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The Deputy Chief Science Officer (DCSO) at PCORI will work in close partnership with the Chief Science Officer in forwarding the mission/vision of PCORI through the Board of Governor’s national research priorities, including scientific research programs and research infrastructure support. The DCSO will have broad oversight for management of PCORI research programs, including PCORnet infrastructure and research and PCORI’s research portfolio that is managed through the Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science (CEDS) and Healthcare Delivery and Disparities (HDDR) Programs. The DCSO reports to the Chief Science Officer and represents and serves as a proxy for the CSO, as warranted.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversees the PCORnet portfolio of infrastructure and research programs, supervising 3 Program Officers who are directly responsible for managing infrastructure work through the People Centered Research Foundation (PCRF), the Clinical Data Research Networks (CDRNs) the Patient-Centered Research Networks (PPRNs); the Coordinating Center; and health plan linkage projects, currently with 3 health plans.
Works with Research Infrastructure and Science staff to integrate oversight of research awards within PCORnet and to assess, evaluate, and disseminate opportunities for using PCORnet and results of programs and projects.
Keeps PCORI Executive Director and CSO informed of significant developments with PCRF, within PCORnet, among the networks, and the larger context that is likely to affect PCORI decision making or strategies.
Involves and keeps the Board’s Research Transformation Committee (RTC) updated on PCORnet progress and participates in strategic planning with the RTC related to PCORnet.
Reports to the Board of Governors on PCORnet activities and accomplishments.
Oversees the monitoring of performance of primary research projects that are managed through CEDS and HDDR, creating reports on performance for the CSO, Executive Team and Board of Governors, and working closely with Evaluation and Analysis in generating and analyzing reports.
Supervises 2 Program Directors, senior staff who oversee the CEDS and HDDR research portfolios.
Works with the Project Managers, CSO, Program Directors, and other staff to review projects that are not meeting contract milestones to determine remedial action, including whether to provide additional funding or terminate them.
Works closely with Program staff in the post-merit review management of applications, identifying and refining as necessary applications for funding, and recommending a slate of projects to the Board’s Selection Committee for funding.
Participates in multi-stakeholder Advisory Panels and other meetings to review PCORI’s Research Agenda, its portfolio and the findings of PCORI-funded research, to learn about new research needs, and to prioritize new research ideas.
Leads the strategic evaluation of the portfolio, in terms of impact and to identify potential remaining evidence gaps in thematic areas with large PCORI investments.
Other Leadership, Communication, and Strategic Planning Activities
Represents PCORI at scientific and stakeholder meetings and other funding agencies and organizations with which PCORI engages.
Travels on behalf of PCORI to interact with the research community and stakeholders, informing them about PCORI funding opportunities, educating them about patient-centered outcomes research and other research activities, encouraging applications that meet the Board’s funding priorities.
Participates in site visits for applicants and awardees, as required, in conjunction with program staff.
Writes and publishes articles about the PCORI portfolio and research strategies.
Works with Communications to publicize PCORI research efforts, funding announcements, strategic directions, and other activities.
Interacts closely and coordinates information and activities with the CSO, Executive Director, Executive Team, and other senior staff.
Strong reputation as a clinical or health services researcher and a thought leader within the research community
Ability to work effectively across a broad portfolio of clinical research topics, and experience in encouraging and accepting input from others in multiple clinical and scientific areas
Collaborative and collegial leadership style; works easily with groups and leads as well as works with a team; seeks and appreciates input from and leans toward giving credit to others
Experience working with diverse teams
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, service-oriented research environment
Strong organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal skills
Flexible and resourceful
Strong work ethic
Measured in thought and response
Executive presence and strong presentation skills
Objective, with high integrity; has an appreciation for objective standards in decision-making and professionalism
Congenial, enjoys the proposed work, and likes working with others
Clinical training in medicine and experience in clinical research and/or doctoral degree in a research discipline relevant to patient-centered outcomes research (e.g., clinical epidemiology, health services research, sociology, psychology, health policy, biostatistics, economics, education or health education).
Research program management experience.
Experience and leadership potential in at least one of PCORI’s program areas as well as extensive experience (over 5 years) in related areas of research.
Experience handling multiple priorities effectively; must be adept at organizing time efficiently; high tolerance for ambiguity.
Ability to travel – including for site visits and representing PCORI at external meetings.
*cover letter requested with all applications*
Internal Number: 779-858
About Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is authorized by Congress to fund and disseminate research that will provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their healthcare 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.