Director, Office of Dietary Supplements

Bethesda, Maryland
Salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.
October 17 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Office of Dietary Supplements.  This is an exciting opportunity to conduct and coordinate scientific research within the NIH relating to dietary supplements and the extent to which the use of dietary supplements can limit or reduce the risk of a variety of diseases; collect and compile the results of scientific research relating to dietary supplements; serve as the principal advisor to the Secretary and to the Assistant Secretary for Health and provide advice to the Director of the National Institutes of Health, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Commissioner of Food and Drugs on issues relating to dietary supplements; compile a database of scientific research on dietary supplements and individual nutrients; maintain a public database of NIH research support that examines the relationship between dietary supplements and disease prevention; and coordinate funding relating to dietary supplements for the NIH.

In this role, you will head the NIH effort to develop and encourage evidence-based scientific studies necessary for a full understanding of the benefits and the risks of dietary supplements and will collaborate with other Federal agencies and the commercial sector to develop and initiate a national research agenda and programs focused on dietary supplements.  Successful candidates will have extensive experience in dietary supplement or nutrition research. Clinical and/or translational research experience is desirable, but not required.  Outstanding communication and executive leadership skills are required.  In addition, strong program management and relationship building skills are essential to the formulation of initiatives, resources, and policies that promote research on dietary supplements.  Candidates with industry experience are welcome.

The Office of Dietary Supplements, located within the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) in the Office of the NIH Director strengthens knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulates and supports research, disseminates research results, and educates the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population.  ODS has an annual budget of over $20 million, and 13 federal FTEs and additional contract employees.

This Title 42 position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a leader to execute and manage the daily operations in support of the ODS strategic vision and mission.  He/she leads efforts to plan, coordinate, integrate and evaluate dietary supplement research and other dietary supplement research activities conducted and supported by the NIH; develops a strategic plan for the conduct/support of dietary supplement research and related activities; and provides consultation, leadership, guidance, and direction with respect to the scope and direction of dietary supplement research to Institute and Center Directors, policy makers, the dietary supplement stakeholder community, and others interested in and affected by dietary supplement research activities.

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As the world's largest medical research facility, NIH consists of 27 Institutes/Centers, including the Clinical Center (an on-site research hospital), the Fogarty International Center, and the National Library of Medicine. NIH's national program of health research and research training is currently funded at more than $30 billion annually. NIH has over 18,000 employees.