• Washington, DC
  • Non-Executive Management
  • Full-Time
  • 9 2nd Ave

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Department: Research Infrastructure

Reports to: Senior Program Officer, Research Infrastructure

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Senior Program Officer, the Program Manager, Special Projects is responsible for coordinating all programmatic alignment activities within the Department and with other Science Departments as well as all PCORnet 2.0 transition activities with PCRF in collaboration with Manager, Operations, where applicable.

The incumbent will assist the Research Infrastructure (RI) Senior Program Officer in managing the project management and administrative functions of RI related to cross-team coordination, programmatic alignment with Science Departments, and transition to PCORnet 2.0.

The primary responsibilities include developing and maintaining efficient work processes, coordinating within and across PCORI departments and programs, monitoring and assessing science and infrastructure projects and assessing project risk and supporting the successful transition to PCORnet 2.0. The Program Manager, Special Projects will supervise staff, as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

* Works closely with the Senior Program Officer, to plan and coordinate various programmatic initiatives;

* Coordinates activities across teams within Research Infrastructure in collaboration with Manager, Operations;

* Develops and maintains a system of work processes and procedures that support timely completion of RI Initiatives.

* Leads the evaluation of new process improvement efforts to address all programmatic issues, in collaboration with Operation Manager, and the communication of potential impacts;

* Facilitates the efficient and effective tracking of project milestones. Assesses and monitors risks and issues in the program operation and performance including effectively managing resources and milestones related to portfolio development and scientific oversight.

* Assists in the development of mitigation plans for identified risks, and coordinates the redirection of program resources in executing the mitigation plan;

* Leads the coordination with various departments and programs across PCORI, including Merit Review, Engagement, Contracts, and Communications, on the programmatic planning and process management related to PFA development and post-award management and oversight for any standard PCORI processes;

* Supervises staff, as needed;

* Contributes to the pre-and post-award scientific activities, including convening research and stakeholder workgroups, development of funding announcements, programmatic reviews of letters of intent and research plans, and monitoring the execution of research studies as part of the CER scientific team.

* Coordinates the submission of scientific materials for presentation or publication with the Program.


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.

* PCORI Staff Conflict of Interest Statement - No PCORI employee can receive a direct financial benefit from a healthcare related organization during the course of his/her employment with PCORI.

PCORI conducts background checks on all applicants.

PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity in the workplace.

Required Skills

* Demonstrated ability and knowledge to understand the life cycle and workflow of extramural research funding system and the strong skills in developing operational requirements to accomplish the business objectives;

* Demonstrated ability to coordinate and lead a team of program associates and assistants in developing work plans and processes, and to provide everyday adaptive leadership in facilitating problem-solving and team-building;

* Demonstrated ability to impart knowledge and expertise to guide individual team members related to project management and project performance oversight;

* Extensive knowledge and expertise in the use of project management methodologies and tools as well as best practices in resource management and change management techniques;

* Communicates, both written and orally, on complex issues relating to projects to internal and external teams;

* Basic knowledge of PCORnet and it's evolution toward a model of sustainability.

Required Experience

* Master's degree in a related field (e.g., MS, MPH, MPA, MPP; or MBA)

* 3+ years of experience in managing extramural research funding process and workflow;

* 2+ years of experience working on large and complex projects with a large number of stakeholders;

Job Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular
Associated topics: chief program officer, cpo, manage, manager, management, monitor, product manager, project manager, relationship manager, task

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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