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Program Officer, Evaluation and Analysis


PCORI funds in-depth medical research programs that allow patients and the people who care for them to make more informed decisions about important healthcare options.

Department: Evaluation & Analysis

Reports to: Associate Director, Evaluation & Analysis

All applicants must submit a cover letter to be considered.

About Us

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

Position Summary

The primary objectives of the Program Officer position on the Evaluation & Analysis (E&A) team are to:

  • Lead evaluation projects that generate evidence about PCORI’s progress toward organizational goals, with particular focus on the uptake and impact of PCORI’s funded research.
  • Facilitate PCORI’s use of evidence for strategic decisions about programs and processes.
  • Coordinate high profile projects that communicate results from evaluation projects to key audiences, such as the PCORI Board of Governors (Board) and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The Program Officer uses technical expertise, understanding of PCORI’s mission and activities, and active collaboration to support E&A’s 5 key areas: 1) impact of PCORI’s research and policies; 2) organizational excellence for key processes (e.g., application, review, and award processes); 3) research on research (i.e., the study of the methods and impact of patient-centered outcomes research, such as engaging patients and stakeholders as partners in the research process); 4) portfolio content and performance; and 5) evaluation strategy and planning.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recognize organizational needs for evaluation, set internal research agendas, and generate evaluation plans to answer key questions about PCORI processes and progress toward organizational goals.
  • Work with people from multiple PCORI teams to seek and maintain insights into all aspects of the organization to support cross-cutting evaluation activities, identify and address collaborative goals, incorporate multiple viewpoints, and meet the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Oversee and conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses, interpret and synthesize results, prepare high-quality, tailored disseminations for a range of internal and external audiences, and generate recommendations to inform PCORI decision-making
  • Coordinate and oversee a complex set of evaluation projects.
  • Provide rigorous and efficient consultation to support other departments’ evaluation needs. Provide guidance to develop individual staff members’ skills and PCORI’s capacity to operate as a learning.
  • Effectively supervise and develop staff.

Incumbent(s) in this position may be required to perform other duties and special assignments not specifically stated above.

Statements outlined in this section are designated as essential job functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Required Skills

  • Expertise in a range of evaluation concepts such as research design; data management; quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods analysis techniques; survey design; and/or research ethics.
  • Experience or leadership potential in assessing program and organizational impact and contributing to E&A’s other key function areas.
  • Expertise with dashboards, including data visualization and performance metrics.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management.
  • Project and staff management, including managing matrixed teams.
  • Sound judgment and maturity; ability to make decisions and justify recommendations.
  • Able to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue; able to attend to details and see the big picture;
  • Flexibility and high tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through our work.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Facility with PowerPoint, Excel and Microsoft Office Products required; knowledge of statistical and/or qualitative analysis software desirable.
  • Experience and comfort working with boards, executive committees, or government agency leaders is preferred.

Required Experience

  • Applicants with advanced academic or professional credentials, extensive years of relevant health research experience and experience working in a funding organization/agency may be considered for Senior Program Officer roles. A combination of education and experience may be substituted for the education for both the Program Officer and the Senior Program Officer
  • Doctoral degree plus minimum of two (2) years of experience in a research discipline relevant to patient-centered outcomes research (e.g., evaluation, epidemiology, health services research, sociology, psychology, health policy, biostatistics, economics, health education. OR Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g., MPH, MSc) plus minimum of seven (7) years of experience preferred.

The health and safety of our employees is a top priority. As part of that commitment, PCORI requires all employees, regardless of remote work status, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a prospective and/or new employee at PCORI, you will be required to comply with PCORI’s vaccination policy, report your vaccination status, and provide proof of vaccination. Compliance with the policy does allow for exceptions, but those exceptions will only be granted in circumstances related to medical conditions, disabilities, and sincerely held religious beliefs. Continuing with this application indicates your intent to comply with PCORI’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

PCORI conducts background checks on all applicants.

PCORI’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity both internal and external to the workplace. You can learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

All applicants must submit a cover letter to be considered.


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