Associate Director for Management

This is a career federal position in the Senior Executive Service (SES). 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.

NIDCR seeks candidates who have a commitment to managerial excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead within 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.

Duties and Responsibilities

Listed below are some of the areas that an NIH Executive Officer (EO) may oversee:

  • The EO may be responsible for services and resources related to administrative management, financial management, personnel management, management analysis, information systems management, procurement, and contracting of the institute.
  • The EO may be responsible for areas of management responsibilities, including grants management; contracts management; key aspects of budget formulation and execution; human capital management, and workforce planning of the institute.
  • The EO may be responsible for management analysis; financial data and statistics; office automation, automated data processing, management information systems; technology transfer and other areas related to the general administration of the institute.
  • The EO serves as a senior advisor to the Institute and Center (IC) Director for all management issues, including administrative management, FTEs, budget execution, etc.
  • The EO serves as a key member of the senior leadership team with the institute Director, Deputy Director, Scientific Director, and Clinical Director in planning, developing, formulating, and administering the policies, procedures, rules, and regulations governing the institute’s programs.
  • The EO represents the institute in conferences with top scientific and operational officials of NIH and its components on matters affecting the entire NIH.


Basic Qualifications

Executive Officers at NIH provide leadership and direction in the development of sound business management strategies and the execution of good business management practices across their institute. Applicants must meet the requirements for the GS-341 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-341 Website and demonstrate 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.

Candidates must possess experience at the senior level (GS-14/15 level or equivalent) in the following job-specific (PTQs). The PTQs measure the technical expertise required by this position and must be addressed within your five-page resume. It is recommended that corresponding PTQs be annotated in parenthesis within your five (5) page resume.

Professional/Technical Qualifications (Mandatory)

  • Demonstrated experience advising Senior Leadership in the following areas and applying knowledge of management/leadership principles, practices, methods, and techniques to solve broad, complex problems, administer public programs, lead change, and develop innovative solutions for issues in a variety of management programs including but not limited to human capital management, information technology, budget and financial management, contracts, management analysis, and space planning.
  • Experience in strategic planning for human capital resources to include directing and developing a subordinate diverse staff, designing human resource strategies to meet the organization’s mission, strategic vision, and goals, and to achieve maximum potential of employees in a fair manner.
  • Knowledge of best practices to maximize the efficiency of operations and ensure coordinated, streamlined, and result-oriented management.
  • Senior-level experience which demonstrates a commitment to building strong working relationships that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

Executive Core Qualifications (Mandatory for Selectee)

If selected, you must submit a narrative statement in response to each of the; Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) described in this link: Senior Executive Service - Executive
Core 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.

To Apply

Candidates must apply through the USA Jobs website. The posting will close February 28, 2024. Applications must be received electronically by the closing date (11:59 p.m. ET).

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.

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, by emailing: Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Last Reviewed
February 2024