Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA), a nonprofit public health and medical research funding organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, has a mission to help people live healthier lives and build healthier communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. HRiA works with a diverse group of clients across the country to address some of the most critical public health issues using innovative and evidence-based approaches to improve population health. Our clients include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, state and local health departments, hospitals, and private/corporate philanthropic entities.
Since its founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of public health, leading the way to promote healthier and more vibrant communities. Our work recognizes the impact of social, economic, and racial factors on health outcomes. HRiA is also an affiliate member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes with over 40 affiliates located across the country.
The Medical Foundation at HRiA works with private individuals, bank trusts and family foundations to develop and implement customized grant programs designed to accelerate medical discoveries. In addition, we provide life sciences consulting services and program evaluation designed to optimize the effectiveness of philanthropic resources. In 2016, we were privileged to work with foundations and bank trust departments whose biomedical research grant programs collectively awarded more than $21 million to 93 outstanding investigators across the United States and worldwide. Drawing from a talented staff, The Medical Foundation is assisted by HRiA’s Finance, Information Technology, Communications, and Operations professionals.
The Scientific Officer (SO) will collaborate with The Medical Foundation’s (TMF) team to develop, advance, and provide effective oversight of TMF’s biomedical grant programs. This position may be either part-time or full-time (35 hrs./week) with flexible hours and the potential to work remotely.
The SO oversight of biomedical research award programs includes: identification of high-impact scientific focus, understanding the research and funding landscapes of specific scientific areas as well as the career pathways of biomedical investigators. Specific tasks include the determination and implementation of programmatic guidelines and eligibility criteria, oversight of the application process, establishment and running of the scientific review and associated committees, communicating programmatic details and timelines, and presenting grant review results and recommendations to clients and applicants.
The SO must participate as an integral part of The Medical Foundation team that includes its directors, grant officers, Grants Technology Manager and Administrative Coordinator. The SO must coordinate their own work with the team to maximize overall effectiveness in managing grant programs across a broad range of biomedical sciences and cross-disciplinary studies that span basic, translational, and clinical research. This is a full- or part- time, exempt position.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Scientific Officer will assist in the development, organization and coordinated efforts of the team to provide effective grant review and management processes that meet the mission and budgets of our clients. Specific responsibilities include:
Assist and direct biomedical grant programs supporting basic, translational and/or clinical research;
Identify, invite and communicate programmatic details and review criteria with selected investigators who will comprise a specialized Scientific Review Committee;
Assist the team to establish or update research and applicant eligibility criteria, programmatic guidelines, and timelines that meet and coordinate with TMF and client distribution schedules;
Work with the TMF team in planning and oversight of scientific reviews, meetings, and symposia for grant programs;
Summarize reviewer comments that inform and help guide research project development and/or conduct;
Prepare project summaries and funding recommendations for clients;
Perform literature reviews related to new program development, analyze funding and career development trends;
Assist with the development of program evaluation reports for clients or publication;
Coordinate with Directors to negotiate proposals and execute contracts with clients for award programs and consulting projects. Consulting projects may include scientific and/or funding landscape reports, scientific award program impact, issues related to the career development of biomedical investigators, and other scientific research projects;
Stay informed about high impact science across a broad range of scientific disciplines, especially relevant to current grant programs;
Stay up-to-date on current biomedical career development, grantmaking, and funding trends, topics, and innovations (e.g. open science, data sharing, outcome metrics, preprint/publication, indirect cost assessment, NIH trends and budget implications);
Learn to utilize the grants management database and online submission software (MicroEdge Gifts Online);
Work collaboratively in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment to ensure that grant programs are run effectively and efficiently.
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision. The use of an illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.
HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.
Advanced degree in the biomedical sciences such as PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent;
A minimum of two years of post-graduate research experience;
Respect and commitment to the advancement of biomedical research through philanthropic support;
Experience in biomedical research, grants, publications and/or biomedical career development;
Experience as a scientific writer (grants, publications, reviewer, or editor);
Excellent verbal and written skills; ability to communicate complex concepts to non- scientists;
Fluency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
Experience working with publication and NIH funding databases (e.g. PubMed, NIHReporter) and internet-based searches;
Ability to work with efficiency and flexibility both individually and in coordination with a team on concurrent projects;
Detail-oriented and committed to producing high quality work;
Training in basic statistics, survey design, and data analysis is desirable;
A commitment to value diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives;
Experience in managing grant programs is a plus but not required.
2 openings. Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous vacation.
Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA), a nonprofit public health and medical research funding organization based in Boston, Massachusetts has a mission to help people live healthier lives and build healthier communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. HRiA works with a diverse group of clients across the country to address some of the most critical public health issu...es using innovative and evidence-based approaches to improve population health. Our clients/funders include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state and local public health departments, hospitals, and private/corporate philanthropic entities.
Since its founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of public health, leading the way to promote healthier and more vibrant communities. Our work recognizes the impact of social, economic, and racial factors on health outcomes. Major organizational initiatives include:
• New England Asthma Innovation Collaboration: A multi-million dollar New England-wide initiative funded through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will improve asthma outcomes, quality of care, and health care costs of Medicaid- and CHIP-enrolled children by advancing innovative service delivery and sustainable payment systems
• Community Health Training Institute: An online resource funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that provides skill building trainings/webinars, tools, and resources to public health practitioners and advocates to improve community health
• Community Health Improvement: A national effort to engage hospitals, health departments, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), United Ways, and foundations to conduct comprehensive community health assessments and health improvement plans to prioritize health issues, align collaborative implementation efforts, inform resource allocations, and meet regulatory requirements