Manager of Research

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Hyde Park Campus

2013006 Pediatrics-General Peds

About the Unit
The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) is an innovative workforce development model for expanding primary care capacity in vulnerable, underserved communities. It expands the capacity of the community based healthcare system to manage common, chronic physical and mental health disorders by using videoconference technology to telementor community-based providers so they can meet the healthcare needs of their patients at their site of primary care. ECHO-Chicago is built on the premise that 1) technology can be used to leverage scarce resources; 2) case-based, iterative learning is the most effective way to improve clinical practice; and 3) knowledge transfer can improve the quality care in community health centers; and 4) that everyone has the ability to share knowledge under the belief that all should and can teach and learn. Using advanced communication technologies, ECHO bridges the gap between disease specialists at academic medical centers and providers who deliver comprehensive, culturally relevant, care at neighborhood-based health centers. The approach is case-based and iterative, similar to clinical rounds. The project impacts provider skills, builds community based capacity to deliver clinical care to patients in need of care for common chronic medical and mental health related problems. Since its launch in 2010, ECHO-Chicago has provided workforce development training for 848 primary care providers and health professionals representing 180 health care sites and 68 organizations. ECHO-Chicago's series portfolio currently spans 10 areas, including 3 pediatric areas (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), complex pediatric asthma, and obesity and its comorbidities) and 7 adult areas (behavioral health, geriatrics, hepatitis C, hepatitis C case management, opioid use disorder, resistant hypertension, and women's health). These series are facilitated by specialty teams of subject matter experts and guided by curricula focused on providing primary care providers (PCPs) with the knowledge and skills they need to implement clinical guidelines and navigate real-life patient challenges, especially in under-resourced settings. Each series is comprised of 10-15 weekly sessions. Sessions (roughly an hour each) include a brief didactic (~20 minutes) to review evidence-based best practices and implementation strategies, followed by participant-led case presentations (new and follow-up cases) and discussion of strategies for navigating real-world barriers. Modeled as virtual rounds, ECHO-Chicago promotes knowledge and skill-building through learning loops in which PCPs learn to manage diverse patients in real-world situations and practice.

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Job Summary:

The Manager of Research for ECHO-Chicago will take a leadership role in all program evaluation and quality improvement activities. Oversee the development and enhancement of research designs and protocols, study documentation, data collection and management processes, and data analysis. Program evaluation and quality improvement projects will involve collection of process and outcome measures and analysis of the ECHO sessions as well as assessment of the impact of the ECHO-Chicago program at multiple levels, including provider-level changes (e.g. self-efficacy, implemented practice changes), patient-level outcomes (e.g. disease-specific health outcomes), and health system-level impacts (e.g. service utilization, cost savings). To successfully perform the role, the Manager of Research should understand study design and statistical analysis, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, the causes of clinical trends and anomalies in disease management and wellness programs, and the evaluation of the financial impact of programs.

Must have the ability to translate program goals and objectives into testable hypotheses and to work with collaborators and clinics to design research protocols based on available resources. Contribute to and lead research dissemination activities, including developing abstracts for presentations at national meetings and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed literature. Position requires the ability to articulate research findings to internal and external audiences in both oral and written formats. The Manager of Research is expected to serve as part of the ECHO-Chicago leadership team, leveraging their expertise and experience to contribute to overall program strategy, staff development, and quality improvement. Work with the Executive Director and leadership team to develop proposals for funding opportunities. Provide research and evaluation support for other programs as determined by section leadership.

This position is partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.


  • Design and perform statistical analyses, and then be able to explain this analysis to a non-technical audience of both internal and external customers including senior management
  • Develop knowledge and expert understanding of all ECHO-Chicago program initiatives to facilitate analysis
  • Execute analytic plans for program evaluation, feasibility studies, outcomes analysis and research studies as needed; including the creation of testable hypotheses.
  • Manage communication and expectations with clinical program team and other key stakeholders
  • Serve as expert consultant on outcomes to program leadership during program design and planning to ensure rigor and feasibility of evaluation of outcomes
  • Work with ECHO-Chicago leadership team (and other programs as assigned) to scope out strategic projects, develop evaluation plans and lead a team to execute and deliver on those plans
  • Other duties as assigned

  • At least 2 years of experience in contributing to the development of grant proposals required.
  • Demonstrated application of problem solving skills in the creation and interpretation of quantitative analyses and in the development of evaluation plans required.
  • Demonstrated expertise in program evaluation and design methods in healthcare required.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently apply multiple advanced quantitative analytics, business modeling, and intermediate statistical analysis methods required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • MA/MS in health policy, health services research, public health, epidemiology required.

  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience in a quantitative healthcare-related job function required.
  • Minimum of two years experience directly interfacing with clinical providers (e.g., physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals) in a research context required.
  • Ten years of work experience in a healthcare-related quantitative job function preferred.
  • At least two years of academic medical center experience preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Advanced-level experience using SAS or R to conduct analysis or similar programming tool such as SPSS, STATA or Statistica required.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and REDCap required.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements (if applicable):
  • Requires some domestic travel.

Required Documents:

The following documents are required to be considered for this position.
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample
  • Research Statement
  • Reference Contact Information: 3 references, 2 must be a current/former supervisor and 1 professional reference.

(Note: When applying all required documents MUST be uploaded under the resume/CV section of the application.)

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/22/2018
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