The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute — Assistant Director, Scientific Strategy and Innovation

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Assistant Director, Scientific Strategy and Innovation
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 Assistant Director, Scientific Strategy and Innovation.   NHLBI is a national and international leader in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.  The Assistant Director position offers an exciting opportunity for scientific and managerial leadership in supporting the Director, NHLBI strategically by coordinating the scientific priorities of the NHLBI and ensuring that priorities and plans are executed and supported through the business management and administrative functions of the Institute.

Responsibilities will include: providing authoritative leadership, including policy development and program management, in cross-cutting, trans-Institute research programs developed to improve health outcomes in heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders; ensuring alignment with the Director’s vision; initiating, catalyzing and supporting innovative programmatic initiatives; advising and assisting the NHLBI Director, Executive Officer, Intramural and Extramural Division Directors and other key officials on all attributes of the mission, activities, and functions of the Office of the Director; and serving as the chief advisor to the Director on a wide range of complex and emerging issues that affect the direction and scope of the NHLBI’s daily and strategic operations.

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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.  Applicants must possess a doctoral level degree in health or allied sciences as well as research experience, management experience, interpersonal skills, and the ability to engage stakeholders.  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.    This position will be filled under a Title 42 (f) excepted service appointment.

SALARY/BENEFITS:  The Assistant Director, Scientific Strategy and Innovation 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 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 March 1, 2021.  The closing date is March 31, 2021. 

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