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Job Vacancy Announcement - Supervisory Web Specialist

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications (OSPPC)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Position Overview 

The NIMH is seeking superior candidates for the position of Supervisory Technical Information Specialist (Chief) of the Electronic Communication Branch (ECB), Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications (OSPPC). OSPPC analyzes, guides, develops, and disseminates information about mental health research priorities, programs, and policies by providing accessible, credible, consistent, and timely messaging to NIMH’s stakeholders. 

The ECB provides strategic planning, leadership, implementation, and evaluation of the overall strategy for NIMH’s digital presence by:

  • Overseeing the development, management, and implementation of the design, application, and dissemination of NIMH’s enterprise website,, and other internal and external digital channels, applications, and platforms. 
  • Directing NIMH’s digital strategy and content management framework to effectively communicate the Institute’s scientific priorities, research advances, and initiatives to various stakeholders, including the public.
  • Developing and executing business practices, policies, and procedures to ensure that timely, accurate, and engaging information is posted and disseminated through digital platforms.
  • Maintaining state-of-the-art knowledge of digital communication technologies, regulations, and practices, serving as a resource and agent for new media at NIMH.

As Chief of the ECB, the incumbent has full responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing all functions and services of the ECB, exercising responsibility for the day-to-day supervision of Federal staff and oversight of contract staff. The Chief will manage the daily operational activities of the ECB, including establishing short and long-term goals, operational plans, and strategic direction and priorities; manage ECB resources, including budgetary needs, contracts, software, tools, and licenses; interface with OSPPC and NIMH senior leadership, staff, and customers to ensure that ECB objectives and policies are compatible with Office and Institute needs, goals, and procedures; develop, interpret, and implement NIH, HHS and federal digital policies and standards including Section 508; and, continually explore new technologies and tools to increase the ECB’s efficiency in achieving its goals and objectives. The incumbent will perform a range of planning, research, and analysis of activities designed to formulate and advance the digital dissemination goals of the NIMH. In collaboration with OSPPC leadership, the incumbent will develop a clear strategic plan/roadmap that includes implementing and maintaining strategies for delivering/presenting NIMH content across digital media channels.


Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have a major study in an academic field and/or experience related to information technology, computer science, communications, digital media, or another related discipline appropriate to the work of the position. Salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae to

HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.