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Job Vacancy Announcement - Associate Director for Prevention Research - Health Scientist Administrator/Program Officer

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR)
Associate Director for Prevention Research

Program Overview

The NIMH seeks a motivated, experienced researcher with expertise in prevention and early intervention research to serve as the Associate Director for Prevention Research. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating NIMH’s prevention-related efforts in coordination with the Office of the Director, the Division of Services and Intervention Research, and other NIMH Divisions and Offices. This individual will also develop and manage a portfolio of innovative grant-supported research in the Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch (TPIRB) in the Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) that focuses on developing, refining, and testing preventive and early intervention approaches that are relevant across the life course, spanning early childhood through adulthood.

The NIMH and DSIR offer a stimulating and collegial work environment with opportunities to influence mental health research priorities, develop new research initiatives, and contribute to the advancement of a national program of prevention and early intervention research.

Position Duties

As Associate Director for Prevention Research, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating NIMH’s prevention-related initiatives. In this capacity, the incumbent:

  • collaborates with the NIMH Office of the Director and other NIMH divisions and Offices in building and managing an Institute-wide, integrated prevention research program;
  • collaborates with the NIMH Intramural Program, other NIH Institutes, other Federal agencies, and outside organizations;
  • represents NIMH on interagency and interdepartmental policy and program development initiatives in prevention;
  • coordinates with the NIMH Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communication to respond to prevention-related inquiries and disseminate research knowledge; and
  • assists the Institute in developing public health policy by preparing material in response to Congressional and Administration requests and reviews draft Congressional testimony of other agency officials.

Additional responsibilities include administering and managing a portfolio of extramural research grants; collaborating with researchers and Program Officers from related scientific programs within NIMH, NIH, HHS, and other public and private funding agencies; and communicating DSIR research priorities via outreach to the scientific community (e.g., conference presentations, workshops, and special journal issues).The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of research grants that aim to develop, optimize, test, and disseminate innovative preventive and early intervention strategies and facilitate the development and implementation of innovative prevention research methods.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (e.g., M.D., DSW, Sc.D.) from an accredited college or university, with graduate training in developmental psychopathology/psychopathology, prevention, and intervention research methods. Expertise related to risk/protective factors, etiology, prevalence, course, and outcomes of mental disorders, including ethnic/racial cultural factors in mental health and mental disorders, is also relevant. Experience in mental health research and research administration, and data-based publications are prerequisites for this position. Experience in managing research programs and in coordinating activities of professional groups and associations are also desirable. Strong organizational, oral, writing, and communication skills are required. Experience with the grants review process is preferable.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The position will be posted at the GS-15 federal government salary grades, with an annual salary between $148,484 and $176,300.

How to Apply

The official announcement is available through from September 21, 2022, through September 30, 2022. Interested parties should also send a letter of interest, including a curriculum vitae, to

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the NIH Federal Resume Tips website for guidance on creating a federal resume.


The Associate Director for Prevention Research will be appointed at a salary commensurate with their qualifications and experience. In addition, full federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent), will be provided.

COVID Vaccination Status

Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants to implement other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Employees providing healthcare or services supporting healthcare (Healthcare Workforce) may be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because they are expected to perform duties that put them in contact or potential contact with patients. We may request COVID-19 vaccination and other vaccination documentation from Healthcare Workforce personnel at any point during the onboarding process or at any time during your employment with NIH.

HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.