Quality Institute Director (1027-679)

Rockville, Maryland, United States
Jan 19, 2018
Feb 26, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time

The USP Quality Institute (“the Institute”) was publicly launched in September, 2017 to generate evidence on the benefits and costs of quality medicines. The Institute’s research is conducted by fellows recruited through academic partnerships with select institutions. The Institute is guided by an international advisory group of leading experts in medicine quality to ensure that the investigated themes and emerging findings help to promote evidence-based decision making by healthcare policy makers. 

We are seeking a talented and experienced professional - who shares our vision of enhanced public health outcomes and access to quality medicines worldwide.        

Summary of the Position:

The Quality Institute Director will oversee and execute The Institute’s workplan, including managing the day-to-day operations of The Institute, managing interactions with fellows, fellowship partner institutions, and the advisory group, identifying potential future partner institutions, and collaborating with other USP functions to disseminate and activate primary and secondary research findings. This leader must be able to drive the operations of a complex program in a matrixed environment, while also developing significant knowledge in different technical, regulatory, and policy topics relevant to quality medicines globally. 

The Director will report to the Executive Director of the Quality Institute; serve as program manager, day-to-day lead, and content point person for The Institute. With oversight from the Executive Director of The Institute, the Director will develop and implement The Institute strategic plan, as well as manage a research team of external academic fellows, an annual research budget, and selected consulting support.  This role requires matrixed partnership across the USP team, working both in the US and with USP’s international organization.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Under the oversight of the VP leading The Quality Institute, the Director’s roles and responsibilities include:

  • Research Agenda Development – Works across the Advisory Group, with external stakeholder groups and the USP organization to build a comprehensive policy and public health research plan to advance priority medicine quality initiatives.
  • Advisory Group Development and Management – In partnership with USP leaders, helps to assemble and develop a best-in-class global Advisory Group to guide, shape and validate the research agenda, methodology, and results. Engages the best thinking of top leaders in the initiative.
  • Research Partnership Development – Identifies and builds collaborations with multi-sector partners to advance the medicine quality research agenda.
  • Initiative Management – Responsible for ensuring the completion of annual research agenda.
  • Represents Initiative and Articulates Research Agenda and Findings – Communicates about the initiative and the key learnings arising from it to external audiences including policy makers, consumer and industry groups, and others. Builds the initiative as a recognized leader in public policy research related to medicine quality.
  • Research Activation Strategy – Works with colleagues to build and implement a strategy to apply research findings to drive policy change.


Basic Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in public policy, public health, law, medicine, or other related field (MA, MPH, Ph.D. JD, MD, etc.)
  • Eight years of professional experience working in life sciences or public health including more than five years managing complex projects or programs
  • Demonstrable experience in leading health policy, public health, and/or health economics research
  • Experience engaging with a senior level board of advisors or a board of directors.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Management consulting experience
  • International experience


Supervisory Responsibilities

No direct supervisory responsibilities, but must be able to oversee fellows and/or consultants conducting research projects.

USP offers an impressive benefits package, including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start
  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately
  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP. 

Job Location Rockville, Maryland, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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