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Job Posting: Program Manager, Primary Care Innovation Center

Due Date:
July 26, 2013 [ Opportunity is no longer active ]
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Please apply through ASPIRE, Harvard's Recruitment Management System, using Auto req ID 29551BR.


The Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care is recruiting for a Manager of the Primary Care Innovation Center. The mission of the Center is to improve the health of our communities through transformation in primary care practice and education. The Center’s work is based on four pillars: innovation, education, community building, and leadership. There is tremendous need and opportunity for innovation in health care delivery; the high-value health care systems of the future must be built on a solid foundation of primary care. By transforming how we deliver primary care, and how we train medical practitioners and leaders, we hope to help address the major health care challenges that exist in the United States and globally.   However, we recognize that in addition to our work on primary care practice and education, we need to support innovation that will result in a transformation of how we conceptualize health and health care, and develop entirely new approaches to prevention, chronic disease management and changing health behaviors.  To support this innovation, we are developing a new innovation center to support for profit and social venture start-ups.

The Center, established through a $30 million gift, is in start-up mode with newly launched programming, programs under development, and an actively engaged and broad set of stakeholders. The Center is poised for rapid growth and prominence and is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Program Manager to conduct and facilitate strategic analysis, planning and early implementation for the Center’s forthcoming “Innovation Center,” a vital new component of the Center launched through a seed gift of $1 million. The Innovation Center will drive improvements in health and the value of healthcare through innovation in technology and systems redesign built on a foundation of primary care. The Program Manager of the Innovation Center of the Center for Primary Care will be responsible for conducting groundwork to inform the vision, strategy, and initial planning and infrastructure of this new entity to maximize its capacity to catalyzing improvements in health and health care delivery.  This is a 6-month term appointment from July 1, 2013-December 31, 2013 with the possibility of renewal based on available funding, job performance and Center operational needs.


Phase 1: Landscape Analysis and Scoping (July 1, 2013 – September 31, 2013) 

  • Research current state of innovation in health and health care and identify key gaps in the current space
  • Conduct groundwork and analysis for use in developing proposed initial strategic mission and vision for new innovation center
  • Develop proposed initial strategy(ies) for how this new innovation center can achieve this new desired state, including an initial work plan with timeline, structure, and resources needed.
  • Identify and facilitate meetings and/or directly meet with key experts in related areas in order to refine proposed operational strategy and refine work plan for actualizing strategy
  • Identify and facilitate relationships with potential partner organizations which can amplify our ability to successful enact operational strategy
  • Identify recommend potential board members/advisors are uniquely capable of guiding and ensuring the short and long-term impact of this entity and facilitate recruitment. 
  • Identify, recommend, and facilitate recruitment of mentor network (as needed depending on how program direction is codified) who are capable of providing advice to ventures being supported by this new entity
  • Propose Innovation Center leadership and staffing plan based on evolving program direction and available resources.  Working with Executive Director and HR, develop job descriptions, recruit, and hire as appropriate.
  • Provide additional flexible support to the Center for Primary Care as needed.

Phase 2: Planning and early implementation (October 1, 2013-December 31, 2013)

  • Work with the Center’s Senior Communications Manager to plan and develop web page describing planned scope of activities and serve as home for future social media endeavors of the Innovation Center
  • Work with the Center’s Senior Communications Manager to develop media strategy for the Innovation Center
  • Solicit applications from start-up social and for-profit enterprises to work with the Center as defined by initial strategic plan
  • Continue to solidify board of directors and recruit additional members 
  • Continue to solidify mentor network and recruit additional mentors
  • Work with HMS Office of Technology Development and Office of the Provost to ensure that the new entity is in compliance with HMS and university policies and procedures
  • Continue to assist with staffing recruitment, hiring, and/or supervision as appropriate.
  • Develop and propose options for leadership and management structure for Innovation Center. Develop and refine job description and responsibilities of the Inaugural Director (or whatever leadership structure is determined as above) working with Center leadership and HR. 
  • Lay foundation for operational, fiscal and legal success
  • Develop detailed work plans for the next 12 months.
  • Provide additional flexible support to the Center for Primary Care as needed.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s Degree required in business, health care, public administration, or a related field. Five plus years of experience, preferably in an academic or medical setting. Education may count toward experience.

Additional Qualifications

Experience working in system improvement and innovation, experience working with for-profit and social venture start-up companies, and experience within the Harvard Medical School ecosystem strongly preferred. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Must excel at working diplomatically and effectively with diverse constituencies including leaders and entrepreneurs. Proven project and/or program management skills with attention to detail in complex, political institutions or environments are essential. The Program Manager should be strategic, creative, analytical, resourceful, highly motivated, and energetic. The Program Manager must have good humor and be flexible, enthusiastic, thorough, and energized by change. The Program Manager must handle confidential material with discretion; have a strong team and service orientation; exemplify outstanding skills in judgment, flexibility, leadership, visioning, and decision-making; prioritize competing priorities to set and meet deadlines; and work independently and collaboratively in a team environment with minimal supervision. MD a plus.

This is a 6 month term position with the possibility of renewal.

Please apply through ASPIRE, Harvard's Recruitment Management System, using Auto req ID 29551BR.