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NINR Seeking Deputy Director

October 15, 2021

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), located in Bethesda, MD, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director to assist in providing leadership to one of the preeminent institutions for nursing research. The NINR advances research and research training that leverages nursing’s holistic approach and reach across clinical and community settings to identify and propel practice and policy solutions that are responsive to people’s lives and living conditions for the most pressing health challenges and most stubborn health disparities. The NINR is moving in exciting directions, and the NINR Deputy Director will play a central role in shaping these developments. The Deputy Director is a vital part of the leadership team, serving as the second-in-command for the NINR.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a leader to create the realization of the NINR’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 NINR mission and objectives. The Deputy Director serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Institute, communicating the NINR vision. The Deputy Director facilitates the forward progress of nursing research though key presentations, strategy sessions, and formulating research objectives with the Director, the research community, and government colleagues. The Deputy Director also serves as a role model to the rest of the Institute, managing resources with integrity and fairness, while maintaining the Institute’s policies and priorities. To support its mission, NINR has an annual budget of approximately $174 million and a staff of approximately 96 FTEs.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a current Curriculum Vitae, copy of degree, bibliography, and full contact details for five references. In addition, applicants are asked to prepare a 2–3 page narrative statement addressing the specific requirements and their interest in the position. In the narrative, please include efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Application packages should be sent via email to Ms. Mariela Light at

Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute.

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Applications should be received by 11:59 pm (ET) on December 30, 2021.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

The NINR 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 a Ph.D. and/or an M.D. or equivalent research doctoral degree and have demonstrated senior-level research experience and knowledge of research programs in nursing science, or in a biomedical, behavioral, or social science field that is relevant for nursing science. They should be known and respected within their profession, nationally and as individuals of outstanding scientific competence. Applicants also must have demonstrated experience in setting, planning, implementing, and analyzing program objectives and priorities. Candidates should have the demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources and lead a research program involving extensive internal and external collaborations. Nurse scientists are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. In accordance with Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.



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