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Executive Director of Epidemiology - Boston, MA

UnitedHealth Group • Boston, MA

Posted 28 days ago

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Healthcare - Health Services
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We're changing the way health care works for the better. That means consulting with our members, partnering with our physicians, and delivering drugs in the most efficient and effective way. Join us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)

The Epidemiology group at Optum is comprised of 50 people, and provides epidemiology consulting and analytic services to which the Executive Director will contribute.  This involves overseeing projects within the Epidemiology group, from proposal writing to contracting through delivery. Working in a matrixed environment, the Executive Director will provide leadership on Epidemiology methods and processes along with business development and personnel management.

The Executive Director will become familiar with existing processes in the Epidemiology group and will develop new ones that contribute to successfully contracting new work, completing the contracted work, and meeting client expectations.  Working closely with the Chief Scientific Officer, the Executive Director will have a role in operational awareness across the organization, helping guide research and consulting projects to successful completion. Additional responsibilities include participating in strategic planning, managing personnel resources, and interfacing with other groups within Optum or UnitedHealth to accomplish tasks that involve resources external to Epidemiology.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Become intimately familiar with existing epidemiology processes

  • Develop new processes (or modify existing ones) to better serve Epidemiology

  • Maintain insight into the status of epidemiology projects

  • Be alert to needs of project teams and  be creative in solving them

  • Work closely with Chief Scientific Officer to provide direction to the epidemiology department

  • Communicate directly with clients to address issues in contracting or delivery

  • Represent epidemiology in communications with other Optum or UnitedHealth groups

  • Provide personnel management for Epidemiology

  • Participate in business development for Epidemiology

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or Equivalent in Epidemiology

  • 10+ years of experience in managing healthcare research

  • 10+ years of personnel management  

  • 10+ years of experience reviewing and implementing legal contracts

  • 10+ years of experience working with clients addressing contracting and/or delivery of research reporting

  • 10+ year track record of administrative, managerial and leadership experience

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Dependability and reliability  

  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA, MPA, or MPH

  • Experience developing/identifying marketing campaigns

Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world?s large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

Job Keywords: Director, Epidemiology, Healthcare, Management, Contracts, Leadership, Research, Boston, MA, Massachusetts

Job ID: 2551_754563
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