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Program Officer, Dissemination and Implementation (hybrid)

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Program Officer, Dissemination and Implementation

As Program Officer, Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), you will play a central role in the program’s funding initiatives and other activities. Your primary focus will be overseeing the funding of implementation projects aimed at putting high-quality evidence into practice to improve health care and health outcomes and monitoring and supporting the successful completion of these projects. This includes critically assessing letters of intent and applications outlining proposed implementation strategies and plans, assessing program evaluation plans to ensure the results will be meaningful, and interacting with funded teams throughout their projects.

You will also support the D&I Program Team by developing well-written briefing and presentation materials and providing strategic input on initiatives. Reporting to the D&I Program Director, you will work closely with the team at all levels and collaborate with departments across PCORI.

It often takes years for new evidence from clinical research to influence health care. Many times, these findings never reach patients and families who could benefit from the information. PCORI is the leading funder of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research in the US. The D&I Program promotes the awareness, uptake, and integration of evidence from PCORI-funded studies into real-world practice.

Your ability to communicate effectively and manage a complex portfolio with a high level of initiative and precision will be essential for success in this role. The right candidate has a deep understanding of how US healthcare systems work, can critically evaluate research findings, connects the broader context and implications of the work while keeping track of small details, and shares our commitment to ensuring the results of research bring real benefits to patients.

How You’ll Make an Impact

We are a responsive, energetic, and fast-moving team and provide robust support and mentorship to help you quickly build knowledge and transition to working independently. Within the first year, you will:

  • Review and evaluate applicant project concepts and proposals for the D&I Program, providing feedback and input on how their ideas fit our funding priorities. Participate in funding decision processes.
  • Develop cogent briefing materials, presentations, and other materials for PCORI Committees and the Board of Governors, summarizing program recommendations and important project features. Conceptualize presentations based on understanding the audience’s interests and larger context. Synthesize information to focus on the essence of an issue.
  • Oversee progress for projects funded through PCORI’s D&I funding initiatives; maintain regular communication with awardee teams.
  • Directly support the D&I Program Director in describing, conceptualizing, and/or operationalizing new activities and refining current initiatives, providing technical, programmatic, and strategic input.

Work Environment and Benefits

  • You’ll enjoy a purpose-driven hybrid work environment collaborating with your team 2 days per week in our Washington, DC, office, with the option to telework the rest of the week.
  • We are securely funded and offer an excellent compensation package, including generous PTO (up to 20-30 days of PTO based on job classification and/or years of service per year), medical, dental, and vision insurance, long-term and short-term disability, 401(a) plan with employer contribution up to 10%, life insurance, professional development reimbursement, employee engagement events, and more.
  • You are joining a team of mission-driven professionals who are smart, dedicated, hardworking, friendly, and genuinely interested in helping each other succeed. We encourage our team members to take on projects they find engaging to further develop their skills and interests.
  • As a research funder, convener, and employer, PCORI is dedicated to advancing and accelerating diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in our work. Internally, we know diversity and inclusion are about the experience and culture an organization builds for itself. Our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts stretch across our entire organization, from recruiting our workforce to cultivating business relationships.


  • Doctoral degree preferred in a field relevant to patient-centered outcomes research (e.g., health services research, public health, health policy, sociology, psychology, program evaluation) plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience or a master’s degree in relevant field plus minimum of 7 years of relevant experience with increasing responsibility.
  • Applicants with advanced academic or professional credentials, extensive years of relevant health research experience, or relevant experience working in a funding organization/agency may be considered for senior program officer roles.
  • Experience handling and managing multiple priorities effectively; experience in work environments that require organizing time efficiently and having a high tolerance for change.
  • Professional experience in healthcare delivery settings is desirable. Professional experience in program evaluation or related quantitative analysis is also desirable.
  • Demonstrated writing, information analysis, and problem-solving skills. PowerPoint competence is preferred; oral presentation skills (or a willingness to learn) are also desirable.
  • Familiarity with the healthcare delivery system and the roles of various stakeholders. Broad familiarity with—and interest in—diverse areas of health services and/or medical research. Familiarity with comparative effectiveness research; ability to critically review journal publications reporting results from PCORI-funded and related studies.
  • Ability to stay abreast of Implementation Science and D&I best practices literature and incorporate relevant concepts into program initiatives and communications. Background or experience relevant to implementation is desirable; strong commitment to the goals of the program, interest, and initiative to learn are required.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; collegial, energetic, and able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, and others who contribute to program development and management.

About Us

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 and reauthorized in 2019. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI seeks input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

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