Deputy Director, Evaluating the California Safety-Net Population Health Management Initiative

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 23-Dec-23

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory

Internal Number: JR24903

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Works closely with the Program Co-Directors on the Evaluating the California Safety-Net Population Health Management Initiative (PHMI) funded by the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. The Co-Directors and DD collaboratively develop and implement a detailed evaluation plan for the PHMI. 
  • Hires, supervises, and mentors Program Managers. 
  • Facilitates discussions with statisticians and Data Analysts.
  • Leads communications and interactions with external partners including the PHMI intervention team, 32 federally-qualified health centers participating in the intervention, American Institutes for Research (AIR) evaluation subcontractor, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and other stakeholders (e.g. health plans, primary care associations, state Medicaid agency).
  • Leads preparation and approval of IRB application, IRB amendments, IRB continuing reviews, data use agreements, and federal wide assurances.
  • Leads or co-author papers submitted to academic journals for competitive review, as well as products and tools for broad dissemination (e.g., best practice and lessons learned summaries, policy briefs, white papers, Web-based content and tools, blog posts, webinars).  This requires synthesizing qualitative and quantitative data collected from current program participants and the literature into clear and concise writing.
  • Represents and promotes the work of the PHMI evaluation at national forums, conferences and meetings.
  • Collaborates closely with the Co-Directors to progress reports and presentations for review by the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and other key stakeholders, and helps to ensure their timely submission.
  • Monitors program impact by tracking and reporting on program performance measures, achievements, setbacks, and finances; develops efficient methods for organizing, updating, and generating program financial and narrative reports. 
  • Provides expertise to researchers on compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.
  • Provides expertise to researchers and research support staff. Oversees activities related to data collection and analysis.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Advanced degree.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Excellent working knowledge of health care delivery, payment, quality improvement, health equity, social drivers of health, organizational change.
  • Proven management, organizational, fiscal, and analytical skills to include the administration of grant and contract-funded programs; budgeting and scheduling; IRB, data use agreements, and federal-wide assurances.
  • Basic quantitative statistical and analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy and computing skills sufficient for effective use of diverse managerial and administrative computer applications, technical writing, word processing and spreadsheets.

Preferred Competencies

  • Impeccable problem-solving and analytical skills with an ongoing attention to detail.
  • Superb organizational, time management and prioritization skills and proven experience coordinating a variety of activities in a timely manner.
  • Ambitious and imaginative problem solver.
  • Excellent proven writing and editing skills and ability to synthesize and translate complicated material into clear and simple language.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and plan ahead.
  • Track and measure project performance for program evaluation purposes.
  • Qualitative evaluation skills and experience.
  • Excellent proven verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Outstanding project and people management skills.  Outstanding communication, listening skills, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Proven skill in working both independently and in a complex team environment.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor and to deal effectively with people in potentially stressful, time-sensitive situations and in the face of potentially challenging interactions.
  • Skilled at negotiating in order to accomplish goals.
  • Form positive working relationships with people from varied backgrounds.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Proven experience to interact effectively with at least one subset of the populations and communities living with health inequities and systemic oppression and discrimination (e.g., racism, heterosexism).

Working Conditions

  • Occasional weekend or evening work hours.
  • Travel to national meetings, conferences, and site visits (approximately 0.05-0.10 FTE).

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

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