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Sr. Population/Public Health Manager

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
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Job ResearchPrimary Location TN-Nashville-2525 West End AveOrganization Institute for Global Health 104216Shift First Shift

Sr. Population/Public Health Manager

Job Summary

The Sr. Population/Public Health Manager position will be responsible for providing oversight of NIH-funded D43 training and capacity building programs (including four currently in Nigeria). This will include day-to-day operations oversight, as well as supervision of team members working on these programs and other necessary activities (reporting, program evaluation, grant development, etc.). This position will be based in Nashville, Tennessee USA in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) offices.

Department Summary

The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) builds capacity through interdisciplinary global health education and training programs, conducts implementation science and research, and provides technical assistance service to government and civil sector organizations in countries supported by the President's Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through an an affiliated organization, Friends in Global Health (FGH).

As a leader in international education and research, VIGH seeks to improve health
and well being of people living in low-resource settings. Our work reflects this commitment.


This is a full-time, exempt position, 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday.

View how Vanderbilt Health employees celebrate the difference they make every day:

Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity - of culture, thinking, learning and leading - is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
  • US News & World Report: #1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children's Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.
  • Healthcare's Most Wired: Among the nation's 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems for its efforts in innovative medical technology.
  • Becker's Hospital Review: named as one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America", in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.
  • The Leapfrog Group: One of only 10 children's hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows
  • Magnet Recognition Program: Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.
  • National Academy of Medicine: 22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement
  • Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6th year in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.

Expected responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
  • Senior staff member for multiple international training and capacity building programs, responsible for:
    • day-to-day management of the program and trainees, including visas, stipends, insurance, financial management, online training, etc.
    • serving as liaison to NIH and partner institutions
    • connecting interested applicants with potential programs and mentors, providing consultation for applications
    • developing timelines and ensuring milestones are met
    • working with PIs to innovate within the programs and secure additional funding
    • reviewing expenditures, ensuring compliance, and managing program budgets in partnership with IMPH finance team
    • leading reporting, publications, and other dissemination activities
    • serving as primary point of contact for IRB and other institutional partners
  • Organize and lead meetings, workshops, and other program activities
  • Build surveys and conduct program evaluation activities
  • Write, edit, review, and submit manuscripts
  • Travel to domestic and international sites and conferences as needed to meet with collaborators, present findings, or teach workshops
  • Supervision/management of programmatic, research, and administrative staff, as well as interns
  • Provide support to international students and scholars on research project development
  • Other duties as assigned

Sr. Population/Public Health Manager Key Responsibilities:
  • Develops program plans, goals and objectives in collaboration with program leadership.
  • Partners with program leadership and research administration staff on matters related to financial management and
  • compliance.
  • Provides professional and/or technical leadership in the execution of day-to-day program activities.
  • Communicates within and across departments, partner institutions, funding organizations, and stakeholders to maximize
  • information sharing and to achieve objectives.
  • Demonstrates scientific proficiency to support project activities which may include data management, analysis, and
  • writing of research publications and grant proposals.
  • Cultivates an environment to encourage growth and development of the team and enhance the cross-functional
  • knowledge base.
  • Manages a team of contributors performing complementary functions in support of a cohesive objective or deliverable.
  • Participates in institutional task forces and other special committees related to the achievement of goals and objective.
  • The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.

Technical Capabilities:

  • Planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific program goals and objectives.


Interpreting, analyzing and organizing reports and metrics.

  • The ability to show leadership and influence people of equal rank in an effort to accomplish team goals.

  • Ability to monitor costs, expenses and revenue as well as the ability to manage those costs and expenses in relation to budgeted amounts.

  • Developing a systematic process of checking to see whether a process or service is meeting specific requirements.

  • Build relationships through industry contacts, professional organizations and individuals.

  • Identifies, analyzes and improves upon existing business processes for optimization and to meet standards of quality.


Knowledgeable on all phases in the lifecycle of a sponsored research project. Well versed in and able to assist researchers in reducing compliance risks and assisting in routine and specialized processes.

  • The essence of training and mentoring on the job is transfer of knowledge. Whereas training can be considered more formal and scheduled, mentoring is often in the form of guidance and "hands-on" experiences. The reporting relationship is unimportant since the purpose is to pass on information and experiences. These discussions normally center around a person's goal of learning job procedures, content, standards, analysis and problem-solving.

  • Demonstrates ability to realistically anticipate resource needs, identify and break work down into discrete and measurable tasks, set priorities, define dependencies, schedule activities, prepare acceptance criteria and organize work for a medium sized program. Appropriately matches equipment and capital resources to task demands. Reshapes program during life-cycle evolution, if needed. Demonstrates ability to break down work into manageable and measurable units, estimating time and costs appropriate to the stage of the program. Works with basic program management tools, either paper-based or computer software systems.

Basic Qualifications:

Masters strongly preferred; Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) Required

4-5 years program management experience preferred; minimum 3 is required,

Fluency in English, spoken and written, is required.

Experience in managing NIH grants or global health research or training programs is a plus.

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:
  • Sedentary category requiring exertion up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and uses negligible amounts of force to move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.

  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
  • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.
  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
  • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.

  • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.
  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

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