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

Washington D.C.
Jun 29, 2017
Oct 02, 2017
Full Time


The National Academy of Medicine was established in 1970 (initially as the Institute of Medicine) under the Charter of the National Academy of Sciences, and serves as the nation's most trusted independent authority on health, health care, and biomedical science. Comprised of national and international members elected in recognition of their scientific and leadership contributions, NAM draws on its members and other field leaders with relevant expertise to provide expert counsel to government, other organizations, and the nation. NAM also works collaboratively with stakeholders to facilitate and catalyze progress on critical health issues. A core element of NAM leadership has, since 2006, been devoted to stewarding progress toward a continuously learning health system in which science, informatics, incentives, and culture are aligned for continuous improvement and innovation-with best practices seamlessly embedded in the care process, patients and families active participants in all elements, and new knowledge captured as an integral by-product of the care experience.


The NAM, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) work cooperatively as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies), operating under the 1863 NAS Congressional Charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Together and individually, the Academies provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities necessary to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.




The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) seeks a highly qualified individual with unique skills, insights, and initiative to lead the science and technology portfolio of the NAM Leadership Consortium for a Value & Science-Driven Health System (Leadership Consortium) and its work to advance progress toward a continuously learning health system through collaborative activities. 

The Leadership Consortium is comprised of senior executives and leaders from key sectors in health, health care, and biomedical science: clinicians, patients, health care organizations, payers, employers, public health, information technology, industry, regulatory agencies, and research organizations. They work, collectively and through their organizations, in three broad arenas: science, value, and culture. The Leadership Consortium has created innovation collaboratives and leadership networks to provide cooperative approaches to the development and implementation of priority projects, and the Senior Program Officer for the science and technology portfolio manages the work of field leaders through two NAM Collaboratives: the Clinical Effectiveness Research Innovation Collaborative and the Digital Learning Collaborative. Projects are determined by participants and include the development of white papers and special NAM publications on important topics, scientific symposia, surveys and assessments, stewarding creation of new field capacities.


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 committee 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 studies 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. Typically reports directly to Board Director.





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 committees and guides those committees in the consensus building process. Leads convening activities such as forums or workshops. Communicates and coordinates with the chair and other members of the group. Identifies and gathers research materials. Solicits and contacts potential panel members. Facilitates the flow of information among panel members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties.


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


4.  Prepares background papers and technical summaries. Develops written products (e.g., reports, proceedings, white papers). Drafts and edits materials for publication. For studies and other applicable programs, synthesizes and edits research findings and technical data and determines the relevance of data for purposes of study.


5.  Supports committee members, forum members, workshop participants, etc. in all aspects of work. For studies, assistance is provided in preparing draft report, including writing sections of report based on committee input and review and editing the report for format, consistency, and grammar. Manages the response to review, responds to comments and concerns of editors, and prepares the final manuscript 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.  For certain programs managing research or fellowship activities, conducts site visits and ensures current and new facilities meet established criteria. Visits sites where participants are located to evaluate assignment and ensure compliance.


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


12.  Maintains ongoing relationships with major sponsors and develops new program areas. Conducts background research on topics for new studies, 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.





Doctoral-level degree in a related field, or equivalent knowledge and experience. Advanced knowledge of the scientific, technical, or policy issues in a related discipline. A keen personal commitment to advancing scientific progress and the public good; a strong command of the key science and technology principles and possibilities; robust knowledge and familiarity with the prominent stakeholder organizations and leaders in the field; solid command of health policy at the federal level, from non-partisan perspective; ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues; ability to raise funds and to operate with substantial latitude for independent judgement and action; ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams; excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to lead and interact with all levels of employees and stakeholders. Ability to solve problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to independently develop and manage multiple/complex projects. Ability to train and develop staff. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness.


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. Familiarity with clinical research and study design.

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