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Job Vacancy Announcement - Deputy Chief Information Officer

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office of Management (OM)
Information Technology Branch (ITB)

Program Overview

The NIMH seeks exceptional candidates to fill the position of Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the Information Technology Branch (ITB), Office of Management (OM). The Deputy CIO will simultaneously serve as the Section Chief for the Software Development. The ITB provides leadership and management for Institute IT strategies and implementations, IT systems development, IT security, data management, technical support, and IT administrative policy. ITB also works with the broader NIH IT communities to coordinate policies and enterprise services across the NIH federated IT organizations. NIMH maintains a comprehensive suite of IT services and applications supporting Institute administrative operations, grants management and related activities, scientific collaboration, data management, IT acquisitions, and business process automation. The incumbent will oversee the NIMH software and systems development activities, serve as the ITB Project Management Office (PMO) lead, and work with the NIMH CIO to develop and maintain the IT strategy for the Institute.

Position Duties

This position will supervise a team of federal IT professionals from diverse backgrounds and will also be the government technical lead for a 10 to 15-person contract software development team. Interested candidates must be able to set goals and administratively and technically direct the work of subordinates by planning, assigning, reviewing, and rejecting work done by subordinates.


Applicants must have expert knowledge and skill in applying computer information management theories, principles, and techniques and a proven ability to use them to large-scale and complex development projects. This includes expert knowledge of software development life cycles, amount and quality, and the ability to set and monitor project practices, techniques, methods, and testing criteria.

This position also requires the ability to provide consults with technical, programmatic, and administrative NIMH staff and NIH-wide service providers and policymakers regarding the utilization of computer resources, services, and implementation of computer systems. The incumbent must successfully manage these key roles while remaining sensitive to the special audiences they are addressing.

How to Apply

This is a pre-announcement. The upcoming announcement will be available through If you are interested in this position, please send your resume to Please contact Terry Mundell, Management Analyst, at or 301-443-8187 if you have any questions and for the live links to the announcement.


The Deputy CIO 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.