Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, NCI, NIH

6 days left

Rockville, Maryland
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.
Jan 01, 2021
Jan 30, 2021
Full Time
Position Type
Executive, Permanent

Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Office of the Director

National Cancer Institute

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services

The Person: The NCI is seeking an innovative leader to serve as the Director for the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). The position serves as the Director for the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) and is in the Office of the Director (OD), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and reports directly to the NCI Director. The mission of the DCCPS is to provide national and international leadership in supporting research in surveillance, epidemiology, health services, behavioral science, and cancer survivorship with the goal of reducing the burden of cancer in America. The Division plays a central role within the Federal government as a source of expertise and evidence on issues such as cancer trends, the quality of cancer care, the economic burden of cancer, geographic information systems, statistical methods, communication science, tobacco control, and implementation science.

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The Director, DCCPS provides scientific expertise and overall scientific administration to the operations and support of the research and operations of the DCCPS. The Director exercises scientific and administrative management of an integrated program of the highest quality epidemiological, behavioral, social, health services, and surveillance cancer research. DCCPS funded research aims to understand the causes and distribution of cancer in populations, support the development and delivery of effective cancer control interventions, and monitor and explain health disparities across all segments of the population. Central to these activities are the  processes of data aggregation, evidence synthesis, modeling and decision making that aids in evaluating what has been learned, identifying new priorities and strategies, collaborating with other agencies, and effectively applying research discoveries to reduce the cancer burden.

S/he has responsibility for: (1) scientific planning, resource, partnership and management of operational administration for the division; (2) oversight of all the division’s grants and cooperative agreement research activities amounting to over $400 million annually; and (3) working with and advising senior leadership on the development and implementation of long range  strategic, scientific, facility and business plans for the division.

The Director, DCCPS oversees a budget of approximately $150 million and a staff of approximately 150 scientific and administrative staff; sets the scientific priorities, makes program decisions, and develops policy; fosters emerging topics in cancer control research that benefits the nation, and oversees the activities of 6 branches that are responsible for:

  • applying behavior and social sciences research to cancer prevention and control,
  • supporting research in human populations to understand determinants of cancer occurrence and outcomes and translating findings to clinical and public health interventions,
  • studying cancer care, the factors influencing care, and the outcomes of care,
  • improving the impact of cancer control and population science on the health and healthcare of the population, and fostering the rapid integration of research, practice, and
  • policy,
  • providing a quantitative portrait of cancer and its determinants in a defined population, and
  • enhancing the quality and length of survival of all persons diagnosed with cancer and to prevent, minimize, or manage adverse effects of cancer and its treatment.

These programs are implemented through extramural grants, cooperative agreements, collaborative projects, and other activities.

Position Requirements: The successful candidate will have an M.D. or Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and have extensive training and experience in cancer control and population sciences research. The candidate must be able to lead a national and international integrated program of the highest quality epidemiological, behavioral, social, health services, and surveillance cancer research. The candidate must be an experienced scientist with a record of peer-reviewed publications, outstanding performance, and recognized accomplishments in the field of cancer control and population sciences. In addition, the candidate must be an experienced manager  responsible for supervising scientific and administrative staff, overseeing complex research projects and/or grants and facilitating collaborations and partnerships within the cancer and/or public health research community. Of special importance include having a scientific vision for DCCPS, the skill to lead complex cancer control research programs, the ability to develop and implement cutting-edge cancer control research programs, and the knowledge of methods and strategies for cancer control research, translation, and dissemination.

Salary/Benefits: This position will be filled under a Title 42 excepted service appointment.

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate may be subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and full contact details for three references. In addition, applicants must prepare two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements (please limit both  statements to two pages each). Send the application package to

NCI has extended the closing date to January 30, 2021.

You may contact Karen Levine at for more information about this vacancy.

HHS, NIH and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers

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