Job Overview


The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is the nations medical research agency. 

Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visitNIH Overview

The Vaccine Research Center (VRC) is an intramural research component of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health.   The mission of the VRC is to conduct basic, translational, and clinical research dedicated to improving public health through discovery, design, and development of vaccines of public health importance.   VRC scientific staff have expertise in immunology, virology, structural biology, pathogenesis, laboratory animal medicine, regulatory science, clinical research, bio-engineering, and vaccinology. The Center's primary focus is to develop a vaccine against HIV/AIDS, with concomitant efforts directed against biodefense and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases. The VRC has also created and utilizes specialized capabilities to quickly manufacture clinical grade vaccine products, utilizing a Vaccine Pilot Plant in Frederick, MD.   In addition, the VRC has created the NIAID Vaccine Immune T-Cell and Antibody Laboratory (NVITAL), which performs key end-point immune assays according to FDA guidelines on GLP.   If selected, you will execute all aspects of management, budgetary, and operational activities of the Center (comparable responsibilities of a COO/CFO in the private sector).


The VRC has a position for a Supervisory Health Scientist, Associate Director for Management and Operations (ADMO). The ADMO serves as the principal advisor to the Director, VRC on scientific program development and management, with particular emphasis on efficient use of resources. The ADMO will manage the operational aspects of research, with specific responsibilities including the following:

  • strategic planning and direction of the VRC
  • science management
  • staff planning and implementation
  • technology transfer activities
  • management of bioinformatics, programming, local and wide-area network support
  • communicating the goals and results of VRC research programs, press releases and other informational materials, and reporting accomplishments to Congress
  • planning and policy guidance
  • overall financial management and budget activities of the VRC

The ADMO serves as a delegated representative of the Director, VRC, to guide all VRC staff operational activities, promote team building,  identify and implement ways to improve the efficiency of operations and increase workload productivity, develop scientific and operational infrastructure, serve as the Director's agent with full authority to negotiate and resolve policy issues, exercise responsibility for the execution of all aspects of management and operational activities, including oversight of approximately $100 million in annual operating funds.  The ADMO will interact with senior NIAID and NIH officials at the highest levels, and has specific supervisory responsibility for program analysts, visual information specialists, and science writers at the GS-12 through GS-14 levels.