You are viewing a preview of this job. Log in or register to view more details about this job.

Research & Development Manager – Health Services Research

Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) seeks a Research & Development Manager to lead workflows making health care more accessible and equitable at federal and state levels in the United States.

The Research & Development Manager will lead a federally-funded implementation research portfolio, and will help develop new research grants and research training programs!


The ideal candidate has experience leading distributed research teams and diverse stakeholders with a passion for mental health equity.

  • Are you looking to lead large scale health system improvement research?
  • Are you developing innovative, open-science, qualitative and quantitative mixed methods?
  • Do you enjoy synthesizing interdisciplinary research efforts in grants and peer-reviewed publications?
  • Do you have a passion for mentoring and learning with others?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then join Team Participatory System Dynamics!


The Research & Development Manager will join an interdisciplinary team working to change the way health care quality improvement decisions are made, such as across layers of the Veterans Health Administration, and with state health departments and other healthcare systems (see and
Team Participatory System Dynamics (TeamPSD) engages stakeholders in shared decision-making cadences while maintaining transparency and reproducibility via open science platforms and principles. We partner in iterative cycles of development and implementation to advance scientific understanding of technology-embedded health system decision-making, and implementation and improvement processes over time.


The Research & Development Manager will coordinate a portfolio of research grants funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Veterans Health Administration (VA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The Research and Development Manager is part of the new Team PSD management trio, which also includes the DataOps/DevOps Manager and the PeopleOps Manager. The Research & Development Manager will be responsible for research and development workstreams, which include the workflows of co-investigators, mentees (post-bac, predoctoral, postdoctoral, intern & resident), and co-coordination of qualitative/quantitative mixed methods research and training.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Lindsey Zimmerman - Implementation Scientist at the Veterans Health Administration, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP), National Center for PTSD - the Research & Development Manager will develop new lines of scientific inquiryestablish research methods and productivity, and ensure compliance with reporting and publication of federally-funded peer-reviewed scientific research.

This is a full-time position. You can telecommute 100% of the time and work from anywhere. There is office space in Menlo Park, CA, but the team is nationally distributed. The team works with partners within the United States from Eastern to Hawaii time zones and team meetings occur Monday to Thursday between 7:45AM and 4PM Pacific Time. Team members work either four 10-hour days Mon-Thurs or five 8-hour days with no meetings on Fridays.

PAVIR offers generous benefits including comprehensive health insurance, 14 paid holidays, paid vacation, sick pay and a 401(k) with a fully vested 6% company match and 3% profit share. Plus, we pay for life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance.


Team and Collaboration Management:

  • Coordinate Research, Development, and Operations activities with other managers.Manage Research & Development workflows including researchers, engineers, data scientists, and Team PSD mentees
  • Manage Research & Development schedules, platforms/channels, meetings, quality assurance, and deliverables across R & D platforms: GitHub, Open Science Framework, ReqLogic (invoices/purchasing), VA Palo Alto Research Development Information System, Stanford IRB (eProtocol), National Center for PTSD Patient Care Services and Productivity Data Base, VA RedCap and Stanford RedCap, VA Office of Research and Development ART tracker, and
  • Anticipate what is needed, direct the activities of the team, and facilitate shared understanding through effective coaching
  • Motivate team members growing into increasing responsibility

Research and Development Management:

  • Manage multiple funding cycles across different federal funders at once
  • Ensure that project aims are achieved and project output is highly valued by NIH and VHA stakeholders (patients, providers, policymakers and scientific communities)
  • Disseminate Team PSD progress and research findings through appropriate online channels and team resources.
  • Create effective written communication for high volume and high visibility requests
  • Produce and coordinate reports, presentations and peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Develop and experiment with new tools and techniques, identifying ways to streamline activities.


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3 years or more of experience managing national trials or multi-disciplinary federally funded research
  • Experience coordinating workflows with other managers, including managing shifting priorities, timelines and change effectively
  • Experience managing peer-reviewed conferences and manuscripts
  • Experience completing tasks for federal contracting with the appropriate organizational authorities
  • Proficiency with GitHub and Markdown (or highly similar platforms). We also use ZenHub for key reporting and costing of R&D activities
  • Strong, clear, concise written and oral communication in English online and in-person
  • Proven ability to establish trust and rapport via written, in-person and phone interactions
  • Demonstrated excellence in planning, tracking, organizing and communicating with clarity and efficiency
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage simultaneous requests with a high level of responsiveness
  • Proven ability to manage time effectively to manage multiple project timelines without losing site of the highest priorities for the program.


  • Ph.D. in related applied disciplines of behavioral health, social sciences, medical or public health research, engineering, computer science or statistics
  • Training in community-based participatory research, participatory action research or mixed methods (qualitative + quantitative) research designs.
  • Familiarity with health care, quality improvement and electronic health record data
  • VHA experience.


Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) facilitates research and education activities conducted at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). At PAVIR we work with more than 160 uniquely talented medical scientists across a broad spectrum of research areas as we fulfill our purpose of driving Veterans' health innovation. Our researchers have an active appointment with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and most maintain an academic appointment or are affiliated with Stanford University.
PAVIR is a nonprofit foundation affiliated with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). As a condition of employment, all PAVIR employees are required to have an approved appointment with VA and complete a background check before they can commence work.

PAVIR is pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Veterans, and Individuals with a Disability are encouraged to apply. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, please contact - Human Resources department.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.