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Health Program Specialist, O.P.E.N.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Montgomery County, Maryland

Position Description:

The NINDS Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity (OPEN) represents NINDS at all levels of NIH in matters pertaining to inclusion, equity, and diversity in the extramural biomedical workforce. OPEN develops and implements specific funding opportunities (individual and institutional) and works across the NINDS, NIH Blueprint, and BRAIN Initiative scientific portfolios to promote inclusion and the creation of a diverse scientific workforce in the neurosciences. The Office develops training opportunities and provides programmatic support through grant awards, local and national workshops, and direct consultation with applicants and awardees. OPEN also organizes conferences, workshops, symposia and professional development activities to enhance diversity in the neuroscience workforce; establishes criteria/standards for the planning, reviewing and evaluation of diversity programs with relevant metrics for measuring success; manages a comprehensive database and tracking system for monitoring diversity programs; and conducts outreach to stakeholders across the neuroscience community to promote the research mission via site visits/panel presentations to universities, research institutions, government agencies, and diversity outreach societies.

The Health Program Specialist (HPS) will work with the OPEN team to provide scientific expertise and support in the management, planning, coordination, evaluation, and communication of the OPEN grant programs.

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Relevant skills include but are not limited to:
  • Expertise, experience and/or educational background in biomedical workforce training, diversity, and equity, (experience in neuroscience a plus);
  • Independent problem‐solving skills, combined with excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative work environment, across all scientific and administrative areas
  • Sound judgment and independent initiative;
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Effectively multi‐task, prioritize, meet deadlines, and manage critical issues in a dynamic environment, working both independently and as part of a team.

This is a Federal GS-11, GS-12 or GS-13 position located in Montgomery County MD. Level is based upon individual qualifications and professional experience. A full benefits package is available, which includes Thrift Savings Plan participation, health, life and long-term care insurance. You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position

To apply:

Please contact Dr. Michelle Jones-London at


This post will be available until December 26, 2020 or until filled.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.