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Senior Program Officer, Systems, Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research (CER)

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1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia



Department: Science

Reports to: Associate Director, Science



Staffing Advisors has been exclusively retained by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (“PCORI”) to conduct a search for a Senior Program Officer, Systems, Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research (CER). PCORI is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested candidates please submit your application to Staffing Advisors through this link

Please do not contact PCORI directly; all resumes sent to PCORI will be routed to Staffing Advisors for handling and will create delays.



About Us

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options.


Position Summary

Under the direction of the Program Director, the Senior Program Officer is responsible for strategic decision-making and high-level program planning, management and monitoring of a program portfolio and program activities (e.g., advisory panels, workgroup meetings) that advance PCORI’s patient-centered research agenda. The primary responsibilities include providing scientific oversight for funded research awards, development of funding announcements, and evaluation and implementation of program activities to further the strategic direction of the program.  

We are seeking to one vacancy under this posting for the Systems CER Unit.   

Duties and Responsibilities 


General Program Responsibilities:

  • Assists Associate Director, Program Director, and Science leadership in identifying and implementing strategic objectives for the Program.
  • Identifies and manages the development and implementation of program funding activities (e.g., funding opportunity announcements).
  • Collaborates with staff from other PCORI Patient Centered Research programs, as well as other PCORI staff in implementing program activities.
  • Works closely with a team of PCORI staff in managing research awards. 


Portfolio Management:

  • Oversees and leads major programmatic functions and processes, both administrative and technical in nature. 
  • Identifies and manages the design and implementation of activities related to the development of program-specific PCORI funding announcements (e.g., leading topic theme workgroups, advisory panels meetings, working with external organizations including government organizations).
  • Develops, with assistance from PCORI staff and external organizations, program-specific PCORI funding announcements. Serves as lead Scientific point of contact for specific PFA-related questions, makes decisions regarding approval of proposed changes to announcements or proposals.  
  • Actively engages in PCORI’s processes for reviewing and awarding applications received through the PCORI funding announcement process.
  • Advises awardees on the execution of their contracts.
  • Engages in active portfolio management by monitoring awardees’ attainment of contract milestones and overall study progress, conducting site visits, and implementing learning networks or conferences to facilitate shared learning opportunities for relevant stakeholders.
  • Collaborates with contract management staff to assess status of projects.
  • Evaluates the program’s portfolio to ensure balance and to identify need for modification of strategic funding directions and opportunities and independently leads the evaluation of the program’s portfolio in specific areas.  
  • Advises potential applicants regarding their applications and the application process.
Organizational Responsibilities and Contributions:
  • Represents PCORI publicly regarding program direction, program funding, and the application process and award results.
  • Participates in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to maintain and enhance expertise and professional status.
  • Leads, contributes to, and participates in internal groups and teams and cross-cutting initiatives.  Carries out other responsibilities as assigned by PCORI management.
  • Keeps Program Director and team appraised of developments and occurrences in the field that are likely to affect program decision-making, strategies, and/or award decision-making.
  • Demonstrates leadership within the department and organization through a constructive approach to problem-solving, and a willingness to collaborate with others both within and external to the division.
  • Oversees or provides mentorship for other Program Officers in responding to applicant questions and managing more complex scientific and technical aspects of research awards.   

Incumbent(s) in this position may be required to perform other duties and special assignments not specifically stated above.


Statements outlined in this section are designated as essential job functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.



Required Skills

  • Experience in developing productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to handle and manage multiple priorities effectively; must be adept at organizing time efficiently; high tolerance for ambiguity; ability to understand and work effectively with PCORI staff members.
  • Able to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue; to identify major opportunities in a specific area; to see the big picture.
  • Strong oral presentation skills.
  • Strong project and people management skills.
  • Personally motivated to support 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.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management.
  • Sound judgment and maturity, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally.
  • Makes decisions independently and positively impacts the work of others.
  • Develops skills in less experienced staff to handle difficult external and internal conversations.
  • Ability to make decisions, justify recommendations, and is responsive and clear with funding announcement applicants.
  • Ability to travel, as required, including for site visits and representing PCORI at external meetings.
  • Proficient in the use of technology.
  • Ability to link organizational goals to individual department mission and activities.
  • Ability to envision innovative solutions.

Required Experience

Systems CER:
  • Systems CER is seeking a Senior Program Officer with demonstrated expertise in health systems and/or health equity research preferred, with experience in clinical trial design, execution, and research methods, and/or natural experimental designs and methods which may be reflected by prior success in publishing first-authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Proven leadership for specific area of knowledge in one or more of PCORI’s program areas: Achieve Health Equity and/or Accelerate Progress Toward an Integrated Learning Health System.
  • Preference for topical expertise in one or more of the following areas:  maternal morbidity/mortality intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, disparities, telemedicine, chronic disease management, community-based and public health delivery systems, payer and policy interventions to improve patient-centered outcomes.
  • Doctoral degree and 7+ years of experience in a research discipline relevant to patient-centered outcomes research (e.g., clinical epidemiology, health services research, sociology, psychology, health policy, biostatistics, economics, bioinformatics, data science, education or health education).
  • Proven track record and leadership in either Health Systems and/or Disparities research; and/or extensive experience or scientific leadership in specific area of knowledge; extensive experience plus proven leadership in a funding research agency/organization; and/or extensive experience and proven leadership in research program and staff management.  

Compensation and Benefits 

Salary Range: $116,134$203,425


The above range represents the salary range expected for the position; however, final offers are based on several factors such as the position’s responsibilities; the candidate’s experience, education, and skills; location; travel required; and current market conditions.  


Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans then in effect, eligible employees may participate in PCORI-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance plans for the employee and the employee’s eligible dependents.

PCORI recommends all members of the PCORI workforce adhere to the CDC recommendations regarding staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccination.


PCORI conducts background checks on all applicants. 


PCORI’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 

PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity both internal and external to the workplace. You can learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here. 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. 














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