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Glenda Conroy – US Air Force
Executive Officer, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
How did you become an NIH employee?
Originally I applied to a vacancy which included an Executive Officer position for several Institutes within NIH. I was selected to interview for the Executive Officer position at NIDA and subsequent to that was selected for the job.
What inspired you to want to work at NIH?
NIH employees work directly in-line with the mission, which attracted me to want to work at NIH. The role of Executive Officer at NIH was closely aligned with my career goals and would provide me with the opportunity to utilize my skill-set and background to support the science at NIH.
Was it difficult transitioning from the military into NIH?
The transition from the military to NIH was not a difficult one for me as I had served in the military prior to attending college and have held several jobs prior to working at NIH. After college, I got my first professional job at a public accounting firm and held several other private sector jobs prior to working at FDA and PSC. The work ethic and discipline I developed while serving in the military has helped me throughout my career.
What is your role at NIH?
As Executive Officer at NIDA, I am the lead for the Institute in all management and administration functions with an emphasis on technology, management analysis, human capital management, grants and acquisition management, administrative and financial management as they relate to carrying out the Institute’s scientific strategic agenda.
How do you think other veterans can benefit from joining NIH?
NIH provides the opportunity for individuals to collaborate and work with some of the best and brightest in the field of science. Veterans can use and apply their training in discipline and organization to help advance the scientific mission at NIH and serve those who are working at the forefront of scientific research and discovery. At NIH there is a fit for everyone, whether your niche is science-based, or in the area of management, there is a need for individuals in all career fields.