Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

  • National Cancer Institute
  • Rockville, MD, USA
  • Dec 22, 2020
Full time Executive Government

Job Description

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.

For more information on the division, go to


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