Administrative Training Committee (ATC)
The ATC’s primary responsibility is to oversee the NIH Management Intern (MI) Program and the NIH Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program, fostering an atmosphere that supports the selection, development, mentoring, and placement of interns and fellows. The ATC is led by a Chair, Vice-Chair, and Past-Chair. Together with a representative of the Office of Human Resources Director, they compose the ATC Steering Committee. ATC membership also includes the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Past-Chair from the MI and PMF Subcommittees. The ATC develops policy/guidance for the programs, and members collaborate with the Office of Human Resources on the programs’ design, administrative supervision and management, and decision-making. Other functions include the recruitment, selection, and mentoring of the interns/fellows.
ATC Steering Committee
(L-R) Kristen Dunn-Thomason (Director, OHR/WSDD), Vicki Buckley (ATC Chair), Keith Lamirande (ATC Vice-Chair), Ellen Rolfes (ATC Past-Chair)
Welcome Message from the ATC Chair
Greetings and welcome to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Administrative Training Committee’s (ATC) web site!
The ATC is the advisory body that oversees NIH’s Management Intern (MI) and Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) programs. NIH is the largest source of public funding for biomedical research in the world, investing taxpayer dollars to achieve its mission to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. Through the ATC’s activities, initiatives, and programs, we seek to recruit and hire the best talent; to train and motivate employees to achieve their greatest potential; and to constantly promote an inclusive and diverse work force.
As valued partners with scientific staff, we foster a performance-driven culture and cultivate a highly-motivated, world-class administrative workforce. NIH is committed to having an outstanding workforce that feels valued and is committed to its mission. We have set our sights on making NIH America's model employer for the 21st century. The mission of the ATC is to invest in the NIH administrative staff and develop a highly skilled and diverse workforce of management leaders who will support and expand NIH's world class research programs.
Participants in our internship and fellows programs are given a special opportunity to truly understand how we provide great customer service and improved administrative programs at NIH, through rotation assignments in scientific, administration, and program management; skill-building and leadership seminars; and mentoring by senior leaders. Through these experiences, graduates of our programs gain valuable experience, build important networks, and develop unique perspectives at NIH that helps them advance in their careers.
We are excited about the ATC goals and activities planned for 2020 and hope that you will take this opportunity to explore NIH’s Management Intern and Presidential Management Fellows programs. In an era of transparency and continuous improvement, we are always interested in hearing from you about our programs. If you have suggestions or questions, please drop me an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair, Administrative Training Committee (2020)
Executive Officer, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
See the ATC Annual Report.
There is a corresponding subcommittee for each of the intern/fellow programs. The subcommittee structure includes a Chair, Vice-Chair, and Past-Chair. Additionally, there are several members from the NIH Institutes/Centers, recent graduates of the PMF/MI programs who serve as Externs, and a Program Manager.
Management Intern Subcommittee
The MI Program is the NIH’s longest-running intern program that is exclusively for current NIH federal employees. Established in 1957, there are over 400 interns that have graduated from this program. The program offers highly motivated NIH employees an opportunity to explore different administrative fields.
MI Program Manager
Presidential Management Fellows Subcommittee
NIH has been hiring At-Large and Designated PMFs since 1985 to meet its long-term succession planning needs. The PMF program provides a broad range of positions in administrative and program areas to high-potential aspiring leaders who have recently finished their degree in higher education.
PMF Program Manager
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
ATC Executive Secretary
ATC Roster, 2019-2020
Vicki Buckley, Chair, Executive Officer, NIAAA
- Keith Lamirande, Vice-Chair, Executive Officer, NCATS
- Ellen Rolfes, Past-Chair, Executive Officer, NHGRI
Kristen Dunn-Thomason, Director, Workforce Support and Development Division (WSDD), Office of Human Resources (OHR)
- Lisa Portnoy, MI Subcommittee Chair, Deputy Executive Officer, NIDCD
- Kelly Lawhead, MI Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Chief, Internal Communications Branch, NCI
- Randy Redmond, MI Subcommittee Past-Chair, Deputy Executive Officer, NCATS
- Scott Jackson, PMF Subcommittee Chair, Associate Director of Management, Evaluation, and Communications, OD/OSC
- Melanie Reagan, PMF Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Deputy Executive Officer, NEI
- Anita Linde, PMF Subcommittee Past-Chair, Director, Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications, NIAMS
- Danny Dickerson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Elena Juris, Director, NIH Training Center, WSDD, OHR