Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Activities

This announcement has been amended to add the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to the conditions of employment.

This position is subject to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a condition of employment.

Job Summary

This position is located within the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The Division provides leadership and advice in (1) developing, implementing, and coordinating extramural programs and policies; (2) represents the Institute on extramural program and policy issues within the Department and with outside organizations; (3) provides scientific and technical peer and objective review of applications for grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts; (4) leads Grants Management activities including the administration and payment of grants and cooperative agreements, interprets higher-level policies and procedures, advising Institute staff of effect and implementation; (5) provides information and guidelines for grant applications; and (6) oversees National Advisory Mental Health Council activities and provides committee management services.

As the Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Activities, the incumbent has the responsibility for assisting the Director in the scientific and administrative management of the Division; assumes full responsibility for management of the Division in the absence of the Director; in conjunction with the Director determines policy, establishes priorities, and originates and approves plans for the conduct of the Division's extramural programs. The Deputy Director has major responsibility for developing and implementing extramural procedures and policies for national programs and for the peer and technical review of applications and proposals for support. The Deputy Director is also responsible for the management and overseeing the proper issuance of Notices of Grant Award for the lnstitute's entire grant portfolio.

The major duties of this role include: continuous review and management of the lnstitute's grants program; serves as the the Institute liaison and representative with the Office of Scientific Integrity, NIH, for issues relating to misconduct-in-science on the part of Institute grantees, contractors, or staff; coordination with the extramural program divisions in terms of policy and procedural issues and oversees the implementation of efficient systems and IT solutions to allow effective implementation of policies and procedures; and provides professional guidance and leadership to Branch Chiefs and shares responsibility for the overall direction of the staff to attain the most effective and efficient operation of the Division. The responsibilities of this position have a direct effect on the direction and conduct of major national programs. The Deputy Division Director delegates wide responsibility for day-to-day management of the Division and for policy decisions.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited college university. This position requires working both independently and collaboratively. Strong organizational, oral, written and communication skills are also required. Salary will 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 Saving Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

Vaccination Mandate

In accordance with Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to exceptions that may be required by law. If selected, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before your entrance on duty if you are selected after the compliance date. Your HR Consultant will provide a list of documents acceptable as proof of vaccination and instructions for how to submit a request for a legally required exception, if needed, to comply with vaccination requirement.


Expanded/Maximum Telework Posture

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture.  If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice to do so, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy.

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