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Washington University of St. Louis Program Manager - Centene Center for Health Transformation - 48994 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Centene Center for Health Transformation. The position is located at Hillman Hall. This position is for the Danforth Campus.

Essential Functions


The Social Policy Institute is a university-wide initiative at Washington University in St. Louis dedicated to addressing pressing social issues through transdisciplinary empirical research, dissemination of evidence-informed policy, and training. The institute seeks a Program Manager to manage daily activities across a portfolio of research projects. The program manager will also be responsible for meeting multiple deadline schedules, supervising staff, coordinating communication efforts, managing project grants, cultivating strong internal and external relationships, participating in development activities for the Institute, and contributing to a positive and dynamic environment. This position will primarily work on research projects related to the Centene Center for Health Transformation (CCHT). CCHT is an industry-academic partnership dedicated to bringing evidence-based methods and behavioral science into healthcare.


Project Management

  • Manage the coordination of all project activities and oversee team and project timelines in the portfolio.
  • Maintain close communication and coordination with research partners concerning implementation of evaluations and engage in constructive problem-solving with research partners should challenges arise.
  • Align research activities and products with deliverables identified through grant agreements and contracts, engage and communicate with funders and research partners concerning progress of projects in the portfolio.
  • Organize of internal team meetings, including developing agendas and leading discussions.
  • Plan and coordinate high-profile stakeholder meetings as needed.
  • Supervise staff associated with the projects in portfolio, including project coordinators and research assistants.
  • Work with vendors and consultants on pricing, oversight, and timely delivery of products.

Program Communications

  • Work with communications staff and management to create communications plans for projects in the portfolio.
  • Lead the creation of practice and policy materials related to the project, in collaboration with relevant colleagues at SPI.
  • Coordinate the preparation of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Support research brief and other content creation efforts to disseminate findings and insights from portfolio.
  • Present the results of the research at academic conferences and in practice and policy-oriented settings, as needed.

Program Grant Management & Development

  • Develop grant proposals and identify new funding streams.
  • Under senior leadership’s direction, work on special initiatives such as researching organizations, collecting materials, creating drafts, attending meetings, planning events.
  • Serve as primary point of contact to coordinate program activities with funders, as appropriate.

Research Support

  • Conduct literature reviews and contribute to the identification of evidence-based best practices to inform policy and program recommendations.
  • Assist in the development and execution of key components of program and policy evaluations, including research questions, intervention design, research design, data collection and measurement, and data analysis, as needed.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of relevant project management or research, a Master’s degree and at least one year of relevant project management or research experience, or seven plus years of relevant project management experience in a research institution.
  • Program development and project management experience, ideally in an academic environment (e.g., managing IRBs, research contracts, budget management, etc.).
  • Experience with implementation and dissemination research.
  • Experience writing and editing research project reports, plain English summaries of research projects, grant reports, project proposals, etc.
  • Experience working with and managing relationships with corporate or non-profit research partners.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field.
  • Experience managing and analyzing quantitative data using STATA, MATLAB, R, SAS, or similar software.
  • Understanding of applied behavioral science or behavioral economics.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing behavioral interventions and randomized control trials.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, and ability to balance competing demands.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse groups, including faculty, staff, students, public affairs, and health and news organizations.
  • Strong analytic skills and the ability to think strategically and programmatically.
  • Ability to represent the projects and Principal Investigator effectively with scholars, students, and community groups.
  • Ability to assess the amount of time required for a task and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Highly organized with attention to detail in editing, record-keeping, and monitoring the progress of the study milestones.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Interest, or demonstrated experience, in developing an area expertise on household financial and health behaviors, and familiarity with research on low-income populations.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $44,986 - $57,369 annually.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

Applicant Special Instructions

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application. We also request that applicants avoid contacting the Social Policy Institute or its staff with inquiries about application status. Due to a high volume of emails, we cannot respond to these. Questions related to the submission requirements or clarification about the position description, may be directed to socialpolicyinstitute@wustl.edu.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Program Manager - Centene Center for Health Transformation - 48994

Job ID: 48994

Location: Danforth - Main Campus

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular