Director, Office of Strategic Planning, Initiative Development, and Analysis

Office of Science Management and Operations

Office of the Director

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services


The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader to be the director of the Office of Strategic Planning, Initiative Development, and Analysis (OSPIDA). The director provides leadership for the development and coordination of all phases of NIAID-wide scientific strategic and operational planning; evaluation of diverse, highly complex scientific research and clinical programs; development of research initiatives; portfolio classification, policy analysis, and research portfolio reporting to inform policy decisions and science management; tool development and applications for data mining and analysis for data-driven decision making; and integration of science planning, resource planning, program evaluation activities, and related business systems to ensure that NIAID plans, priorities, and programs are executable, transparent, and sound. The OSPIDA director is a Science Policy Leader – Tier 2 position appointed under the Title 42 authority and reports to the NIAID Deputy Director for Science Management. The position serves as a senior advisor to NIAID’s leadership on scientific priorities and goals as well as leads high-profile projects for NIAID’s responses, plans, and initiatives for addressing critical and emerging issues related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases research.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent in a biological science with demonstrated scientific experience that spans multiple disciplines within NIAID’s mission, including microbiology, immunology, and infectious diseases
  • Knowledge of the policies and procedures governing biomedical intramural and extramural research support
  • Knowledge of initiative development as well as data and portfolio analysis tools and methodologies
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies applicable to strategic planning and evaluation, to include the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and other reporting requirements
  • Ability to manage and lead a multidisciplinary staff
  • Collaborative skills required to interact with staff at all levels within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the extramural community, and national and international research, health, and government organizations

To Apply

Provide your curriculum vitae (CV), bibliography, and a two- to three-page statement explaining your reasons for being interested in the position and the specific scientific and leadership expertise and experience you will bring to the position. Submit your application by email to NIAID-OD-OSPIDADir-Apply@mail.nih.gov.

Applications will be accepted until March 11, 2022. Up to three letters of professional reference may be required as the recruitment process progresses.

Email NIAID-OD-OSPIDADir-Apply@niaid.nih.gov with questions or for more information about the position.

All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by individuals authorized by NIAID as part of the recruitment. The successful candidate will be appointed under the Title 42(f) authority at a salary commensurate with experience. A full package of benefits is also available, including retirement; health, life, and long-term care insurance; annual and sick leave; and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).


As a condition of employment, all federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  During the onboarding process, if selected, you must provide proof of vaccination. An official job offer and continued employment is contingent on this requirement. For more information on this requirement, visit the Safer Federal Workforce page on vaccines. If you need a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit Vaccines.gov.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently operating in a maximum telework state. If selected, you may be expected to telework. As employees to return to the office, you may be required to report to the location listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. At the discretion of the supervisor and NIH policy, you may be eligible for workplace flexibilities, which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with NIH Workplace Flexibilities guidance.

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About National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader to be the director of the Office of Strategic Planning, Initiative Development, and Analysis (OSPIDA).