Program Associate, Research Infrastructure

PCORI - Washington, DC3.0

Department: Research Infrastructure

Reports to: Program Officer, Research Infrastructure

Position Summary

PCORI aims to accelerate patient-centered outcomes research and methodological research, in part by increasing the nation's capacity to conduct such research, building data infrastructure, improving analytic methods, and training researchers, patients, and other stakeholders. Our Research Infrastructure program funds and manages PCORnet, a large, highly representative electronic-data infrastructure for the conduct of patient-centered outcomes research. PCORnet is made up of two kinds of individual partner networks—Clinical Data Research Networks (CDRNs) and Patient-Powered Research Networks (PPRNs). PCORnet seeks to transform the culture of research from one directed by researchers to one driven by the needs of patients and other healthcare stakeholders.

The Program Associate for the Research Infrastructure program will contribute to the implementation of PCORI’s research agenda by primarily supporting the work of PCORnet through its communication efforts, meeting development and implementation, and projects related to governance. The Program Associate works independently, with guidance, and collaboratively to also develop and assist in designing new initiatives, preparing key documents and materials, and supporting task order management, PCORnet Committees, and other projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

General Program Responsibilities:
Participate in long and short-term program development, planning, and evaluation of Research Infrastructure team initiatives and programs.
Gather, synthesize, and analyze information to cultivate background information and identify key findings relevant to PCORnet.
Collaborate with all other PCORI departments, including Contracts Management, Finance, Engagement, and Communications, as necessary.
Organize and facilitate communication efforts with PCORnet stakeholders and PCORI.
Assist program staff by providing administrative support of and with coordinating, implementing, and facilitate meetings internal team meetings.

Portfolio Management:
Prepare requested materials, including meeting agendas, notes and summaries, and PowerPoint slides for public and internal presentations by the program team.
Draft documents and correspondences for internal staff and external consultants/experts, including, but not limited to: memos, invitations, email communications, conference abstracts, and presentations.
Monitor and support network and demonstration project progress, as necessary.
Draft and review documents to support network projects.
Support PCORnet-related communications, including the drafting, review, and management of communications deliverables.
Support the development, maintenance, and implementation of PCORnet Governance, including policies, amendments, processes, and communications
Support PCORnet Committees, including the Executive Committee, Advisory Group, and Nominating Committee.
Support the development and implementation of PCORnet collaborative meetings with external stakeholders (e.g. PCORnet programming at the PCORI Annual Summit, PCORnet Committee Meetings, PCORnet Council Meetings, Principal Investigator Retreats, and Network Meetings).
Serve as the main point of contract for Research Infrastructure and PCORnet for meeting planning.
Provide administrative support of and with coordinating and implementing meetings, such as PCORnet collaborative meetings (e.g. Internal Team Process Meetings, PCORI Annual Meeting and associated PCORnet Mini-Summit).
Assist Program Staff with managing external and high-profile meetings and events, including the PCORI Board of Governors meetings and sub-committee meetings.
Development of both internal and external PCORnet communications, including the PCORnet Weekly Announcement and Weekly Digest.

Organizational Responsibilities and Contributions:
Attend external meetings and conferences on behalf of PCORI, at the discretion of the Program Officer.
Work with Program Officers to coordinate and/or prepare materials for Board or subcommittee meetings.
Assist Program Officers and Managers with administrative, programmatic and facilitation tasks, as needed and requested.
Support Program Officers in PCORnet Committee and other meetings as needed.

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
Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to think independently, to be flexible and to juggle multiple priorities for multiple managers, work with minimal supervision, and to be tolerant of ambiguity and change;
Excellent written communication oral presentation skills;
Excellent analytic skills and ability to synthesize and translate complicated material into clear and simple language. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals and periodicals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations;
Personally motivated to support the PCORI’s mission and goals; work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities; to create and respond to novel and innovative approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work towards achieving team goals;
Excellent 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;
Sound judgment and maturity, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally;
Ability to make decisions, justifies recommendations, and is responsive and clear with proposal applicants;
Strong research and electronic communications skills;
Ability to work in a highly collaborative and team environment;
Ability to travel as required.
Ability to link organizational goals to individual department mission and activities;
Ability to envision innovative solutions;
Proficient in the use of technology.

Required Experience
Bachelor's degree plus two (2) years of related work experience required, Master’s degree in a related field (e.g., MPH, MPA, MPP; or MBA) or its equivalent with one (1) to four (4) years of related work experience preferred.
Experience in health or health care related field, preferably in the non-profit or government sector and experience or knowledge working in a funding agency/organization is desirable.