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Job Vacancy Announcement - Grants Management Team Lead

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)
Grants Management Branch (GMB)

Program Overview

The Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates for a grants management specialist position in the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), Grants Management Branch (GMB) team. The GMB negotiates and issues over $1 billion in grants and cooperative agreements, annually. The GMB responsibilities are complex and critical to the Institute’s mission and success. The GMB staff ensures that all legal, regulatory, and policy requirements are met by the NIMH and the recipients and (accordingly) directs all business-related activities associated with NIMH awards.

Position Duties

The incumbent of this position serves as a Grants Management Team Lead for one of the units within the GMB. The incumbent supervises a staff (team) of six (6) or more Grants Management Specialists and provides expert technical and administrative direction to the staff in accomplishing the work of the GMB. The major duties and responsibilities of the position include:

Exercises responsibility for the overall fiscal and administrative management for a complex and comprehensive program of grants and cooperative agreements awarded to domestic and foreign organizations. Serves as a principal grants management expert who serves a focal point for the business management of a major segment of the NIMH grants program. Provides direction and assistance to the NIMH Chief Grants Management Officer, the Director and Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Activities, and other NIMH senior executive staff, including center directors and branch chiefs, regarding grants management plans, policies, and operations which contribute to the accomplishment of the NIMH goals and objectives. Is responsible for providing overall coordination and management of all assigned grants and for managing related concerns and issues.

Oversees the entire grants process to ensure that all required business management actions are performed by the grantee and by the government in a proper and timely manner, both prior to and after award. In carrying out this responsibility, (a) authorizes financial obligations which commit the NIMH to the support of research project grants and cooperative agreements; (b) reviews and evaluates the business management capability and performance of applicants, organizations, and grantees; (c) plans and develops operating procedures associated with the business management aspects of the grants process; and (d) coordinates the efforts of others who provide technical leadership.


The candidate should have experiencing reviewing the work of grants staff for technical accuracy; providing coaching or training to staff related to grants or cooperative agreements policy and administration; evaluating the impact of new or proposed legislation or policies on existing processes and grants compliance policies; providing advice and guidance to senior managers on grant policies and program plans and/or strategies; and developing criteria and standards for the planning, implementation and evaluation of grant or cooperative agreement proposals. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have a Bachelor’s degree in Finance or other related discipline. Four (4) years of specialized experience plus a high school diploma is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree. Minimum of two (2) years of experience in a related field.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to also send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Visit the NIH Federal Resume Tips website for guidance on creating a federal resume at Federal Resume Tips | Office of Human Resources ( .


The incumbent will be appointed at a salary commensurate with their qualifications and experience. In addition, full federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent), will be provided.

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.