Associate Program Director, Research & Practice

Job Summary:

The Associate Program Director (APD) fulfills a management role for the Foundation. The APD is responsible for managing program resources to fulfill the Foundation’s mission in accordance with priorities, time, and budget requirements. The APD will report to the Executive Director. Responsibilities include management and strategic growth of the Scientific Advisory Council, assisting the research translation agenda set by the SAC and Foundation leadership, and managing efforts to drive adoption of evidence-based models (e.g., measurement) across US national, state, and local settings.

Nature of Work:

This position requires skill in research and evaluation, strategy development, planning, budgeting, and managing multiple projects, along with specific expertise in social connection science. The APD must be able to apply high level written and oral communication skills for important interactions with agencies, grant officers, internal contacts, partner organizations, and more. Furthermore, the APD must demonstrate proficiency in data collection, evaluation, and measurement to advance research goals.

Examples of Duties:

· Support the strategic planning and implementation of goals and objectives to fulfill the mission of the Foundation.

· Manage daily operations, research activities, and strategic growth in collaboration with the Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) to reach goals and outcomes.

· Ensure the collaborative development of policy thought-leadership and framework in collaboration with SAC and Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness partners.

· Conduct program evaluations and other forms of research to analyze project and overall program effectiveness; implement appropriate procedures to ensure standardization and efficiency.

· Assist in creating new programs and bringing new ideas to support organization growth and development.

· Collaborate with Grants Manager to seek resources necessary to support research and practice initiatives.

· Manage the development of position papers, guides, reports, and tools for practitioners (e.g. SOCIAL Framework reports).

· Develop and administer program budgets, reports, and updates.

· Develop relationships at the local, state, and national levels, especially among the research community, appropriate to achieving research and practice goals.

· Engage in staff hiring, training and provide continuous support and feedback.

· Review and assess research and other literature for application to program initiatives.

· Oversee content development and delivery of workshops and other educational offerings to the network.

· Act as a spokesperson for the organization, delivering engaging presentations and participating in panel discussions at various events to promote the organization’s mission and initiatives.

· Perform administrative duties and other tasks as directed.

Competency Requirements:

· Foster and maintain collaborative relationships, demonstrating strong interpersonal communication.

· Perform in a management capacity: prioritize and plan work activities; use time efficiently; plan for additional resources; set goals and objectives; develop realistic action plans.

· Address issues creatively to affect change: identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully; develop alternative solutions; adapt to changes in the work environment; flexibility in approach or method to best fit the situation.

· Demonstrate a high degree of credibility, respectability, and integrity: Look for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness; apply feedback to improve performance; monitor own work to ensure quality.

· Exercise superior judgement, tact, and diplomacy.

· Function as a team player: exhibit objectivity and openness to others’ views; offer and welcome feedback; establish and maintain effective relationships; offer assistance and support to co-workers; work cooperatively in group situations; work actively to resolve conflicts.

· Skilled in oral and written communications: communicate clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and obtains clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings; writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods.

· Maintain current knowledge and expertise through continuing education and self-study: Exhibit ability to learn and apply new skills; keep abreast of current developments; require minimal supervision; display understanding of how job relates to others; pursue training and development opportunities; adapt to new technologies; keep technical skills up to date.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

This position requires a Master’s degree in a field directly related to the position responsibilities and 4-7 years of professional experience; or a Doctoral degree and 2-4 years of professional experience. Additionally, the candidate should have demonstrated leadership, interpersonal, and partnership skills.

DC-based preferred, remote applicants will be considered.

Expected Start Date: July 2024


To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Abigail Barth abigail@social-connection.org. Priority deadline: Friday, June 14, 2024.

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