Director, Division of Extramural Activities

Bethesda, Maryland (US)
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.
September 10 2019
National Eye Institute
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Person: The National Eye Institute (NEI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the Director, Division of Extramural Activities. The ideal candidate will have considerable research experience and will possess a broad spectrum of scientific knowledge related to the NEI mission. He/she will also have professional experience in the training of research scientists as well as programs aimed at developing a diverse biomedical and behavioral research workforce. In addition, candidates should possess recognized research management and leadership abilities.

This individual will report to the Director, National Eye Institute and may also coordinate activities across NIH and among other federal agencies.

The Challenge: Achieving diversity in the biomedical research workforce is critical to ensuring that the best and brightest minds have the opportunity to contribute to the realization of our national research goals. It is important that our training and career development activities most effectively meet current needs, anticipate emerging opportunities, and contribute to building a highly capable workforce.  The Division of Extramural Activities funds research training, career development, diversity, and capacity-building activities that foster the development of a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce. The Director, Division of Extramural Activities is responsible for the scientific and administrative management of the Division of Extramural Activities and serves as the principal advisor on research administration policies including peer review, grants management and administrative management of the Division.  Specifically, the Director, Division of Extramural Activities is responsible for overseeing several distinct but related functions involving the extramural operations and having full managerial and executive responsibility for the following activities: providing leadership and advice on extramural research grant, contract, and training program operations and policies within NEI; oversight of grants management activities and implementation of grants policies; providing guidance at the interface of grants management and the NEI Budget Office; oversight and direction for the peer review of research applications, training applications and contract proposals; represent NEI on extramural research administration and policy committees both within and external to NIH and HHS; executive and managerial oversight of policy development for extramural research grant and contract review and management procedures; overall management of the operations of the National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC) and serving as its executive secretariat; and managing the resources for the Division of Extramural Activities, including financial and personnel needs. 

The Director, DEA will have responsibility for the development, implementation and dissemination of extramural review and grants management policies and procedures both internal and external to the NEI.  The incumbent serves as an authoritative source on NEI extramural research peer review regulations, and grants management policies, and maintains awareness of new developments in research administration through interactions at professional conferences.  Information about the Division is available at:

Position Requirements:  Candidates must have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in a field relevant to the position. This position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment.

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