Director, Division of Extramural Activities

Montgomery County, Maryland
Sep 17, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


The National Eye Institute (NEI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the Director, Division of Extramural Activities. The ideal candidate will have considerable research experience and will possess a broad spectrum of scientific knowledge related to the NEI mission.
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The Director, Division of Extramural Activities is responsible for the scientific and administrative management of the Division of Extramural Activities and serves as the principal advisor on research administration policies including peer review, grants management and administrative management of the Division. Specifically, the Director, Division of Extramural Activities is responsible for overseeing several distinct but related functions involving the extramural operations and having full managerial and executive responsibility for the following activities: providing leadership and advice on extramural research grant, contract, and training program operations and policies within NEI; oversight of grants management activities and implementation of grants policies; providing guidance at the interface of grants management and the NEI Budget Office; oversight and direction for the peer review of research applications, training applications and contract proposals; represent NEI on extramural research administration and policy committees both within and external to NIH and HHS; executive and managerial oversight of policy development for extramural research grant and contract review and management procedures; overall management of the operations of the National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC) and serving as its executive secretariat; and managing the resources for the Division of Extramural Activities, including financial and personnel needs.

The Director, DEA will have responsibility for the development, implementation and dissemination of extramural review and grants management policies and procedures both internal and external to the NEI. The incumbent serves as an authoritative source on NEI extramural research peer review regulations, and grants management policies, and maintains awareness of new developments in research administration through interactions at professional conferences. Information about the Division is available at: .

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Position requires Education


Candidates must have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in a field relevant to the position.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education .

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • This position is designated as a " non-emergency/teleworker " position and the selected candidate will be considered a " non-emergency/teleworker " employee. In the event of a closure, you must be available to telework or request leave.
  • At the supervisor's discretion, this position may offer work schedule flexibilities : telework.
  • If selected, you will be required to file an Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278e and OGE-278-T) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. This report is required prior to employment and on a periodic basis during employment. For information, visit the NIH Ethics website: .
  • Because this position will be filled through 42 U.S.C. § 209(g), NIH reserves the right to fill this position through any means to find the best candidate. We reserve the right to close or extend this announcement without notice and to advertise using any means necessary.
  • The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
  • The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

This position will be filled through 42 U.S.C. § 209(g). Title 5 or civil service hiring laws or regulations do not apply to this position. Public notice, formal rating and ranking, veterans preference, and all other Title 5 hiring procedures do not apply.

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.

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To receive consideration, applicants must submit the following:
  • CV with bibliography
  • Full contact details for three references
  • Two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to two pages each)
Do not include a photograph or video of yourself or any sensitive information (age, date of birth, marital status, protected health information, religious affiliation, social security number, etc.) on your resume or cover letter. We will not access web pages linked on your resume or cover letter to determine your qualifications.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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