Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Center

Washington D.C.
Jul 21, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Executive, Chief
Full Time

Due to current hiring restrictions in place, selections will need DHHS approval before a final offer may be extended.  Updates will be provided to help keep you informed throughout the process. 

Are you a high-performing executive, visionary, skilled strategist, and collaborative relationship builder with an exceptional record of delivering optimal results and measurable outcomes? This may be your opportunity to shine. Are you a senior administrative professional interested in a career with the Nation's premiere biomedical research center?  Do you want to make a difference in this country's healthcare?  Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of work/life flexibilities and a competitive compensation package?

Who we are, what we do, and why it matters. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is looking for dynamic and energetic leaders to join the Senior Executive Service (SES) — a talented team of men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of our government.

The Clinical Center, NIH is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Center.  In addition to overseeing all aspects of the day to day management of the Clinical Center,  the incumbent serves as senior advisor to the CEO, Clinical Center in all matters related to the operation of the Center. 

As part of the SES at NIH, you will be among a group of highly skilled executives, contributing to one of the most important missions in the Federal government:  to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

The Chief Operating Officer also serves as a role model for the institute, demonstrating integrity and fairness, and adhering in work and behavior to the highest ethical and business practice standards.

The Clinical Center has a staff of approximately 1,870 employees with an annual budget of approximately $464 million.

The NIH is the premiere biomedical research center for the Nation and the world.  The NIH is composed of 27 Institutes and Centers and employs approximately 18,000 staff in a vast array of professions, all supporting research efforts for a healthier nation.  For more information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, please visit NIH Overview.  To learn more about working at NIH, visit Life at NIH.

As part of the SES at NIH, you will be among a group of highly skilled executives, contributing to one of the most important missions in the Federal government:  to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

  • Yes
  • A Relocation Incentive may be authorized subject to individual approval.

  • This position requires completion of public financial disclosure report.
  • This vacancy requires that the selectee submit a narrative response to the Executive Core Qualifications. 


    The Clinical Center, NIH seeks candidates who have a commitment to excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization.  All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability.  To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, applicants must meet the requirements for the GS-0670 series (GS-14/15 or equivalent) as defined by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Standards Manual for General Schedule Positions which is available at:  OPM Qualifications Standards GS-0670 Website under Health System Administration Positions and show in your five (5) page resume that you possess the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below.  It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results'


    Your responses to the below PTQs must be incorporated into your five (5) page resume. It is recommended that the corresponding PTQs are annotated in parenthesis. Separate PTQ narratives will not be accepted or considered.

     1. Demonstrated comprehensive experience providing continual, open and effective communication cross-cutting all levels of a healthcare organization to include health care staff, patients, administrators, board of directors, and accrediting and regulatory bodies, research investigators and staff.


    2.  Demonstrated comprehensive and substantial experience in providing senior leadership of health care programs that promotes quality patient care during times of organizational and cultural change in a hospital.

    3.  Experience developing, managing and overseeing the operations of a health care delivery system from a nationwide network including many hospitals to a major subdivision of an individual hospital, particularly in a clinical research setting with a focus on patient safety.

    4.   Political, Schedule C, Non-career SES Appointee*:  In the last five years, based on the  

          closing date of this announcement, have you been or are you currently an employee in the Executive

          Branch serving on a political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointment?  If yes, and you are selected

          through this vacancy announcement, you may be required to obtain approval by the Office of Personnel

         Management (OPM) prior to beginning employment.  (If you have this experience, please include

          within your 5-page resume)

    *A political appointee is an appointment made by the President without confirmation by the Senate (5 CFR 213.3102(c)) OR an Assistant position to a top-level Federal official if filled by a person designated by the President as a White House Fellow (5 CFR 213.3102(z)).  A Non-career SES appointee is approved by the White House and serves at the pleasure of the appointing official without time limitations. A Schedule C appointee occupies a position excepted from the competitive service by the President, or by the Director, OPM, because of the confidential or policy-determining nature of the position duties.

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) (Mandatory for Selectee):

    If selected, you MUST submit a narrative statement in response to each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below.

    It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and how to write your ECQs.


    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    Responsibilities include oversight and day-to-day management of all Clinical Center operations in alignment with the strategic goals and direction provided by the CEO, the Clinical Center Governing Board, and the Clinical Center Hospital Research Board.
    This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity to serve as a key member of the Clinical Center leadership team and be the primary advisor to the Clinical Center Chief Executive Officer and the senior managers of the Clinical Center on all operational aspects of the Clinical Center.
    The Chief Operating Officer develops strategies in the areas of stewardship of resources, service excellence, and reorganization to achieve operational excellence in the areas of patient safety, clinical quality, and administrative efficiency.
    Manages, supports, and provides interdisciplinary leadership in clinical, scientific, and administrative forums in advancing the Clinical Center toward high reliability in healthcare.
    He/she provides guidance to senior program and scientific staff on human and financial resource utilization, administrative management, infrastructure and human capital issues to support and advance the achievement of the Clinical Center's mission.
    Ensures that the Clinical Center complies with local, state and federal laws and regulations as they apply to operations of the Clinical Center.
    The Chief Operating Officer builds organization capability through the development and implementation of effective hiring and development strategies and continuously strives to incorporate new ideas and information into Clinical Center policies and procedures. 
    He/she is skilled at presenting ideas and innovative solutions, taking into account input and opinions from key stakeholders.

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