Oversees the coordination of the Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement (ORE) Core for the National Institute on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Center grant and the Miller Family Alzheimer’s Support Program for the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease. Provides direction and thought leadership to develop strategic administrative initiatives that meet the mission/objective of both projects. Oversees the effective, compliant, & efficient daily management of all operational, financial, & business functions in support of the program/project & in coordination with central offices such as HR, Budget, Facilities, IT, & Provost. Represents program/project on internal & external business affairs & is viewed as an expert resource regarding program/project administrative affairs.
The program/project is summarized below.
Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement (ORE) Core (2016-2021)
The aims of the ORE Core are to 1) Optimize the recruitment of subjects into the Clinical Core and their retention through novel non-pharmacological interventions, 2) Provide outreach and educational programs for the recruitment of underrepresented groups to the Northwestern ADC and 3) Initiate and coordinate public education programs in conjunction with city, state and national entities. ORE Core pursues this mission through the establishment of collaborative local community partnerships, recognition and support for the psychosocial needs of Clinical Core patients and families, and the design and evaluation of innovative programs that support patients’ and families’ strength and resilience. We will continue our work through the following mechanisms: 1) Initiate outreach, engagement and recruitment programs directed to underrepresented groups; 2) Work with the Clinical Core to recruit subjects that fit research priorities; 2) Conduct targeted recruitment of cognitively healthy volunteers as control subjects and clinical trials; 3) Ensure the retention of Clinical Core subjects through quality of life enrichment and non-pharmacological interventions; 4) Direct the ‘phone call only’ follow-up for later stage patients and families no longer able to come into the ADC; and 5) Take a leadership role in local and national educational programs with a special emphasis on healthy brain aging and young-onset, non-amnestic dementias such as primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD).
The Miller Family Alzheimer’s Support Program (2016-2021)
The Miller Program aims are to: 1) continue the Buddy Program and enable its growth at Northwestern, nationally and internationally; 2) support individuals and families who live with neurocognitive diseases by sustaining, enriching and expanding education and support programs; 3) expand collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations serving persons with dementia and their families; 4) develop an online education and support program; 5) develop the Miller Social Work Fellowship Program in Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease
Program renewal applications are made for both ORE Core and The Miller Program every 5 years.
Areas of responsibility:
Budget & Financial
Directs and leads development of ORE Core and Miller Programs strategic plan.
Oversees & ensures that day-to-day operations are appropriately managed, efficient and effective.
Operationalizes goals & objectives; ensures that resources are created or obtained.
Identifies and implements short- and long-term strategies and plans to meet program/project goals.
Engages in outreach/field relations serving a number of goals, including recruitment, participation, sponsorship, relationship building, etc. to support continued program/project development & improvement.
Interacts with internal/external resources & organizations to identify new markets & opportunities.
Builds relationships with program/project alumni to develop and cultivate professional networks, financial resources, and sense of community among alumni.
Oversees development & implementation of evaluation processes, quantitative & qualitative measurements that ensure that program/project benchmarks are successfully attained and communicated in a timely and efficient manner.
Manages evaluation processes; recommends & implements changes for enhancement; monitors effectiveness through follow-up evaluation studies.
Collaborates with internal/external resources to develop meaningful outcome measurements and methods of program/project evaluation that will lead to enhancement.
Develops a comprehensive program of events such as lectures, symposia, speaker series, workshops, conferences, cultural events etc. in collaboration with internal & external resources.Specifically, the annual Alzheimer Day and bimonthly Mesulam Center Seminar Series.
Oversees all aspects of faculty administrative tasks (colloquium, seminar, travel, faculty COI survey, annual report, etc.) ensuring optimal faculty support.
Grants & Contracts
Works with professional research administration support staff in order to facilitate & enhance all administrative grant processes & related compliance.
Transfers knowledge & advises on research policy & procedure.
Oversees recruitment & selection process; Performance Excellence plan for each employee; & merit increase process in collaboration with ORE Core and Miller Program Faculty Director
Interprets HR policy to maximize effectiveness of HR administration to meet strategic plan objectives.
Manages goals, objectives, outcome measurements and metrics, financial feasibility, marketing strategies and collaboration opportunities with other internal and external organizations.
Manages the ongoing development and refinement of the ORE Core and Miller Program’s current and future curriculum and program offerings in consultation with subject matter experts.
Provides leadership for planning, scheduling, delivering and maintaining program(s)/project(s) to sustain quality instruction in all educational activity.
Manages for consistently high quality standards across all ORE Core and Miller Programs.
Oversees development & implementation of processes & procedures for all safety, security & compliance programs.
Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, local & NU laws, regulations, policies & procedures.
Oversees creation &/or implementation of associated training.
Creates & leads a coordinated program of activities designed to increase the ORE Core and Miller Program objectives.
Develops & executes strategies to involve internal/external constituents and cultivate new individual, corporate, institutional &/or foundation collaborations.
Supervises 1-4 staff.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
4 years program/project administration or other relevant experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively by e-mail, verbally, by phone and in person.
Excellent listening skills and the ability to follow directions and provide feedback.
Technical project management skills and experience with project management database software.
Ability to work under pressure.
Effective time management.
Strong work ethic.
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with co-workers.
Eager and willing to add to increasing knowledge base and skills.
Motivated to take on challenges with minimal direction.
Able to solve problems and react accordingly when see that something needs to be done.
Ability to professionally represent the Mesulam Center in public.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36850
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.