Director Improvement Science Research

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Office of Quality/Pt Care Ops
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The Director of Improvement Science Research will undertake an exciting opportunity at St. Jude! The individual will be responsible to develop a vision and strategy to increase scholarly output by faculty and staff engaged in improvement science.  This position is a critical step for St. Jude to become an academic leader in improvement science for children with catastrophic disease. This position will be expected to foster a culture that embraces rigorous improvement science methods at an institutional level. The Director will guide faculty, and staff to ensure that quality improvement initiatives meet the standard for academic peer-review. This standard is met by collaborating with researchers and establishing structure that guarantees the design, methodology, analysis, and quality of scientific writing of improvement science efforts meets or exceeds scientific norms. 


We are looking for someone who takes initiative and enjoys building a program from the ground up. The individual will need to be able to effectively communicate to a diverse range of internal customers. The selected candidate will be also able to balance providing strategic vision for the team and able to be hands on supporting customers. If this position sounds exciting to you, we look forward to reviewing your resume and application.


  • Defines and implements a curriculum to establish and maintain an institution wide educational program on quality, patient safety, and improvement science methods
  • Supervises project managers, analysts, and others engaged in improvement science and education programs
  • Shares knowledge from St. Jude externally through professional meetings and peer-reviewed publications
  • Develops and sustains a community of faculty and staff across St. Jude who are committed to enhancing improvement science, especially through peer reviewed publication and presentations

Minimum Education

  • Masters degree in healthcare, engineering, psychology, or other field relevant to health services research
  • PhD, or other relevant doctoral degree preferred

Minimum Experience

  • Eight (8) years of experience in a healthcare setting, five (5) of which have been dedicated to patient safety, quality improvement, and/or risk management is required
  • Demonstrated track record of independent or collaborative publication and presentation is required
  • Management experience required
  • Oncology or pediatric experience preferred

Other Credentials

  • Certification in quality, patient safety, Lean or Six Sigma preferred

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