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Job Vacancy Announcement - Health Scientist Administrator/Social and Behavioral Science Administrator (Program Officer) – Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR), Adult Psychosocial Interventions Research Program

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)    
Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch (TPIRB)     
Adult Psychosocial Interventions Research Program (CAPIRP)

Program Overview

The NIMH seeks a motivated, experienced researcher with expertise in mental health intervention research to serve as the Program Chief of the Adult Psychosocial Interventions Research Program. The incumbent will be responsible for developing  and managing 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 refining, and testing mental health intervention approaches that focus on 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 mental health intervention research.

Position Duties

General responsibilities for Program Officers in TPIRB include administering and managing a portfolio of extramural research grants that aim to develop, optimize, test, and disseminate intervention strategies. TPIRB Program Officers collaborate with researchers and Program Officers from related scientific programs within NIMH, NIH, HHS, and other public and private funding agencies; and communicate 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 focused evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of psychosocial treatment interventions (in person and digital), alone or in combination/sequence, for mental and behavior disorders in adults. Supported research includes studies examining acute and longer-term therapeutic effects on clinical course and functioning across domains (e.g., social/interpersonal, vocational functioning).


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 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. The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. The work site is in Rockville, Maryland. A complete federal Civil Service benefits package is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The position will be posted at the GS-13/14 federal government salary grades , with an annual salary between $112.015 and $172,075.

How to Apply

A global Social and Behavioral Sciences Administrator (Program Officer) announcement will be available through from March 18, 2024, through March 27, 2024.

Candidates must apply through USAJOBS - The Federal Government's official employment site . Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to also send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to

Please set up notifications via USAJOBS for future announcements that fit your criteria. Visit the NIH Federal Resume Tips website for guidance on creating a federal resume at .

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.