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Associate Director for Special Populations
Office of the Director

The National Institute of Mental Health, a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Associate Director for Special Populations. This Congressionally mandated position reports to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and serves as the Director’s principal staff advisor on issues of recruitment, retention and training of a diverse scientific workforce and research on mental health disparities. The Associate Director is responsible for leading the Institute’s Office of Special Populations, and works with other senior leadership members to formulate practices, policies and procedures that will have a positive impact on NIMH initiatives and activities, especially as these relate to diverse populations and diversity issues.

The Associate Director for Special Populations is responsible for developing and implementing an overall vision for the Institute on enhancing and building a diverse national scientific workforce that is consistent with the mission and strategic objectives of the NIMH. This effort would encompass working collaboratively with the other divisions of the Institute to develop and execute initiatives.

Applicants must hold an advanced degree in the biomedical sciences or related field. Broad senior-level experience in direct administration of a research, science education or public health related program is also required. Applicants should be known and respected within their profession as distinguished individuals of outstanding leadership and management ability, with a solid understanding of mental illness issues. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Experience with NIH administrative policies, procedures, and operations are highly desirable but not essential.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, including a brief description of research and administrative experience, and a curriculum vitae and bibliography to: Chair, NIMH Associate Director for Special Populations Search Committee at or at 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8235, MSC 9669 Bethesda, MD 20892-9669 (for express or courier delivery use Rockville, MD 20852). Review of applications will begin on June 30, 2008, but applications will continue to be accepted and considered until the position is filled.

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.