Under limited direction, the Project Manager will coordinate and oversee execution of research projects and perform complex research related duties and tasks regarding the evaluation of the California Safety-Net Population Health Management Initiative (PHMI). PHMI is a comprehensive healthcare strategy aimed at improving the overall health outcomes of Medi-Cal beneficiaries in the State of California. Launched as part of broader healthcare transformation efforts, PHMI focuses on proactive health management and enhancing population health management capacities by addressing social determinants, preventive care, and chronic disease management. Through care coordination, data analytics, and community engagement, the goal of PHMI is to enhance equitable delivery of healthcare services, reduce costs, and create a more integrated and patient-centered approach to managing the health of California’s diverse population. The role of the University of Chicago is in the evaluation of this initiative through a multi-year, mixed methods analysis around the implementation process of PHMI and the achievement of its intended goals.


  • Manages the day-to-day activities and the overall workflow of the projects for principal investigator.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and awareness of all project components and initiatives.
  • Assists with grant applications, proposals, and required grant reports.
  • Manages Institutional Review Board processes.
  • Provides training and oversight to the work of research support personnel, students, and volunteers.
  • Builds data collection instruments and databases.
  • Provides support to the principal investigator and research team by recruiting subjects, designing surveys, planning and conducting individual and focus group interviews and collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Plans and facilitates team meetings and webinars for on-site and off-site meetings.
  • Works independently and within teams on special non-recurring and ongoing projects.
  • Provides technical assistance to collaborators in executing research procedures and in data collection.
  • Maintains working relationships with collaborative community and research partners.
  • Maintains and manages secure shared files for off-site and on-site management of research instruments and study documents.
  • Manages project equipment and supplies.
  • Collects, cleans, and maintains datasets. Analyzes data with assistance and guidance from statisticians.
  • Oversees budget and purchase of study related materials.
  • Performs literature searches and contributes to writing manuscripts.
  • Presents research findings at staff meetings, seminars, and scientific conferences.
  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


Advanced degree in public health, health policy, health administration, or related field.



Previous relevant research experience.


Preferred Competencies

  • Impeccable problem-solving/analytic skills with an ongoing attention to detail.
  • Excellent proven writing and editing skills and synthesize and translate complicated material into clear and simple language.
  • Excellent proven verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Superb organizational, time management and prioritization skills and proven experience coordinating a variety of activities in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated project management and leadership skills.
  • Train others.
  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field.
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.

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