The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Location: Washington, DC
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Aaron Schmidt, President
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER). PCORI-funded studies are designed to produce reliable, useful information that will help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, policy makers and others make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. In addition, the organization seeks to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes, by producing and promoting high-integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research guided by patients, caregivers, and the broader healthcare community.
Comparative clinical effectiveness research compares two or more available healthcare options to determine what works best for which patients and under what circumstances. PCORI supports patient-centered outcomes research, which is CER that focuses not only on traditional clinical outcomes but also on the needs, preferences, and outcomes most important to patients and those who care for them.
Since its founding in 2010, PCORI has awarded more than $2.8 billion to support over 1,700 projects, including research studies, engagement programs, dissemination and implementation projects, and research infrastructure activities. Among the most studied conditions are mental and behavioral health, cancer, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, and multiple chronic conditions. PCORI strives to reflect the diversity of the United States population and in its project funding, including diverse racial and ethnic groups, individuals with low socioeconomic status, women, older adults, and people with multiple chronic conditions.
Patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) is central to PCORI’s mission but carries many challenges. PCORnet®, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, is a PCORI-funded initiative that was established with the goal of developing infrastructure to enable patient-centered CER to be conducted faster, more easily, and more efficiently. PCORnet is a partnership of nine Clinical Research Networks, patient partners, one Health Plan Research Network and a Coordinating Center. PCORnet represents a diverse set of patients, institutions, ranging from academic medical centers to local community health clinics, and geographic settings across the United States.
PCORI aims to enhance the infrastructure that facilitates patient-centered outcomes research in order to drive lasting health and healthcare transformation. This infrastructure is inclusive of data, technology, and information, the research workforce people, as well as methods and study design for rigorous and reproducible research.
The Chief of Research Infrastructure (CRI) will develop and lead a team that will deliver on PCORI’s vision of a large, efficient, patient-centered clinical data research infrastructure; execute strategies to advance the methods and study design for patient-centered outcomes research; and lead PCORI’s workforce development initiatives to advance training and knowledge of innovative methods in embedded research, data science, and analysis to improve public capacity for the conduct of large-scale, robust, rapid, and efficient patient-centered outcomes research.
This critical role will provide continuity and coordination across the PCORnet landscape of clinical research networks (CRNs), coordinating center activities, and ongoing comparative effectiveness and infrastructure development projects or studies, serve in a consultative role across the organization on matters related to analysis of real-world data, data science, and data linkage as well as develop partnerships with federal agencies and other entities for synergistic approaches related to data network/infrastructure programs and career development programs to support the next generation of patient-centered outcomes researchers.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES
Working closely with the Deputy Executive Director for Patient-Centered Research Programs and across the Programmatic unit, the CRI will play a key role in the overall management, day-to-day and longer-term strategy formulation, budgeting, staffing, training and development, supervision and evaluation for all research infrastructure program activities and staff. With strategic guidance from leaders across PCORI, the Chief will work closely with key PCORI staff to develop and align PCORnet resources to facilitate implementation of PCORI-funded work. This is a senior position requiring leadership, strategic focus, strong staff and program management skills, personal initiative and excellent relationship building skills.
The Research Infrastructure program plays a vital role for helping grow a skilled cadre of PCOR investigators, and supporting research data and technology infrastructure including the PCORnet platform, that allows the conduct of efficient large-scale studies, particularly those focused on topics of high strategic interest for PCORI and its stakeholders.
The Chief will be responsible for the fiscal oversight of an annual operating budget and funding commitments of around $200 million. They will have direct line reporting from Directors and Associate Directors and/or Senior Program Associates or Advisors and indirect line authority for a staff of approximately 10-15 people. Work is generally achieved through subordinate level senior managers.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Develop and organize talent within the Research Infrastructure Program and ensure the unit is structured to efficiently support:
- the oversight and continuous quality improvement of PCORnet.
- the advancement of data linkages, digital health, technology capacity building, and methods of analysis of real-world data.
- workforce development and training initiatives.
- rigorous patient-centered outcomes research methods, standards, and study design.
- Exercise careful budgetary and fiscal management for the program
Research Data and Technology Infrastructure
- Set objectives and strategies in coordination with PCORI leadership for the advancement of PCORnet to support PCORI’s strategic goals and priorities.
- Lead PCORI’s oversight of PCORnet-related activities; lead and coordinate cross-departmental team in support of PCORnet.
- Oversee and lead planning of future PCORnet expansion to ensure alignment with PCORI strategic priorities, subject to availability of funds and Board approval.
- Oversee all informatics-related aspects of all contracted work within PCORnet – to include issues of Common Data Model expansion, completeness and quality; issues related to data linkage between CRNs, and between PCORnet networks and external data sources.
- Provide strategic oversight for the contracts associated with PCORnet member CRNs and coordinating center functions.
- Exercise diligent oversight and evaluation of ongoing PCORnet activities and collaborate with members of the PCORnet Steering Committee to continually enhance the performance of the network.
- Champion efforts to link PCORnet and the Research Infrastructure Program more closely with other sectors of PCORI award programs including work to support greater use of PCORnet resources and services by these entities, and federal partners.
- Stay at the leading edge of methods in analysis of real-world data, data linkage, and embedded research to serve in a consultative role across the organization.
- Build and maintain relationships with leadership counterparts at Federal and private sector research funders to develop and support collaborative initiatives related to data and technology infrastructure, data linkages, and data sharing approaches that align with PCORI’s mission.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Methods
- Lead and execute strategies to advance the methods of PCOR through high level oversight of the funding and management of methods-based projects as well as facilitating the adoption of better methods as it relates to patient centered CER through the Methodology Committee and standards.
- Provide or oversee the provision of expertise in methodology and study design through a consultative role across the organization
Patient-Centered Outcomes Researcher Workforce Development
- Oversee PCORI’s patient-centered outcomes researcher workforce training and development opportunities through external partnerships with federal agencies and funding and management of projects toward this goal.
- Collaboratively promote patient and stakeholder-engaged approaches in funded research infrastructure programs and platforms
- Provide strategic oversight for workforce training initiatives, including ongoing collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop and disseminate training awards to grow the next generation of learning health system researchers.
- PhD, MD or equivalent and/or 8 or more years’ experience in bioinformatics, clinical or embedded research or trial design, or health systems research and/or master’s degree with 10 or more years related experience.
- 5-10+ years of leadership and management experience.
- Highly seasoned expert in bioinformatics and/or embedded clinical research with known experience and understanding of how to leverage real world data for clinical research.
- Leader with demonstrated senior-level research experience, knowledge of research programs and full continuum (concept to D&I) and varying designs including qualitative and quantitative, observational and pragmatic studies.
- Leader with experience integrating engagement of patients and a broad array of stakeholders into research programs and coordination of a research portfolio involving extensive internal and external collaboration.
- Demonstrated ability to drive and manage a complex program with multiple projects over a period of time, seeking and providing consultation, including consultation on technical issues related to analytic use of real-world data at all levels.
- Experience managing research programs, funded portfolios, and significant projects including analysis, risk assessment, and development of recommendations.
- Experience measuring and reporting on program outcomes and grant application process within a funding agency/organization is preferred.
- Ability to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue to identify major opportunities in a specific area.
- Personally motivated to support the PCORI’s mission and goals; to work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities; to create and respond to innovative approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work towards achieving team goals while being tolerant of ambiguity and change.
- Ability to envision innovative solutions.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- High energy level, enjoyment of challenges in a fast-paced environment, and a record of self-motivation and personal initiative.
- Demonstrated maturity and sound judgment, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in staff leadership and management.
- Demonstrated insight and ability to work constructively with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders and personalities to ensure timely decisions and progress toward stated goals.
- Experience developing relationships with like organizations in the field
- Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and leadership counterparts at federal agencies and leaders from health systems and other private entities.
- Collegial, energetic and able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management.
- Ability to travel as required.
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PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history.