Associate Vice President, Science

Associate Vice President, Science

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) creates and manages alliances with public and private institutions in support of the mission of the National Institutes of Health, the world’s premier medical research agency. The Foundation works with its partners to accelerate biomedical research and strategies against diseases and health concerns in the United States and across the globe.

Job Description:

The Associate Vice President, Science (AVPS) reports directly to the Senior Vice President, Science and will provide scientific guidance to the FNIH. The AVPS will oversee and manage a portfolio of scientific grant programs. This includes programs in the areas of drug, vaccine and vector control discovery research with an emphasis on infectious diseases. Coordinating and supporting diverse activities underpinning development of novel genetic strategies to control transmission of mosquito-borne diseases will be a prominent part of this work. The AVPS will be expected to devote most of his/her efforts to this work.

The AVPS will work with several PhD-level scientific program managers and project managers. This is a management position that involves strategic, high level interactions with officials from donor organizations, the US and other governments, multinational organizations, and requires a detailed understanding of specific research programs and their related science. The position will be based in FNIH’s Bethesda, Maryland offices and will require moderate travel, both within the U.S. and internationally.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Senior Vice President in managing the day to day affairs of division programs across a broad range of technical knowledge domains and disease areas.
  • Interacts with the scientific community and funders to understand needs and opportunities and translates these into actionable initiatives for new projects and partnerships.
  • Works with division and other FNIH staff to develop proposals for program support and funding, interacting with potential donors and negotiating award agreements. 
  • Establishes new projects and provides mechanisms for their ongoing scientific, administrative and financial oversight.  
  • Represents the FNIH to external audiences through presentations at conferences, authorship of publications, interactions with the media, and in other relevant venues. 
  • Works with division and other FNIH staff, and involved researchers, to develop reports to donors on project and program progress. 
  • Assists the Senior Vice President in personnel and resource management, maintaining and motivating a high-performing scientific and administrative staff. 
  • Organizes, leads and supports meetings and video/teleconferences involving a broad array of stakeholders. 
  • Works with division and other FNIH staff to support overall management of the FNIH scientific enterprise; recommends policy and procedure; collaborates with other FNIH team members on strategic planning, internal grant policies and procedures, portfolio progress, and budget planning and reporting.  
  • Serves in place of the Senior Vice President during the Senior Vice President's absence.


Work requires a PhD or other terminal degree in a biomedical science or related field and at least five years’ experience in a managerial research or product development role or equivalent experience. The candidate should have a combination of education and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities and skills:

  • Demonstrated expertise with designing, implementing and managing biomedical research programs; 
  • Demonstrated ability to translate scientific concepts into actionable programs and projects;
  • Experience in working collaboratively with professionals from diverse sectors (government, academia, philanthropy, multinational organizations, industry);
  • Knowledge of issues related to development and acceptability of genetically modified organisms;
  • Experience with international programs/projects;
  • Proven ability to demonstrate diplomacy as well as initiative when working with others;
  • Skill in written and oral communication, requiring ability to explain and articulate scientific information to a broad and diverse audience; 
  • Demonstrate creativity, initiative and strategic thinking;
  • Ability to work in a changing environment and to be comfortable with evolving priorities;
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills;
  • Ability to multitask, including working across complex projects, and meet tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly, make difficult decisions independently and recognize emergent opportunities;
  • Teambuilding skills to help build/maintain an effective group and engage partners;
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.

Experience working with or knowledge of the following will be considered a plus:

  • Health needs of developing countries, particularly in Africa;
  • Science policy, including procedures of NIH and other national and international research, funding, health or development agencies;
  • Vector biology and/or development of malaria control tools;
  • Project management processes and issues, including human and animal subjects, data sharing, and intellectual property issues. 

How To Apply:

If you are ready to pursue a rewarding career to advance biomedical science, send your resume and cover letter with salary history to, with "AVPSWS" included in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

The FNIH is an equal opportunity employer.

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