Training Plan Redeveloped for Extramural Administrators
A training program for all staff serving as extramural scientist
administrators (ESA) has recently been redeveloped. ESA training
consists of coursework for those who have been performing ESA
duties for less than 2 years, and continuing education activities (a
minimum of two per year) for those who are more experienced. All
staff performing extramural scientist administrator duties are
expected to participate in one or both aspects of the program. In
addition, a program of advanced instruction in NIH extramural
activities will be available to a limited number of extramural
administrators. Finally, a mentored leadership program open to
ESAs and contract and grants management staff is being established.
The program includes:
- Orientation to NIH Extramural Activities The Office
of Extramural Programs offers this course in February. It
provides a broad introduction to NIH extramural activities for
employees at all grade levels who are new to the NIH
extramural community. This course is required of all new
- Core Curriculum Training Completes the orientation
course with half-day sessions on Tuesdays in February.
Experienced staff members, including ESAs, grants
management, contracts management and support staff, are also
invited to attend to broaden their knowledge and refresh their
skills. The objective is to provide a more in-depth foundation
for the performance of ESA duties with an opportunity to
discuss aspects of more complex issues that must be
considered in managing extramural program or review
activities. Outlines of this year's core curriculum may be
viewed online at http://odoerdb2.od.nih.gov/oer/training/esa/esa_cores.htm.
- Continuing Education Individuals who perform ESA
activities are required to participate in the Continuing
Education Program in order to maintain a current knowledge
of extramural policies and procedures. Each year, ESAs will be
expected to participate in a minimum of two training activities,
either special issues training offered by the Office of
Extramural Programs, attendance at a creditable STEP forum
or module and/or other training offered by their institute or
center, or by the NIH Human Resource Development
- ESA Seminar Series Annually, the Extramural Staff
Training Office has offered, on a limited and competitive
enrollment basis, a series of weekly seminars on Fridays. The
series is designed primarily for ESAs with 2 or more years of
experience. Because of the current backlog of applicants, the
course will be shortened to 4 months and offered twice a year,
beginning in September 2001. The series will be held from
September to January and repeated from February to June.
Announcement of the series is made in the spring with dates
and details for applying.
- Mentoring for NIH Leadership Development This program
is for extramural staff with 5 or more years of experience. Grants
management and contracts management staff will be included with
ESAs for this program. Participants must have a strong desire and
demonstrated potential to become a leader at NIH. Selection will be
based on supervisory recommendation and examination by OEP
staff of the applicant's CV and a written statement by the applicant.
Completion of all other required ESA training is mandatory.
For more information, contact extramural staff training officer Dr.
Chuck Selden on 435-8685.
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