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Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

The National Institutes of Health is seeking a first-rate scientific leader for the position of Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

The Director provides leadership, vision, and direction to the Institute and advises the NIH Director and Institute and Center (IC) Directors on the development of NIH-wide policy issues related to complementary and integrative health and related research training and serves as principal liaison with other agencies of the DHHS and the Federal Government. He/she also serves as the lead representative of the Institute to professional societies and the advocacy community, and oversees the implementation of the Institute’s Strategic Plan and management of the daily operations of the Institute. The Director is expected to play a leading role in several initiatives that stretch across multiple ICs and beyond.  That includes the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, the NIH Neuroscience Blueprint, the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) project, the Music and Health initiative, the NIH Pain Consortium, the NIH-DoD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory, and the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee.  The Director sets the research funding priorities for the NCCIH, working with the extramural program divisions and offices with grant portfolios, and the intramural research division, to undertake initiatives and support research that leads to the accomplishment of key scientific priorities identified by NCCIH. To carry out its mission, the NCCIH has a staff of approximately 75 employees and an annual budget of approximately $130 million.


Bethesda, Maryland


The NCCIH seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization.  Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in in a relevant discipline is required. In addition, the incumbent must have experience and demonstrated ability in the administration and management of a major national research program as well as broad familiarity and knowledge of complementary and integrative therapies. Ideally, the incumbent should possess in-depth knowledge in one or more of NCCIH’s research areas. In addition to senior-level research experience, applicants must have extensive experience and knowledge of federal research programs, along with senior-level administrative and interpersonal skills to meet the demands of leading a complex organization.  Applicants should have demonstrated leadership in collaborating with different stakeholder groups, including the research community, NIH leadership and staff, patient advocacy organizations, other federal agencies (i.e., DoD-VA, FDA), international funding organizations, legislators, and the public.  Applicants must have demonstrated ability in planning and assessing programs, developing plans to resolve operational problems and issues, and managing financial and human resources. Applicants must also have experience serving as a spokesperson; addressing legislators, the press, scientific organizations, and advocacy and community groups.  Applicants should be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, and as individuals of outstanding scientific competence.


The Director, NCCIH, will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.  Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.  This position is subject to public financial disclosure requirements.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no 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 at NIH Ethics Office website.  We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent 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.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a copy of their doctoral degree.  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 2 pages each).  Completed application packages must be submitted to:  Brenda Fogel at (301-451-7338).  All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized officials of NIH.

March 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m., ET


This page last reviewed on December 28, 2017

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