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NCI Clinical Director








Clinical Director

  Position Description: The National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks to fill the position of NCI Clinical Director.  This is an exciting opportunity to oversee a large, cutting edge and growing clinical research program housed in the NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR) at the NIH Clinical Center. Reporting directly to the NCI Director, the NCI Clinical Director is the senior official to oversee quality of medical care delivered to patients participating in clinical trials in the NCI Center for Cancer Research.

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) ( is the basic and clinical intramural research program of the NCI. The NCI intramural program develops and conducts clinical research at the NIH Clinical Research Center (CRC) on the NIH Bethesda campus, the world’s largest dedicated research hospital with 242 inpatient beds, 90 day hospital stations, and multiple outpatient clinics.  CCR’s intramural clinical research program is far-reaching and active, accounting for over 30 percent of the total medical effort at the NIH Clinical Center. The CCR clinical program sees approximately 4,000 to 5,000 patients per year in over 300 studies. Approximately 1,800 new adult and pediatric patients are enrolled annually. Research activities are multidisciplinary, spanning oncologic diseases—from brain, lung, prostate, breast, and gynecologic malignancies, leukemia, lymphoma, renal cancers and melanoma—to understanding rare cancers and genetic and virally-driven cancers. Research also develops new treatment approaches in transplantation, cellular therapy, surgery, radiation, and immunotherapy. CCR also provides clinical services to all of NIH through its Radiation Oncology Branch, Laboratory of Pathology, and three surgical branches.

The incumbent will lead the CCR Office of the Clinical Director ( with a staff of 240 and will oversee a budget of ~ $185M.  Through the Office of the Clinical Director, the  successful candidate will advise the CCR Director on the allocation of clinical support resources to CCR investigators to facilitate the conduct of clinical research, including space, budget, and personnel, will ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements and informed consent, will implement the highest level of patient care and safety in research protocols, and will oversee review of clinical research protocols, for scientific excellence, relevance to mission and feasibility. The Clinical Director will also lead an outreach program to promote accrual of a diverse patient population and will oversee credentialing and training activities including the ACGME-accredited NIH Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, an established world leader that has trained over 600 academic physician scientists. The NCI Clinical Director will be part of CCR, NCI and NIH leadership.

LOCATION:   Bethesda, Maryland

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must possess an M.D., M.D./Ph.D, or equivalent degree, and have demonstrated scientific leadership and/or demonstrated research experience in a clinical research program of national and international standing in oncology related research.   The successful candidate will have a compelling vision for the future of clinical research and trials, proven experience in managing and directing a clinical research program, and well-honed administrative and interpersonal skills.  The NCI seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to maintain the Institute’s clinical research efforts at the forefront of science.  The successful candidates will be well-known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, based on their clinical research achievements.  Candidates should have the demonstrated ability to manage financial and human resources and lead a clinical research program involving extensive internal and external collaboration and must be able to build, mentor, motivate and maintain a culturally diverse staff. The incumbent must hold or obtain the required medical credentials that allow credentialing in the NIH Clinical Center.

SALARY/BENEFITS:  Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.  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).  A recruitment and/or relocation incentive may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid.

Please read the following guidance on Selective Service requirements.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.  The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT/FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at the NIH Ethics Website. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

FOREIGN EDUCATION:  Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

REASONABLE ACCOMODATION:  NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a detailed statement describing your fundamental vision (no more than two pages) and a qualifications statement (no more than two pages). Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.

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Accepting applications starting on Monday, October 3, 2022, and applications will continue to be accepted and considered until the position is filled. The first review will start on Monday, December 5, 2022. All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized officials associated with the recruitment.


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

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers

The NIH and NCI are dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

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