Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Activities (NINDS)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Activities. The Division of Extramural Activities functions as an umbrella organization, coordinating both the scientific and administrative activities of the Institute’s extramural program and overseeing the process of awarding an extramural budget of approximately $1.7 billion/year. The extramural program spans the full extent of basic, translational and clinical neuroscience. The Deputy Director works with the Associate Director, Division of Extramural Activities and with the NINDS Director to develop and oversee scientific programs and policies. These programs are implemented through a broad range of grants, cooperative agreements and contracts. S/he will be responsible for programs implemented by the Division of Extramural Activities and for coordinating its activities with the other NINDS extramural scientific Divisions – the Division of Translational Research and the Division of Clinical Research.  The Deputy Director also oversees the NINDS Office of Training and Workforce Development and Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity.  The Deputy Director will report to the Associate Director, Division of Extramural Activities.  Together with the Associate Director, s/he will oversee approximately 75 professional staff. Information about NINDS can be found at

Location: Bethesda, Maryland 

Qualifications: This individual should have expertise as a neuroscientist (Ph.D. or M.D. level) and extensive experience as an extramural executive such as a research administrator.  S/he should have demonstrated leadership ability and organizational skills and the ability to collaborate with researchers and other stakeholders in the neuroscience community. S/he should have experience in developing and setting strategic priorities, communicating and promoting scientific policies, managing human and financial resources and budgetary planning.  The applicant should be known and respected within the neuroscience community.

Salary/Benefits: The Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Activities will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. The position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment and a full package of federal benefits will be provided including leave, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent).

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 should electronically submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, full contact details for three (3) references, and prepare two (2) statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit each statement to two pages) to Joanne Pomponio Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2019 and applications will continue to be accepted and considered until the position is filled. You may contact Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S., Search Committee Chair, with questions and for more information about this vacancy at or 301-402-1660.


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