Assistant Director for Re-engineering Clinical/Behavioral Research and Workforce Development

Assistant Director for Re-engineering Clinical/Behavioral Research and Workforce Development
Office of Strategic Coordination
Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Director, NIH
GS-0601-15, Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator

Position Information

Position Environment
This position is located in the Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC), within the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), in the Office of the Director, NIH, and will report to the Deputy Director, OSC. 

The OSC plans, manages, and oversees activities funded by the NIH Common Fund (CF), a fund of approximately $650 million that supports strategic scientific programs of high priority for the NIH Director and IC Directors. The Office includes three newly established Program Teams; a Division of Other Transactions (OT) Management; a Strategic Planning, Evaluation, and Communications Team (SPEC); an Operations Team; and administrative support staff.  The Immediate Office of the OSC Director directs and oversees all functions of the Office.

The Re-engineering Clinical/Behavioral Research and Workforce Development (RCBRWD) Program Team develops and oversees programs designed to transform the way clinical/translational, behavioral, and/or population-based research is conducted. It also aims to establish and evaluate innovative models for workforce development and support. Current programs that align with this group include the Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity, the Diversity Program Consortium, and Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST). Although the RCBRWD Team is a new group within OSC, examples of Common Fund programs that would have aligned well with this group in the past include the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) program, Science of Behavior Change (SOBC), Bridging Interventional Development Gaps (BrIDGs), Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce, and others. In addition, the RCBRWD team collaborates with the Transformational Science and Discovery Team on programs such as the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), Somatic Cell Genome Editing (SCGE), and others. The RCBRWD Team is expected to oversee a budget of approximately $100 million in FY23 and beyond.

The Assistant Director for Re-engineering Clinical/Behavioral Research and Workforce Development (AD-RCBRWD) will serve as chief strategist for programs within the RCBRWD purview. The AD-RCBRWD will coordinate these activities through the RCBRWD Team. The incumbent or their designee will represent OSC in high-level meetings focused on clinical, translational, behavioral, and population research and on topics related to workforce development. 

Technical Knowledge and Expertise
The AD-RCBRWD will maintain knowledge in a broad range of scientific areas that pertain to the RCBRWD team. The incumbent will be broadly familiar with challenges that researchers face in establishing new therapeutic strategies, conducting large scale interventions with diverse populations, ensuring rigor and reproducibility in human studies, disseminating research findings broadly, and facilitating uptake. The AD-RCBRWD will comprehend challenges associated with the development of new therapies and is able to envision structural or process changes that might be tested to address the challenges. Since workforce and research capacity-building is often tied to these challenges, the incumbent also will be familiar with workforce development challenges and envisions ways to address those challenges. 

Communication Expertise and Duties
The incumbent must be a skilled communicator to effectively interact with and strengthen collaborations with nationally and internationally recognized senior-level scientific leaders and officials of academic, research, and other institutes and organizations, as well as professional and advocacy groups.  

The AD-RCBRWD will lead outreach to the broader community via organization of workshops or other activities that promote adoption of Common Fund deliverables by the broader community and/or that foster brainstorming around emergent opportunities or longstanding challenges. The incumbent will develop data-driven commentaries and perspectives that enable the community to understand the value of Common Fund programs and the impact of deliverables.

Relationship Building and Collaboration
The incumbent will have deep and broad connections to the clinical and/or behavioral research community and understands perspectives of investigators and organizations that are engaged in health research. The AD-RCBRWD will understand the translational and behavioral intervention research pipeline, including the work of academics, the pharmaceutical industry, behavioral interventionists, the FDA, and other government partners. The incumbent will understand the challenges associated with implementation and uptake of novel interventions and will be well-grounded in dissemination methods, dissemination research, and economic considerations that may drive adoption of new therapies. The incumbent will leverage connections with investigators to establish and test innovative strategies.

The incumbent will ensure Common Fund programs test innovative ways of conducting research, engaging non-traditional partners who are embedded in diverse communities and can engage the American public in new ways to conduct research. The incumbent will think creatively about workforce development, considering new strategies for engaging segments of the workforce that have not traditionally been engaged in research. The AD-RCBRWD will establish new ways to engage people from diverse communities in the workforce pipeline. The incumbent will partner with the OSC Catalytic Data Resource team to ensure that training is available for diverse communities to use data in new ways to serve the clinical and translational objectives of Common Fund programs.

The AD-RCBRWD will partner with the OSC Assistant Director for Catalytic Data Resources (AD-CDR) to design and oversee programs that have the overarching goal of re-engineering the clinical/behavioral research pipeline through use of data resources. The incumbent will collaborate with the AD-CDR to engage data users of many capabilities, including citizen scientists, in the use of data for the purpose of clinical or behavioral research. Similarly, the incumbent will partner with the OSC Assistant Director for Transformative Science and Discovery (AD-TSD) to design and oversee programs that support basic science workforce development and/or that intersect with clinical/behavioral research through technology development or pre-clinical science.

The incumbent will establish relationships with other senior staff in the OD and the NIH ICs who are involved in clinical/behavioral research and workforce programs. The AD-RCBRWD will foster partnerships and collaborations across the NIH to optimize the programs supported by the Common Fund and to ensure integration with related programs supported by the ICs. The incumbent will represent OSC/Common Fund in trans-NIH and inter-agency meetings that pertain to clinical/translational/behavioral research and workforce development as well as meetings involving external partners.

Management and Supervisory Duties
The AD-RCBRWD will be a highly effective manager of complex projects involving many organizations and diverse investigator communities. Coordination across different types of organizations is critical, and the incumbent will have deep experience with team building and management. The incumbent will speak with independent authority regarding programmatic direction and management strategies for programs within their purview. While reporting to the OSC Deputy Director, the AD-RCBRWD will bring unique expertise and experience and will thus have delegated responsibility in these areas. 

The AD-RCBRWD will provide day-to-day supervisory management of the RCBRWD Team, which, when fully staffed, consists of five Program Officers and a Program Specialist. This will include assigning tasks and overseeing the performance management of these staff, ensuring timely completion of performance plans and appraisals. The incumbent also will oversee the development of Research Management and Support (RMS) budgets for programs within their purview. The AD-RCBRWD will collaborate with OSC’s SPEC Team to establish communication, outreach, and evaluation strategies that serve RCBRWD programmatic objectives. The AD-RCBRWD will make recommendations to the OSC Deputy Director and Director pertaining to adjustment or growth of RCBRWD programs or for establishment of new initiatives. 

The incumbent will be responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to build and support diversity within their team and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employee practices with regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, or disability. The incumbent will initiate nondiscriminatory practices and inclusive actions for the employees who are under their supervision in the following: (1) application of Merit System Principles in the promotion, recruitment, and hiring practices; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of Federal employees’ skills.  The AD-RCBRWD will exercise leadership to ensure that all CF programs reflect the principles of workforce diversity in management and operation in such areas as recruitment and staffing, employee development, staff assignments, and communications. The AD-RCBRWD also will ensure a cooperative and supportive workplace which is free of harassment.


This page last reviewed on January 14, 2022