Senior Project Director

Job Title: Senior Project Director
Job Function: Public Health and Epidemiology
Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital
Department: Department of Medicine
Location: Boston, MA, USA




The Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities (Alexandra Shields, PhD, Director) within the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Medicine seeks applications for a full-time senior Project Director to assist the Director in implementing a large portfolio of ongoing research addressing the health of minority and other underserved communities, with a particular focus on the intersection of genomic medicine/research and health disparities. The primary research project over the next two years involves working with multiple cohort study Principal Investigators across the country as part of the National Consortium on Psychosocial Stress, Spirituality, and Health. This project involves primary data collection across six national prospective cohort studies, the development of a harmonized analytic file, DNA analyses to assess multiple biomarkers, and numerous epidemiological analyses to be completed in coordination with investigators from multiple institutions. This epidemiological research will focus on building capacity within U.S. prospective cohort studies to: (1) assess psychosocial exposures particularly important for understanding racial and socioeconomic disparities in chronic diseases; (2) conduct telomere length and DNA methylation analyses of stress-related genes in relation to various psychosocial exposures/mitigating influences; and (3) participate in a national effort to analyze and prioritize measures of spirituality/religion useful for understanding disease risk. Other studies at our Center include national surveys of community health centers, a mind-body intervention among women with breast cancer in the Caribbean, and claims-based analyses of compliance with guidelines for genomic medicine.

The Project Director will report directly to Dr. Shields, and will supervise a staff of two Program Managers, one Project Coordinator, two Research Assistants, and various interns; and will also coordinate the work of one PhD level analyst and two post-docs. Responsibilities will include working with the Director to manage the allocation of Center staff and resources to meet critical goals and deadlines; managing project timelines and deliverables; writing grants; directing the creation of analytic files and data harmonization; overseeing data analyses; planning national meetings and conferences; writing reports to funders; managing budgets; and leading staff development.

The ideal candidate will have substantial experience managing large, transdisciplinary epidemiological studies in an academic setting, or similar experience. Experience working with prospective cohort studies is particularly desirable. Data analysis, analytical expertise, and excellent oral and writing skills are also required, as well as team-building skills and the ability to work respectfully with diverse people, including senior faculty and staff from various institutions and cultures in the U.S. and abroad, community leaders, and donors. Applicants must thrive in an environment that requires multi-tasking and working under tight timelines. The Project Director will play a crucial management role in the success of the Center and the impact of its research.

The position affords extensive access to the rich intellectual environment and vast resources of MGH, Harvard University, The Broad Institute, and Partners HealthCare, as well as opportunities to take advantage of the diverse training opportunities offered by these institutions.

Start date is as soon as possible, ideally before July 15, 2017. Excellent benefits package and competitive salary commensurate with experience. Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send letter of interest and CV to Anna Schachter, MPH ( Applications will be accepted immediately and will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

  • Take a lead role in coordinating the implementation of all research within the Center.
  • Communicate to all relevant parties to ensure that project goals are met, while allocating resources and managing/revising project timelines as needed.
  • Supervise 5-7 Center staff, while also providing mentoring for staff development.
  • Produce regular reports to funders, as needed.
  • Manage Center budgets in coordination with MGH Grants Administrator
  • Identify funding opportunities and assist with grant writing
  • Work with Center Director to develop 5-year strategic plan for the Center
Successful applicants will have:
  • Experience conducting epidemiological research, preferably within prospective cohort studies. Ideal candidates will also have experience in health disparities research and genomics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to multi-task, take initiative, and work under tight timelines.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage large, interdisciplinary academic research projects.
  • A high degree of professionalism and the ability to interact well with senior faculty and leadership from diverse disciplines

PhD in epidemiology or related field preferred. Outstanding candidates with an MPH or similar degree and required experience will also be considered. Ideally, candidates should also have expertise and experience in genomics and health disparities research.

A minimum of 3 years of senior project management experience is required for the position.




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