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Director, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health - Bethesda, Maryland


The Position
The National Institutes of Health is seeking a first-rate scientific leader for the position of Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The Director provides leadership and direction to the Institute and advises the NIH Director and Institute and Center (IC) Directors on the development of NIH-wide policy issues related to mental health and related research training and serves as principal liaison with other agencies of the DHHS and the Federal Government. He/she also serves as the lead representative of the Institute to professional societies and the advocacy and community groups, and oversees the implementation of the Institute’s Strategic Plan and management of the daily operations of the Institute. The Director is expected to play a leading role in several initiatives that stretch across multiple ICs and beyond. That includes the Neuroscience Blueprint, the BRAIN initiative, and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The Director sets the research funding priorities for the NIMH, working with the extramural program divisions and offices with grant portfolios, the intramural research division, and the NIMH National Advisory Council to undertake initiatives and support research that leads to the accomplishment of key scientific priorities identified by NIMH. To carry out its mission, the NIMH has a staff of approximately 1,300 employees and an annual budget of approximately $1.4 billion.

Bethesda, Maryland

Required Qualifications
The NIMH 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., or equivalent doctoral degree in the biomedical sciences, with broad senior-level research experience and broad scientific knowledge of brain science, mental health and mental illness. In addition to senior-level research experience, applicants must have extensive experience and knowledge of federal research programs, along with senior-level administrative and interpersonal skills to meet the demands of leading a complex organization. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership in collaborating with different stakeholder groups, including the research community, NIH leadership and staff, patient advocacy organizations, other federal agencies (i.e., SAMHSA, FDA), international funding organizations, legislators, and the public. Applicants must have demonstrated ability in planning and assessing programs, developing plans to resolve operational problems and issues, and managing financial and human resources. Applicants must also have experience serving as a spokesperson; addressing legislators, the press, scientific organizations, and advocacy and community groups. Applicants should be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, and as individuals of outstanding scientific competence.

The Director, NIMH, will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided. This position is subject to public financial disclosure requirements.

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 http// We encourage those interested 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 Accomodation
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.

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.

How To Apply
Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, copy of doctoral degree(s), and the full contact details of three to five references to: Lynnita Spears at (301-402-4077). In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements, a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to 2 pages each). All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized officials of NIH.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY Monday, February 8, 2016, 11:59 P.M., ET


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