PCORI – Program Officer, Engagement Awards

PCORI – Program Officer, Engagement Awards

Position posted to HRA website on 7/17/2020


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is seeking candidates for the position of Program Officer, Engagement Awards.  Please find the job description below.  Interested candidates may apply online at https://pcoricareers.silkroad.com/


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Job Description

Job Title:Program Officer, Engagement Awards
Reports to:Director, Engagement Awards

About Us
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment, and care options available, and the science that supports those options.



 Position Summary
Under the direction of the Program Director, Engagement Awards, the Program Officer is responsible for strategic decision-making and high-level management, monitoring and evaluation of the Engagement Award program, funded projects, and program activities that advance PCORI’s Engagement mission. The primary responsibilities include providing intellectual and organizational leadership in designing and implementing processes and initiatives; reviewing, awarding and managing a portfolio of contracts; and evaluating program activities and award portfolio based on strategic direction of the program.

Duties and Responsibilities
General Program Responsibilities

  • Assists Program Director in identifying and implementing strategic objectives and directions for the program
  • Identifies and manages the development and implementation of program activities (e.g., proposal review, award monitoring and oversight, program metrics and tracking)
  • Collaborates with PCORI Science, Engagement, Dissemination and Implementation, Communications, Finance, and Contracts Management staff in implementing program activities
  • May manage the work of and provide training for Program Associates, Interns, and/or consultants, as assigned by the Program Director

Program Management

  • Identifies and manages the design and implementation of activities related to the development of Engagement Award funding announcements
  • Manages accurate recording of information in databases.  Creates, updates, and revises as needed.
  • Addresses helpdesk inquiries related to the Engagement Awards
  • Actively participates in PCORI’s processes for reviewing and awarding applications received through the Engagement Award process
  • Monitors awardees’ attainment of Engagement Award contract milestones and advises awardees on the execution of their contracts
  • Participates in meetings, conducts site visits, reviews awardee progress reports, and may implement learning networks or conferences as part of overall responsibility for managing Engagement Award contracts
  • Advises potential applicants regarding the Engagement Award program’s goals and application process, as well as applicants’ project ideas,
  • Creates, updates and/or revises Engagement Award program policies and procedures as needed

Organizational Responsibilities and Contributions

  • Plans and delivers informational presentations regarding Engagement Award direction, funding, and the application process and award results
  • Participates in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to maintain and enhance patient-centered outcomes research expertise
  • Leads, contributes to, and participates in internal groups and teams and cross-cutting initiatives.  Carries out other responsibilities as assigned by PCORI management
  • Keeps Program Director and team appraised of developments and occurrences in the field that are likely to affect Engagement Award program decision-making and/or strategies


Incumbent(s) in this position may be required to perform other duties and special assignments not specifically stated above.

Statements outlined in this section are designated as essential job functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Required Skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including presenting effectively to broad and/or diverse audiences
  • Able to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue, identifying major opportunities in a specific area in order, to see the big picture
  • Strong project and people management skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management
  • Sound judgment and maturity, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Ability to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive and clear with funding announcement applicants
  • Ability to travel, as required, including for site visits, and representing PCORI at external meetings
  • Ability to envision innovative solutions and provide practical strategies for achieving them
  • Understanding research process stages, from generating a research question to dissemination of findings
  • Broad knowledge and appreciation of patient-centeredness and patient engagement practices in the healthcare system
  • Personally motivated to support PCORI’s mission and goals, to work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities, to create and respond to innovative approaches to addressing an issue, to inspire others to work towards achieving team goals while being tolerant of ambiguity and change
  • Ability to link organizational goals to individual department mission and activities


Required Experience

  • Doctoral degree in a field relevant to patient-centered outcomes research (e.g., public health, sociology, psychology, education) plus minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience –OR– Master’s degree in relevant field plus minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience demonstrating increasing responsibility
  • Experience in the scientific or healthcare research environment
  • Experience with management of grant or contract awards that include community or patient engagement
  • Experience working with multiple health care stakeholder communities preferred
  • Experience handling and managing multiple priorities effectively; must be adept at organizing time efficiently; high tolerance for ambiguity; and have ability to understand and work effectively with PCORI staff members

Job Location
Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Position Type


* PCORI Staff Conflict of Interest Statement – No PCORI employee can receive a direct financial benefit from a healthcare related organization during the course of his/her employment with PCORI.

PCORI conducts background and credit checks on all applicants.

PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity in our workforce.

Now that you have read this far, it is time to submit an online application.  Please apply online at https://pcoricareers.silkroad.com/.  Check out our site and see what your potential possibilities are along with more detailed information about our organization.