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Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) - ODWD

National Insitute of Mental Health
Rockville, Maryland
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing date
Oct 8, 2022

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Job Vacancy Announcement – Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity (ODWD)


Position Overview

NIMH is seeking candidates for a Health Scientist Administrator (HSA) for the Minority Mental Health Program in the Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity (ODWD). ODWD coordinates two significant priorities at NIMH: 1) reducing mental health disparities and 2) enhancing the diversity of the mental health research workforce. ODWD’s combined focus allows NIMH to support and advance practices that promote equity in mental health research and address the needs of individuals and communities that are underrepresented and underserved in both research and the workforce. ODWD also works closely with the NIMH Office of Rural Mental Health Research to address the mental health needs of people living in rural areas.

The Program Officer works in a dynamic environment at the intersection of health science and public policy. Primary duties for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Participating in developing and implementing comprehensive plans and strategies for projects and activities related to minority mental health (MMH) and health disparities (HD) research. Planning, coordinating, and implementing actions in MMH and HD program areas. Providing technical support to NIMH staff during developing projects or programs related to MMH and HD. Analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of programs or operations to identify issues and make recommendations for improvement.

Additional activities include assessing current MMH and HD research to identify gaps and opportunities for scientific progress; leveraging innovative approaches to MMH and HD research to increase knowledge and improve public health outcomes; communicating NIMH health disparities research priorities to a broad range of stakeholders; and collaborating with colleagues within and outside of NIMH to advance MMH and HD research that informs practices and policies designed to reduce mental health disparities and promote mental health equity.


Position Duties

The position requires the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Excellent oral and written communication skills, sound judgment, strong critical thinking, and organizational skills are required. The incumbent should be interested in equity and disparities-related mental health research and should have a desire to work collegially as part of an interdisciplinary staff to support a cooperative and productive work environment.



Candidates should have either a Ph.D. or M.D. with expertise in minority mental health or health disparities research.



The Program Officer 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.


How to Apply

This is a pre-announcement. The official announcement will be available through from September 21, 2022, through September 30, 2022. Interested parties should also send a letter of interest, including a curriculum vitae, to

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the NIH Federal Resume Tips website for guidance on creating a federal resume.


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.



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