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Program Director I
Job Number: 2019-34360
Category: Administrative Professional
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Med School
Department: School - Family Med & Community Health - W824700
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 45
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: July 28, 2020


Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Program Director is responsible for managing the day to day operations of NIH or other externally-funded, large scale projects. The program director will collaborate with investigators, consultants, project directors, and contract officers at the university, commonwealth, and national levels.


  • Direct and coordinate all phases and operational tasks of assigned research projects, e.g. recruitment/screening/follow-up activities; intervention design and implementation activities; and data collection and management activities
  • Monitor grant expenditures, including subcontractors work, collaborate and negotiate with subcontractors in the coordination of off-site operations
  • Participate in the conceptual design of new studies
  • Responsible for the management of difficult participant cases and adherence to protocol issues  
  • Assist in the development of annual budgets and technical reports in collaboration with the Administrator 
  • Develop and supervise collaboration with participating research sites
  • Plan, conduct, and record meetings of steering committees, data analysis, and other appropriate working groups
  • Design and assist in the production of self-instructional and multi-media programs that promote research goals
  • Write the quarterly progress reports and annual progress reports for submission to the external funding agency
  • Participate in qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Coordinate schedules of subcontractors and professional consultants to meet project plans
  • Recruit, select, supervise and evaluate activities of project employees and field staff
  • Assist with orientation and supervision of graduate interns (e.g. public health or medical students) and research assistants
  • Participate in new funding proposal development.
  • Participate in the writing and production of manuscripts.
  • Design and conduct formative and pilot studies, e.g. focus group session with study participants.
  • Provide direct backup for the Principal Investigator and serve as the P.I.’s designate as appropriate.
  • Perform other job duties as required.


  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Public Health, Health Education, or equivalent experience
  • 5-7 years experience developing, implementing and evaluating health education/health promotion activities, or related experience
  • 3 years experience in supervision of staff, project management of large scale research projects, and developing budgets
  • Strong theoretical and analytic skills
  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving and developing collaboration between investigators and institutions
  • Demonstrated experience in data management, computer use, and data analysis
  • Communication skills, both oral and written necessary to interact with funding agencies, other research sites, other study personnel, and Medical Center staff
  • Ability to travel  to both local and national off- site locations


Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator or designee


Manage project employees and field staff



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