Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Research (DER)

Job Summary

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Research (DER). The National Institute on Drug Abuse is committed to advancing the science on drug use and addiction and applying that knowledge to improve individual and public health. DER provides scientific management and oversight on the development, implementation, and coordination of NIDA’s extramural initiatives, policies, reviews, and operations planning. The Division provides initial scientific merit review of research grants for NIDA; provides the Institute's program divisions with grants management; coordinates and manages the Institute's advisory committees and workgroups; leads the implementation of extramural policy at the Institute; oversees receipt and referral for the Institute; leads and coordinates the development of funding opportunities for scientific initiatives; leads the coordinating committee for the Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH; and oversees committee management services in support of the Institute. DER represents NIDA on NIH extramural and collaborative program policy committees and coordinates such policies within the Institute. Further, the Division develops and provides extramural policy staff training for scientific staff and enhances communication across the Institute regarding standardized approaches, policies, methods, and procedures.

As a recognized national leader and expert in the fields of public health, clinical research and clinical trials, addiction science and related health policy, and strategic management, the DER Deputy Director co-leads and coordinates extramural policy and scientific activities for the NIDA Extramural Program. More specifically, the DER Deputy Director advises the DER Director and NIDA senior leadership including the NIDA Director and Deputy Director on the development and implementation of scientific initiatives, programs, and policies. These include a broad range of grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.  The Deputy Director provides NIDA-wide policy leadership, guidance, and education to NIDA staff on extramural activities and policies.  Additionally, this position assists and serves as alternate supervisor for the DER Director to oversee approximately 65 staff supporting various efforts across the division while directly supervising 3 employees.

As NIDA’s Senior Advisor on CTS, the DER Deputy Director leads the implementation of NIH clinical trials stewardship policies across NIDA’s three extramural divisions, provides Institute-wide coordination of oversight for nearly 1000 NIDA-funded clinical trials totaling over $1B, and provides strategic guidance and recommendations to NIDA’s extramural program staff about clinical trial policies and best practices.  To carry out these responsibilities, the DER Deputy Director collaborates extensively with NIDA’s extramural Division Directors and their program scientists, the NIH OER Division of Human Subjects Research, as well as the NIDA Office of Management, which oversees systems development and implementation to support CTS across the Institute.  The DER Deputy Director also serves as a liaison between NIDA and other NIH Institutes’/Centers’ staff responsible for CTS oversight and implementation.

Required Qualifications

The National Institute on Drug Abuse seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization.  Applicants must possess an M.D., and/or Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in health or allied sciences relevant to the position from an accredited educational institution.  This position requires expertise in all aspects of extramural policy under the purview of DER. The position also requires expertise in the areas of human research protection, data and safety monitoring, clinical trial operations, recruitment monitoring, and good clinical practice/protocol compliance monitoring.  Candidates should have demonstrated effective leadership abilities, excellent communication skills with the ability to serve as a spokesperson for the Institute, and strong program and project management skills for of the planning, executing, and assessing of complex, multifaceted extramural programs and initiatives. Experience is also required in the resolution of operational issues and the ability to manage financial and human resources. A track-record of industry/academic excellence and outstanding scientific contributions to extramural research is expected. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with their qualifications. A recruitment or relocation incentive may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid.  Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance,  retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.  

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


Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

The NIH 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 and be approved by the NIH Ethics Office.

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 at The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.