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Senior Program Director, The Equity in Access Research Grant Program

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Oct 20, 2022
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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 applicable law.

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 Talent Partner.

Program Development

  • 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 frame the
    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 the Program.
  • 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 funding.
  • 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 priorities.
  • 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 relevant.
  • 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 reports.
  • 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 as needed.
  • 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 relevant.
  • 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 peer-reviewed journals.
  • Assist with other departmental and cross-departmental projects as requested.

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 preferred.

Additional Position Requirements:

  • Excellent judgment, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • 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 stakeholders.
  • 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 manuscripts.
  • Highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Office.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • Physical demands are minimal and typical of similar jobs in comparable organizations.
  • 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.**

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