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Program Director, Quality of Care Research

Outcomes Research Branch
Applied Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is conducting a national search for a Program Director of Quality of Care Research in the Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) within the Applied Research Program (ARP). The mission of the ORB is to coordinate, conduct, and sponsor research to measure, evaluate, and improve the outcomes of cancer care.

Research supported within the ORB addresses enhancing the state of the science in cancer outcomes measurement, focusing on patient-reported outcomes such as health-related quality of life, symptoms from disease or treatment, patient perceptions of and satisfaction with care, and economic burden, and the application of modern psychometric methods to improve measures. Quality of cancer care research is another major focus of the branch, including research to define, assess, monitor, and improve the quality of cancer care; understand the determinants of the diffusion of outcomes-enhancing interventions into clinical practice; investigate approaches to re-designing cancer care to improve the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of service delivery and evaluate innovative cancer care delivery programs. To obtain more information, visit

The incumbent is responsible for a range of activities in support of research initiatives sponsored by the NCI Community Cancers Center Program (NCCCP) and the NCI Quality of Cancer Care Committee (QCCC). Primary duties involve working with the NCCCP to improve its capacity to support quality of care research and quality improvement studies, including coordinating with external researchers interested in collaborating with NCCCP sites on research projects. The incumbent also will oversee specific NCCCP network-wide studies of clinical effectiveness and patient experience with care. Duties related to the QCCC involve working with federal partners to develop collaborative research projects, manage QCCC research budgets, and disseminate QCCC research findings to outside scientific organizations. Other duties include propose/direct research studies or funding opportunities sponsored by the NCI using these and/or other quality of care or outcomes data bases. The successful applicant will be an experienced clinical specialist (e.g., physician, Ph.D.-trained nurse or social worker), behavioral or social scientist, or health services researcher, with interests in developing the Quality of Care research agenda. This challenging and highly visible role requires broad scientific expertise, a passion for public service, and a commitment to multi-disciplinary collaboration.

The salary range for this position will be at the GS-13-14 level ($86,927 - $133,543 annually), depending on experience. For more information, please contact Steven Clauser, PhD, Chief, Outcomes Research Branch at

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers

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