Associate Director

Title: Associate Director (0.50-0.75 FTE)


The Center for Primary Care (Center) was founded in 2010 to strengthen primary care education and innovation at Harvard Medical School. Over the past 8 years, the Center has grown successfully by facilitating innovations in practices, conducting original research by studying exemplar primary care systems, launching new training programs, assisting with curricular change at HMS, supporting entrepreneurs in primary care delivery, and engaging students.

In particular, the Center leads a primary care learning collaborative focused on primary care transformation; the collaborative includes members from across 7 HMS affiliated entities, Tufts and Boston Medical Center. The Center developed a conceptual framework for exemplar primary care systems in conjunction with creating a series of cases that are being used in an elective for medical students and in the Center’s executive education programs . Center research has also focused on studying the impact of new approaches to payment on primary care practice structure and finances. Center faculty contributed to building a new curriculum at HMS that positions primary care as the foundation of medical education; Center faculty have also created new leadership courses. In addition, the Center has built programs to support innovation and entrepreneurship in primary care. Most importantly, the Center has captured the enthusiasm of Harvard students who influence and help lead the work of the Center through the Center’s student leadership committee; students are also integrated in the Center’s research and educational activities.

As the Center prepares for its next phase of growth and impact, it is recruiting an exceptional faculty member to join our team as Associate Director (AD). The AD will serve as faculty lead on the Center’s work in primary care systems transformation and a new focus on implementation science, both locally and globally.


The AD will report to the Faculty Director (Director) of the Center for Primary Care and will work closely with the Director and Executive Director to refine and implement the Center’s strategy to meet the goals of Harvard Medical School as well as the local, national and global primary care community. The AD will also contribute to the career development of faculty and staff within the Center and help ensure a team-based, nimble, mission-driven culture with open communication, and shared responsibility for achieving the Center’s mission, goals and financial sustainability.

Key areas of responsibility are as follows:
Strategic planning and fundraising
 Lead and participate in Center strategic planning initiatives, focusing on new and existing program areas and funding opportunities
 Collaborate with the Director, Executive Director, and program leaders to refine the Center’s strategic plan to achieve mission, enhance impact and ensure financial sustainability
 Participate in fundraising efforts through new business development, philanthropy, and grant writing
 Identify speaking and publishing opportunities to disseminate the Center’s work
 Build strategic partnerships with funders and funding partners
Implementation science and systems transformation  Serve as the faculty leader for the Center’s implementation science and systems transformation strategy and portfolio of work  Expand the Center’s implementation science portfolio, seeking grants and funding for novel research in delivery science, implementation and improvement  Develop a research plan for implementation science and systems transformation, working with the Director and Research Director to identify key areas for research in primary care  Work with the staff Director of Systems Transformation to build a program-level strategic plan, evaluate program and funding opportunities, and secure sustainable funding sources including grants, philanthropy, and tuition  Recruit and mentor faculty for research, teaching and transformation work Teaching, training and education  Serve as a clinician expert and faculty for our leadership training portfolio which will include leadership programs paired with practice transformation efforts, training for improvement teams, and training for clinical teams in primary care  Create a Master’s level program related to Primary Care  Teach and mentor medical students and residents

Center leadership and administrative responsibilities
 Participate in Center leadership meetings, staff meetings, retreats, and planning sessions
 Identify and engage speakers for Center-telated activities
 Mentor and manage primary care faculty
 Help build relationships within partner organizations and Harvard schools and students including FAS, HBS, HSPH, GSD, and HKS
Basic Qualifications

Candidates should already hold, or be eligible for, a Harvard Medical School Faculty Appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Candidates should actively practice in primary care and have experience mentoring students in an academic setting. She/he should have experience in medical home transformation, quality improvement methodologies, implementation science and leadership training for students and frontline primary care providers. Candidates should have a record of grant support or funded research and scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals, particularly in the areas of primary care transformation, implementation science, improvement methodologies or leadership development.

Additional Qualifications

Successful candidates will have engaging interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to deal effectively with senior-level managers, clinicians, and a variety of key stakeholders including scientists, scholars, policymakers, and high-level leaders in the public, non-profit, and private sectors both in the US and internationally. She/he will have superior interpersonal and communication skills and a passion for primary care, education, innovation, and leadership. Successful candidates will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and an ability to navigate a complex academic environment, including creativity in managing through transition and in managing teams across disciplines, departments, and institutions. Master’s level training in related field also desirable but not required. US and international travel is anticipated.

Candidates will be required to submit a full CV and statement of interest (cover letter). Candidates will also be asked to describe leadership role(s) in transforming primary care through education, research, policy, implementation science and/or quality improvement work and provide a summary of any current or past grant support. Candidates will also be required to provide names and contact information of three references.

To apply for this position, please send CV, statement of interest (cover letter) and above supporting documents/information to Catharine Smith, Executive Director, Center for Primary Care,

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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