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The Department of Epidemiology has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Director. The NACC Program Director will provide leadership, operational program oversight, cross team coordination and administration of the science and data programs, policies, and procedures for areas within the ADRC community.
Programmatic budgets include a $36M 5-year operating budget, with additional 10+ supplements and subcontracts that provide a range of increased funding and span multiple years of funding. UW-based NACC has facilitated collaborative research across the ADRC community since 1999. The Program Director, along with NACC faculty leadership, will ensure NACC staff are continuously modernized with emerging and appropriate science and technology. Additionally, they will be responsible for overseeing planning work assigned and accomplished by staff, and maintaining production and quality standards for the NACC staff work products, providing a key operational staff role critical to delivering NACC's mission and goals.
The National Institute of Aging (NIA) funded National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC - https://naccdata.org) has an outstanding opportunity for an individual with a successful record of high level administration of health research to join our team as the Program Director. The Program Director will lead and oversee NACC operations and staff, and work to achieve the overall mission of NACC, which is to advance the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia research field by developing and promoting novel and vigorous methodological techniques to leverage rich data we collect via the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) community. The Program Director will report to the Principal Investigator of NACC, will work closely with the NACC executive leadership, and will operate at operational and tactical levels to enhance effectiveness of NACC within the NIA Alzheimer’s / Dementia Consortium.
Position Complexities: The NACC Program Director will provide leadership, operational program oversight, cross team coordination and administration of the science and data programs, policies, and procedures for areas within the ADRC community. Programmatic budgets include a $36M 5-year operating budget, with additional supplements and subcontracts, spanning multiple years of funding. UW-based NACC has facilitated collaborative research across the ADRC community since 1999. The Program Director, along with NACC faculty leadership, will ensure NACC staff are continuously modernized with emerging and appropriate science and technology. Additionally, they will be responsible for overseeing planning work assigned and accomplished by staff, and maintaining production and quality standards for the NACC staff work products.
NACC internally consists of three working groups: Administration, Data Computing, and Methods/Research. The Program Director oversees the working groups and reports directly to the Director (Principle Investigator) of NACC in close collaboration with the Deputy Director, Associate Directors, and other faculty leadership. Strong leadership, internal and external customer focus, communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as NACC is a complex multidisciplinary center, that works in close collaboration with several NIA funded large coordinating centers and over 30 ADRCs, coordinating with external stakeholders, such as the NIA program and ADRC leadership. In addition, a strong background in complex multidisciplinary research teams is required, with knowledge of grant management and administrative leadership. Being comfortable with and managing a multi-skilled team, project management coordination in a fast paced setting, Agile sprint methodologies, while ensuring clear deliverables on time, are also skills of a strong candidate.
Operational Leadership (in support of the NACC executive leadership)
• Manage cross-functional teams and day-to-day activities
• Work with faculty leadership to establish clear priorities with estimated due dates
• Provide updated tracking on operational and project deliverables
• Work with faculty to define and measure success characteristics (dashboards) • Coordinate and communicate resource issues, development, planning, and overall direction across NACC
• Direct supervision of NACC team managers to ensure that they are defining and coordinating necessary activities, work plans, working collaboratively, delivering high-level customer service and expertise
• Work with the leads and project managers to evaluate the project and strategy needs to define resource needs, timelines, and develop work plans; ensure that resource needs are communicated efficiently and appropriately to senior leadership and align with strategy
• Accountable for working with leadership to ensure that the strategy is understood and maintained throughout the scope of work
• Serve as an escalation point for managers and project leads for project resource issues when they occur and ensure that appropriate issues are escalated to senior leadership for decision making
• Ensure transparency and consistency of NACC operations to leadership and relevant stakeholders
• Develop and implement structure, stable and transparent operational staff governance including regular meetings and progress reporting
• Serve as primary point of contact and liaison for internal groups within NACC and the UW Epidemiology Department
• Partner with senior staff members on HR needs and hiring to ensure adherence to all HR protocols and best practice, staff retention, growth, and equity, diversity, and inclusion are well curated across NACC
• Accountable for the continuous improvement and adapting of the strategy as changes occur, or new impacts are discovered that must be addressed in order for the program and other initiatives to remain on track
• Regularly meet with the team and key stakeholders assigned to the various projects to ensure they remain aligned to the defined direction, and keep them aware of what is going on in other areas that may impact them
• Ensure modernization of processes and technology (i.e., data management, technology and dissemination activities using research and federal best practices including biomedical informatics, data science and internet technologies)
• Oversee communication functions of NACC across the NIA Alzheimer’s/Dementia Consortium and enable the NACC communication program to support communication internally and externally to meet stakeholder needs efficiently
• Support equity, diversity, and inclusion across NACC
• Oversee finance lead to support financial team issues are logged, assigned to the correct resources, and are being addressed and mitigated in a timely fashion
• Work with executive leadership on planning for annual budget needs
• Ensure appropriate processes and quality improvement (e.g., estimate generation, time-reporting, billing, scoping, code review, etc.) across the NACC portfolio are implemented
• Review weekly and monthly operations reports, follow-up on missing hours, handling timely disciplinary actions and documentation related to lack of reporting
• Review effort and sourcing monthly; work with executive leadership to make appropriate sourcing adjustments, as needed
• Review quarterly and annual financial reports with financial lead and executive leadership, compare to annual budget and make strategic decisions for optimal group performance balanced with budget
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• BA/BS in Business, Research Administration, Computer Science, or a related field
• 6 or more years of total relevant experience, including experience in direct management of staff.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• MBA or related management degree preferred
• Work experience in academic healthcare settings
• Knowledge/experience in healthcare IT/healthcare operations
• Experience developing IT strategic plans
• Experience or strong interest in Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders
• Experience with federal research grant management
Working environmental conditions:
This position works in a fast-paced research environment. The ability to be nimble and quickly make decisions in order to ensure smooth operations is a necessity for this position.
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