Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is a nonprofit organization based in Boston, MA dedicated to promoting public health and advancing medical research. Since its founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of health, leading the way to promote healthier and more vibrant communities. Our work recognizes the impact of social, economic, and racial factors on health outcomes. Health equity is a core principle that guides the organization’s approach and work.
HRiA’s services are organized into three areas: (1) grantmaking, (2) research and evaluation, and (3) capacity building assistance. HRiA’s grantmaking services include both biomedical research as part of The Medical Foundation (a program of HRiA), and community health grantmaking. This senior level position will lead and provide technical expertise to HRiA’s biomedical research grantmaking service area. The Medical Foundation (TMF) staff work with private individuals, bank trusts, and family foundations to provide life sciences consulting, program evaluation, and customized grant programs designed to accelerate medical discoveries. In 2018, TMF staff worked with foundations and bank trust departments to develop customized biomedical research grant programs to award approximately $22 million to outstanding investigators across the United States.
HRiA’s grantmaking services include strategic consultation, grant program development, grants administration and disbursement, and evaluation of grant investment to assess impact.
For more information about the organization visit http://www.hria.org.
The Chief Science Officer is a senior-level position within the organization. They will lead and collaborate with the organization’s grantmaking team to create and maintain the organization’s biomedical research award program services, work to enhance program impact, and further diversify the organization’s funding base. They will also cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with current clients, grant applicants/awardees, and scientific reviewers.
The Chief Science Officer will work with staff to lead life sciences consulting projects including: scans of specific research and funding landscapes, evaluation studies to assess Award Program impact, and analyses that inform recommendations for future research investment. In developing new grant programs, the Chief Science Officer will engage with clients to design the scientific focus, eligibility, and size of the awards to maximize the impact of client funds. Furthermore, the Chief Science Officer will translate complex biomedical research reports into lay language for clients and other stakeholders.
The Chief Science Officer will provide scientific oversight to 12 grant programs throughout the pre-award, application review, and post-award process. They also will work with staff to develop strategies to continually improve the grant administration process. The Chief Science Officer is a full-time exempt position based at HRiA’s headquarters in Boston, and will be expected to work on-site, though the opportunity for a flexible schedule or remote work will be available, as appropriate.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Chief Science Officer position consists of four main functions:
Leadership and Management
Program and Project Work
This role requires a strong commitment to client service and satisfaction. It also requires the ability to work and collaborate with a broad range of staff and stakeholders. The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under their supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.
Procedure for Candidacy
HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.
HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.
Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous starting vacation of four weeks.
Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is a nonprofit organization based in Boston, MA dedicated to promoting public health and advancing medical research. Since its founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of health, leading the way to…