Senior Program Officer - Leadership Consortium for a Value & Science-Driven Health System

Washington D.C.
Jan 16, 2017
Apr 26, 2017
Full Time
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The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and other fields. Together with the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, it advises the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the National Academy of Medicine works to address critical issues in health and medicine, and inspire positive actions to improve human life.


The National Academy of Medicine's Leadership Consortium for a Value & Science-Driven Health System provides a trusted venue for national leaders in health care to work cooperatively toward their common commitment to effective, innovative health care that consistently adds value to patients and society. Members working together to address these problems represent the leadership from core stakeholder communities, including clinicians, patients, health care organizations, employers, manufacturers, insurers, health information technology, researchers, and policy makers.


The NAM Leadership Consortium for a Value and Science-Driven Health System is seeking a Senior Program Officer for one of its portfolios of activities aimed at improving the pace of progress in achieving better health at lower cost. Incumbent should be an astute and experienced participant in the science and policy of high value healthcare.  The selected candidate will have experience with convening activities, publications, and maintaining strong connections with field leaders. Applicants should have superlative leadership and project management skills, a proven ability to direct and delegate to a junior staff team, and a strong track record of success in stewarding complex, high visibility, and occasionally high stakes projects. Applicants are also expected to have exceptional writing skills, strategic instincts, and appreciation for detail. A doctorate or similar terminal degree is preferred, but not mandatory.




The Senior Program Officer is responsible for developing and managing highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures the program/project meets its stated objectives. Serves as liaison between Leadership Consortium and Collaborative members, the National Academies, and other applicable parties. Independently supervises staff. Develops prospectuses and projects and negotiates funding with sponsors.


Requiring advanced knowledge, incumbent performs work primarily intellectual and/or analytical in character. The job’s primary focus is either on leading collaborative activities and projects or managing other types of programs. Establishes processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of a complex function. Has authority to take whatever action deemed advisable or necessary, subject only to organizational and departmental policies and rules. Has full supervisory responsibilities, including hiring, training, and performance management for assigned staff. Provides innovative solutions to complex problems that impact program's or project’s success. Reports directly to the Executive Director of the Leadership Consortium.




1. Independently designs and manages multiple and/or highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures stated objectives are met. Conducts program or project evaluations. Activities may include leading studies, research programs, grant programs, fellowship programs, etc.


2. Where applicable, assembles working groups or steering committees and guides them in completing projects. Leads convening activities such as collaborative meetings or workshops. Communicates and coordinates with the chair and other members of the group. Identifies and gathers research materials. Solicits and contacts potential members. Facilitates the flow of information among members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties.


3. Conducts meetings and/or workshops. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.


4. Prepares background materials and technical summaries. Develops written products (e.g., meeting summaries, white papers). Drafts and edits materials for publication. For applicable projects, synthesizes research findings and technical information and determines the relevance for purposes of project.


5. Supports Collaborative members, Consortium members, meeting participants, etc. in all aspects of work. Assistance is provided in preparing draft writing products, including writing sections based on member  input and review and editing the report for format, consistency, and grammar. Manages the review process, responds to comments and concerns, and prepares the final product for publication.


6. Where applicable, responsible for extensive communications activities related to assigned programs or projects.  Publicizes programs and other priorities. Develops complex and content rich materials and websites to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities.


7. Where applicable, manages dissemination of reports and other types of publications. Prepares dissemination plan and funding proposal. Manages report production activities. Identifies and engages external organizations in dissemination. Prepares dissemination materials. Conducts dissemination meetings.


8. Independently supervises program or project staff. Ensures staff are appropriately trained and plans for staff development. Mentors staff. Initiates personnel actions. Conducts performance reviews. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.


9. Responsible for financial management of assigned programs or projects, including overseeing budget and schedule and authorizing expenditures. As required, collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.



10. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, universities, and other healthcare stakeholder organizations. Represents the unit and committee within and outside the National Academies.


11. Maintains ongoing relationships with major sponsors and develops new program areas. Conducts background research on topics for new projects, programs, or activities. Writes prospectuses and proposals for new and continuing funding. Identifies potential sponsors. Raises funds for current and future projects. Negotiates funding with sponsors. Where applicable, manages funder/member/alumni relations.



Advanced knowledge of the scientific, technical, or policy issues in a related discipline. Strong program/project management and facilitation skills. Ability to understand and share technical/scientific/policy issues with diverse audiences. Ability to solve problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues. Ability to operate using substantial latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to independently develop and manage multiple and complex projects. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Ability to train and develop staff. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers, employees in other National Academies’ departments, and external constituents through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and constituents.



Experience and comfort working with senior leadership from multiple sectors on complex scientific and policy issues. Passion for the mission combined with high standards of performance. Facility in conceptualizing and structuring tasks, and in the management of projects. Committees, budgets and personnel. Background and instincts related to the assessment and/or economics of medical interventions. Familiarity with clinical research and study design. An appropriate terminal degree (such as M.A., Ph.D., M.D.), although extraordinary professional accomplishment and experience may substitute for educational attainment.

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