Oversees a major department/school-wide program or project & provides direction & thought leadership to develop strategic goals & objectives; defines associated metrics to measure results; & creates & obtains resources to ensure success. Reviews, creates & nurtures internal & external alliances, collaborations and partnerships.
The incumbent will work closely with, and primarily report to, the Director of the Center for Applied Health Research on Aging and leader of the Northwestern Older American Independence Center (“Pepper Center”), and will also work collaboratively with the Co-Directors of the Research Education Component and the Pilot/Exploratory Studies Cores within the Pepper Center. The incumbent will establish the Pepper Scholar Program, the key component of the most critical training and research cores for a large 7-core P30 grant, tying into a well-established national network of aging centers. This role will be the point-person for junior research faculty scholars at Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine, coordinating across the institutions, as well as facilitating recruitment, retention for the program. This role will also facilitate the selection of pilot projects, via competitive proposal submission, and will support the development, conduct, and dissemination of these pilot projects. Within the milieu of the Pepper Center, this position will aid in collaboration across all Pepper Center cores and maintaining multidisciplinary research partnerships.
Please highlight areas of responsibility:
Directs and leads development of program/project 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.
Oversees data analysis & recommends & implements changes & improvement to better ensure attainment of mission.
Manages logistics requirements, including facilities, venue, scheduling, technology, instruction, catering, etc.
Oversees documentation of agreements between NU and partner institutions, ensuring that agreements are complete and reviewed by all necessary NU officials.
Participates in developing IT strategy to meet the mission & needs of program/project.
Ensures necessary hardware, software & network infrastructure technology services are appropriated from central or internal IT.
Communication, Outreach & Recruitment:
Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to increase program profile, reputation, visibility and support.
Creates plan to drive awareness of program/project in appropriate markets.
Partners with academia and organizations to continue to innovate & enhance program/project.
Actively obtains market intelligence by monitoring program/project peers/competitors and sharing information with appropriate groups.
Builds relationships with appropriate communities & organizations that will result in program/project enhancement.
Oversees marketing of new and current programs/projects.
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.
Assesses programming and recommends changes that will innovate and invigorate program including cutting edge developments in the field and changes to better meet external partners' needs in order to achieve goals.
Oversees recruitment of faculty
Provides strategic recommendation for management of faculty appointments, credentialing & exit (retirement & termination) processes.
Reviews policies, recommends changes, implements new & ensures consistent interpretation.
Oversees all aspects of faculty administrative tasks (colloquium, seminar, travel, faculty COI survey, annual report, etc.) ensuring optimal faculty support.
Grants & Contracts:
Consults with & advises Principle Investigators (PI) in identifying & defining problems that can be resolved with scientific research that will help guide study design and methods to accomplish the scientific goals of the program/project.
Prepares results & co-authors scientific papers for presentation & publication & disseminates information via seminars, lectures, etc.
Creates data for use in grant submission.
Develops new proposals for research including obtaining financial support.
Writes technical reports detailing procedures, outcomes, and observations.
Determines goals, objectives, outcome measurements and metrics, financial feasibility, marketing strategies and collaboration opportunities with other internal and external organizations.
Oversees the ongoing development and refinement of the program's/project's current and future curriculum and course offerings in consultation with subject matter experts.
Recruits, hires, and directs instructors/faculty.
Provides leadership for planning, scheduling, delivering and maintaining program(s)/project(s) to sustain quality instruction in all educational activity.
Directs actions to consistently high quality standards across all partner programs, including admissions, teaching, grading, service levels, and facilities.
Develops and implements a comprehensive, visionary program/project strategy designed to continually grow and improve programs and build internal/external engagement.
Provides guidance and support to staff in the creation of program/project components.
Supervises 2-4 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.
5 years program/project administration or other relevant experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Ability to successfully complete the requirements of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Research Access Program
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: 39728
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.