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American Heart Association Program Manager - Focused Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? You bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Program Manager.

The Program Manager , Focused Research will serve as the managerial lead for new and/or unique strategic research initiatives, including but not limited to rapid response funding initiatives, Board of Directors-initiated research funding opportunities, health equity research networks and other future strategic research mechanisms funded by AHA. The program manager will have a sufficient level of scientific background and science-related work experience to oversee the entire process of research administration and communication activities, with a wide range of duties to ensure that the strategic and unique research funding mechanisms operate efficiently and effectively. This position has responsibilty for stewarding volunteer Oversight Committees and other volunteer groups as the assigned primary staff resource, to develop and implement the direction, collaboration, and ongoing communications for working with funded directors, training directors, principal investigators and other key personnel within each focused research program. Additionally, this position works closely with AHA science leaders to develop documents such as executive summaries, reports, presentations, requests for applications (RFA) and other records as needed. Additional duties include: working with mission advancement staff to develop and produce proposals and reports for new strategic initiatives, research grant program descriptions, development of website content and other essential communications.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Manages communications among funded key personnel, and serves as primary resource for program administration. Works closely with directors, principal investigators, grants officers and fiscal officers at the funded institutions to ensure successful reporting, communications, and outcomes.

  • Responsible for planning science meetings, conferences, and webinars for assigned strategic award programs. In conjunction with meetings staff, coordinates logistics and works with meetings staff to secure contracts, and meetings plans. Directs the plans for research/business updates, including web site information and other written communicaton channels.

  • Manages activities for various volunteer program committees, including primary staffing of volunteer leadership committees as assigned. This includes Oversight Advisory Committees, and other subcommittees, task forces, and working groups as assigned and required to execute programs.

  • Directs the AHA budgeting process for large, strategic awards and other focused research award programs. Administers financial information for awards in funded networks and centers, and other focused research programs, including analyzing and monitoring budgets, and auditing financial reports.

  • Develops content for applicant webinars and online training sessions for applicants and grants officers. Delivers presentations to groups on webinars and in-person meetings.

  • Serves as a liaison with other AHA departments, including finance, legal, technology, and communications to ensure that strategic and focused research programs are managed in compliance with AHA policy and mission.

  • Manages research co-funding relationships as assigned —negotiates new ones and oversees existing ones (e.g., Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and others). Provides ongoing management of relationships for identified awards. Matches available awards to sponsors’ interests.

  • Directs the completion/wrap up of awarded networks and/or large funding initiatives, including (but not limited to) developing end-of-network publications. This includes working collaboratively with other staff (e.g., Outcomes manager) and other departments (e.g., design and content/news/editorial) to produce outcomes documents and reports for the AHA Board of Directors and other key AHA audiences. Manages the process and communications of Network Directors and other Prinicpal Investigators to plan and submit their end-of-award publication to AHA journals.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


  • Bachelor's Degree in a relevant scientific discipline

  • Five (5) years of the following experience:

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills required

  • Ability to think logically to solve problems

  • Thorough knowledge and use of common office software required

  • Ability to write, edit and produce reports and other formal documents of communication

  • Three (3) years of the following experience:

  • Project management experience, with ability to juggle/complete multiple projects

  • Ability to use databases to execute queries for information

  • Ability to interpret and communicate data and information

  • Successful demonstration of volunteer coordination & management

  • Knowledge of various research programs (NIH, NHLBI, AHA)

  • Superb organizational skills

  • Ability to produce, manage and understand financial documents

Preferred Skills:

  • Two (2) years of the following experience:

  • Basic knowledge of science and scientific terminology

  • Polished presentation skills

  • Masters Degree in any science related area

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-TX-Dallas

Posted Date 1 month ago (12/9/2021 5:44 PM)

Requisition ID 2021-7868

Job Family Group Science and Research

Job Category Science & Research

Additional Locations Diversity Distribution US - Top 50


Location: Tulsa,OK