THE POSITION: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, the world’s premier biomedical research institution, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates for the exciting position of Director, National Eye Institute (NEI). The mission of NEI is to support research into the causes, natural history, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the eye and visual system, and in related fields; basic research in the biology of vision; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.
The Director, NEI provides leadership, vision, and direction for a nationally recognized program. He/she is responsible for formulating and implementing plans and policies necessary to carry out the Institute’s mission, ensures that the NEI has sound fiscal and administrative practices that promote accountability, effective monitoring, responsiveness, and flexibility, and oversees NEI’s collaborative research efforts with other professional groups, governmental and nongovernmental, to enable the most effective interaction of ideas and approaches. In addition, he/she represents NEI and coordinates activities with the Office of the Director, NIH, with other NIH Institute and program officials, with components of the Department of Health and Human Services, and with various other federal agencies, Congress, national and international agencies, private foundations, and professional and lay organizations with common interests. He/she provides professional guidance and leadership to the Directors of NEI’s Offices, Programs and Divisions, and is responsible for the overall direction of the staff to attain the most effective and efficient operation of the total program, and serves as the lead representative of NEI to professional societies and the advocacy community by attending meetings and conferences, giving presentations to scientific and advocacy groups, and engaging in discussions with all relevant stakeholders. To support its mission, the NEI has an annual budget of approximately $800 million and a staff totaling 273 FTEs and approximately 400 non-FTE scientists, other professionals, and support staff. For more information on the NEI, please visit https://nei.nih.gov/.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: NIH 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., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. In addition, the incumbent must have experience and demonstrated ability in the administration and management of a major national research program as well as broad familiarity and working knowledge of eye and visual systems disorders research. The incumbent must possess in-depth knowledge and personal research experience in one or more of NEI’s research areas. The scientific implications of the research programs will benefit from extensive experience and knowledge of federal research grants administration.
Applicants must be leaders who are experienced in giving presentations nationally to broad audiences, including researchers, policy makers, and the general public. They should be known and respected within their discipline, both nationally and internationally, as individuals of outstanding scientific competence. Applicants must also have demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing and analyzing program objectives and priorities, have the demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources and coordinate a research portfolio involving extensive internal and external collaboration.
SALARY/BENEFITS: The Director, NEI will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits will be provided, including retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave and savings plan (401K equivalent).
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: 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 seeks to inspire 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 http://ethics.od.nih.gov/default.htm. We encourage applicants to review this information. The position of the NEI Director 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 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 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 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, photocopy of degree, and bibliography. In addition, applicants are asked to prepare a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements, as well as a vision statement, (please limit each to two pages). Send application package to Brenda Fogel at SeniorRe@od.nih.gov by the below closing date.
DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR BIRTH DATE OR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON APPLICATION MATERIALS.
Application packages must be received by Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET for consideration in the initial review period. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
Internal Number: 100119
About National Eye Institute/ National Institutes of Health
For more than 50 years, the National Eye Institute (NEI) has been on the front lines of vision research — and we continue to support cutting-edge research projects that investigate new ways to prevent, treat, or even reverse vision loss. We also work hard to help the public learn about vision problems and how to keep their eyes healthy.