Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Location: Washington DC, D.C.
Type: Full Time
Advocacy / Non-Profit
Internal Number: 858-1196
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.
The primary objectives of the Program Associate position on the Evaluation & Analysis (E&A) team are to 1) contribute to evaluation projects that generate evidence about PCORI’s progress toward organizational goals and 2) facilitate PCORI’s use of evidence for strategic decisions about programs and processes.
The Program Associate uses technical expertise, understanding of PCORI’s mission and activities, and active collaboration to support E&A’s 4 key function areas: 1) assessing the impact of PCORI’s research and policies; 2) informing PCORI process improvement (e.g., application, review, and award processes); 3) building the science of engagement (i.e., study of the methods and impact of engaging patients and stakeholders as partners in the research process); and 4) analyzing PCORI’s research portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities
Contribute to multi-faceted evaluation projects, which may include leading some project activities/components.
Contribute to development of project plans, which identify key issues, problems, approaches, timelines, and resources required
Help design and execute qualitative and quantitative analyses to support evaluation work
Assist with survey development, survey programming, item tracking, and cognitive interviewing
Conduct literature reviews of published and grey literature
Develop and maintain documentation of work, including code books, item banks, protocols, decision memos, etc.
Contribute to the design, revision, and implementation of PCORI's learning agenda, evaluation framework, and evaluation policies
Communicate with diverse audiences through clear and effective presentations and reports about projects led or supported by the Program Associate
Work in a highly collaborative environment with other departments at PCORI, contractors, and external stakeholders to meet PCORI’s evaluation needs
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.
Strong research skills in evaluation study design, qualitative methods, and literature synthesis to be used in an applied setting
Good data management skills and the ability to work with and interpret descriptive statistics
Ability to contribute to multiple complex projects at the same time while demonstrating appropriate prioritization, attention to detail, careful documentation of work, and commitment to high quality results.
Ability to understand, work with, and meet needs of diverse teams and stakeholders
Critical thinking and flexible thinking (e.g., seeing multiple solutions to problems, applying knowledge to new situations or in new ways)
Effective verbal and written communication for different audiences
Proficient in use of technology, particularly the Windows Office Suite of products. Experience with qualitative software or willingness to learn
Ability to link organizational goals to individual department mission and activities
Skilled in problem solving, and seeking and synthesizing information
Ability to think independently, determine next steps in ambiguous contexts, and adapt to changing priorities and requirements
Bachelor’s degree in health- or science-related field with at least 3-4 years of related work experience required. Master’s degree in a related field (e.g., MPH, MPA, MPP, or MBA) or its equivalent with two (2) or more years of related work experience preferred.
Applicants with advanced academic or professional credentials or extensive years of relevant experience may be considered for Senior Program Associate.
Background desirable in evaluation, public health, clinical epidemiology, health services research, health education, sociology, public policy, psychology, biostatistics, or pharmacoeconomics, or other related fields.
Experience conducting research or evaluation.
The health and safety of our employees is a top priority. As part of that commitment, PCORI requires all employees, regardless of remote work status, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a prospective and/or new employee at PCORI, you will be required to comply with PCORI's vaccination policy, report your vaccination status, and provide proof of vaccination. Compliance with the policy does allow for exceptions, but those exceptions will only be granted in circumstances related to medical conditions, disabilities, and sincerely held religious beliefs. Continuing with this application indicates your intent to comply with PCORI's Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.
PCORI conducts background checks on all applicants.
PCORI’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity both internal and external to the workplace. You can learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
About Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
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.