“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional executive candidates for the newly established position of Chief Data Strategist (CDS). The CDS will report directly to the NIH Director; s/he will serve as the principal advisor to the NIH Director and other NIH leadership in the broad domain of the large-scale platforms and technology/tools ecosystems that facilitate data science. In complementing existing NIH expertise and investments in computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, information science, medical informatics, and quantitative biology, the CDS will: 1) provide leadership for a broad range of initiatives and projects that align with NIH’s strategic plans; 2) catalyze the use of new platforms and methods to gain deeper insights from NIH’s vast data resources; and 3) help mature competencies and capabilities of the biomedical research workforce—amongst NIH as well as our greater research ecosystem—to capitalize on new large-scale biomedical data and analytic tools.” 

“Strategy & Innovation: The CDS will play a seminal role orchestrating the development of cutting-edge approaches and platforms for initiatives that support the vision expressed in the NIH’s Strategic Plan for Data Science. This leadership position must also develop the strategic planning processes (and an ongoing strategic plan) that keep NIH and its awardees at the forefront of biomedical data science and new data types that will scale up in the near future (omics, imaging, biosensing, consumer devices, etc.)…” 

“Platform Leadership: The Chief Data Strategist will lead the trans-NIH effort to deliver a next-generation technology platform that can accelerate scientific discovery and weave existing data science efforts into a highly innovative data ecosystem to maximize the utilization and extraction of knowledge from the data generated by, and relevant to, NIH research. This will entail engaging with exciting data intensive research programs such as the All of Us Program, BRAIN Initiative, Cancer Moonshot, and the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) program, as well as the NIH intramural research program to promote the coordination and harmonization of data, methods, and technologies being sensitive to the unique programs and goals of the individual NIH Institutes and Centers. …” 

“External & Internal Advocacy: The Chief Data Strategist will serve as one of the NIH’s advocate and representative in national and global data strategy matters, including other Federal agencies, the Congress, industry, academic and scientific societies, the biomedical research community, international partners, the media, and the public. This will include extensive interactions with external advisors and stakeholders in the research community and experts in the private sector.” 

“QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: The Chief Data Strategist will be a recognized leader who is able to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position within the framework of agency policies, mission, objectives, and resources. S/he is required to have expert knowledge of scientific data management and analysis, in addition to established abilities to negotiate complex and sensitive data-management issues, to formulate policies, and to present and defend polices, programs, and activities. Successful candidates will have extensive experience in data science platforms and data management disciplines and demonstrated success in full life cycle development processes from planning to delivery and management of enterprise-level data and service platforms and solutions …” 

“Summary of Key Requirements 

  • Demonstrated success in inventing, developing, and/or deploying advanced data platforms, systems, and tools that come from—or could be applied to—biomedical research 
  • Deep expertise on “Big Data” technologies, systems, and trends, including cloud-based computing, Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) architectures, distributed analytics, privacy-enhancing technologies, etc. 
  • Ability to carefully identify and prioritize information/reporting/analysis needs and translate/summarize key findings to provide strategy recommendations. 
  • Ability to apply advanced analytics to help NIH gain insights into patterns, trends, and other metrics, to accomplish NIH’s biomedical objectives and goals. 
  • Ability to expertly negotiate complex and sensitive data-management issues, formulate policies, and to present and defend polices, programs, and activities. 
  • Outstanding ability to execute complex plans and programs, meeting interim milestones and long-term objectives….” 

Read the full job description here. 

G2X TAKE: Those who support the National Institutes of Health may want to influence who applies for this role that serves as the principal advisor to the NIH Director and other NIH leadership in the broad domain of the large-scale platforms and technology/tools ecosystems that facilitate data science. 

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