National Institutes of Health — Deputy Director, Division of Blood Diseases and Resources

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Deputy Director, Division of Blood Diseases and Resources
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

THE POSITION:  The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director, Division of Blood Diseases and Resources (DBDR).   NHLBI is a national and international leader in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.  The DBDR Deputy Director position offers an exciting opportunity for scientific and managerial leadership in supporting the overwhelming majority of scientific and clinical hematology research nationwide, from basic biology to medical management of blood diseases.  The Division has a leading role in applying scientific advances in transfusion medicine and stem cell biology to the development of new therapies, as well as in assuring the adequacy and safety of the Nation’s blood supply.

The Deputy Director position offers an extraordinary opportunity for physician-scientists with a preference for a hematologist or pediatric hematologist to create a new team with global leadership responsibility, ensuring that the public investment in the future of medical research and education will be well used, serving the public health, the profession and society.  Working with the Director of DBDR, the Deputy Director will assume a policy-making role in senior leadership at NHLBI, shaping the future of hematologic research and leading internationally-renowned programs that integrate basic science and clinical research.  Successful candidates will be respected, accomplished researchers with vision, creativity, and the ability to recruit talented individuals and build teams.

Applicants must possess an MD, or an MD plus Ph.D., as well as senior level research experience, interpersonal and communications expertise and ability.  The successful candidate will be a respected, accomplished researcher with maturity, integrity and outstanding communications skills.  This is a Title 42 position open for US Citizens and Permanent Resident non-citizens.  

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LOCATION: Bethesda, Maryland  

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  The NHLBI seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization.  The ideal candidate will be a leader who has demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing and analyzing program objectives and priorities and should have the demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources and coordinate a research portfolio involving extensive internal and external collaboration.  They must be a leader who is experienced in giving presentations nationally to broad audiences, including researchers, policy makers, and the general public.  Applicants must possess an M.D., or an M.D. plus Ph.D. for a hematologist or pediatric hematologist and excellent knowledge of the advanced principles, theories and practices applicable to medical and scientific areas of hematology and/or their associated clinical manifestations.  Based on the responsibility to assess research needs on a national/international scale and formulate and implement plans for solicitation of new research, the Deputy Director must exhibit a broad scientific vision, demonstrating skill in managing a broad and complex biomedical research program, and the ability to lead and inspire a staff with expertise in diverse scientific disciplines.  The Deputy Director must have a comprehensive understanding of the procedures and policies related to the review, award and management of grants, cooperative agreements and contracts at the NIH, as well as the ability to serve as an authority on the development, implementation, management and analysis of DBDR’s complex annual operating and program budget with multiple funding categories.  Additional major responsibilities of this position include:  liaison with representatives of other NIH Institutes and Centers, federal and non-federal agencies, international research organizations, professional societies, foundations, the media and patient advocacy groups, establishment of research collaborations with not-for-profit organizations and industry partners; and maintenance of a productive work environment meeting EEO workplace diversity, staff professional education and monitoring objectives of the NIH.   

SALARY/BENEFITS:  The Deputy Director, DBDR will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.  A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid.  Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.  The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

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 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 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, copy of advanced degree, bibliography, and full contact details for three references.   In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements:  a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both statements to two pages each).  Applications can be sent to  Applications will be accepted beginning on May 1, 2020.  The closing date has been extended to June 13, 2020. 

You may contact Lynn Hellinger with questions and for more information about this vacancy at or 301-802-0168.