Department: Workforce Development, PCOR Infrastructure and Innovation
Reports to: Associate Director, Workforce Development
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 PCOR Infrastructure and Innovation division leads PCORI's efforts to develop, fund, and cultivate partnerships to advance a diverse, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and effective infrastructure for conducting PCOR, a type of comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), and accelerate progress towards an integrated learning health system, by (1) developing, managing, and promoting research, health data, and technology infrastructure for PCOR; (2) expanding workforce capacity to lead or partner in PCOR; and (3) developing, and promoting rigorous PCOR research and engagement methods, standards, and best practices.
Housed within the PCOR Infrastructure and Innovation division, the newly established Workforce Development unit develops, executes, and leads strategies to advance the human-capital components of PCOR Infrastructure among the PCOR community, including clinicians, researchers, communities, patient and caregiver partners, and others from diverse backgrounds. PCORI’s workforce program will conduct its work in alignment with PCORI’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all initiatives.
Workforce Development oversees a portfolio of funded and strategic partnerships to support development of training and career development programs, curricula, materials, among other resources. Program activities support advances in PCOR and accelerate progress towards an integrated learning health system using innovative approaches to engagement, data and technology, methods, and organization, culture, and system change.
Under the direction of the Associate Director for Workforce Development, the Program Officer is responsible for strategic decision-making and high-level program planning, management and monitoring of a program portfolio and program activities (e.g., strategic partnerships, contract management, advisory panels, workgroup meetings) that advance PCORI’s patient-centered research agenda. The primary responsibilities include providing scientific and programmatic oversight for funded projects, development of funding announcements, and evaluation and implementation of program activities to further the strategic direction of the Workforce Development unit.
Duties and Responsibilities
General Program Responsibilities:
Assists Associate Director, Chief Research Infrastructure Officer, and Program leadership in identifying and implementing strategic objectives for workforce development initiatives.
In collaboration with the Associate Director and Chief Research Infrastructure Officer, identifies and manages strategic relationships and implementation of program funding activities.
Collaborates with staff from other PCORI Science and Research programs, Engagement, Communications, Procurement, and Contracts Management staff in implementing program activities.
Works closely with a team of PCORI staff in managing Workforce Development contracts and awards.
Identifies and manages the design and implementation of activities related to the development of program-specific PCORI funding announcements (e.g., convening workgroup and advisory panels meetings, working with external organizations including government organizations)
Develops, with assistance from PCORI staff and external organizations, program-specific PCORI funding announcements.
Actively engages in PCORI’s processes for reviewing and awarding applications received through the PCORI funding announcement and review processes.
Advises awardees on the execution of their contracts
Engages in active portfolio management by monitoring awardees’ attainment of contract milestones and overall project progress, potentially conducting site visits, and implementing learning networks or conferences to facilitate shared learning opportunities for relevant stakeholders.
Collaborates with contract management and other relevant staff to assess status of projects.
Evaluates the program’s portfolio to ensure balance and to identify need for modification of strategic funding directions and opportunities.
Advises potential applicants regarding their applications and the application process.
Organizational Responsibilities and Contributions:
Represents PCORI publicly regarding program direction, program funding, and the application process and award results.
Participates in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to maintain and enhance expertise and professional status.
Leads, contributes to, and participates in internal groups and teams and cross-cutting initiatives. Carries out other responsibilities as assigned by PCORI management.
Keeps PCOR Infrastructure and Innovation and Program teams appraised of developments and occurrences in the field that are likely to affect program decision-making, strategies, and/or award decision-making.
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.