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National Autism Coordinator

National Institute of Mental Health
Rockville, Maryland
commensurate with qualifications and experience
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Jun 4, 2022

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HHS National Autism Coordinator


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental illnesses. 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. The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery.


Position Overview   The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of National Autism Coordinator, NIMH Office of the Director (OD).  The incumbent will serve as national coordinator on all federal autism activities, providing coordination of autism research activities across the federal government.   The selectee will provide executive level leadership to enhance the effectiveness of the Autism research portfolio of the federal government, participate in HHS research coordination activities, and routinely report federal agency Autism research activities through the HHS Secretary to Congress.  The incumbent will serve as a liaison between the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS, other federal agencies and departments, and stakeholder communities, providing information to guide federal and public-private coordination efforts, which will include gathering relevant information and preparing official reports of federal autism activities.   The incumbent must possess an in-depth knowledge of the structure of federal Autism programs and their scientific agendas, and maintain staffing levels to facilitate communication and reporting, assure staff accomplishments, perform resource planning, and identify efficient business operational practices. This requires a sophisticated knowledge of the autism opportunities and the unique characteristics to be capable of managing an interdisciplinary staff with a variety of backgrounds and interests to generate a work environment which is cooperative and productive.


The selectee must be an exceptional and visionary leader with the capability to identify trends and knowledge gaps in ASD research. The incumbent will be responsible for priority setting and coordinating relevant activities within the NIMH, NIH, HHS and other Federal departments and agencies to promote research strategies that will contribute to the optimal development, health, and well-being of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.   


Qualifications   Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D. or educational equivalent in neuroscience, or a related medical or scientific discipline with broad, extensive familiarity with Autism Spectrum Disorder research and services.  The incumbent must also have a background of direct administration or management of program/efforts with national dimensions, and be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally.


How to Apply Applications will be accepted between 05/04/2022 and 06/04/2022.  Applications must include your CV and a letter of intent including a mission statement and/or vision for the position.  Please send these materials to Contact Sheida Ahdoot, NIMH Workforce Specialist at or (301) 480-8672 if you have any questions.


Benefits The HHS National Autism Coordinator will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.


Equal Employment Opportunity Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.




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