Program Assistant, Research Infrastructure


Department: Research Infrastructure

Reports to: Program Officer, Research Infrastructure

Position Summary

PCORI aims to accelerate patient-centered outcomes research and methodological research, in part by increasing the nation's capacity to conduct such research, building data infrastructure, improving analytic methods, and training researchers, patients, and other stakeholders. Our Research Infrastructure program funds and manages PCORnet, a large, highly representative electronic-data infrastructure for the conduct of patient-centered outcomes research. PCORnet seeks to transform the culture of research from one directed by researchers to one driven by the needs of patients and other healthcare stakeholders.

The Program Assistant for the Research Infrastructure program will contribute to the implementation of PCORI's research agenda by primarily supporting the work of PCORnet. With the direction of the Program Officer, the Program Assistant supports development and implementation activities in the following areas: program development, research, contract management and report analysis, and meeting development and implementation. The Program Assistant assists in designing and implementing new initiatives, evaluating proposals, and monitoring PCORnet Collaborative Research Groups (CRGs) and research project awards.

Duties and Responsibilities

General Program Responsibilities

  • Participate in long and short-term program development, planning, and evaluation of Research Infrastructure team initiatives and programs.
  • Gather, synthesize, and analyze literature to cultivate background information and identify key findings relevant to PCORnet.
  • Collaborate with all other PCORI departments, including Contracts Management, Finance, Engagement, and Communications, as necessary.
  • Coordinate and implement meetings, such as workgroups, task forces, advisory panels, and webinars.


Portfolio Management
  • Prepare requested materials, including meeting agendas, notes and summaries, and PowerPoint slides for public and internal presentations by the program team.
  • Assist Program Officer with monitoring of contractual work, such as the work related to topic brief, landscape review or other project development to ensure accuracy of activities and timely delivery.
  • Identify milestones and monitor progress of funded projects for tracking progress and ensure appropriate documentation and status reporting of research projects.
  • Produce reports, presentations and related materials regarding PCORI's activities and outcomes with direction from the Program Officers.
  • Assist with implementing PCORI's policies and processes for funding awards.
  • Work with staff and consultants to assess results from previous and current awards and contracts, and to actively disseminate results and findings to other staff, awardees and the field as appropriate.
  • Support Coordinating Center task orders managed by the Program Officer.
  • Support multi-faceted projects, including setting the objective and requirements of project and developing project plans which identify key issues, problems, approaches, timelines and resources required.


Incumbent(s) in this position may be required to perform other duties and special assignments not specifically stated above.

Statements outlined in this section are designated as essential job functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

*PCORI Staff Conflict of Interest Statement - No PCORI employee can receive a direct financial benefit from a healthcare related organization during the course of his/her employment with PCORI.

PCORI conducts background checks on all applicants.

PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity in the workplace.

Required Skills
  • Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to think independently, to be flexible and to juggle multiple priorities for multiple managers, work with minimal supervision, and to be tolerant of ambiguity and change;
  • Excellent written communication oral presentation skills, communication skills and customer service experience working directly with patients and other stakeholders is desirable;
  • Excellent analytic skills and ability to synthesize and translate complicated material into clear and simple language. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals and periodicals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations;
  • Personally motivated to support PCORI's mission and goals; work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities; to create and respond to novel and innovative approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work towards achieving team goals;
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and team environment, and personally motivated by the Research Infrastructure team's core values of promoting individual achievement and fulfillment, developing a healthy work environment, and producing a high quality of work;
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management;
  • Sound judgment and maturity, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally.

Required Experience
  • Bachelor's degree with 1-3 years of work experience.
  • Some experience conducting research or project management preferred
  • Experience in health or health care related field, preferably in the non-profit or government sector and experience or knowledge working in a funding agency/organization is desirable.

Job Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular


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