American Heart Association (AHA)

Chief of Clinical Science and Research

American Heart Association (AHA)

Job Description

This job opportunity is located in Dallas, Texas Overview Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day? Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely. This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact. Responsibilities Background Clinical research holds untold potential to advance biomedical science in the US, but continues to be prohibitively expensive, difficult to evaluate and monitor, and subject to bias as mobile health technology and precision medicine increasingly take center-stage. As a new era of highly inter-connected yet individualized public health approaches, insufficient participation in clinical trials and the complex interplay of influencing factors on enrollment and retention remain urgent challenges. Recognizing these shortcomings, the American Heart Association (AHA) is currently seeking innovations to put the patient/consumer and his/her data at the center of Medical Research to help accelerate the Design and conduct of clinical trials. The AHA is unique in its position at the intersection of scientific research, patient engagement, healthcare system engagement, technology, public outreach and quality improvement to rapidly and efficiently yield novel approaches to clinical studies and novel patient engagement approaches. Notably, patients/consumers within the AHA have demonstrated a strong willingness to engage in a more connected manner with the research community, participate in clinical trials, and donate their unique experiences and health data in gestures of philanthropy and empowerment. The research potential provided by these recruitment portals can accelerate the science AHA has invested in and support our long-term research collaborators whose intellect and ingenuity will lead the way in better outcomes for the cardiovascular and stroke patients, and health consumers we collectively serve. Innovating in the new healthcare economy will require modernizing care delivery, redefining the role of patients in their own care, engaging consumers in their maintenance of health, as well as developing new partnerships to convene industry leaders in health and technology to foster dialogue and inspire increased collaborationthrough new research and clinical models. Overall Job Description The Chief of Clinical Science and Research will report to the Chief Science and Medical Officer and serve as a valued member of the AHA’s staff executive leadership team. The position will work with other senior staff and leadership volunteers to develop and oversee the following areas:
  1. Research Goes Red - an initiative calling on women across the United States to contribute to thenext-generation of heart and stroke research in partnership with Verily.

  2. Lead the research agenda, in conjunction with the Scientific Oversight Committee to assure that the registry of women are engaged in next generation research studies

  3. Build the number of women in Research Goes Red by working collaboratively with the AHA’s EVP for Marketing and with Verily on marketing strategies while coordinating directly with the leads of AHA programs and campaigns where AHA data sources and constituents exist that are targets for deeper recruitment into this consumer research network.

  4. Determine mechanisms for integrating clinical trials recruitment strategies into the network, collaborating with important partners like the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the National Genome Research Institute.

  5. Serve as the Clinical lead of the Research Goes Red team to achieve desired recruitment goals and assures that appropriate technologies and built-in updates are utilized to maintain regular contact with study participants.

  6. Serve as key relationship leader with Verily’s Chief Science and Medical Officer to assure alignment on vision, strategy, recruitment, science and other expansion opportunities.

  7. Develop strategies to enable study participants to have regular input, access to their data, and enhance value from their participation with AHA.

  8. Identify and help secure sponsors for collaborative research studies utilizing the Research Goes Red platform.

  9. Identify, recruit, and engage partners that are uniquely positioned with influence and reach to amplify the AHA's efforts to achieving our goals for the consumer-centered research collaborative.

  10. Partner with SVP of Portfolio Management and other key AHA stakeholders to develop and implement a strategy for patient/consumer engagement in research studies beyond Research Goes Red– either AHA studies or those in a collaborative partnership with AHA (ex: technology, healthcare systems, academia, industry)

  11. Build the clinical research strategy for AHA by and serve as staff lead for other external clinical science studies and identify opportunities to expand AHA’s footprint in this area.

  12. Create an overall strategy that includes recruitment of potential partners to develop research studies that can create an evidence base for use of new technology approaches designed to improve and sustain health.

  13. Serve as AHA’s clinical science leader on Apple research studies that are being implemented by PI Dr. Calum MacRae

  14. Serve as the AHA’s Clinical lead on AHA quality initiative data strategy in partnership with Chief of Mission Aligned Businesses and in Coordination with the Chief Science and Medical Officer, as well as other key stakeholders

  15. Provide staff guidance to the Quality Improvement/ Get With the Guidelines team to assure the scientific rigor for studies and publications where AHA data is utilized.

  16. Work with Quality Improvement Staff to create studies and secure sponsorships from Industry and assure ongoing rigor in study design, implementation and publication.

  17. In conjunction with the Chief of Mission Aligned Businesses, the Chief of Emerging Strategies and other executive staff, lead the development of a strategy for monetization of AHA’s data assets across the organization.

  18. Serves as the science/clinical Advisor for the Value in Healthcare Roundtable and other priority leadership convenings

  19. Serves as the science advisor for the AHA’s Center for Health Technology & Innovation which fosters cross-industry collaboration to engage and harness healthcare technology solutions to improve health outcomes.

  20. Serve as AHA’s science/ medicine staff liaison with the science/ medical staff of NHLBI, NINDS, FDA and other government agencies on clinical research issues.

  21. Work collaboratively with the Chief Science and Medical Officer on other clinical activities of AHA and other duties as assigned

  22. Develops and maintains strong working relationships with internal business units of AHA including Science Operations, Emerging Strategies, Research Enterprise, Development, Communications, Advocacy, Quality Improvement, Corporate Relations, Marketing and Mission Advancement.

Qualifications Required Qualifications Include
  • Minimum ten years of clinical and/or research experience with large scale studies as a Principal Investigator, collaborator, or in a management capacity

  • Thorough understanding and experience with the data infrastructure of clinical trials and related technologies from inception through completion

  • Extensive understanding of platform integration, health informatics (including electronic health record (EHR)) technologies, epidemiology, public health, and a strong track record in the field of human subject Data Management

  • Extensive experience with data, technology and bioinformatics that would enable the successful candidate to provide guidance and oversight for the patient powered research network.

  • Minimum ten years of experience managing complex, multi-site projects or organizations in a research or scientific environment, ideally involving scientists

  • Minimum ten years of leadership experience that foster engagement, collaboration, drivers and outcomes.

  • Minimum ten years of experience creating, designing, implementing and continuous improvement of a strategic vision

  • MD and/or PhD in medicine or Life Sciences

Additional Requirements
  • Effective and concise communication experience and skills; oral and written

  • Domestic travel required 30% of the time. Possible occasional foreign travel.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to see what it is like to work for the American Heart Association and why so many people enjoy #TheAHALife EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities Location US-TX-Dallas Posted Date 3 weeks ago (12/16/2019 5:11 PM) Requisition ID 2017-1753 Job Family Group Science and Research Job Category Science & Research Location: Dallas, TX American Health Associasion (AHA) does not indicate an expiration date for vacancies. Please apply timely not to miss an opportunity.
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