Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Director of Program Management Office (PMO) - NIH / NHLBI

Bethesda, MD, USA
Aug 20, 2019
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
The Clinical Monitoring Research Program Directorate (CMRPD) is assisting the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to develop and implement a well-defined Program Management and Support Services (PMSS) framework and infrastructure that can quickly integrate project/program management and other support functions under a matrixed team concept, committing personnel and expertise from multiple organizations within the Institute. This PMSS will directly support major NHLBI initiatives and will allow for implementing robust project management processes and procedures across the Institute through training efforts, policy development, change management strategies, and other means as may be necessary. The NHLBI provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives. The NHLBI stimulates basic discoveries about the causes of disease, enables the translation of basic discoveries into clinical practice, fosters training and mentoring of emerging scientists and physicians, and communicates research advances to the public. It creates and supports a robust, collaborative research infrastructure in partnership with private and public organizations, including academic institutions, industry, and other government agencies. The Institute collaborates with patients, families, health care professionals, scientists, professional societies, patient advocacy groups, community organizations, and the media to promote the application of research results and leverage resources to address public health needs. The NHLBI also collaborates with international organizations to help reduce the burden of heart, lung, and blood diseases worldwide.

  • Lead the planning and establishment of the PMSS and underlying program management infrastructure at the NHLBI by leveraging and developing policy, SOPs, tools, templates, and trainings
  • Develop and recommend to NHLBI a robust Concept of Operations (CONOPS) plan for the PMSS that will be established organizationally under the technical direction of the NHLBI Office of the Executive Officer
  • Identify initiative support requirements and establish matrixed program management support teams, with clear roles and responsibilities, that draw upon a diverse set of skills and capabilities from distinct organizations within the Institute and from external organizations
  • Develop and maintain a unified monitoring and reporting framework across initiatives, such that cost, schedule, interdependencies, performance, and risk can be effectively managed at the initiative level and easily up channeled for Institute leadership input when appropriate
  • Develop and maintain reporting framework that provides sufficient information for senior leadership to identify, integrate, and align synergistic activities of these initiatives as they evolve in a dynamic environment
  • Develop and maintain tools, systems, documentation, standard templates, and other artifacts needed to accomplish the objectives of the PMSS, and to build out a robust infrastructure for the PMSS
  • Implement robust project management practices and thinking among NHLBI staff through policy development, change management strategies, targeted training efforts, and other means as may be necessary subject to the approval of the NHLBI
  • Provide recruiting support for candidates that meet unique blends of scientific and project management skill sets
  • This position is located at NIH/NHLBI, Office of the Executive Offices, Building 31, Suite 5A48, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland, 20892

  • Master's degree in Science, Business Management or related field from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education)
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of eight (8) years of operations management/program administration experience
  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in a clinical management and/or a leadership role in a life sciences, pharmaceutical or biotechnology environment
  • Experience leading and providing senior level program/project management for complex business including the integration of comprehensive activities
  • Ability to independently manage and prioritize multiple complex projects at a director level
  • Ability to effectively lead, manage, organize and interact with other members of senior management
  • Ability to apply leadership and interpersonal skills by use of strategic thinking, team and project leadership, staff development and decision-making
  • Ability to excel in fluid working environments and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to adapt and perform under innovative business, project and funding mechanisms
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

  • PhD degree
  • Project Management Certification
  • Experience creating/managing a culture of change from one with very limited project management to one with well-defined processes/procedures
  • Demonstrated experience managing portfolios with many complex projects/programs; special interest in experience involving early translational, pre-clinical, and/or clinical research-related projects
  • Familiarity and experience with federal government programs
  • Ability to clearly communicate and collaborate across divisions and programs and with numerous external stakeholders
  • Ability to attend meetings as a program liaison
  • Ability to create and maintain business processes and write, interpret and implement various policies and procedures, ensuring smooth operations
  • Detail-oriented with a proactive approach
  • Proficiency with Microsoft software applications

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