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As the Director, Office of Special Populations, you will develop initiatives to enhance the research and training efforts targeting underrepresented minorities and women and provide advice and guidance to senior staff on matters on health research related to special populations. Although not required, the ideal candidate for this position will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. 

The position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), Office of the Director (OD) located in Bethesda, Maryland.

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As the Director, Office of Special Populations, you will:

  • Provide guidance to senior staff regarding the direction and approach for National Institute on Aging (NIA) health research related to special populations (i.e. women, persons with disabilities and underrepresented minorities) on programs, initiatives and efforts to attract, recruit and retain researchers from these populations in the field of aging research.
  • Serve as the NIA focal point and provide leadership for establishing NIA-wide goals for special populations research and training programs and for the coordination and development of these programs.
  • Coordinate NIA planning to improve research on diseases and conditions that affect special populations disproportionately.
  • Identify need for and work with NIA program directors to develop initiatives to enhance the research efforts targeted for special populations, increase the effectiveness of outreach and education programs, and develop and/or enhance the research infrastructure at minority institutions.