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Deputy director, national eye institute

National Eye Institute (NEI)

The National Eye Institute (NEI) 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 Institutes for vision research.  The NEI achieves its mission through conducting and supporting research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.  To carry out its mission, the NEI has a staff of approximately 264 Full-Time Equivalent employees, approximately 406 non-Full-Time Equivalent employees and an annual budget of approximately $730 million.  The Deputy Director is a vital part of the leadership team, serving as the second-in-command for the National Eye Institute.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a leader to execute and manage the daily operations in support of the NEI’s strategic vision and mission.  The Deputy Director works collaboratively across the NIH, throughout the federal government and with other key stakeholders and organizations to further the advancement of the NEI’s mission and objectives.  He/she serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Institute, communicating the NEI’s position and incorporating the views / needs of key stakeholders into Institute plans and initiatives.  The Deputy Director facilitates the identification and development of future leaders through mentoring programs, continuous development of skills and expertise, and recognition of achievements. The Deputy Director also serves as a role model to the rest of the Institute, managing people and financial resources with integrity and fairness, while maintaining the Institute’s policies and priorities.

In coordination with the Director, the Deputy Director oversees all aspects of the NEI’s approximately $730 million budget including planning, oversight and allocation of the Institute’s approximately 264 Full-Time Equivalent employees and approximately 406 non-Full-Time Equivalent employees.  He/she is also responsible for monitoring and evaluating programs and initiatives throughout the NEI.


This position is located in Bethesda, Maryland.

Required Qualifications

The National Eye Institute 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 comparable doctorate degree in the field of biomedical sciences and have senior-level research experience and outstanding scientific knowledge of vision research programs in one or more scientific areas related to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.  Applicants should be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as distinguished individuals of outstanding scientific competence and administrative capability.  Candidates should have demonstrated leadership; serving as a spokesperson; planning, program assessment, and analysis of program objectives; resolution of operational problems and issues; and the ability to manage financial and human resources including building, motivating, and maintaining a culturally diverse staff.  Experience in policy development with regard to health and science policy, using innovation, promoting public health and addressing health disparities.


The Deputy Director, NEI will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her 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.

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 the NIH Ethics 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, copy of degree, bibliography, full contact details for five references in addition to a supplemental narrative statement (no more than three pages) that addresses the required qualifications and interest in the position to Ms. Tonya Briscoe at the Senior Recruitment Mailbox.


Applications must be received by 11:59 pm EST on Monday, April 30, 2018

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

This page last reviewed on March 28, 2018

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