Program Officer, Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research


Department: Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research

Reports to: Associate Director, Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research

Position Summary

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is conducting a national search for a scientific program officer to support the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research (HDDR) program, specifically the Addressing Disparities Priority Research Area. The mission of the HDDR program is to develop, fund, and manage comparative effectiveness research studies of strategies (e.g., policies, interventions, service designs) employed by healthcare systems and organizations to improve the quality and efficiency of care for the patients they serve. To this end, PCORI employs a variety of funding initiatives designed to address high priority research questions aimed at reducing or eliminating disparities in patient-centered outcomes, including health, health care, and patient-reported outcomes. The ultimate purpose of this research is to improve health outcomes that matter to patients, their families, and society.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent provides support, direction and leadership in planning, guiding, and encouraging a program of research in three major areas:

  • Contribution to Awards (Pre and Post Award)
    • The incumbent will be expected to contribute to, refine, and manage activities from the PCORI Funding Announcements, including providing input to the planning, pre-award phases, and funding decision processes. The incumbent will also be expected to provide feedback and input to program applicants on how their proposed research aligns with the priorities of the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research program.
    • Incumbents are also expected to provide oversight in post-award activities, including engaging with researchers and stakeholders in monitoring and overseeing award deliverables, and ensuring the application of methodological standards related to these awards (including but not limited to multi-component interventions or multi-level research design and analysis).
  • Portfolio analysis. Research initiatives included in the portfolio are designed to address high priority research questions aimed at reducing or eliminating disparities in patient-centered outcomes, including health, health care, and patient-reported outcomes. This area encompasses comparative effectiveness research studies. Efforts from these analyses will aid in identifying gaps and developing possible future funding investments for the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research program which the incumbent would help to develop.
  • Leading and/or participating in small teams or working groups to conceptualize research topics, perform or assess systematic reviews of evidence, strategic research portfolio management, and facilitate the prioritization of research questions by experts or advisory panels. Reviews may be summarized in reports, web pages, fact sheets, or manuscripts for publication.


  • Specific projects will depend upon the background, experience and research interests of the incumbent.

    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
    This challenging and visible role requires broad scientific expertise, commitment to collaboration, and an ability to develop effective strategies for overcoming barriers to scientific progress and its application.
    • Personally motivated to support PCORI's mission and goals; work independently and on 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;
    • 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;
    • Ability to manage and work on multiple tasks and under tight deadlines, and to make decisions, envision creative solutions, justify recommendations, and be responsive and clear with internal and external audiences;
    • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and team environment;
    • Ability to link organizational goals to individual department mission and activities

    Required Experience
    • The successful applicant will be an experienced scientist (Ph.D. or equivalent-level training) with excellent communication skills and a record of peer-reviewed publications.
    • The incumbent should have advanced training or experience in health disparities research, health services research and methods, and/or as a clinical researcher (acting as a Principal Investigator, Research Coordinator, or Program Manager) of disparities-focused research (minimum 3 years post terminal degree).
    • Grant or contract management experience is highly desired.


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


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