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Health Science Administrator

Job Summary:

Immediate need for health science administrator to participate in planning and leading projects related to cancer research and cancer disparities research portfolios for multi-disciplinary research, training and outreach network programs. Incumbent will perform health science administrator responsibilities that require expertise in cancer research, especially in areas of basic science, behavioral sciences, evaluation, and/or community-based education and outreach. Familiarity with NIH extramural funding is a plus, and outstanding oral and written communications skills regarding cancer health research are a requirement.

Major Duties:

  • Perform scientific and administrative reviews and analysis of applications/proposals from a programmatic viewpoint and ensure timelines are adhered to.
  • Consult with and advise grantees/contractors during preparation of applications/proposals and provide guidance on program issues.
  • Coordinate and administer grants to fulfill the mission of the Branch and Division.
  • Organize and conduct workshops, conferences, symposia, or similar activities.
  • Visit universities, research institutions, commercial organizations, other government agencies, and public and private organizations to promote and explain the objectives of the program.
  • Conduct portfolio related tasks, such as working with program directors and stakeholders to identify evaluation goals/objectives, review literature to aid in portfolio analysis, and contribute to data collection and analysis of programmatic progress reports.
  • Prepare assessments of grantee progress to include summarizing outcome findings, and generating recommendations and specific programmatic reports from programmatic documents and databases.
  • Support and may attend site visits to institutions to determine adequacy of research, training and education/outreach facilities and activities.
  • Assist with organizing and managing programmatic meetings and peer-review groups to assess research proposals for scientific merit.

Required Skills:

  • Doctoral or equivalent degree preferred and 1-5 years related experience.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, methods, and techniques of cancer research and public health programs to advise community cancer centers and/or academic institutions on cancer programs.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate information dissemination programs for underserved populations.
  • Foster specific science through initiatives, program development, and meetings.
  • Ability to plan and implement public health programs in the field of cancer disparity research.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with all levels of people; particularly researchers and lay public.

Specialized experience desired:

  • Provide technical assistance on scientific concepts and methods related to cancer-related disparities and community-based participatory research; provide technical and scientific expertise in areas focused on cancer health disparities.
  • Assistance establishing partnerships to increase activities in reducing cancer health disparities; prepare highly technical scientific correspondence, reports, policies, and other written material; prepare and collaborate preparing reports, articles, and other complex written documents for publication in professional literature and/or presentation at professional meetings.
  • Bilingual capabilities considered an asset.


  • Employment Type: full-time
  • Position located at government site in Gaithersburg, MD
  • Competitive employee benefits.

Please submit cover letter and resume to . NOVA Research Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Silver Spring, MD 20910

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