Associate Director of Science

Rockville, MD
Jul 01, 2021
Jul 26, 2021
Administrative, Other
Full Time
Job Summary/Company: Sparks Group has partnered with a large medical professional society of over 6,000 members with 50+ staff and a $10M annual operating budget. It is an energetic, fast-paced organization with multi-faceted opportunities in the area of addiction medicine, located in the Rockville area. They are looking for top talent to join their team, is it you!?

In this role you will support quality improvement of clinical and scientific products derived from the company criteria, including clinical decision support algorithms; provide technical assistance for the next edition of the company criteria; and bolster the company engagement with research activities aimed at increasing the evidence based for addition treatment in diverse populations and clinical settings. This position requires content expertise or substantial experience in research and/or clinical practice related to addition treatment.

  • Develop and maintain an in-depth understanding of the company's clinical decision to support internal algorithms
  • Help to ensure alignment and continuous quality improvement feedback between the company Criteria and clinical decision support products
  • Analyze and refine clinical decision support algorithms to optimize clinical utility
  • Maintain effective communication and collaboration with technology partners
  • Support communication with clients/users of clinical decision support products
  • Provide content support for EHR integration, training, and communications involving the company's clinical decision support software
  • Help to coordinate the company's CONTINUUM Science Team efforts
  • Contribute to the company's Science Initiative activities as needed
  • Support the company's involvement in external research partnerships as needed

Qualifications/Background Profile:
  • Master's-level degree required;
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in scientific or health related field required.
  • Ability to quickly grasp clinical algorithms and logic is necessary.

Desired Qualifications:
  • PhD preferred in relevant field (e.g., Public Health, Epidemiology, Psychology).
  • Research and/or clinical training in addiction treatment and/or behavioral health fields strongly preferred.
  • Project management experience is helpful.
  • Experience with clinical assessment is useful.
  • Experience developing and writing grant applications is preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Results-driven focus. Ability to manage through ambiguity and easily shift gears, reprioritize, and stay focused on outcomes to consistently achieve results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Project manager. Effectively allocate and optimize resources, assign responsibility, manage timelines, reduce risks, and get the project done.
  • Problem solver. Understand the big picture and recognize challenges before they occur. Ability to make sense of complex, and sometimes contradictory, information to effectively solve problems.
  • Collaborative approach. Work cooperatively, seeking to understand concerns and realistically manage expectations by finding common ground and building consensus for workable solutions.
  • Respectful. Approachable and responsive. Ability to communicate clearly.

Works closely with:

  • Director of Science.
  • Director of Health Technology.
  • Associate Director of Health Technology.
  • health technology partners.
  • clinical experts.

Benefits of Working With Us:

  • We work with physicians and clinicians helps millions of patients, families, and communities impacted by addiction
  • Our work helps address the vast national crisis of opioids and addiction
  • We enjoy a strong organizational culture, living by values determined by staff of open collaboration, trust, courage, and connectedness
  • We are proud to have earned the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility
  • We offer competitive compensation (commensurate with experience) and benefits that include paid vacation and sick leave, transportation reimbursement, medical insurance, and 401k.


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Qualified candidates should send their resume AND call Sparks Group for additional details. Please note, resume must include a valid email address in order to be considered. We look forward to discussing your background, your current job search, and your potential career path with Sparks Group!

Sparks Group is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, pregnancy, citizenship, family status, genetic information, disability, or protect veteran status.

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