Associate Director, VA Bedford CHOIR - Center for Healthcare Organization & Implementation Research
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Associate Director, VA Bedford CHOIR

Job Announcement: Associate Director, Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, VA Health Services Research & Development

We are seeking a dynamic leader for the role of Associate Director at our HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN), at the Bedford VA Medical Center in Massachusetts. The Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) is a multi-institutional Bedford/Boston HSR&D COIN located across our two VA Healthcare System campuses, both located in Greater Boston.

The mission of CHOIR is to conduct health services, organizational, and implementation research that promotes Veteran-centered high-quality healthcare. We work with management and policy leaders within VA to implement findings to improve clinical care. CHOIR investigators have broad content and methodological expertise across numerous fields within health services research. Key areas of research include: patient-centered care, care coordination, shared decision making, and patient-facing technologies (e-health). Details about the center can be found at: http://www.choir.research.va.gov/.

The VA Bedford CHOIR Associate Director is part of CHOIR’s leadership team, which includes the VA Bedford CHOIR Director and the VA Boston co-Director and co-Associate Director. Center leaders are responsible for setting the agenda and promoting a vision for health services research that engages with VA systems and improves care for Veterans. CHOIR has an extensive portfolio of funded research projects and programs, with total annual budget of over $13 million. Over 45 MD and PhD core investigators at CHOIR produce numerous empirical articles, chapters, reviews and reports for clinical decision makers, and contribute to a large, vibrant post-doctoral training program for both MD and PhD researchers.

Success in this role will require understanding of funding mechanisms, ability to manage Center research funds, and strong mentoring skills and capacity. The Associate Director assists with management of research staff and resources, contributes to strategic decisions about Center priorities and provides mentoring for junior investigators. The AD participates in developing administrative procedures and core infrastructure to support research efforts, ensuring that CHOIR research complies with VA and other federal regulations, policies and directives.

Candidates for this position should hold a doctoral degree in clinical medicine, health services research, or one of its constituent fields. They should have a successful and productive record of funded health services research, a strong background in research management, and strong leadership and administrative experience. Expertise in areas central to CHOIR’s key areas of research will be viewed favorably. The candidate will preferably be a clinician-researcher, although applications from qualified non-clinician doctorally trained researchers will be considered. Candidates should be eligible to hold an academic appointment at the Associate Professor level or higher. Candidates must have U.S. citizen status.

This position will be a full-time appointment based at the Bedford VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA. Faculty and scholars at the Universities affiliated with CHOIR engage in teaching, research, and service, and are expected to collaborate on research projects, mentor students and faculty and contribute to the teaching missions of their appointed University.

CHOIR recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Healthcare System is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected Veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of inquiry and CV to the Search Committee, care of Joanne Dussault (Joanne.Dussault@va.gov), (781) 687-4627.