Assistant Program Manager, Health Systems Optimization


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an Assistant Program Manager for the Health Systems Optimization program.

Job Summary:

Manage project teams, cost, schedule, and technical requirements across a range of diverse projects in government and civilian health system settings and relevant regulatory environments focused on:

  • Episode Management: Analyses and decision support infrastructure to enable patient-directed, evidence-based health protocols and in support of precision medicine and health services research
  • Encounter Management : Modeling, designing, and implementing innovative and safe health systems/environments and care delivery models in support of highly reliable health systems
  • Performance Management: Creation of data-driven policy, regulations, and robust measurement systems that enable root cause analysis and risk management to prevent diseases and harm in support of learning health systems

Potential sponsor interaction includes DHA, HA, BUMED, AMEDD, AFMS, CMS, CDC, HHS, VA, ONR, FDA, JHM/JHH, AHRQ, PCORI, academic and private health systems, and others.


1. Build and lead a highly competent team to execute the work of the Program. Recommend candidates for and mentor project leaders. Develop the Program team and Assist the Program Manager in coordinating Program efforts through the Project Managers to ensure on-time and within budget execution of Program tasking; liaise with subcontractors and university partners when necessary on behalf of the Program or projects. (35%)

2. In collaboration with the APL Program Manager, create and pursue new business initiatives to support the National Health Mission Area and Systems Engineering Program Area strategies through regular interaction with existing and potential sponsors. At the discretion of the Program Manager, act as the primary sponsor interface. Develop and foster a trusted agent relationship with sponsor representatives (e.g. Program Managers, technical leaders, contracts personnel), and be intimately aware of sponsor needs and directions. Support the Program Manager’s efforts to develop and execute proposals, task assignments, and related documentation to address sponsor needs and comply with APL policies and processes. Assist with APL internal updates and reports regarding the status and projections of the Program and its projects. (25%)

3. As delegated by the Program Manager, review and approve program deliverables to ensure these products meet Sponsor needs. Conduct project reviews as appropriate to identify areas of risk and develop appropriate mitigation plans in coordination with sponsor requirements. Ensure the requirements of APL’s quality policies, HIPAA and information assurance, export control, and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) guidance are met for all Program activities. (20%)

4. Assist with the development and maintenance of a vision and strategy for Health Systems Optimization, consistent with the National Health Mission Area strategies and objectives. Understand the Mission Area strategy and how the Program contributes to it. (10%)

5. Provide thought leadership in the application of science and engineering to health and healthcare and make technical contributions, as appropriate, to specific tasks within the Program. (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS degree or equivalent in an engineering or health discipline
  • 8 years of technical professional experience relevant to the health systems domain; Solid technical background in analysis, systems or industrial engineering, and/or healthcare applications
  • Interest and ability to build and motivate high performance teams; 5 years of experience leading complex projects and multidisciplinary technical teams with significant impact on the organization
  • Excellent oral and written communication, business acumen, and project management skills
  • Experience in sponsor engagement and ability to form strong, trust-based technical relationships with sponsors or collaborator organizations including Johns Hopkins Medicine, Department of Defense, Military Health, and others
  • Unquestionable integrity

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree(s) in Public Health, Biostatistics, Systems/Industrial Engineering, or Business
  • Experience as a line manager
  • Experience with APL resource management and business applications
  • PMP Certified

Special Working Conditions:

Travel to sponsor and project work sites may be required approximately 3 times per month.


Eligibility to obtain Secret security clearance required. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.


APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity:Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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