Director, Office of Dietary Supplements

Bethesda, Maryland
Salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.
October 18 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Director, Office of Dietary Supplements

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.

About NIH

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.

Required Qualifications

NIH seeks candidates with strong communication skills, 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 in a field of health science plus senior-level scientific experience in dietary supplement or nutrition research, and outstanding scientific knowledge of dietary supplement or nutrition research programs. Clinical and/or translational research experience is desirable, but not required.  They should be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as individuals of outstanding scientific prominence, with a distinguished record of research accomplishments and leadership credentials.  Applicants must also have demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing, and analyzing program objectives and priorities.  They should have the demonstrated leadership and broad  visionary capabilities in the research arena with demonstrated ability to engage others to create and execute an organization’s vision; to navigate successfully within and collaborate across the public sector to achieve research objectives; and to optimize organizational performance by developing strategic priorities, setting and communicating clearly defined expectations, promoting accountability for results, and resolving operational problems and issues.  Candidates should have demonstrated management acumen, including identification and management of financial and human resource needs; proven ability to make complex and strategic decisions to optimize resource usage, mitigate risks, and achieve desired results; and, the ability to build, mentor, motivate, and maintain a culturally diverse biomedical research workforce.


The Director, Office of Dietary Supplements, will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.  Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, long term care 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 applicants 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 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 Accomodation

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), a photocopy of your doctoral degree, and full contact details for five 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).  Completed application packages must be submitted to Ms. Betina Orezzoli at

Do not include your birth date or social security number (SSN) on application materials.

Find information about ODS and information about NIH on their websites.

Please contact Betina Orezzoli at 301-435-5039 or for questions about the application process, or Search Committee Chair, Dr. Gregory Germino, Deputy Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, at 301-496-5877 or for questions about the position.

Applications will be reviewed starting November 30, 2018 and will be accepted until the position is filled.