THE POSITION: The Director of the Division of Receipt and Referral (DRR) serves as an important advisor to the Director, Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and contributes to the development of major policies affecting funding announcements and the receipt, referral and review of research grant applications; provides advice and consultation to NIH and other HHS components and grantee institutions; and establishes effective procedures so that program operations and obligations of government funds and other resources are rendered consistent with statutory and regulatory requirements and within limitations imposed by DHHS and Executive Branch policies. The DRR Director coordinates efforts with the directors of scientific divisions of CSR and with the extramural staff of the twenty-four Institutes and Centers at NIH that make awards. The DRR Director works closely with the Office of Extramural Research (OER) to assess and establish policies and procedures related to grant applications and communicate these to investigators, grantee organizations, and extramural staff. As part of those efforts, the DRR Director works closely with electronic Research Administration (eRA) and other NIH business systems to ensure functionality in those systems reflects and supports NIH and DRR policies. Specifically, eRA provides mission-critical IT infrastructure to manage the receipt, processing, review, award and monitoring of about $39.6 billion in research and non-research grants awarded annually by NIH and other grantor agencies in support of the collective mission of improving human health. Working closely with the CSR Director and trans-NIH stakeholders, the DRR Director defines and implements DRR policy and practices for handling disputes and appeals from investigators and applicant organizations. The DRR Director also has responsibility for clearance of all Funding Opportunity Announcements and Notices related to receipt, referral, and review prior to publication in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The activities of DRR are dedicated to ensuring a smooth interface between investigators, grantee organizations, CSR, and the awarding components of NIH and HHS.
The DRR Director supervises a staff of 10 Federal employees and coordinates the work of seven contract staff. In addition, the DRR Director supervises 24 Referral Officers, Scientific Review Officers with collateral duties assigning grant applications to review groups and institutes/centers for funding consideration. Additional information on CSR is available on our website: www.csr.nih.gov.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, as well as senior-level scientific research, administrative process experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more research areas supported by NIH. Candidates should be outstanding communicators, known and respected within their professions as distinguished individuals with recognized competence, and have supervisory experience, including experience representing an organization with integrity and diplomacy. Experience in complex electronic systems and processes is essential. Visionary leadership characteristics are crucial to plan for the future and to attract and nurture outstanding professional staff to best serve the nation’s biomedical scientific mission at the NIH. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to think strategically, work collaboratively, and use a consultative approach to problem solving and decision making.
SALARY/BENEFITS: Salary is commensurate with 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. This position is subject to the conflict-of-interest statutes and regulations that govern activities with outside organizations. This position will require completion of an annual public financial disclosure report and is subject to a background investigation.
HOW TO APPLY: Send your curriculum vitae, bibliography, and contact information for three to five references so they are received by June 15, 2022. You also are encouraged to submit a two-page vision statement and statement of qualifications for the position. Application packages should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about the position or questions about the process, please contact Ms. Bonnie Ellis at email@example.com or Ms. Sandy Buchanan at 301-435- firstname.lastname@example.org. All information provided by candidates will remain confidential and will not be released outside the CSR search process without a signed release from candidates.