Ariadne Labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Our goal is to drive scalable solutions for better care at critical moments in people's lives everywhere. Better care means better health outcomes, lower costs, and more actual caring. Critical means solving health systems failures that have major impact, typically touching people by the millions. Ariadne Labs currently has research programs in the areas of childbirth, surgery, palliative care, and primary health care.
The Primary Health Care (PHC) portfolio at Ariadne Labs contains multiple interconnected projects, including the PHC Performance Initiative (PHCPI) which aims to catalyze improvement in PHC in low and middle-income countries through more and better measurement, country engagement and effective knowledge management. The PHC team also collaborates with country partners in Estonia, Ukraine and India, as well as local partners in Massachusetts, to assess country and state-level primary health care systems, and design and implement improvement strategies. The PHC portfolio is expanding rapidly, with active work in multiple countries, and deepening relationships with collaborating partners around the globe.
While Ariadne Labs has partnered with PHCPI for a number of years, this is the first time a role has been established with the sole function of managing the broad array of Ariadne Labs work under the Initiative. As the complexity and breadth of this work has expanded significantly over the past two years, there is now an exciting opportunity for a Senior Project Manager to take responsibility for creating an integrated and consistent view of Ariadne Labs' role in the PHCPI work across all of its individual work streams and team members.
The Senior Project Manager has primary responsibility for relationship management and critical deliverables related to the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) projects within the Primary Health Care portfolio of work. Ariadne Labs works with a number of global multilateral partners on this work, including the World Health Organization, World Bank, and UNICEF, among others, and this role will be responsible for key communication with these partners, as well as with funders at the PHCPI Secretariat and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for providing updates to PHC and Ariadne's leadership on project progress and health. When the PHC Management Team is not available, it is the responsibility of the Senior Project Manager to lead both the team and the work forward.
The Senior Project Manager is responsible for acting as a thought partner to the Technical Leads of the PHCPI work streams in order to ensure project health and delivery. The role is a bridging function to ensure broad stakeholder input is considered and integrated into the project approach, while also prioritizing speed and quality. The role must also consider where appropriate flexibility in the approach is required to address feasibility, as well as to mitigate and manage project risk. This position may require domestic and international travel when feasible and an ability to develop and maintain senior level external relationships through in-person and remote communication. The Senior Project Manager will report directly to the Associate Director of Project Management, Primary Health Care.
The principal role of the Senior Project Manager, Primary Health Care will be to manage an integrated strategy for Ariadne Labs' contributions to PHCPI. This will include:
In collaboration with the PHC management team, provide thought partnership towards articulating a vision and strategy for the project that is understood within the PHC team, within Ariadne Labs, and with the relevant external partners and stakeholders
Cultivate and manage positive relationships with and between external stakeholders and partners across multicultural contexts to ensure appropriate input to, buy-in to, and execution of the work
Lead comprehensive project planning and scoping: quarterly and annual program planning; execution of project deliverables; alignment of project goals, objectives and activities; and revising and updating of tasks, timelines, and deliverables as appropriate
Identify potential risks, barriers, and opportunities for project work, solve problems as they arise, and escalate issues where appropriate to the PHC management team
Develop and maintain positive relationships with key internal stakeholders to effectively secure Ariadne Labs resources and support, including insight to inform significant program decisions
Represent the Project effectively internally and externally with PHCPI partners and collaborators, including composing and delivering regular project communications
Develop and reinforce strong communication channels within the team and with the PHC management team to build and maintain a positive team culture
Manage, coach, and develop junior team members, including providing guidance on activities where the Senior Project Manager is not deeply involved
Collaborate with the PHC Program's Grants Manager to ensure program and project budgets are managed, tracked, and updated
Ensure all work is undertaken in compliance with IRB and any other necessary ethics boards in collaboration with the CMO and / or Ariadne Labs' ethics specialist
Upon request, manage revenue and grant generating activities for PHCPI activities including: prioritization opportunities, proposal development and writing, resource coordination, and relationship cultivation
Participate in, and encourage team member participation in, Ariadne Labs' organizational meetings, updates, and community building activities
Communicate Ariadne strategic and organizational updates to team members, and communicate back to Ariadne leadership on important organizational issues affecting team members where appropriate
Share learnings from the PHC Program with other Ariadne program teams
Model and reinforce Ariadne's values by serving as a steward of not only the PHC Program, but of Ariadne's overall mission and goals
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of one year from date of hire, with the possibility of extension.
PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it.
PLEASE NOTE: This role will require a combination of international and domestic travel up to 10% of the time, once permissible.
Our core values are:
Respect for the Ariadne Labs mission, our community, each other, and ourselves;
Stewardship of our work and resources;
Pursuit of excellence, with a focus on continual improvement;
A belief in a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to our work;
A commitment to meaningful diversity and inclusion in our work and in the Ariadne Labs community.
Our way of doing this work is through:
humility about the limits of one's own expertise and experience
attention to detail
willingness to roll up sleeves to get the job done
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School's mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience required
5+ years of related experience required
Master's Degree preferred
Experience working in Low or Middle Income Countries preferred
Experience working with multilateral and bilateral global health organizations preferred
Familiarity with Google Drive (e.g. Google docs, Google Sheets, etc.), Trello, and other project management software tools preferred
Works productively in a matrix organization, accessing the right input from the right people at the right time preferred
Effectively directs, oversees and develops individual employees and small teams and identify mentorship and professional opportunities for junior employees preferred
Logical and rigorous thinker, able to integrate new information rapidly, comprehend large amounts of information, draw conclusions, and clearly communicate key findings preferred
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including effective design and facilitation of meeting discussions preferred
Works collaboratively and effectively in partnership and in team settings with colleagues of varying backgrounds and expertise preferred
Effective relationship building skills with external partners, clients or customers preferred
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 53490BR
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.