Associate Director, Scientific Review and Policy at the Division of Extramural Activities

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Rockville, Maryland
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.
October 27 2018
Health Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Associate Director, Scientific Review and Policy

Division of Extramural Activities

National Cancer Institute

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services

The Person: NCI is seeking an innovative leader to serve as the Associate Director, Scientific Review and Policy. The DEA coordinates the scientific review of extramural research before funding, and provides systematic surveillance of that research after awards are made. The DEA assists the NCI in its goal of achieving a balanced portfolio of research in biology; behavior; epidemiology; cancer control, prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment; as well as long-term survival/survivorship; rehabilitation; and end-of-life issues. In addition, the DEA serves as a focal point for information about the NCI's peer review and grants policies. Additional information about DEA can be found at

The position reports directly to the Director, DEA, who provides broad oversight and direction. In conjunction with the DEA Director, the incumbent will provide leadership and oversight in implementing scientific review and policies. Responsibilities include planning, developing, implementing and evaluating of NCI’s extramural scientific research review programs and policies; providing expert advice to the DEA Director and Division, Office and Centers (DOCs) Directors on NCI’s extramural scientific research review programs and policies; ensuring effective and efficient programs and initiatives to enhance the extramural scientific review programs and policies; serving as the nexus for strategic planning to address NCI’s expanding the scientific review process for extramural research grants, cooperative agreements, and research and development contracts; and managing a federal workforce of approximately 60 people and participating in the oversight of the review, referral, and related policies of NCI’s $3.5 billion scientific portfolio.

Position Requirements:  Applicants must possess a doctoral level degree (e.g., Ph.D. and/or M.D.) in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position OR equivalent. Excellent knowledge of the causes, diagnosis, treatment, behavioral aspects, prevention and control of cancer, training and education, in a scientific field appropriate to biomedical or health science disciplines is needed. Candidates must exhibit a broad scientific vision, demonstrate skill managing biomedical research/functional programs, and display the ability to lead and inspire a staff with expertise in diverse scientific disciplines. Candidates must have a comprehensive understanding of the procedures and policies related to the referral, review, award and management of grants, cooperative agreements and contracts at NIH.  To successfully carry out the responsibilities of this position, candidates must have a comprehensive knowledge of several scientific disciplines relevant to cancer research and broad knowledge of  basic, clinical, prevention, behavioral, and translational research; must have a thorough working knowledge of grants and contracts administration and operations; and, must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Division staff, and with scientists, administrators, and educators in organizations both within and outside of the NIH. This position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate may be subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, 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). Send application package to NCI will begin accepting applications on November 1, 2018.

You may contact Kelly Barch with questions and for more information about this vacancy at

HHS, NIH and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers


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