University of Massachusetts Medical School

Sr Research Program Manager

Minimum Salary US-MA-Shrewsbury
Job Location 3 days ago(5/17/2024 10:27 AM)
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Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee, the Senior Research Program Manager oversees the application, implementation, progress, and evaluation of complex multi-year, multi-site research projects. The Senior Research Program Manager coordinates and mobilizes staff, faculty, consultants and other resources at multi-University, project site, and funding agency levels to assure timely and effective implementation of research project work.



  • Participate in the development of research project plans and programs in conjunction with senior principal investigators
  • Convene and provide overall direction to project teams, which may consist of data staff, research associates and coordinators, per diem staff, and faculty for the development of project work plans, study designs, literature reviews, analysis plans, and results
  • Prepares project budgets, and manages project related grant and contractual expenditures with the department administrator
  • Identify necessary resources to perform research project, including organizing and coordinating resources from UMass Chan Medical School and other campuses of the University system; monitor work progress, including data analysis and reports, and oversee its timely completion
  • Hire, advise, directly supervise and evaluate the performance of specified research project directors, coordinators, and per diem staff. Provide functional supervision of other specified project staff as needed
  • Write scientific papers describing the research project results in conjunction with the Principal Investigator
  • Coordinate formal communications and meetings between on-site Principal Investigator and the sub-award principal investigators, as well as working with senior departmental management regarding research project needs and concerns
  • May act in a project management capacity and be responsible for managing day-to-day logistics and operational needs of the projects, convening and providing overall to direction to project teams and identifying and addressing problems which may adversely affect performance of project work. Summarize findings of data analysis and incorporate pertinent information into project presentations
  • Perform other duties as required



  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Health Care Administration, Public Health, or a health policy related health care field
  • 7 years’ experience in developing, implementing and evaluating research programs, including significant experience in project management, supervision of staff and fiscal responsibility, or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of supervision and coordination of complex, federally funded, multi-site research projects in an academic setting
  • Communication and presentation skills, both oral and written, to interact with faculty, staff, and investigators and to produce reports suitable for an academic audience

Additional Information

At Lifeline for Families, we develop and scale practical approaches to integrating mental healthcare into perinatal, infant, and child healthcare. We develop, implement, and test scalable models of care, trainings, and tools that support families, regardless of what professional or setting they present to.  Lifeline for Families is a mission-based, women-led organization which supports parents (all child caregivers) and their children in their relationship with one another in traditionally adult- or child-centric settings. We promote mental health for parents and/or children through social connections, trust, and nurturing. Lifeline for Families has two programs: Lifeline for Moms, which drives innovative solutions to addressing multi-level barriers (patient, clinician, practice, population, and policy levels) to perinatal mental health care, and Lifeline for Kids, which addresses the impact of trauma on children and families while simultaneously promoting protective factors, operating under the principle of “you don’t have to be a therapist to be therapeutic.” These programs are synergistic with each other; together, we work to create a holistic landscape of trauma-informed family care with an equity lens.


The Senior Research Program Manager will direct a project that was recently funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes (PCORI). This new project, Pathways for Perinatal Mental Health Equity (Pathways), is a clinical trial that will be conducted at Lifeline for Families. The Senior Research Program Manager for the Pathways project will:

  • Direct operations for the entire project, including all Cores (Engagement, Implementation, Methods, and Mentorship).
  • Meet regularly with the project team and oversee the organization of materials for project team meetings and activities.
  • Work closely with all investigators to coordinate project activities, develop project work plans, monitor budgets, and manage their execution.
  • Oversee relationships with all collaborators on the project, including participants, research staff, project personnel, and representatives from PCORI and support these relationships via active communication.
  • Coordinate all activities related to kickoff and quarterly meetings, and coordinate scheduling at convenient times.
  • Work with the Core teams to ensure the integrity of all collected and stored data.
  • Prepare ongoing summary reports from various data sources, and collaborate with investigators on data presentation, interpretation, developing dissemination materials and the writing of manuscripts for publication and grant proposals. 

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience managing/directing PCORI awards
  • Project management certification
  • Professional and/or personal experience with mental healthcare
  • Experience overseeing clinical trials


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