Director Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Bethesda, Maryland
Jan 08, 2021
Jan 16, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Office of the Director within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This is a career Federal position in the Senior Executive Service. See "Responsibilities" section for a list of the major responsibilities.
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  • The Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), is responsible for advising and consulting with the NIH Director and NIH senior leadership and reports to the NIH Director
  • Advises NIH Leadership on a variety of equal opportunity, civil rights, reasonable accommodation, language access, diversity, inclusion, training, data analytics, and issues impacting the agency's complex and diverse workforce
  • Exercises executive level technical expertise in designing and directing dynamic NIH programs, policies and procedures to promote institutional equity based on rules, regulations, laws and Executive Orders
  • Serves as the primary agency expert in all aspects of the portfolio, provides strategic planning and direction for building a diverse work force, fostering an environment of inclusion grounded in respect for the individual,
  • Offers strategies to enable all NIH employees to develop to their full potential in support of the biomedical research mission
  • Serves as a critical partner to the Director, Office of Human Resources, NIH CIVIL, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, the NIH Ombudsman, and the Institutes, Centers, and OD Offices
  • Chairs and leads trans-NIH EDI policy workgroups, engaging pertinent stakeholders and senior leaders in the NIH community
  • Provides agency expertise in workforce demographic data and EEO complaint data analyses by translating demographic data into meaningful information that drives NIH?s equity and diversity initiatives
  • Serves as the NIH EEO Officer for purposes of compliance with 29 C.F.R. 1614 and the Management Directive 110, which implements those regulations
  • Serves as the Agency expert in the preparation of the mandated Management Directive 715 Report and Plan to be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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.
  • This position requires completion of a public financial disclosure report.


This vacancy requires that the selectee submit a narrative response to the Executive Core Qualifications.

The OD 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. Applicants must meet the requirements for the GS-340 series 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-340 Website under Administrative and Management Positions and demonstrate within 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.

Candidates must possess experience at the senior level (GS-14/15 level or equivalent) in the following job-specific Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). The PTQs measure technical expertise required by this position. It is recommended that the corresponding PTQs are annotated in parenthesis within your five (5) page resume. Separate PTQ narratives will not be accepted or considered .

  • Experience overseeing and leading an equal opportunity, reasonable accommodation, language access, and diversity program for a large organization of national scope.
  • Experience in developing and implementing policies and procedures for a large, complex equal opportunity, reasonable accommodation, and diversity program, which includes training and agency review functions.
  • Skill in communicating complex agency matters in a clear, concise and logical manner to a wide-range of staff and external organizations and consulting with senior staff on an array of EEO, reasonable accommodation and diversity issues.
  • Experience in providing supervision and leadership to staff at all levels in an organization and maintaining effective relationships.
  • Political, Schedule C, Non-career SES Appointee*: In the last five years, based on the closing date of this announcement, have you served or are you currently serving as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee? You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed.

    (If you have this experience, please state this 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 Schedule C appointee occupies a position excepted from the competitive service by the President, or by the Director of OPM, because of the confidential or policy-determining nature of the position duties (5 CFR 213.3301 and 5 CFR213.3302).
    - A Non-career SES appointee is approved by the White House and serves at the pleasure of the appointing official without time limitations (5 CFR 317 Subpart F).

    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) described in the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications .

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


    Additional information

    NIH is located in Bethesda, MD; our campus is adjacent to downtown Bethesda, MD, at the Medical Center Metro station, and close to shops, walking trails, and restaurants.

    Travel and Transportation expenses may be authorized in accordance with applicable Federal Travel Regulations governing the relocation of current Federal employees and new appointees

    A one-year probationary period must be served by the individual selected if not currently or previously in the career Senior Executive Service.

    To promote efficiency in the hiring process, the resume and corresponding responses of successful candidates may be shared with other Institutes/Centers of NIH with similar vacancies. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply directly to the vacancy of interest and not rely on this possibility as a means of securing employment.

    Public Health Service Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps may submit a resume to the email address below.

    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. This position requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

    Financial Suitability: It is the policy of the government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

    Equal Opportunity Employment: Equality is held as one of the most important values here at NIH. Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit. NIH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.

    If you are a hearing impaired individual seeking assistance with the application process, you may contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this announcement by phoning a relay operator at 711. For additional information see Maryland Relay .

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement : Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly: NIH Reasonable Accommodations Website . Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
  • Minimum requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found 'not qualified' if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
  • Rating: A panel of Senior Executives will review your application and evaluate your qualification for this position based on the information in your application. Your application will be rated, based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. Interviews will be at the discretion of the panel and/or selection official.
  • Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selection official for consideration and possible interview.

  • Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Your application, regardless of the format, must describe your job-related qualifications pertinent to this position. The announcement number must be entered on the first page of your application.

    Please submit:
    Five (5) page resume that contains your full name and contact information and addresses the PTQs listed under Qualifications.
    Your resume should not exceed the five (5) page limit, only the first five (5) pages of your resume will be reviewed.

    Separate PTQ narratives will not be accepted or considered. It is recommended that the corresponding PTQs are annotated in parenthesis within your five (5) page resume. Resumes that exceed (5) pages may not be considered.

    Do not include your date of birth or Social Security Number on application materials.

    If you are a current or former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade, and eligibility.

    If you are a current or former SES, you must submit a copy of your SF-50 showing your completion of the SES probationary period.

    If you are an SES Candidate Development Program Candidate and your ECQs have been approved by OPM, please provide certificate/document indicating OPM approval.

    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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