Assistant Program Manager

Connecticut, United States
06 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

University Job Title: Research Associate 2, HSS
Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)
Time Type: Full time
Duration Type: Fixed
If Fixed Duration, Period: 1 year from date of hire
If Fixed Duration, is continuation possible? Yes
Other Fixed Duration Date: 14-Sep-2020
Compensation Grade: Clinical & Research
Compensation Grade Profile: Research Associate 2 HSS (23)
Work Location: Central Campus
Worksite Address: 17 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT 06511
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Searchable Job Family: Clinical, Research Res Support, Research/Support
Total # of hours to be worked: 37.5

Position Focus:

A key member of a research team focusing on using novel social network strategies to improve health interventions in rural settings, the Assistant Program Manager will be based in New Haven with up to 50% travel to Honduras (primarily to the Department of Copan). Reporting directly to the Research Program Manager, the Assistant Program Manager will play a key role in projects primarily focused on the human microbiome and improving health through social network-based intervention strategies.

The position will be responsible for on-the-ground problem-solving and will take part in day-to-day implementation of research activities in rural Honduras, and liaise regularly with Honduran partner implementation team. With supervision from the Program Manager, the Assistant Program Manager will be expected to successfully help coordinate and oversee research data collection activities as well as monitor continuous implementation of established research protocols in the field.

Along with the Program Manager, the Assistant Program Manager will be a primary point of contact for the research team in Honduras, communicating project status to the US team, as well as play a key role in engaging stakeholders (e.g., community residents, local and national Honduran government officials, NGOs) in our research activities as well as processing and summarizing data using scientific or statistical techniques.

Specifically, the Assistant Program Manager will assist in the development of the operational strategy for data collection with the Yale team, reporting on progress and challenges in the field, and making recommendations for possible solutions. They will help manage progress toward established benchmarks and goals and will communicate progress, challenges and issues proactively with the Program Manager and Project Director. Responsible for preparing project meeting agendas and minutes as needed. Works cooperatively to build and steward critical relationships with collaborative partners. Other duties as assigned by project leadership.

Essential Duties

1. Carries out research within the scope of the established study protocol. Adheres to all human subjects regulations as defined by Yale University and the federal government that pertain to research studies. 2. Develops criteria for admission of study subjects based on goals and objectives of project. 3. Determines potential sources of funding and prospective partnerships. 4. Evaluates feasibility of accepting potential projects through analysis of staffing needs, resource requirements, financial costs, and current planned capacity of group. Negotiates contracts and/or changes with funder. 5. Develops original HIC/IRB submissions. Based on knowledge of science and research goals, collaborates with PIs on major revisions and contributes to scientific protocols. Plans and implements changes. 6. Develops forms, questionnaires and the application of research techniques; writes procedures manuals for data collection and coding. 7. Responsible for the documentation and transmission of study data. Ensures that report forms are accurately documented and completed in a timely manner at each site location. 8. Works independently to develop manage and organize multi site studies. Serves as primary coordinator between University, non-Yale collaborators, pharmaceutical companies, HIC, IRB and funding sources. 9. Performs descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software. 10. Designs and implements quality control measures to ensure accurate collection and processing of data. 11. Contributes in-depth, original thought and relevance to written reports and to the writing of abstracts and manuscripts.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in a related discipline and two years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated abilities with public health research data collection work or monitoring and evaluation activities related to public health, global health, quality improvement or related work. Demonstrated knowledge of issues affecting resource-poor and/or other vulnerable populations.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Fluency in spoken and written Spanish.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability and willingness to travel frequently to rural Honduras in response to project needs.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team, fostering team work and positive relationships.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated ability to work independently and solve problems proactively with excellent attention to detail and independent follow-through.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Degree in Public Health, Health Administration and/or behavioral interventions preferred but not required. Candidates with Bachelor's Degree and relevant experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Some experience with research data analysis with at least one statistical programming language or package (preferably R, PYTHON, STATA, SAS or MATLAB) preferred.

Weekend Hours Required? Occasional
Evening Hours Required? Occasional
Drug Screen: No
Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements

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