Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

Clinical Center

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.

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 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 ( 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 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.

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.