Director Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Bethesda, Maryland
Jan 16, 2022
Jan 19, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

  • 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 directly to the NIH Director
  • Advises and consults with 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, the incumbent provides strategic planning and direction for building a diverse work force, fostering an environment of inclusion grounded in respect for the individual
  • As the primary agency expert in all aspects of the portfolio, the incumbent offers strategies to enable all NIH employees to develop to their full potential in support of the biomedical research mission
  • Provides executive leadership and strategic direction on diversity and inclusion issues
  • Serves as a critical partner to the Director of the Office of Human Resources (OHR), NIH CIVIL, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD), 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


Conditions of Employment

  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • This position requires completion of a public financial disclosure report.
  • This position is subject to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.


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

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.

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.

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 .
  • 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 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. (Please confirm whether or not you have this experience 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.

    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.

    Public Health Service Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps may submit an application package 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.

    Selective Service: As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

    Veteran's Preference: Does not apply to the SES.