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Associate Director of Statistical Programming 61250BR Massachusetts

Company: Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research (CBAR)
Location: Brookline
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Job Description:

Associate Director of Statistical Programming

Associate Director of Statistical Programming
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Job Summary
The Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research (CBAR), an organization within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, isresponsible for the design, monitoring and statistical analysis of clinical trials and observational studies for several majornational and international NIH-funded clinical research networks. CBAR employs over 100 statisticians and epidemiologistsincluding Harvard faculty, research scientists, and staff. Investigators within CBAR have provided statistical leadership andsupport for clinical research networks for more than 30 years. Currently this includes infectious disease networks such as: theAdult AIDS Clinical Trials Groups (ACTG), the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group(IMPAACT), and the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS). Results from studies have helped to establish the paradigm forthe treatment and prevention of HIV and other infectious diseases, and contributed to international treatment and preventionguidelines.
Reporting directly to the Director of Biostatistics and Programming, the Associate Director for Programming is responsible forleading the statistical programming efforts for a busy research center. The individual will be responsible for collaborating withCBAR Leadership, project PIs, biostatisticians, and Core programmers as well as the CBAR Quality Management Team, ITprofessionals, Internal Resource Committees, external collaborators, and other colleagues in the creation, implementation, andmaintenance of statistical programming infrastructure and deliverables. The Associate Director will lead the effort to continuouslyimprove programming processes to conform to evolving industry standards and participate in the ongoing review anddevelopment of quality systems and processes, including CDISC implementation and other internal/external initiatives.

The Associate Director will manage the priorities and expectations of the CBAR Programming Core comprised of approximately10 programmers who design and implement expert macros and applications supporting protocol-specific statistical programmingand project priorities for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) and the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS ClinicalTrials Group (IMPAACT). This includes high-level programming projects, including SAS, BASH, and Python, and ad hocprotocol-specific programming requests. As the process owner for Core Applications, the Associate Director is responsible fortimely review and final approval of program specifications and requirements.

Position Description
The Associate Director will directly supervise three programming managers and other senior Core programming staff.Responsibilities also include personnel decision making at all levels of the Core, including hiring, promotion recommendations,and disciplinary actions. This position mentors programming staff and coordinates with CBAR Training Committee with respectto the training needs of masters and doctoral-level statisticians and epidemiologists.
This individual must possess extensive experience and proven skills in the use of SAS within a Statistical Programmingenvironment and complete knowledge and understanding of the statistical programming processes, procedures, and roles. Thisindividual will use knowledge of CDISC SDTM and ADaM standards to support Biostatistics in statistical analysis. Additionally,the successful candidate will use their strong people management skills and supervisory skills to provide direct linemanagement to the statistical programmers, identify training needs and opportunities for optimizing staff utilization andemploying the most efficient practices.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Signatory for CBAR Programming SOPs with responsibility for document revisions, CAPA management, response tointernal audit, statistical programming representative for external audit / inspection

Lead Programming Core priorities and commitments, including assessment of new applications, needs of statisticians and requirements, allocation of resources for ad-hoc projects, review, and final approval of program specifications andrequirements.
Manage, cultivate, and establish requirements for a pipeline of statistical programming projects. Projects may include macro and script development to support the work of biostatistics teams, study-specific work, standardization efforts, ad-hoc projects, etc.
Directly supervise the Manager of Programming Systems, the Manager of Programmer Development, and the Chief Data Administrator providing oversight for advanced application design and planning, Core programmer training, andclinical data standardization, respectively
Collaborate with the CBAR IT team to ensure thorough and smooth testing associated with critical hardware andsoftware updates

Primary liaison with the ACTG/IMPAACT Data Management Center in Amherst, NY; responsible to ensure theharmonization of programming systems and deliverables between the two organizations

Supporting statisticians and epidemiologists with external collaborators to ensure efficient and secure data transfer

Coordinate with the CBAR Training Committee with respect to the training needs of master- and doctoral-levelstatisticians and epidemiologists

Please attach the following when applying: 1) Resume, 2) Cover letter, 3) Sample of SAS code (solely created by theapplicant), and 4) Names and email contact information for three (3) professional references.

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of November 30, 2027 with the possibility for extension. It is also a hybrid position and will be based in Boston, MA. Additional detail pertaining to this position will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington).
Basic Qualifications

Minimum of 7 years' post-secondary education or relevant work experience is required
Supervisory experience is required

Please attach the following when applying: 1) Resume, 2) Cover letter, 3) Sample of SAS code (solely created by the applicant), and 4) Names and email contact information for three (3) professional references.

Additional Qualifications and Skills
Preferred Education (i.e. - Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, etc.)
Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or a related field.
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
Experience working with all levels of management and consulting with key business stakeholders.

An ability to influence for greater outcomes.
Proven leadership skills with prior management and extensive supervisory experience. Proven history of managing programming capability and projects in a research setting.
Experience with SAS, Bash, Linux, and Python are highly desirable.
Excellent knowledge of clinical trial research methodologies, CDISC, ICH, GCP, and 21 CFR Part 11 rules and regulations.

At least seven years of high-level statistical programming skills in a clinical data environment or research setting,preferably with clinical trial data.

Proven skills in the use of SAS and a scripting language within a Statistical Programming environment preferably with clinical trial data.

Strong team player that has a customer service approach and is solution-oriented.

Attention to detail and the ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team, as well as with external partnersand vendors.

Strong written and verbal communication skills; technical writing experience is desirable.
The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments

Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion

Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals

Additional Information

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off
: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal daysper year.

: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of anemployee's start date.

: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs
: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted optionsthrough participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.

: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assistemployees in their daily commute.

Wellness & Professional Development
: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard& soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services.Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural andleisure activities throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part ofthe oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 180 day orientation and review period.
Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary seriesCOVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage
Harvard University HealthServices employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by theCDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may befound on the University's
COVID-19 Information Website
We invite you to visit
Harvard's Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
Paid Time Off:
3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

Health and Welfare:
Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

Work/Life and Wellness:
Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistance Program:
Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

Job Function
Information Technology, Research, Technical

Job Code
384359 Sys Prog/Analysis/Admin Sr Department
Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research
Time Status
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Tuition Reimbursement:
Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

Professional Development:
Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

Commuting and Transportation:
Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks:
Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston
Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)
Salary Grade
Appointment End Date
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achievinginclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive tocreate a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities,life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.
EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status,protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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