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Project Director/Health Science Administrator (HSA)


Position Description

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Division of Extramural Research (DER) is currently recruiting a Health Science Administrator (HSA) to serve as the Project Director (PD) for a trans NIH-supported cooperative agreement that will develop a research network to conduct a large (N=~7500) longitudinal study of the impact of pre- and perinatal substance exposure (including opioids, opioid treatment medications, cannabis, alcohol, tobacco, other prescription or illicit substances, alone or in combination) on brain development and social/behavioral/academic achievement.

Responsibilities Include:

Incumbent will:

  • Serve as the NIH scientific lead for the development, direction, and execution of the project.
  • Oversee program operations, including program planning and evaluation; lead the NIH collaborative project team; and work closely with the Program’s Project Officer on administrative requirements.
  • Work in close collaboration with NIDA and partner IC’s leadership to set scientific priorities and policies. Advise on high-level decisions about overall program direction; and implement policy and programmatic changes.   
  • Collaborate with other NIH Institutes/Centers/Offices; consult with stakeholders, including patients, ethicists, and professional societies; and serve as the NIH spokesperson to the scientific community and the public.

Qualifications Include:

  • The ideal candidate will possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent and demonstrate successful experience and proven track record of managing large-scale complex programs (preferably within the Federal government).
  • Broad scientific knowledge in areas, including but not limited to, developmental neuroscience; neuroimaging; fetal, neonatal, child development; neurocognition, substance use; mental health; and epidemiology.
  • Exceptional leadership and management skills to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate the project’s progress.
  • Exceptional communication (with both scientific and lay audiences), problem-solving, negotiation, relationship-building, and interpersonal skills.
  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience; excellent benefits are offered. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.


We are hoping to fill this position through the NIH global vacancy announcement and anticipate that the Health Scientist Administrator opportunity will be posted on September 17 and will remain open for 10 days, until September 26, 2018.  Additional information can also be found on the NIH Jobs page: https://jobs.nih.gov/globalrecruitment/.  Anyone interested in the position should contact Dr. Susan Weiss, Director, DER.