Deputy Director: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

The Position

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director to provide leadership to one of the world’s preeminent organizations for research in maternal and child health and medical rehabilitation. Through its diverse and multidisciplinary biomedical research program, NICHD seeks to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from reproductive processes, and that all children have the chance to achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives, free from disease or disability, and to ensure the health, productivity, independence, and well-being of all people through optimal rehabilitation.  The NICHD achieves this mission through research encompassing all stages of human development, from preconception through adulthood, and is oriented to improving the health of children, adults, families, communities, and populations.  The Institute also designs and implements prevention and intervention efforts, and communication strategies that encompass training, education, technology transfer, and community outreach.

To carry out its mission, the NICHD has a staff of approximately 557 FTEs and an annual budget of approximately $1.4 billion. The Deputy Director is a critical member of the Institute’s leadership team, serving as the second-in-command of the Institute and principal advisor to the Director, NICHD.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a leader to execute and manage the daily operations in support of NICHD’s strategic vision and mission.  The Deputy Director works collaboratively across the NIH, throughout the federal government and with other key stakeholders and organizations to further the advancement of the Institute’s mission and objectives, to promote public health, and to address health disparities. He/she serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Institute, communicating NICHD’s position and incorporating the views/needs of key stakeholders into Institute plans and initiatives.  The Deputy Director facilitates the identification and development of future leaders through mentoring programs, continuous development of skills and expertise, and recognition of achievements. He/she serves as a role model to the rest of the Institute, managing people and financial resources with integrity and fairness, while maintaining the Institute’s policies and priorities.


Bethesda, Maryland

Required Qualifications

The NICHD seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D. or comparable doctorate degree, and possess senior-level scientific research experience and outstanding scientific knowledge of research programs in one or more scientific areas related to maternal or child health or medical rehabilitation or related fields (e.g., pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, developmental biology, genetics, reproductive health, developmental disabilities, medical rehabilitation); a distinguished track record of experience and demonstrated leadership and broad visionary capabilities in one or more of these or related fields; experience in research grants administration; and demonstrated management acumen. They should be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as individuals of outstanding scientific competence. Applicants also must have demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing and analyzing program objectives and priorities. Candidates should have the demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources and lead a research program involving extensive internal and external collaboration.

Salary / Benefits

The Deputy Director, NICHD, will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

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 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. The position 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 U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. 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 accommodation 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.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography (if not included in your curriculum vitae), and a photocopy of their doctoral degree.  In addition, applicants are asked to prepare a supplemental narrative statement (no more than three pages) that addresses the required qualifications and interest in the position. Completed application packages must be submitted to: Ms. Mariela Light at  All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized officials of NIH.




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