedical research institution, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates for the exciting position of Director, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). The NINR Director serves as a member of NIH’s senior leadership and advances initiatives to enhance NINR’s broad participation in interprofessional collaborations within NIH.  NINR’s mission is to promote and improve the health and quality of life of individuals, families and communities.  NINR supports and conducts clinical, basic, and translational research that spans and integrates the behavioral and biological sciences, developing the scientific basis for evidence based clinical practice. NINR strives to invest in research that will: build the scientific foundation for clinical practice; prevent disease and disability; manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness; and enhance end-of-life and palliative care.

NINR’s research currently focuses on six key areas that support improvements in health and quality of life: Symptom Science promoting personalized health strategies; Wellness through culturally tailored interventions to address external influences on health and illness; Self-Management through encouragement of greater patient and caregiver involvement in active chronic condition management; End-of-Life and Palliative Care by providing tools and strategies for palliative care and end-of-life decision-making; Promoting Innovation by encouraging the novel use of technologies to improve personalized care; and Developing 21st Century Nurse Scientists by offering a variety of training and professional development opportunities to promote an innovative, multidisciplinary and diverse nursing science workforce. The NINR Director appraises the impact of the NINR research portfolio and sets the research funding priorities for the Institute, working with the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, the extramural research community, the extramural program divisions and offices with grant portfolios, and the division of intramural research, to undertake initiatives and support research that leads to the accomplishment of targeted scientific priorities. To support its mission, NINR has an annual budget of approximately $160 million and a staff of approximately 96 FTEs. 

LOCATION:  Bethesda, MD 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  NIH seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the vision, energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. Possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent research doctoral degree in nursing science, omics disciplines, or other relevant biological and/or behavioral science, health services, or social science disciplines is required. Applicants must have demonstrated achievement in areas of research germane to nursing.   In addition, applicants must have experience and demonstrated ability in the administration and management of a major research program or academic enterprise. Preference will be given to candidates with proven expertise in multidisciplinary research programs. Applications are encouraged from talented individuals across the career trajectory, from mid-career and senior level.

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

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.

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  We encourage applicants 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.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, copy of degree, and bibliography.  In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to two pages each).  Send application package to Mariela Light at by the below closing date.  Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute.