Deputy Director, Office of Strategic Coordination

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

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director, Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC).  This is an exciting opportunity to lead innovative and transformative research supported through the NIH Common Fund (CF), a fund of approximately $650 million that supports strategic scientific programs of high priority for the NIH as a whole. This highly collaborative work requires extensive coordination with Institute and Center (IC) Directors and their senior staff in Program, Grants Management, and Other Transaction Management. 

As Deputy Director, you will participate in all aspects of OSC activities, with emphasis on program development and implementation. You will lead efforts to (1) work with IC Directors and their Senior Staff, Advisory Councils, and the external community to identify emerging opportunities and challenges in biomedical/behavioral research that would benefit from CF support; (2) plan, implement, and evaluate high impact programs that foster transformational discoveries and/or that establish transformative technologies; (3) establish data resources that make data from CF programs Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR); (4) plan, implement, and evaluate programs that are intended to transform the clinical and behavioral research enterprise and to test new models of workforce support; (5) establish and maintain relationships with professional societies, IC colleagues, and other stakeholders to ensure that their perspectives inform CF programs; (6) establish policies and practices for the use of Other Transaction (OT) Awards and oversee OT awards in pursuit of programmatic objectives for CF and other OD programs; (7) oversee a staff of approximately 30 federal employees who lead CF programs and administer OT awards. 

In this position, you will also represent the Director, OSC, in high-level meetings and help establish strategic relationships with senior leaders at the NIH, DHHS, other Federal agencies, academia, scientific and professional societies, foundations, private industry, and foreign research agencies. You will advise the Director, OSC, and the Director, DPCPSI, and provide executive and managerial leadership for CF programs.  You will work closely with OSC staff and delegate wide responsibility for day-to-day management of the OSC. Your work will be trans-NIH in nature, including but not limited to strategic initiative planning and development; progress reviews and assessment of success in achieving initiative goals; extramural policy implementation; and evaluation of models and approaches to determine their future use in CF programs. In this work, you will spearhead the development of workshops or conferences to seek input from the extramural or intramural researchers, integrate that information, and develop scientific priorities and goals for OSC programs and for the coordination of OSC programs with those of the ICs.

As Deputy Director, you will present at domestic and international meetings, conferences, and symposia to inform the scientific and general public about NIH Common Fund research priorities, programs, and opportunities. You will foster partnerships and collaborations across the NIH, including with Intramural Divisions, to optimize the programs supported by the CF.  You will work with ICs to provide support for their effort in managing CF programs, including working with Budget and Communications groups across the ICs. You will maintain current knowledge of NIH extramural policies, represent CF programs in trans-NIH policy discussions, and ensure that CF programs adhere to all NIH policies.

In this position, you will lead OSC efforts to further the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to build and support diversity within the Office and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employee practices with regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.  You will exercise leadership to ensure that all CF programs reflect the principles of workforce diversity in management and operation in such areas as recruitment and staffing, employee development, staff assignments, and communications.

Required Qualifications

NIH seeks candidates with strong communication and teamwork skills, who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to be part of the leadership team of a dynamic and diverse organization.  Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D., or comparable doctorate degree in a field of health science plus senior-level research experience and outstanding knowledge of large, collaborative research programs within biomedical/behavioral research.  They should be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as individuals who have led research that aims to deliver research resources, data, technology, or methods to broad user communities. They must have a distinguished record of research accomplishments and leadership credentials and must be familiar with NIH processes.  Applicants must also have demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing, and analyzing program objectives and priorities.  They should have the demonstrated leadership and ability to engage others to create and execute an organization’s vision; to navigate successfully within and collaborate across the public sector to achieve research objectives; and to optimize organizational performance by developing strategic priorities, setting and communicating clearly defined expectations, promoting accountability for results, and resolving operational problems and issues.  Candidates should have demonstrated management acumen; proven ability to make complex and strategic decisions to optimize resource usage, mitigate risks, and achieve desired results; and, the ability to build, mentor, motivate, and maintain a culturally diverse biomedical research workforce.

Vaccination Mandate

As a condition of employment, all federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. During the onboarding process, if selected, you must provide proof of vaccination. An official job offer and continued employment is contingent on this requirement. For more information on this requirement, visit the Safer Federal Workforce page on vaccines. If you need a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit


The Deputy Director, Office of Strategic Coordination, will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience, and a full Federal benefits package is available including: leave, health and life insurance, retirement, long term care insurance, and savings plan (401K equivalent).

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, 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

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 applicants to review this information.  The position requires the incumbent to complete a confidential 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 National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website.  Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

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

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