The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options.
PCORI is conducting a national search for Associate Directors to support our Science programs. The incumbent must have a proven track record of leadership possessing comprehensive breadth of knowledge in multiple clinical, policy, analytic, and methodologic issues to allow for knowledgeable oversight of the portfolio. In addition, the incumbent must demonstrate mastery of executive-level science leadership skills related to the analysis and prioritization of scientific and related challenges in the solicitation, award, and management of multiple research projects.
Under the direction of the Program Director, the Associate Director is responsible for leading and supervising a scientific team of Program Officers and Program Associates in the strategic decision-making and high-level planning, management and monitoring of the program portfolio, and a broad array of program activities (e.g., advisory panels, workgroup meetings) that advance PCORI’s research agenda. The incumbent will optimize functional alignment and coherency of their team’s unit to align with an evolving operating model that integrates multiple disciplines, provides clearly defined positions, and creates a collaborative, inclusive culture to ultimately achieve PCORI’s mission. In addition, the Associate Director will actively participate in an ongoing strategic planning effort to update PCORI’s National Priorities and frame the organization’s Research Agenda for the future.
Duties and Responsibilities
Management and General Program Responsibilities:
- Supervises and mentors a scientific team of professional staff, including Senior Program Officers, Program Officers, and Program Associates to accomplish a broad array of scientific development and oversight functions across the life cycle of extramural research funding in patient outcomes research
- Assists the Program Director, Program, and Senior leadership in identifying and implementing strategic objectives for the program and PCORI
- Evaluates the program’s portfolio to ensure balance and to identify need for modification of strategic funding directions and future funding opportunities
- Provides scientific, professional, and developmental guidance to mentor each team member to foster optimal performance and growth
- Applies knowledge of clinical care delivery and/or clinical trials to portfolio management activities including PFA development, pre-award reviews, discussions with applicants, and serves as a resource to PCORI staff when clinical expertise is required
- Develops, with assistance from PCORI staff and external organizations, program-specific funding announcements
- Actively engages in PCORI’s processes for reviewing and awarding applications received through the funding announcement process
- Advises awardees on the execution of their contracts; advises potential applicants regarding their applications and the application process
- Engages in active portfolio management by monitoring awardees’ attainment of contract milestones and overall study progress, conducting site visits, and implementing learning networks or conferences to facilitate shared learning opportunities for relevant stakeholders
Organizational Responsibilities and Contributions:
- Leads/participates in small teams or working groups to conceptualize research topics, perform or assess systematic reviews of evidence, execute strategic research portfolio management, implement strategic planning, identify emerging initiatives, and facilitate the prioritization of research questions by experts, Board Committees, or advisory panels
- Represents PCORI publicly regarding program direction, program funding, the application process, and award results
- Participates in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to maintain and enhance expertise and professional status
- Keeps Program Director and team apprised of developments and occurrences in the field that are likely to affect program decision-making, strategies, and/or award decision-making
- Carries out other responsibilities as assigned by PCORI management
Incumbent(s) in this position may be required to perform other duties and special assignments not specifically stated above.
Statements outlined in this section are designated as essential job functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
- Possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and strong leadership experience in mentoring and supervising a scientific team of Program Officers and Program Associates.
- Demonstrate expertise in clinical trial design, and execution and oversight in research methods, which may be reflected by prior success in publishing first-authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.
- Demonstrate expertise in clinical research analysis and prioritization of scientific and related challenges in the solicitation, award, and management of multiple research projects.
- Able to manage complex tasks with substantial independent responsibility, balancing multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities, and opportunities to make substantive contributions to the research and program development activities of PCORI
- Display strong written and verbal communication and oral presentation skills.
- Possess high tolerance for ambiguity.
- Exhibit motivation to support PCORI’s mission and goals; to work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities; to create and respond to innovative approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work towards achieving team goals.
- Demonstrate outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management.
- Show sound judgment and maturity, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally.
- Maintain confidentiality, exercise discretion, personal maturity, good judgement, and strong work ethic.
- Able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and is responsive and clear with funding announcement applicants.
- Able to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue; to identify major opportunities in a specific area; to see the big picture.
- Able to link organizational goals to individual department missions and activities and able to envision innovative solutions.
- Able to travel, as required, including for site visits, and representing PCORI at external meetings.
- Doctoral degree plus minimum of seven (7) years of experience is preferred; however, Masters’ degree plus ten (10) years of experience also will be considered, and proven leadership in program and staff management and development.
- Experience in leading and mentoring a scientific team, managing large, complex research programs, funded portfolios, assessing risk and developing recommendations and action plans. Extensive experience working in a funding organization with increasing responsibilities and senior management roles is a plus.
- Proven leadership for specific area of knowledge in one or more of PCORI’s program areas: Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, or Treatment Options; Communication and Dissemination Research; Methodological Approaches for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER); Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities; and/or, Maternal Mortality.