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Senior Project Director, Research and Evaluation

Position Deleted on 8/20/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Worcester, MA
Executive - Other Executive
Full Time

Under the general direction of the Director of the Research and Evaluation Unit (R&E) in the Center for Health Policy and Research (CHPR), the Senior Project Director oversees a series of short term and multi-year public sector program evaluations, health services research and health policy projects. The Senior Project Director coordinates and oversees policy, research, and evaluation activities undertaken in collaboration with federal agencies, Massachusetts and other state agencies and mobilizes staff, faculty, consultants, and other resources at the University, State, and agency levels to assure timely performance of project work.

  • Responsible for the intellectual design and integrity of assigned projects. Works with CHPR staff and federal and state agency clients to define initial project scope and propose project methods. Works closely with project staff and consultants to refine scope of work and deliverables. Prepares proposals for external research funding.
  • Identifies necessary resources to perform project work, including mobilizing and coordinating resources from UMMS and other campuses of the University system; monitors work progress, including data analysis and report development, and oversees its timely completion.
  • Convenes and provides overall direction to project teams, which may consist of data staff, project associates, and faculty, for the development of project statements, work plans, study designs, literature reviews, analysis plans, and project deliverables.
  • Supports development, design, and implementation of data collection instruments, survey tools and interview guides. Oversees complex quantitative and qualitative data analysis as necessary.
  • Assumes responsibility for communication with state agency staff regarding projects within the specified content area and ensures coordination of these projects.
  • Oversees the development and dissemination of client deliverables including technical and academic reporting. Prepares and submits manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Participates in the development of an annual agenda of projects to be undertaken within a specific content area in collaboration with the Director of R&E, or designee, and senior staff of other Commonwealth Medicine and state agencies.
  • Prepares budgets for the series of projects assigned: analyzes budget variances, revising project budgets as necessary, and manages project related grant and contractual budgets in collaboration with Center financial staff.
  • Advises, directly supervises and evaluates the performance of specified project staff; provides functional supervision of other specified project staff, consultants and faculty; participates in the hiring of project staff and consultants.
  • Other duties as needed in support of the Research and Evaluation Unit.
  • Masters degree or equivalent in health services research, public health, public policy, health policy, or related health care field; five or more years experience in developing, implementing and evaluating health programs, including significant experience in project management, supervision of staff and fiscal responsibility.
  • Solid background in quantitative research methods and experience in performing health policy research
  • Demonstrated record of disseminating results
  • Up-to-date knowledge of literature in one or more specific content areas (e.g. program evaluation, economic evaluation, primary care, quality measurement, health disparities) related to health policy and research.
  • A sound understanding of Medicaid programs and populations
  • Communication and presentation skills, both oral and written, to interact and to produce reports suitable for both an academic and a public sector audience is additionally required

Works independently within Medical School and Department policies and procedures, referring unusual problems to the Director of the Research and Evaluation Unit.


Responsible for the direct supervision and evaluation of specified project staff. Provides functional supervision of other project staff, project consultants and faculty assigned to specific projects. Participates in the hiring and evaluation of project staff.


No unusual working conditions.

Must be able to carry out the essential functions of this position, with reasonable accommodation if disabled.

Involves travel to various sites in Massachusetts and possible travel to national meetings

Additional Information:
  • PhD or MD is preferred.
  • Experience in working in and/or with the public sector and with State Medicaid is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated record of securing external research funding is strongly preferred.
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