Program Officer, Medical Research Program
Posted on Mar 22, 2021 by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
New York, NY 10019
The Medical Research Program seeks a Program Officer to join its collaborative, goal-oriented, mission-driven team. The Program Officer brings intellectual curiosity, is a team player, listens, respects other viewpoints, and contributes scientific expertise and knowledge to maximize the impact of MRP's programs. The Program Officer is passionate about advancing clinical research. Reporting to the Program Director for Medical Research, the Program Officer will have primary responsibility for management, oversight, and evaluation of ongoing grant programs and new ones as needed. The Program Officer will work with other internal groups to launch new competitions and to communicate the impact of MRP programs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Programmatic pre and post-award
• Organize peer-review processes to rigorously, equitably and fairly select new grantees;
• Prepare requests for proposals, review guidelines and review communications;
• Work collaboratively with the Program Associate, Grants Management and Communications teams to release requests for proposals;
• Identify outstanding expert reviewers, read and assess proposals, and run peer-review panels;
• Work with peer-review contractors and consultants to manage communications with applicants and to produce proposal packages for review and scoring;
• Conduct due diligence to ensure that funded research and researchers adhere to programmatic requirements;
• Critically but thoughtfully evaluate progress of funded projects via annual reports and site visits to grantees to make grant payment recommendations and assess grant impact;
• Gather and analyze data to evaluate and document near and long term-program impact;
• Prepare grant recommendations for the Board of Trustees and make presentations to the Board as needed.
• Collaborate with the Program Associate to produce progress reporting forms;
• Work with Grants Management to draft program-specific terms of grant agreements;
• Manage the planning, logistics and smooth execution of meetings that convene grantees;
• Assist with tracking and managing the administrative budget and work with the team to find ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs.
• Engage with the medical research community to keep informed about current issues in biomedical research;
• Share DDCF grant-making practices with, while learning from, the biomedical research funding community;
• Represent MRP at national meetings as needed;
• Seek opportunities to collaborate with other private and public agencies.
• A graduate degree in the biomedical sciences (PhD or MD preferred) and a minimum of 3 years of related work experience;
• Exceptional organization and time management skills;
• Both graduate school and work experience in biomedical research, including conducting research, making presentations and writing peer-reviewed papers;
• Demonstrated ability to strategize, conceptualize, plan and analyze projects critically, to use and analyze data, and to deal creatively and maturely with organizational problems;
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with scientists, other funders and administrators at a variety of levels in a collaborative, effective and sensitive manner;
• Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written;
• Willingness to travel on behalf of the foundation, when safe;
• Strong computer and internet skills with a high level of experience in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
• Experience with scientific grant peer-review and the mechanics of scientific grant-making;
• Proficiency working with databases and applications for data collection and statistical analysis;
• Experience communicating science to the public.
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