Health Surveillance Program Manager


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 a Health Surveillance Program Manager.

Job Summary:

Manage project teams, cost, schedule, and technical requirements across a range of diverse health surveillance-related projects focused on:

  • Development and implementation of health surveillance systems for the early identification and understanding of emerging infectious diseases in various populations.
  • Identification of novel data sources and data collection methodologies/modalities for health surveillance-related activities in both developed and austere environments.
  • Development of advanced analytics (e.g. fusion, prediction, etc) to enhance the user’s ability to detect and understand disease within a community as early as possible.

Potential sponsor interaction includes DoD, DHHS (e.g. CDC and ASPR), FDA, state/local health departments, partner countries, foundations, and others.


  • Create and pursue new business initiatives to support the National Health Mission Area and Research and Applications Program Area strategies through regular interaction with existing and potential sponsors. Act as the primary sponsor interface. Develop and foster a trusted relationship with sponsor representatives (e.g., Program Managers, technical leaders, contracts personnel), and be intimately aware of sponsor needs and directions. Understand the sponsor’s funding profile and major milestones and how they are likely to change over the next few years. Educate and inform the sponsor of APL’s capabilities, as well as appropriate roles for and limitations of a UARC. Develop and prepare proposals, task assignments, and related documentation to address sponsor needs and comply with APL policies and processes. (50%)
  • Build and lead a highly competent team to execute the work of the Program. Recommend candidates for, manage and mentor Project Managers and Task Leads. Coordinate Program efforts through the Project Managers to ensure on time and within budget execution of Program tasking. Work across the organization, where appropriate, on disease surveillance initiatives (15%)
  • Provide thought leadership in the design, implementation, and sustainment of health surveillance capabilities to include aspects such as analysis, visualization, disease prediction, and surveillance focus areas; identify future directions and roles for APL to make in the field and make technical contributions, as appropriate, to specific tasks within the Program. (15%)
  • Develop and maintain a vision and strategy for the Program, consistent with the Mission and Program Area strategies and objectives. Develop and maintain effective working relationships across the Laboratory. Understand the Mission Area strategy and how the Program contributes to it. Advise the Mission Area Executive and Program Area Manager in making portfolio management decisions. Contribute to the shaping, selection, and management of internal research and development (IRAD) activities in support of the Program, Program Area and Mission Area. (10%)
  • Review and approve program deliverables to ensure they meet Sponsor needs. Identify areas of risk and develop appropriate mitigation plans in coordination with sponsor requirements. Review and approve APL-generated products (presentations, reports and letters) that have an external audience. Ensure the requirements of APL’s quality policies and Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Program are met for all Program activities. (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:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a technical field such as computer science, biology, public health, or biostatistics.
  • 10 years of relevant technical work experience in disease surveillance-related fields and 5 years of team leadership and program development experience.
  • Proven track record of positively engaging sponsors and championing thought leadership and successfully developing new business.
  • Solid technical background in health-related domain.
  • Experience leading programs at multiple levels or experience leading complex projects with significant impact on the organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • MD, PhD or MPH.
  • Solid technical background in data science and/or health information systems research and applications.
  • Experience collaborating with operational end users.


Eligibility for a Secret level security clearance is 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

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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