The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental illnesses. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of National Autism Coordinator, NIMH Office of the Director (OD). The incumbent will serve as national coordinator on all federal autism activities, providing coordination of autism research activities across the federal government. The selectee will provide executive level leadership to enhance the effectiveness of the Autism research portfolio of the federal government, participate in HHS research coordination activities, and routinely report federal agency Autism research activities through the HHS Secretary to Congress. The incumbent will serve as a liaison between the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS, other federal agencies and departments, and stakeholder communities, providing information to guide federal and public-private coordination efforts, which will include gathering relevant information and preparing official reports of federal autism activities. The incumbent must possess an in-depth knowledge of the structure of federal Autism programs and their scientific agendas, and maintain staffing levels to facilitate communication and reporting, assure staff accomplishments, perform resource planning, and identify efficient business operational practices. This requires a sophisticated knowledge of the autism opportunities and the unique characteristics to be capable of managing an interdisciplinary staff with a variety of backgrounds and interests to generate a work environment which is cooperative and productive.
The selectee must be an exceptional and visionary leader with the capability to identify trends and knowledge gaps in ASD research. The incumbent will be responsible for priority setting and coordinating relevant activities within the NIMH, NIH, HHS and other Federal departments and agencies to promote research strategies that will contribute to the optimal development, health, and well-being of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.