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NIH Competencies Dictionary

The competencies included represent the basic knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors that administrative employees at NIH need to be successful.

The competencies are divided into four sections:

  • Non-Technical: These are foundational competencies such as “Communication” and “Leveraging Technology” which can be applied across NIH administrative positions.
  • Technical: These competencies represent the skill sets required for specific functional areas.
  • Leadership & Management: Represent the essential competencies necessary to be a successful leader or manager at NIH.
  • Executive Proficiencies: These proficiencies are designed to identify the skill sets of the top levels of management and can be used as a guide for individuals aspiring to reach these positions (e.g., IC Director, Deputy IC Director, Scientific Director, Extramural Director, or Executive Officer).

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Non-Technical Competencies Group

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Technical Competencies Group





Information Technology Management


Workforce Management

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Leadership and Management Competencies Group

Visionary Leadership

Developing and Managing Talent

Strategic Decision Making

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Executive Proficiencies

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