Job Opportunity: Program Officer, Office of Research (OOR), VUMC, Nashville, TN

Kate Stuart
January 5, 2017

Program Manager, Office of Research-1612599


Functional title:  Program Officer, Office of Research (OOR)

Job Description:  The Program Officer position provides management for biomedical science programs that impact the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) academic research enterprise.  This position reports to the Director for Research Resources and Planning in the Office of Research.  Working with OOR staff, the Program Officer supports the strategic directions and activities of the Executive Vice President for Research.  The position involves collaboration across the academic departments and centers within VUMC, and will also function as a liaison with the Vanderbilt University (VU) Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Dean of Basic Sciences on matters of shared research interest and collaboration across VUMC and VU.

Preferred Qualifications:  This position requires an M.S. or Ph.D. in biomedical sciences or related fields, and 36 months of relevant experience in a research setting. Exceptional organizational, verbal and written communication skills are required.

Preferred Education, Skills and/or Experience:

Experience with data analysis and database management strongly preferred.
Experience with research project management and grant-writing strongly preferred.
Experience with website management is a plus.
Experience with advanced analytical software tools is a plus.
The ideal candidate will be a recent Ph.D. graduate who is seeking experience in agency/foundation scientific program management and/or research policy and administration.

Expected Performances: 
Responsible for coordination, execution and management of research activities, including oversight for planning and execution of strategic initiatives.

Set goals, timelines and objectives for strategic activities; and coordination of the day to day aspects including specific processes, staff, and finances related to these activities.
Manage financial support for these initiatives as appropriate.
Manage of shared resource advisory and oversight processes.

Manage special projects as assigned, to facilitate meeting institutional strategic and scientific goals.

Develop a project scope, working with faculty stakeholders.
Generate and manage an appropriate operating budget.
Coordinate activities of staff and faculty participating in the project.
Track progress and report to the Director and stakeholders as needed.

Manage the limited submission opportunity (LSO) process for VUMC, in collaboration with VUMC Development office and VU offices as appropriate.  Includes:

Develop working knowledge of non-Federal funding opportunities, including eligibility requirements.
Maintain proposal databases.
Work with nominee(s) to develop competitive proposals as needed.
Support the LSO committee chair and activities.

Draft, manage and update research-related content and correspondence, including:

Manage technical content for research-related websites and other publicly available resources.
Write/update grant-ready text for use by the Office of Research and VUMC investigators in applications for funding and/or agency-required progress reports.
Timely review and announcement of research funding opportunities (internal and external), grant awards and research developments.
Draft/edit letters of support, grant sections, etc. as needed.

Manage the Academic Performance Metrics process.

Work closely with department leaders (department chairs and/or designees) and central offices to review, collate, track, analyze and report data.
Support increase in external recognition and awards, through development of competitive prize/recognition nomination packages for AAAS Fellowship and other prestigious award programs as identified.

Manage the VUMC shared equipment, bridge funding, and other internal funding programs, including:

Maintaining knowledge of funding programs including budget, scope and eligibility
Support internal proposal and review processes
Gathering data and preparing required reports
Tracking institutional commitments and outcomes
Monitoring awarded projects including coordination of internal and external progress reports.


Basic Qualifications
Job requires Bachelor's and 3 years of experience or the equivalent.

Job Professional and Managerial
Primary LocationTN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)
Organization Office of Research 104065