Associate Director D (Mental Health Services)

Associate Director D (Mental Health Services)

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Posted Job Title
Associate Director D (Mental Health Services)

Job Profile Title
Associate Director D

Job Description Summary
We are seeking a full time Associate Director D, who will provide high-level operational and fiscal oversight and management of activities that fall under the Penn Implementation Science Center at the Leonard Davis Institute (PISCE@LDI) portfolio. This position will work closely with Dr. Rinad Beidas and her Managing Director.

Job Description

PISCE@LDI strives to advance the science of implementation; train the next generation of implementation researchers; and to transform health and behavioral health services domestically and globally by building capacity to conduct implementation research and lead an active implementation research portfolio. The Associate Director D will also work closely with the PISCE@LDI senior leadership team to achieve the center's goals to advance the science of implementation by providing high level project management and direction over an active implementation research portfolio. The Associate Director D position will report to the Managing Director and their duties will include (but are not limited to):
  • Report to and collaborate with the PISCE@LDI Co-Directors, provide high-level operational and technical support to the PISCE@LDI portfolio, which includes increasing implementation research capacity and education at Penn. Train and mentor teams on how to manage the successful implementation of existing and newly funded research projects, e.g. increasing implementation research capacity to research teams on how best to prepare for project implementation, operationalize and adapt research methods, collect and manage data, and appropriately report progress and achieved benchmarks; supporting the investigative team in the preparation of and ongoing support of externally-funded grants; providing expertise in how to optimize the testing of implementation strategies to improve the uptake of evidence-based practices in real world settings. Consult with personnel who are leading capacity building efforts and provide implementation science technical assistance to members of the PISCE@LDI community. Build educational offerings in partnership with the Penn School of Medicine Masters and Certificate program (MaC).

  • Provide high-level operational and administrative support to the personnel managing our cardiovascular research portion of the PISCE@LDI portfolio, which includes two grants: (1) the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) grant, "Prevention of cardiovascular disease and mortality in patients with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis: Translating guidelines of care to better outcomes for patients with psoriatic disease" on which I am a Co-Investigator. Joel Gelfand, MD, MSCE (Dermatology) is PI. Our team is leading the evaluation of implementation outcomes for this project. The overall aim of this project is to increase preventive care for cardiovascular disease among people living with psoriatic disease. The specific aims of this research are to: (1) test the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of a care coordinator model that targets cardiovascular risk in patients with psoriatic disease; and (2) conduct a multi-center clinical trial to test the effectiveness of the care coordinator model for lowering cardiovascular risk in patients with psoriatic disease; (2) the NHLBI R61/R33 FH grant, "Leveraging behavioral economics to equitably implement cascade screening in individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia in partnership with the FH Foundation" of which I am Contact PI (MPIs: Rinad Beidas, Daniel Rader, and Kevin Volpp). Our team will lead the operationalization of this research. The R61 aims are to (1) co-design implementation strategies with the FH Foundation and key stakeholders, and (2) pilot strategies with 20 FH probands. The R33 aims are to run a randomized control trial with three arms looking at the effect of each strategy on reach with a focus on equitable implementation. In support of these two grants, this position will: oversee the implementation of all project activities, e.g. providing guidance and supervision to research teams on how best to prepare for project implementation, operationalize and adapt research methods, collect and manage data, and appropriately report progress and achieved benchmarks; support the investigative team in the preparation of and ongoing support of externally-funded grants; provide expertise in how to optimize the testing of implementation strategies to improve the uptake of evidence-based practices in real world settings.

  • In partnership with my senior team, liaise with administrative personnel in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Ethics and Health Policy who manage all business, administrative, financial, and grant related activities to ensure our team complies with all policies and procedures set by the department, university, health system, and/or funding agencies. Work with me and my senior staff to conduct short-term and long-term financial planning, which includes monthly review of financial reports, ongoing management of personnel effort and expenses, and regular review of future projected costs to ensure strong fiscal health across my portfolio of work.

  • Manage personnel across projects and partner with my senior staff in the recruitment, training, ongoing supervision, and retention of full time and part time staff.

  • Oversee project activities to ensure compliance with institutional, local and federal requirements related to human subject research, institutional review boards, and best practices related to data safety and management.

The Associate Director D must have impeccable organization, verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. They must have strong leadership skills, work independently and collaboratively, and exhibit sound judgement. Experience working with research faculty, health system leaders, and community stakeholders is preferable.

Master's Degree with 5-7 years of related experience in clinical and academic research operations and methods or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

We are profoundly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we are seeking candidates who foster and support this commitment.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00

Affirmative Action Statement
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Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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