Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Location: USA - MA - Boston
Internal Number: 58458BR
BetterBirth Program Overview
The BetterBirth Program is focused on ensuring better health and wellbeing for women, newborns, and infants by improving quality and standards of care, minimizing complications, and ending preventable deaths. By generating evidence and working with impacted communities to co-design effective and actionable tools, information, and resources, we aim to equip providers with the support they need to provide safe, compassionate care. We do this through the effective implementation of scalable, evidence-based solutions that work in the real world, both at the frontline of care and in communities.
The BetterBirth Program began with the goal of evaluating the World Health Organization's (WHO) Safe Childbirth Checklist and identifying opportunities and strategies to support its successful implementation. Since that time, our work has grown to address the complexities across the ecosystem of maternal, newborn, and infant health. The portfolio is managed by the BetterBirth Leadership Team (a dyad made up of a science expert and a management expert). This dyad approach is replicated within each project within the portfolio; each project dyad reports into the BetterBirth Leadership Team.
One area of the BetterBirth portfolio focuses on building the evidence base for solutions to help vulnerable infants survive and thrive. The Program is currently documenting infant feeding practices across three Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) in order to inform an understanding of what additional evidence is required to guide global recommendations around feeding for vulnerable infants. A next stage research project to test potential solutions for vulnerable infants is planned and will form part of this position's work portfolio. As with all of the BetterBirth Program's research and solutions development work, the infant feeding work includes a broad range of stakeholders and experts collaborating with Ariadne Labs to successfully carry out and complete the work.
At Ariadne Labs, the Senior Project Manager is a critical role for developing strong partnerships, ensuring clear lines of communication among internal and external partners, and will be responsible for ensuring that the infant feeding work is delivered with excellence: on time, on budget, on scope, and with a high level of quality. In partnership with the BetterBirth Program Leadership and the Scientific Project Lead for the infant feeding work, the Senior Project Manager provides both strategic and day-to-day guidance and support to members of the infant feeding project team. Further, the role is a bridging function to ensure broad stakeholder input is considered and integrated into a standard scientific approach. 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 requires significant international travel (when/if COVID risks reduce) and an ability to develop and maintain senior level external relationships through in-person and remote communication.
This position also requires an individual who is skilled at working consistently and collaboratively within Ariadne Lab's matrix organization to draw in the right expertise at the right time to support the work of the program, e.g. Revenue and Development, Finance, Communications, Innovation, Science & Technology, Implementation, and Talent Development. The Senior Project Manager will report directly to the Associate Director, BetterBirth. The Senior Project Manager will work in close partnership with the Scientific Project Lead and BetterBirth Program Leadership to provide leadership and management to the project staff and partners, and will be accountable to BetterBirth Program Leadership for maintaining program budgets and timelines.
The principal role of the Senior Project Manager, BetterBirth will be to manage the vulnerable infant feeding study within the BetterBirth portfolio. This will include:
In collaboration with the Scientific Project Lead, provide thought partnership towards articulating a vision and strategy for the project that is understood within the BetterBirth Program team, within Ariadne Labs, and with 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
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, including composing and delivering regular project communications
Identify potential risks, barriers, and opportunities for project work, solve problems as they arise, and escalate issues where appropriate to BetterBirth Program Leadership
Develop and reinforce strong communication channels within the team and with the Scientific Project Lead and BetterBirth Program Leadership 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
Lead comprehensive project planning and scoping: annual and quarterly project planning; alignment of project goals, objectives and activities; execution of project deliverables with clear process and workflow definition; and revising and updating of tasks, timelines, and deliverables as appropriate
Exhibit strong meeting management and facilitation with internal team and external stakeholders
Collaborate with the BetterBirth Program's Grants Manager to ensure project budgets (including those of subcontractors) are managed, tracked, and updated
Ensure all work is undertaken in compliance with IRB and any other necessary ethics boards in collaboration with Ariadne Labs' ethics specialist
Collaborate with scientific leadership and other team members on key messaging from study findings and support development of dissemination materials (eg. presentations, summary documents, abstracts, etc)
Oversee project deliverable requirements ensuring smooth workflow process and timely submission in compliance with funder requirements upon request, engage in activities like: support for revenue and grant generating activities; development of tools, materials, training, webinar content, and synthesize lessons learned from research into communications or deliverables.
Ariadne Labs-wide responsibilities:
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 vulnerable infant work with other Ariadne program teams
Model and reinforce Ariadne's values by serving as a steward of not only the BetterBirth Program, but of Ariadne's overall mission and goals
PLEASE NOTE: This position will require a willingness to travel 15-20% of the time required (assuming COVID policy allows).
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of 1 year from date of hire with the possibility of extension.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston/Cambridge, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, MD, or CA. Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site onboarding and work. On-campus/in-person work is expected, though, upon start date – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities 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!
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.
The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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