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Research Progam Manager

Company: Johns Hopkins University
Location: Baltimore
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Research Progam Manager
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health works to protect people's health from epidemics and disasters and ensure that communities are resilient to major challenges. We examine how scientific and technological innovations can strengthen health security. We study the policies, organizations, systems, and tools to prevent and respond to outbreaks and public health crises. We advance policies and practice to address a range of challenges, including the global rise in emerging infectious diseases, a continued risk of pandemic flu, major natural disasters, our dependence on vulnerable infrastructure, and the potential for biological threats.

We are seeking a Research Program Manager at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security will develop work plans to achieve assigned project goals and organize activities/tasks with contractors, other faculty, and collaborators in support of project goals. This includes tracking project status, completion percentage, and reporting on status of milestones, reports, and other deliverables related to research projects to Center leadership, funders, and other Center stakeholders as needed.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with Senior Scholars/investigators to help them meet project targets and milestones (e.g., ensure timely and accurate submission to IRBs, sponsors and master agreements) and coordinate with the Center Directors, Chief of Staff, Communications and Publications Teams, and Events Director, for public presentations, and website content related to project reports and publications.
  • Execute project management processes and methodologies to ensure projects are delivered on-time and within the budget, adhere to high quality standards, and support the investigative teams by ensuring smooth implementation of new tools from conception through study activation and results dissemination.
  • Assist with managing the educational initiatives of the Center, including conducting strategic outreach, evaluation of current MPH, DrPH, and PhD programs, onboarding new students/fellows, and sustaining engagement with program participants to further enhance their individual and collective experience. Communicating the progress, value and impact of the Center's educational initiatives to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Will be responsible for providing input to create project plans, team and work assignments, monitoring work efforts of junior faculty Analysts, helping to identify resource needs, perform quality review, and escalate functional, quality and timeline issues appropriately.
  • Serve a critical role as liaison and facilitate meetings between project stakeholders and leadership to complete and maintain professional documentation for projects and deliverables, develop standard operating procedures as needed, and assist in the auditing and monitoring of research.
  • Use professional judgment in handling information and be sensitive to project team, individual and all levels of organizational concerns; make use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, and fact-based management to drive decision making; and, help investigators develop new insights and understanding of performance-based data.
  • Implement tracking system across project work and provide reporting at a high level for Directors to utilize for various purposes including interactions with sponsors, donors, internally, and the public; utilize this system to keep Chief of Staff apprised of project status and identify early on any challenges that could impact the success of a project and project team.
  • Assist as needed with other tasks related to Events, Communications, and Website Development for projects in the Program Manager's portfolio.

    Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
    • The successful candidate will be expected to operate independently, with guidance provided by Center leadership. Competitive candidates will have experience or deep familiarity with research protection, research ethics, use of centralized IRBs and master agreements, and project management at the task level.
    • This position requires a high degree of independent action and adherence to strict timelines.
    • Building and maintaining strong, trusting relationships is critical.
    • The successful candidate will have experience presenting to investigative teams, end-users (faculty and staff), and subject-matter experts.
    • They must possess excellent negotiation, facilitation, consensus-building, and diplomacy skills and exhibit a strong helpline orientation.
    • The successful candidate will be expected to stay current with technology for tracking deliverables and milestones and embrace and champion the adoption of innovations to modernize and assist with team adoption of resources that will assist with project planning and timelines.
    • Ability to make independent judgments and to act on decisions daily.
    • Ability to work for long periods of time without direction.
    • Ability to prioritize own work and work of others, as needed.
    • Ability to work on several tasks simultaneously and to meet various concurrent deadlines.
    • Very strong organizational skills, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects independently and work constructively as part of a team.
    • Will oversee and coordinate the work of teams in other institutions. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
    • Ability to set-up and utilize a software-based tracking system such as MS Project, Asana, Basecamp. Preference for candidates with MS 365 products and environment understanding to assist with management and file sharing among project teams.

      Minimum Qualifications
      • Bachelor's Degree in related discipline.
      • Five years related experience, including demonstrated supervisory or lead responsibilities.
      • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

        *Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

        Preferred Qualifications
        • Master's Degree in related discipline.
        • Five (5) years' related experience in delivering effective project management solutions. Project/system process lifecycle experience, including 2+ years of direct project management.
          Classified Title: Research Program Manager
          Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD
          Starting Salary Range: $54,080-$74,390-$94,710 Annually (Commensurate with experience)
          Employee group: Full Time
          Schedule: Monday-Friday/8:30am-5pm
          Exempt Status: Exempt
          Location: Hybrid/School of Public Health
          Department name: Health Security
          Personnel area: School of Public Health

          Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
          JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

          **Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

          The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

          The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

          Equal Opportunity Employer

          All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

          EEO is the Law
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          Accommodation Information

          If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711. For more information about workplace accommodations or accessibility at Johns Hopkins University, please visit

          Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit and all other JHU applicants should visit

          The following additional provisions may apply, depending on campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

          The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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