How many people can answer the question, "What do you do for
a living?" with the answer, "I help find cures for
cancer." At LLS, employees take our mission seriously.
Whether you work in one of our chapters, are an accountant at the
national office or a specialist in our Information Resource Center,
you work each day on making our mission a reality: Cure leukemia,
lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of
life of patients and their families. Join us and give
new meaning to the word, "job."
The Senior Program Director for The Equity in Access Research
Program (the “Program”) will lead the continued development and
implementation of this new extramural blood cancer-focused health
services research funding program, which aims to fund research that
deepens understanding of modifiable barriers in access to care for
blood cancer patients and survivors, and identifies factors that
contribute to these barriers – factors that can be addressed
through policy reform and changes in healthcare practice. The
Senior Program Director will have both operational and scientific
oversight of this Program. The primary responsibilities include
providing intellectual and organizational leadership to shape the
funding priorities, develop funding announcements, make grant
awards and manage a diverse portfolio of research grants, and
evaluate program activities to further the strategic direction of
the program. The Senior Program Director will also be responsible
for working with others at LLS to seek external funding to expand
this new program and for presenting on the program’s progress and
accomplishments, internally and externally. Further, the individual
in this role will provide critical guidance for, and, in some cases
oversight of, commissioned research studies, particularly those
that focus on cost of and access to care, working in partnership
with colleagues in LLS’s Office of Public Policy. The Senior
Program Director will help to shape the future direction of both
intramural and extramural health services research at LLS.
As a valued member of LLS, you are eligible for a comprehensive
benefits package. Our offerings include medical, dental, and vision
insurance; life insurance; flexible spending accounts; a 403b
retirement plan along with generous paid time off. In addition, we
observe federal paid holidays throughout the year, and offer a
wellness program and an employee assistance program.
All LLS employees are required to provide proof of vaccination for
COVID-19 before beginning work at LLS unless a valid medical,
religious, or other exemption is approved consistent with
While employees may be permitted to work remotely, travel to the
assigned office, HUB or Satellite Offices may be required as
determined by the employee’s manager and the employee’s Strategic
- Stay abreast of health services literature in relevant areas
and identify key gaps in evidence pertaining to modifiable factors
that contribute to inequitable access to care for blood cancer
patients and survivors,
evidence that can inform policy and practice.
- Commission and oversee the development of systematic evidence
reviews to inform the direction of the Program.
- Develop new Requests for Proposals (RFPs) based on identified
gaps in evidence and with input from subject matter experts
nationally; RFPs will be grounded in the literature, accurately
problem(s) and outline key research questions to be addressed.
- Work with colleagues internally and externally to ensure broad
dissemination of and good response to Program RFPs.
- Maintain knowledge of the funding opportunities of private
foundations and federal agencies that support health services
research within the cancer space.
- Assist in building multi-year strategic plans and budgets for
- Write grant proposals for corporate and individual donors to
increase funding available for the Program; present to potential
donors and report on progress to those who have provided
- Assist LLS colleagues in conceptualizing and managing
commissioned research focused on cost of care and other policy
issues to guide existing efforts and inform the development of new
- Contribute to the conceptualization and implementation of
health services research that is being carried out collaboratively
with external academic investigators.
- Manage the Program Manager in tasks that will support all
Program efforts and will facilitate efficient and effective
communication and coordination with colleagues internal and
external to the organization.
Grants Portfolio Management
- Respond to questions from potential grantees about the Program
and specific RFPs.
- Screen letters of intent; work with colleagues internally to
determine which investigators should be invited to submit full
proposals for peer review.
- Oversee the full proposal peer review process, including
identifying and inviting the most appropriate grant reviewers,
maintaining a database of reviewers, tracking reviews (qualitative
feedback and scores), identifying review meeting chairs and
managing all aspects of the review meeting, and reporting on the
outcomes of the review process; recommend process changes as
- Work closely with LLS’s grants administration staff to address
questions and concerns of grant recipients’ institutions,
distribute letters of commitment, finalize grant agreements, and
ensure that grant recipients provide timely and complete progress
- Track and report on types of grant submissions and applicants,
and on accomplishments of funded grantees based on their progress
reports; follow up with grantees to obtain additional information
- Compile all Program data to develop reports for internal and
external audiences that capture program success and identify areas
for improvement; this includes preparing presentations for the LLS
National Board of Directors and Board Committees.
Dissemination of Program Accomplishments
- Identify the kinds of knowledge emerging from research grants
that can support LLS’s own work and learning among grantees,
researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and field leaders, as
well as the formats that would best support their intended use
(e.g., policy briefs, infographics, data charts, etc.).
- Convene panels of grantees and experts to share knowledge
learned through this Program; work with colleagues to draw interest
from media, academics, and policymakers in these panels as
- Represent LLS at conferences, symposia, etc. to develop
relationships, enhance expertise, and to showcase LLS’s leadership
in this space.
- Participate in the writing of manuscripts for publication in
- Assist with other departmental and cross-departmental projects
Education & Experience Requirements:
- Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as public
health, health policy, health economics,
sociology, political science, or anthropology; doctorate is
preferred (e.g., PhD, DrPH, JD).
- At least seven years of directly relevant experience.
- Experience leading or contributing to equity-focused research
studies is essential. The ideal candidate
will also have experience contributing to health services research
focused on cancer or other diseases
and conditions that are chronic and/or life-threatening.
- Experience managing philanthropic grant funding is
Additional Position Requirements:
- Excellent judgment, critical thinking and problem-solving
- Exceptional project management, prioritization, and planning
skills, with demonstrated success producing high-quality, on-time
deliverables, with attention to detail and accuracy.
- Experience working in multi-disciplinary, cross-functional
teams and effectively collaborating with a range of
- Sound judgment and maturity, exemplified by consistent
professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both
internally and externally.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills, as well as
strong presentation skills with the ability to present data in a
simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences.
- Documented contributions to published, peer-reviewed
- Highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Office.
Physical Demands & Work Environment:
- Physical demands are minimal and typical of similar jobs in
- Work environment is representative and typical of similar jobs
in comparable organizations.
LLS is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to
diversity and inclusion in its workplace. All qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex,
gender, gender identity and expression (including transgender
status), sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, race, color, creed,
national origin/ancestry, citizenship, religion, genetic
predisposition or information, physical or veteran status, or any
other characteristic protected by law. LLS seeks such skilled and
qualified individuals to share our mission and where they will join
a cohort of others who have chosen to call LLS home. LLS complies
with all applicable laws which prohibit discrimination and
harassment in the workplace, and is committed to maintaining a
diverse and inclusive environment supportive of all of our
employees and the communities we serve. **All LLS employees are
required to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 before
beginning work at LLS unless a valid medical, religious, or other
exemption is approved consistent with applicable law.**