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Fogarty International Center | Diversity Employer


Vacancy Announcement

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health




THE POSITION: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Fogarty International Center (FIC). The FIC advances the NIH mission by supporting global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, facilitating partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs. To support its mission, FIC has a workforce of 86 staff, including 62 FTEs and 24 non-FTEs, with an annual budget of $95 million.


FIC investments strengthen capacity at research institutions in low- and middle-income countries across the globe to help develop the knowledge and evidence needed to confront global health challenges. Current research and training priorities include HIV/AIDS, emerging infectious diseases, bioethics, the use of mobile and other appropriate technologies for health, data science, brain disorders, noncommunicable diseases, trauma and injury, and environmental and occupational health, among others. The FIC complements and supports the work of other NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices by identifying unique, often transdisciplinary global scientific opportunities that cut across the mission of NIH.


This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for an exceptional leader to serve as the chief executive for FIC who will provide strong and visionary leadership, executive management, and strategic direction to an organization dedicated to global health and international collaboration through biomedical research and training. The Director promotes global health research within and outside NIH, builds and sustains partnerships with collaborating organizations of national and global scale, and provides leadership to FIC staff.  


This position reports directly to the Director, National Institutes of Health and serves as the key advisor to the Director and also engages at the NIH organizational level on aspects of international policy, foreign relations, and NIH representation at the Department of Health and Human Services, particularly with the Office of Global Affairs, and with other agencies of the U.S. Government. The FIC Director represents the Center and NIH in the international community and before Congress as an advocate for FIC's diverse programs and initiatives and ensures the stewardship of its resources.


More information regarding the Fogarty International Center may be found at: https://www.fic.nih.gov/.


LOCATION: Bethesda, MD (NIH Main Campus)       


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in global health, science, public health, and/or other relevant disciplines.  A demonstrated knowledge of and extensive experience in global health is required.  Candidates must possess skills to create, empower, and manage a very diverse, multidisciplinary team and demonstrate the ability to plan, execute, and supervise research, publish scientific research results, and allocate staff and financial resources. Candidates must have extensive knowledge of and/or experience in the Federal research grants administration process. Have demonstrated achievement in interprofessional collaborations, as well as experience and demonstrated ability in the administration and management of a major national, international, or large collaborative research program. In addition, candidates should have a broad familiarity and in-depth working knowledge of research and programmatic areas in the scope of the FIC, and proven expertise in multidisciplinary research programs and/or experience in key priorities is highly desired. Key attributes include: a systems thinker, process innovator, team leader, successful collaborator, and a skilled communicator with an innovative and strategic approach to planning and decision-making. 


SALARY/BENEFITS: The Director, FIC will be appointed at a salary commensurate with the selectee’s qualifications and experience and NIH salary guidelines. Full Federal benefits will be provided, including retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and savings plan (401(k) equivalent). A recruitment or relocation incentive may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid.


Please read the following guidance on Selective Service 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 the NIH Ethics website. We encourage you to review this information. The position 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 United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the https://www.naces.org website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: HHS has a critical preparedness and response mission: HHS protects the American people from health threats, researches emerging diseases, and mobilizes public health programs with domestic and international partners. In support of this mission, HHS offers its employees the opportunity to volunteer to become Federal Civilian Detailees and contribute their unique skills through voluntary temporary assignments to humanitarian emergencies or Departmental priorities countering new and emerging health, safety, and security threats.


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 (if not included in your curriculum vitae), and a photocopy of their doctoral degree. In addition, applicants are asked to prepare a supplemental narrative statement (no more than four pages) that addresses their vision for the Institute, their qualifications and interest in the position, and include a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research to:  Lynnita Spears at SeniorRe@od.nih.gov (301-402-4077) by the closing date noted below.


Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens and non-citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute.




Applications must be received by 11:59 P.M. ET, Friday, July 14, 2023


DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers


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