Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Clinical Director (Chief Medical Officer)
Are you interested in a truly unique opportunity to serve as an executive leader in the world’s
largest hospital entirely devoted to translational clinical research?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites candidates with strong operational, clinical
research, and leadership credentials to apply for the position of Clinical Director (Chief Medical
Officer) at the NIH Clinical Center (CC) located in Bethesda, MD. The NIH CC is the largest
hospital in the world totally dedicated to translational clinical research. The hospital maintains a
200-bed capacity that supports the intramural research programs of Institutes and Centers across
the NIH. As a senior executive and principal medical advisor to the Chief Operating Officer
(COO), the successful candidate will lead multiple clinical departments of about 1200 staff in a
complex clinical research setting.
The CC is the epicenter for intramural research and collaboration at NIH. An individual selected
for this position will keep the CEO and COO apprised of the many aspects of patient care,
research, research compliance and Joint Commission requirements. The successful candidate will
serve as the CC Clinical Director (Chief Medical Officer) and collaborate with the Clinical and
Scientific Directors of the 18 NIH Institutes and Centers with intramural clinical research
programs to achieve their research goals while ensuring the principles of high reliability in
healthcare at the CC.
We seek an experienced and proven leader who possesses exceptional communication skills, the
ability to drive operational changes to enhance high quality clinical programs, a strong focus on
ensuring patient safety, a high level of comfort leading, consulting and advising a diverse clinical
research workforce and running high quality patient care operations in a complex hospital
setting. The ability to form partnerships and provide sound guidance at all levels within a
complex clinical research setting is key in the performance of routine duties associated with this
position. Candidates must be experienced and proven leaders with advanced strategic
management and organizational principles and practices.
The ideal candidate must possess a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, be board
certified in a relevant clinical area and have demonstrated experience in a primarily clinical
research setting. A track record of excellence in research collaboration or a contemporary
independent research program is desirable. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the
willingness to contribute to the achievement of investigators and clinicians throughout the NIH.
As this position is primarily administrative in nature, candidates will not be expected to develop
an independent research program.
Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A full Civil Service package of
benefits (including retirement; health; life and long-term care insurance; Thrift Savings Plan;
etc.) is available. Relocation expenses may be approved for the selectee. Please include in your
application a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women
and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups underrepresented in biomedical research.
LOCATION: Bethesda, MD
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.
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 The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. Verification must be received
prior to the effective date of the appointment.
HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must submit a current CV and bibliography electronically to
(CC_Recruits@cc.nih.gov). In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare a
supplemental narrative statement that addresses: (1) qualification requirements and (2) a vision
statement and (3) provide the names, titles, and telephone numbers of 4-5 references.
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 agencyspecific regulations described at the NIH Ethics website http://ethics.od.nih.gov/default.htm. 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.
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.
Review of applications will begin on or about April 19, 2021, but applications will be
accepted until the position is filled.
DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR BIRTH DATE OR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON APPLICATION
DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers and encourage application from women