Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Nursing Research
Director, Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP)
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is seeking
applications from outstanding nurse scientist candidates for the
position of Director of the Division of Extramural Science Programs
(DESP) to provide visionary leadership for nursing research.
Located in Bethesda, Maryland, NINR uses nursing’s holistic
perspective to advance research that improves individual and
population health and promotes health equity by identifying nursing
practice and policy solutions across clinical and community
settings that are responsive to people’s lives and living
conditions. NINR is moving in exciting new directions, and the DESP
Director will play a central role in shaping these developments.
The DESP Director is a key member of the NINR senior leadership
team and reports directly to the NINR Director.
The DESP Director guides the direction of nursing science
through new research initiatives and managing research grant,
cooperative agreement, and training programs that support the
mission of NINR. The DESP Director works closely with the NINR
Director in shaping the direction of the Institute as a whole
through strategic planning, priority setting, and coordination of
resources to implement these plans and priorities. This position
offers a unique leadership opportunity for an exceptional nurse
scientist to have a national impact, serving as the NINR's
authoritative source on extramural scientific programs;
management of extramural research funding; management of the
business and non-programmatic areas of grants administration;
coordination and oversight of business-related activities
associated with the negotiation, award, and administration of
grants and cooperative agreements within NINR; and planning and
execution of initial scientific and technical reviews conducted
within the NINR.
The DESP Director has the authority to address and respond to
issues that affect the development, implementation, management, and
review of NINR's extramural scientific programs and activities,
while successfully directing the DESP. The DESP Director has the
opportunity to work collaboratively across the NIH, with other
federal agencies, the National Advisory Council for Nursing
Research, and with key stakeholders and organizations to further
the Institute's mission and priorities. The DESP Director
represents the NINR's extramural program to the nursing science
We are looking for applicants with a commitment to scientific
excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking
necessary to lead within a dynamic and diverse organization.
LOCATION: Bethesda, Maryland
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants
should be a nurse with a Ph.D. in a relevant field, be a strong
scientist who has a proven track record in research to improve
health outcomes and address health disparities, and demonstrate a
passion for research that integrates health determinants at
multiple levels, from the molecular to the macro, and informs
nursing practice and policy change. Applicants should have
leadership experience and well-honed administrative skills.
Applicants should be a strong communicator with the ability to work
collaboratively to solve problems and make informed decisions. A
diverse pool of applicants is sought, so qualified individuals from
all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
SALARY/BENEFITS: The DESP Director will be
appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her/their
qualifications and experience. Full federal benefits, including
leave, health and life insurance, long term care insurance,
retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.
The NIH inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining
high ethical principles. A recruitment and/or relocation
incentive may be available; relocation expenses may be paid.
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
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 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
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
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.
HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must submit a
2-page statement addressing qualifications and interest in the
position; 1-page statement of vision for the position; curriculum
vita; and full contact information for five references. A
description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those
involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that
are underrepresented in biomedical research, should be included in
the statement or curriculum vita.
You may contact Dr. Gwen Collman with questions and for more
information about this vacancy at: email@example.com.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
PLEASE REMIT TO: Dr. Gwen Collman, PhD,
DESP Search Committee Chair at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR BIRTH DATE OR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (SSN)
ON APPLICATION MATERIALS
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