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Director, Office of Pain Policy and Planning

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a 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 Director, Office of Pain Policy and Planning, Office of the Director. This high impact position offers a unique opportunity to advance pain research on a national level. The position is for an individual who will lead trans-NIH and broader trans-agency efforts to advance pain research as well as manage programs executed within the Office of Pain Policy and Planning (OPPP). The incumbent will advise and coordinate the trans-NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative to enhance pain research that improves pain care as part of the broad federal effort to address the opioid crisis. The Director, Office of Pain Policy and Planning will facilitate the implementation of trans-NIH pain research programs with the recent Federal Pain Research Strategy as a guide. The OPPP Director will lead trans-NIH and contribute to trans-agency strategic planning and policy activities whose ultimate goal is to leverage research efforts and related policies to improve the quality of evidence-based pain care across the nation. The OPPP Director will coordinate activities of the NIH Pain Consortium and the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee and serves as the NINDS and NIH Pain Consortium spokesperson within and outside the NIH community on pain related research activities. The OPPP Director and staff will perform pain research portfolio analyses and design and participate in the execution of Common Fund pain research programs. The position will report to the NINDS Director and regularly interface with the NIH Director. Information about the NINDS Office of Pain Policy can be found at the NIH Pain Consortium and the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee.

If you are ready for an exciting leadership opportunity, please see the the detailed vacancy announcement at Jobs at NINDS.


Bethesda, Maryland


Applicants must possess a Ph.D., or M.D., or equivalent, and have senior-level leadership, policy, and research experience, knowledge of pain research programs and strong abilities to lead the development and execution of collaborative work. This individual should be known and respected within the pain research, provider, and advocacy community. S/he should have demonstrated leadership, organizational skills, and have broad visionary capabilities, with demonstrated ability to collaborate across government agencies and with researchers and other stakeholders in the pain community. S/he should have experience developing and setting strategic plans and priorities, as well as communicating and promoting pain scientific advances and relevant care policies and should have demonstrated skills in managing human and financial resources and budgetary planning.


The Director, Office of Pain Policy will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. The position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment and a full package of federal benefits will be provided including leave, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent).

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 should electronically submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, full contact details for three (3) references, and prepare two (2) statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit each statement to two pages) to Joanne Pomponio at Review of applications will begin on November 19, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted and considered until the position is filled. You may contact Dr. Partap Khalsa, Search Committee Chair, with questions and for more information about this vacancy at



This page last reviewed on January 3, 2019

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