Project Manager for Maternal and Child Health Project at Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Job Title: Research Project Manager

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT: Summarize the nature and level of work performed.

The Division of Global Health Equity (DGHE) fosters the support and coordination of training, research, and service to reduce disparities and improve health in the U.S. and abroad. The Division focuses on infectious diseases (e.g., HIV and tuberculosis), non-infectious diseases (e.g., coronary artery disease, diabetes, addiction) and other health problems that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations around the world and are of major importance to society.

Within DGHE, Dr MaryCatherine Arbour implements and evaluates interventions to improve maternal and child health, promote child development and reduce inequities in the U.S. and abroad, using a combination of experimental, ethnographic and quality improvement methodologies.  She has particular interests in methods for adapting evidence-based practices across diverse contexts and populations, and in scale.

This position is for a Research Project Manager who will coordinate a vibrant research program on global maternal and child health and child development under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Dr. MaryCatherine Arbour.

The research is conducted in the Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital with partners in the Health Services Resources Administration and private foundations.  Dr. Arbour works on several maternal and child public health projects focused on the development and adaptation of interventions to improve maternal and child health and the delivery of public health interventions in underserved settings in the United States and abroad.

The Research Project Manager will report directly to the PI and be responsible for coordination of ongoing projects, supporting technical assistance and quality improvement coaching to project intervention sites (including data management and report preparation), assisting with grant submission, and preparing manuscripts for publication and dissemination post-publication.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:     Indicate key areas of responsibility, major job duties, special projects and key objectives for this position.  These items should be evaluated throughout the year and included in the written annual evaluation.

Responsibilities will include:

  1. Technical assistance and quality improvement support for project intervention sites
    • Provide PI with technical support in her coaching in quality improvement methodologies working with colleagues and partners,
    • With collaboration from the PI and support from the data analyst, lead monthly data processing and report preparation to support local sites’ quality improvement activities,
    • Provide guidance to front-line teams for data collection; manage communication and resolution of data reporting problems to PI, technical subcontractor, funder and sites; execute and coordinate processing of monthly reports that summarize teams’ progress toward aims, and synthesizing project-wide learning materials and resources,
  2. Provide ad hoc reports to stakeholders in response to specific data asks (e.g. requests by funder for descriptive statistics on enrollment over time and demographics of enrolled patients for the fiscal year, requests from national team colleagues for data to be used in conference presentations about the number of positive screens for mental health needs and resources provided to patients with positive screens across all sites, requests from sites for patient identification numbers for patients overdue for routine healthcare visits)
    • Work with team members in data analysis and dissemination of findings with internal team and project intervention sites.
  3. Coordination of ongoing projects
    • Engage in project implementation – including data collection, analysis, and dissemination of findings following standard research practice, protocols, and timeline.
    • Assist PI supporting quality improvement teams, including coordinating. attending, and contributing to monthly coaching calls with PI and sites, leading portions of QI coaching calls to review and explain data trends, systematically documenting activities and synthesizing content from the coaching calls to share with the national team, developing project-wide learning and materials and resources to refine evolving theories of change, materials and resources.
    • Coordinate research team meetings with the PI and team members.
    • Manage IRB submissions, amendments, and reporting.
    • Track research expenses and arrange for reimbursement of expenses.
  4. Grant submission and reporting
    • Draft and edit scientific portions of grant submissions to federal government, foundations, and research agencies.
    • Assist with grant submission following guidelines from sponsors.
    • Ensure reporting requirements from sponsors are met.
    • Perform literature reviews to contribute to the background of grant content.
  5. Preparation of manuscripts for publication and dissemination post-publication
    • Contribute to the data analysis and writing of manuscripts, including literature reviews to contribute to the background section.
    • Ensure manuscripts follow rigorous writing and scientific standards and meet journal requirements.
    • Coordinate with authors to promote efficient and timely drafting and editing of manuscripts.
    • Coordinate with collaborators involved in research and writing.
    • Submit manuscripts for publication

 QUALIFICATIONS:   (MUST be realistic, neither overstated nor understated, and related to the essential functions of the job.)

  • Bachelors degree required, Master’s degree or higher in a health-related field preferred Minimum of 5 years of progressively more responsible research work experience. Prior supervisory experience required.
  • Experience performing qualitative and quantitative research activities
  • Experience with grant, research protocol, and manuscript writing
  • Experience with quality improvement methods (the Model for Improvement, Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series Collaborative Model, LEAN) a plus

SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:           (MUST be realistic, neither overstated nor understated, and related to the essential functions of the job.)

  • Excellent communication, verbal, writing, and presentation skills
  • Super comfortable working independently and making autonomous decisions
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work with collaborators, stakeholders, and team members
  • Commitment to maternal, newborn, and child health and to promoting equity
  • Exceptional organizational skills, ability to prioritize multiple tasks, and careful attention to detail
  • Knowledge of statistical methods frequently used in public health research
  • Experience and interest in vulnerable populations in the U.S. and globally
  • Demonstrate professionalism and respect for human research
  • Spanish / English fluency a plus
  • Quality improvement skills a plus

Working Conditions

  • Full-time with occasional evenings and weekends
  • Boston-based with intermittent domestic or international travel
  • Long term commitment preferred (at least 2-3 years)

To apply, please submit your cover letter, CV, and three references to



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