Job Summary

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director to assist in providing leadership to one of the preeminent organizations in the world for aging research.  The NIA leads a national scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and the conditions associated with growing older in order to extend the healthy, active years of life. The NIA is also the primary federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research.  The Institute’s mission is achieved through the supporting and conducting of research on aging, identifying strategies and treatments to effectively prevent, delay or slow age-related diseases, fostering the development of research and clinician scientists in aging, and disseminating information about aging and advances in research to the public, health care professionals and the scientific community.  To carry out its mission, the NIA has an annual budget of approximately $3.9 billion for FY21 and a total staff of approximately 1,280 members, including 530 full-time equivalents (FTEs) and 750 non-FTEs.  The Deputy Director serves as the second-in-command in providing strategic leadership and oversight for all aspects and components of the Institute.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to assist the Director in implementing the Institute’s strategic plan, managing daily operations and serving as a champion and guarantor of the intellectual and administrative environment at the Institute.   As an Institute leader, the Deputy Director will serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the NIA in collaborating with organizations across the nation and worldwide to incorporate the views and needs of stakeholders to advance the NIA mission. The Deputy Director will also facilitate the identification and development of current and future leaders and serve as a role model in managing staff and financial resources with integrity and fairness and ensuring compliance with Institute and federal policies and priorities.

Required Qualifications

The NIA seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, vision and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization.  Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D. and have senior-level research experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more scientific areas related to aging research.  They should be recognized and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as individuals of outstanding scientific competence.  Applicants must have demonstrated ability in setting, planning, implementing and analyzing program objectives and priorities.  Candidates should have the demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources, mentoring and lead a research program involving extensive internal and external collaboration.


The Deputy Director, NIA, will be appointed at a salary commensurate with the selectee’s qualifications and experience.  A full federal benefits package including leave, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent), will be provided. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, and without 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 on the NIH Ethics Program website. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the selectee 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 U.S. 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 Accommodation

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.

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