Associate Director, Office for Interactions Industry

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POST DATE 11/23/2019
END DATE 12/4/2019

Partners HealthCare(PHS) Somerville, MA

Somerville, MA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree



As a not-for-profit organization, Partners HealthCare is committed to supporting patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community by leading innovation across our system. Founded by Brigham and Womens Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare supports a complete continuum of care including community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Several of our hospitals are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, and our system is a national leader in biomedical research.

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General Overview

The Associate Director, Office for Interactions with Industry (OII) is responsible for facilitating the coordination and efficient interactions of all staff and primary substantive areas of work within the OII, and in providing legal support for all sections of OII. The position reports to the Director of OII.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

In coordination with the Director, is responsible for coordinating the work of each of the three substantive sections of OII (Research Activities, Educational Grants, and Outside Activities) to promote synergies, create opportunities for collaboration and assure full information exchange, integration of OII program areas, early identification of issues spanning more than one substantive section, consistent messaging for the Partners community, and office-wide responsiveness to needs identified by Partners leadership and OII staff.
In coordination with section Program Managers and the Director, oversees the design, continuous improvement and implementation of processes for handling workflow across sections, including systems for intake, tracking and evaluation of work, fielding customer inquiries and cases and handling casework. Ensures that such systems appropriately address policy and regulatory requirements and are appropriately linked to OGC and other relevant Partners offices. Provides analysis of anti-kickback, non-profit tax and other legal issues underlying OII policies.
As requested by the Director, presents OII-wide initiatives to Partners senior management for evaluation.
Leads the development of policy refinements across all sections of OII based upon live cases and other policy priorities or initiatives as identified by OII staff, Partners committees and management and works with Program Managers to ensure policy changes are appropriately integrated into each substantive work area.
In coordination with the Director and the Program Managers, assists in the management and staffing of the Partners Professional and Institutional Conduct Committee and the Committee on Outside Activities, including coordinating agendas and cases being presented and other matters for review by the committees, taking primary responsibility for the records of each committee, and ensuring that minutes and other housekeeping aspects of these committees are attended to, and of coordinating the activities of those two committees with the Educational Review Board.
In coordination with the Deputy Director and the Program Managers, integrates across OII program area the development and delivery of communications and educational material to keep the Partners community informed about pertinent policies, including maintaining the OII website and FAQs and working with the Deputy Director to establish and maintain a comprehensive educational platform consisting of a combination of live presentations, periodic electronic communications, and such other vehicles as determined to be appropriate.
Maintains a current and in-depth understanding of policies and regulations and applicable laws that govern each of the substantive work areas and works cooperatively with peer organizations to share best practices and stay informed of national and regional developments in the Program area.
With the Director, leads the outreach to the Partners community on the mission and goals of OII and works with Program Managers to advance their relationships with investigators and institutional officials so that they are aware of the impact of their personal, and of institutional, financial interests on their Partners research and other responsibilities and ways to assure that conflicts will not develop.
Assists the Program Managers in supervising junior OII staff in all of the foregoing, with a focus on career enhancement and creating opportunities for staff to develop cross competencies in each of the offices substantive areas of work.
Such other tasks as determined by the Director of OII.
Advanced degree, or comparable experience, required.
Five or more years of experience working on conflict of interest matters in an academic medical center community, plus additional relevant legal, research grants management or other comparable experience required.
Experience in conducting analysis of an array of legal issues in the non-profit health care environment.
Strong experience working with physicians, administrators, and large complex not-for-profit institutions.

Strong analytical skills,
Excellent interpersonal and demonstrated written and oral communication skills
Team player with collaborative working style,
The ability to set priorities and manage expectations,
Strong management skills for planning, organizing and communicating and meeting tight deadlines,
Integrity and a strong sense of professional ethics,
The ability to work constructively with a demanding clientele under stressful conditions.
Skill in the use of MS Office and presentation software Partners HealthCare is an Equal Opportunity Employer & by embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law.