Skip to main content
Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility Resource Specialist (Contractor)

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), part of the Intramural Research Program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a vibrant community located outside of Washington, D.C. at the Shady Grove Campus of the NCI. DCEG is home to more than 250 dedicated staff, including over 70 tenure-track and tenured epidemiologists, geneticists, clinicians, and biostatisticians, and administrative staff and trainees. Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of team-science, DCEG investigators pursue important and challenging problems in cancer research. The mission of DCEG is to discover the causes of cancer and inform the means for prevention by conducting transdisciplinary epidemiological and genetics research. DCEG collaborates with academia, commercial partners, and advocacy groups to advance its mission nationally and globally. Recently, DCEG conducted a five-year strategic plan and identified diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility within the work force as a key area of continued emphasis. For an overview of DCEG, please visit the DCEG website

DCEG aims to build a diverse biomedical workforce and maintain and further an equitable, inclusive, accessible, and nurturing work environment. To that end, DCEG is seeking a dynamic candidate to serve as a Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility Resource Specialist (Contractor). 

Position Description

The incumbent shall serve as the primary resource to the Director and senior leadership to develop and guide DCEG’s organizational strategy for diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and cross-cultural initiatives. The incumbent is expected to strengthen existing organizational activities, introduce new mechanisms to ensure a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible work environment, and develop and implement monitoring and reporting processes. Duties include:

  • Develop and implement an outreach plan to ensure a diverse pool of candidates is attained in searches for all scientific positions (from postbaccalaureate fellows to senior scientists in leadership positions), with an emphasis on ensuring that candidates include individuals underrepresented in the sciences.
  • Identify, develop, implement, and evaluate Division-wide diversity, equity, inclusion, and cross-cultural initiatives.
  • Develop and implement metrics for measuring success and reporting mechanisms.
  • Collaborate with other NCI and NIH Offices involved in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in carrying out programs and initiatives.

Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention

  • Identify and implement best practices for the recruitment, hiring, and retention of researchers underrepresented in the sciences. 
  • Engage with search committees to assist with outreach to create a diverse applicant pool for scientific openings.
  • Collaborate with the DCEG, NCI, and NIH entities to develop effective strategies related to recruitment, hiring, and retention of diverse staff.

Organizational Development

  • Identify systemic barriers and develop strategies to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the Division’s pursuit of scientific excellence.
  • Monitor and recommend actions to remedy workplace and career development barriers, including those identified by faculty underrepresented in the sciences.
  • Actively engage faculty and leadership to further behaviors, attitudes, and policies that support diversity, equity, and a welcoming and inclusive culture.
  • Assess the need for and recommend training initiatives on cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values.

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Establish and maintain an internal monitoring and reporting system to measure and report program effectiveness.
  • Communicate and coordinate diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility activities with key DCEG, NCI, and NIH stakeholders.
  • Report regularly to the Director and key leadership regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility issues and activities within DCEG.

Position Qualifications and Requirements

  • Minimum of five years of experience in leading/facilitating diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility initiatives or an advanced degree in related fields with a minimum of two years of experience;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills;
  • Prior experience in academia and/or government is preferred.

About this Position

  • This is a contractor position in Rockville, Maryland. Hiring mechanism to be determined based on candidate qualifications and experience.
  • Full-time; telework supported (full-time telework currently due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Salary is competitive.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send an up-to-date resume and cover letter describing prior experience with leading/facilitating diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility initiatives to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


If you would like to reproduce some or all of this content, see Reuse of NCI Information for guidance about copyright and permissions. In the case of permitted digital reproduction, please credit the National Cancer Institute as the source and link to the original NCI product using the original product's title; e.g., “Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility Resource Specialist (Contractor) was originally published by the National Cancer Institute.”