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Job Summary

The Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center, within the Division of General Pediatrics, is seeking a Center Manager for assistance with overall management of the center and coordination of multiple research studies.  The CHEAR Center includes 16 core research investigators and more than 40 research staff, fellows, and students. We conduct research and training in health outcomes and health policy across several core research themes, such as data science, emerging technologies, outcomes research, policy, and communications. Our work is multidisciplinary, encompassing epidemiology, health policy, health services research, general pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties.  For the research coordinator activities, the focus of these research projects is to evaluate programs and interventions in child health using economic evaluation, decision sciences, and survey methods.  The successful candidate will enjoy working in a dynamic, collaborative environment and must have excellent organizational, planning and communication skills. This position reports directly to the Center Faculty Director.  This position is funded through center funds.


Center Manager:

  • In partnership with the Center Faculty Director, develops and contributes to the overall strategy, direction, and vision of the Center. Assists the Division Administrator as needed to support the launch, implementation, and expansion of new strategic initiatives. Coordinates the development, implementation and administration of a variety of special projects and activities as directed and assigned by CHEAR Center leadership.
  • Assists the division administrator with planning, directing, and overseeing administrative, operational, and financial matters for the Center. Assists in activities relating to Center’s functional performance such as operations, development, and finance/budget, including preparation of the annual report to the department. Facilitates human resource activities for faculty recruitment and research staff hiring/management with the division administrator and division HR specialist.  Provides guidance and advice to research investigators in pre and post-award, including identifying research funding opportunities for investigators and ensuring that projects are adequately scoped and staffed.
  • In conjunction with the Division Administrator, serve as the Center’s liaison to the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, the School of Public Health, and other departments/units for the encouragement of scientific collaborations.
  • Coordinates the postdoctoral fellowship training program, including management of application process, assignment of mentors, and processes required documentation. Coordinates related educational activities including the Health Services Research Seminar, the Work in Progress seminar, the Fellows seminar, the Working Group on Modeling Health and Economic Outcomes Seminar, and the Summer Internship Program.
  • Facilitates faculty engagement through organization of meetings and retreats, and oversees public relations and conference/program planning for the Center.  Includes complex meeting scheduling, creating agendas, assistance in preparing and reviewing materials for discussion, preparation of minutes, and greeting and chaperoning guests.

Research Project Coordinator:

  • Overall responsibility for project management related tasks including preparation of timelines, budgets, and progress reports and maintaining IRB approval.  Assist in the development of project proposals, including project work plans and timelines. Serves as the liaison to off-site co-investigators and funding organizations to coordinate project-related meetings and preparing agendas and handouts.
  • Works closely with the principal investigator to conduct literature reviews and analyze existing datasets to identify and derive inputs to simulation models.  Conducts data analysis and interprets results. 
  • Assists with the preparation of presentations, abstracts, manuscripts, and grant applications including creating tables and figures.  Co-authors publications, opportunity to present results at national meetings.
  • Assists with the development of focus groups, cognitive interviews, and preference measurement surveys, including development of draft surveys, research protocols, and identifies potential problems, recommends and implements solutions
  • Supervises research and administrative staff.
  • Communicates effectively within a large interdisciplinary project team.

Required Qualifications*

  • 4-5 years of professional experience working in a multidisciplinary research environment, with increasing levels of successful management and leadership
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Demonstrated previous experience performing budgeting and financial management activities. Familiarity with pre-award and post-award processes for sponsored research
  • Ability to organize, set priorities, and manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines; ability to manage multiple and competing priorities in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action and make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of their responsibilities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and experience presenting
  • Proven ability to function as a member of a team, build effective working relationships and demonstrate initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and tolerate a moderate degree of ambiguity while still working collaboratively as part of a team
  • Experienced in using Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in public health, health services research, health policy, public policy, health economics, or other health research related field or comparable work-related experience
  • Experience working in a research environment; Background or training in economic evaluation methods (e.g., cost-effectiveness analysis), program evaluation, decision analysis, or similar methods desirable but not required
  • Working knowledge of academic healthcare
  • Interest in healthcare, especially population health

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday days (not to exceed 40 hours/week)

Work Locations

300 North Ingalls St. Ann Arbor, MI

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.