Director, Division of Extramural Activities

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Position Description

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services, seeks an outstanding scientist to lead its Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) located at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  The NIDCR is committed to finding a leader who will serve as a catalyst in promoting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive work environment that is reflective of all segments of society that the NIH serves.

The Director, DEA:

  • Provides leadership and advice in developing, implementing, and coordinating the Institute’s extramural programs and policies.  
  • Serves as a senior advisor to the NIDCR Director and other Institute officials on issues related to policies and procedures for extramural affairs and represents the Institute on extramural program and policy issues within the NIH, the Department and with outside organizations.  
  • Oversees the initial scientific review of applications assigned to the Institute, including program projects, research grants in response to RFAs, training grants, cooperative agreements, and R&D contracts. 
  • Oversees and coordinates the Institute's programs for extramural fellowships, training grants, career development awards, dental school curriculum development grants, NIH loan repayment awards and diversity supplements; and ensures effective and proper grants management.  
  • Manages and monitors all business aspects of the Institute’s grants, provides information and guidelines for grant applications, and oversees the closed session of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council.  
  • Undertakes program evaluation and planning activities in conjunction with the Institute’s programmatic Division and the Office of Science Policy and Analysis.  

LOCATION: Bethesda, MD

SALARY/BENEFITS: Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate. Full Federal benefits will be provided, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).

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Applicants must possess a PhD, DDS/DMD, MD, or equivalent degree, in a biomedical or related field and have in-depth knowledge of NIH policies and procedures governing extramural research activities (research grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts).  Applicants must be able to serve as a spokesperson for NIDCR with research institutions, science professionals, and the general public, and have proven experience in directing and managing NIH extramural activities, with the requisite administrative and interpersonal skills to meet the demands of program direction. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  

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To Apply

  • Submit a letter of interest, including a brief description of research and administrative experience; curriculum vitae and bibliography; and full contact information for five references.
  • Include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.

Application packages should be sent via email to Ms. Tamera Addison, Executive Secretary of the Committee.

For further information about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Laura Moen by email.

Deadline for the receipt of applications is Wednesday, July 7, 2021.


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EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: 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.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT/FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The NIH 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 We encourage applicants to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the US must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited education institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation.

For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Last Reviewed
June 2021