Chief of Staff, Division of Translational Research

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a leading supporter of biomedical research on disorders of the brain and the nervous system at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mission of the NINDS Division of Translational Research (DTR) is to accelerate basic research findings towards patient use for neurological disorders and stroke by providing funding, expertise, and resources to the research community. DTR provides funding and resources (approximately $100 million annually) through grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts to academic and industry researchers to advance early-stage neurological technologies, devices, and therapeutic programs to industry adoption (i.e., investor funding and corporate partnerships). To achieve this goal NINDS is seeking a Chief of Staff who will serve as the principal advisor to the Division Director of DTR and will provide senior level expertise and counsel on all aspects of the management and administration of DTR’s research programs and activities. 

The DTR Chief of Staff will provide oversight and management on a broad range of DTR’s administrative and research programs and activities such as the following:

  • Coordinate scientific and science administrative activities across the Division. 
  • Analyze workforce and funding data to support decisions and initiatives.
  • Develop and implement strategic programs and processes that impact DTR staff.  
  • Coordinate operational activities across the DTR.
  • Identify and implement operational and change management practices.
  • Work directly with Administrative Staff and HR to coordinate recruitment and training.
  • Propose and implement training modules for DTR staff.  
  • Coordinate various operational and organizational challenges leading up and executing council rounds.  
  • Facilitate the reexamination of DTR efforts with grants management and especially contracts to streamline DTR’s due diligence that would shorten timelines from council to awards made. 

Applicants with a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree is strongly desired, especially with a multidisciplinary scientific expertise in biomedical research.  Successful applicants should be a visionary and facilitator; should be experienced in developing strategic partnerships and collaborations; and have a mastery in analyzing complex scientific and administrative data, in order to identify trends and patterns, and evaluate alternative courses of action.

The position will be filled under a Title 5 Competitive Service appointment. Salary and selection for this position is dependent upon successful referral from a Health Scientist Administrator announcement (GS-601-13/14 position) on the website USAJOBS.  This position comes with a full package of Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and savings plan (401K equivalent).

All information provided by candidates will remain strictly confidential and will not be released outside the search process without a signed release from candidates. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.