Project Director


The Project Director for the Office of Health Initiatives and Disparities Research, within the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, is responsible for the administrative management and programmatic direction of the Program. The Project Director will manage the day-to-day business operations of the Office and its programs in accordance with the goals and objectives established by Principal Investigator(s), funding agencies, and other Cancer Institute senior leaders. The Health Disparities programs include the Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, funded through the Arkansas Department of Health since 2005 and other community-based programs that aim to reduce cancer in the state and among vulnerable groups.

This is a provisional position. Provisional positions are funded by external grants or contracts with established end dates. When the grant expires or is not extended, the provisional position will be eliminated. Employees in provisional positions may apply for other positions at UAMS when their provisional position ends.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.

•Responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the center, including development/management of human and financial resources.
•Works closely with the Department of Surgery and the Cancer Institute business office to manage grant and contractual budgets associated with the center.
•Recommends and leads continual process improvement activities to ensure excellence in administrative operations.
•Development of programmatic budgets and financial strategic planning to assist Principal Investigator(s).
•Measures performance and reports progress on programmatic goals established by Principle Investigator(s).
•Disseminates programmatic outcomes.
•Development and submission of research and program grants or contracts to assist Principal Investigator.
•Ensures adherence to UAMS or funding agency submission, review, and reporting policies.
•Facilitates strong partnership with community leaders and organizations in support of programmatic goals.
•Serve as policy analyst and will integrate policy research and interaction, through information sharing, with local policymakers and representatives regarding cancer-related health disparities. Coordinate annual legislative health briefings.
•Work closely with the COPH Policy Director. Coordinate the development and manage Faculty Diversity and Community Outreach (FDCO) program and the Research Development Teams (RDT) with particular emphasis on mentoring of students, minority and junior faculty investigators. Work closely with the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Center for Diversity Affairs.
•Coordinate meetings for FDCO and RDT and will provide presentation(s) at local, state, and national level events.
•Assist in Cancer Control Outreach events.
•Adheres to UAMS guest relations guidelines and Circle of Excellence standards; maintains good working relationships with community leaders, peers, UAMS visitors and colleagues in other departments; demonstrates good time management skills with attention to availability and responsiveness; uses appropriate verbal and written communication.
•Provides excellent customer service in a professional manner and serves as the voice of UAMS when interacting with patients, visitors, community physicians and leaders, funding agency representatives or programmatic collaborators.
•Maintains strong working relationships and provides excellent service to co-workers, faculty, and staff.
•Maintains professional development and attends routine meetings of the cancer control and cancer institute management teams.
•Represents the Principle Investigator(s) or institute as needed on campus committees or in community organizations.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

•Doctor of Public Health plus two (2) years community outreach experience OR
•Master's degree in public health or education plus four (4) years of community outreach experience OR
•Bachelor's degree in public health or education plus six (6) years of community outreach experience required.
•Must have 1 year of supervisory experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
•Must have exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills to relate appropriately and effectively to diverse audiences.
•Must be proficient in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.
•5 years' experience leading/directing programs and 1 year of experience in the areas of public health or research.
•Certified Research Specialist/Grants Management Certification must be obtained within one (1) year of hire.

UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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