American Heart Association

  • Project Director, One Brave Idea

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Posted Date 2 months ago(11/9/2018 2:29 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Job Family Group
    Science and Research
    Job Category
    Science & Research
  • Overview

    Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?


    The American Heart Association has a strong vision for transforming the health of Americans throughout the nation. One of the many pioneering efforts the AHA is creating to fulfill our vision is through a groundbreaking research enterprise focused on preventing or reversing coronary heart disease and, ultimately, improving and restoring cardiovascular health.  One Brave Idea™ marks the start of a bold and new chapter as the largest one-time investment in a team with a focus to end coronary heart disease (CHD).   


    Making a game-changing impact in CHD requires new thinking about how to investigate its deepest roots. That’s the impetus behind the American Heart Association’s One Brave Idea™. Through One Brave Idea initiative, the AHA and partners Verily and AstraZeneca will drive improved patient outcomes through best-in-class innovation.


    The Project Director is responsible for the tactical planning, creation, and execution of the One Brave Idea project.  Responsible for applying project management best practices and tools to enable on-time / on-budget project delivery. Responsible for identifying and developing effective strategies and tools to communicate various aspects of One Brave Idea to key stakeholders, both internal and external. Responsible for facilitation and collaboration with the One Brave Idea™ Team Leader, members of his One Brave Idea Team, and the One Brave Idea research staff to track and communicate regarding various projects, including status, costs, milestones and deliverables. 



    • Translates the One Brave Idea concept and business model into project plans and implementation tools. Communicates and facilitates short- and long-term, multi-year project timeline and resource requirements.  
    • Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to execute project plans and optimize utilization of the One Brave Idea model. Ensures project and resources meet sponsors and funding organizations offerings, assets and expertise.
    • Directs, tracks and communicates project delivery milestones, status and outcomes. Provides consistent and cohesive information to the Joint Leadership Group for One Brave Idea™.
    • Oversees and monitors the financial status of project activities, funding sources and reporting metrics, targets, and results.
    • Researches, identifies, and executes strategic marketing and communications plans to optimize and effectively increase outreach efforts and activities/events.  Presents and implements traditional and digital marketing plans to increase visibility and brand presence.
    • Develops and ensures delivery of comprehensive evaluation and tracking plan including metrics and targets for all marketing and outreach efforts. Provides regular progress and effectiveness reports for finances, project measures, and marketing, including public relations and advertising to engage appropriate target audiences.



    Education: BA/BS is required, ideally in healthcare administration, public health, health sciences, or clinic administration. Advanced degree and/or PMP certification is plus.

    Minimum 5-8 years in program and project management, communications and/or related fields. Experience and proven leadership in developing and executing complex cross-matrix, multi-year projects preferred

    Minimum 2-3 years in a strategic business role.

    2-3 years’ experience of stakeholder management.

    Experience in health science and/or medical program planning strongly preferred.


    Skills and Competencies:

    • Attitude & Commitment – you are a passionate, resourceful and productive achiever that is a pleasure to be around;
    • Priority Setting – you define clear action steps and manage expectations of others
    • Creative Thinking & Problem Solving – you recognize the relevancy of your ideas to the big picture, demonstrate original thinking and make an impact on your team
    • Dependability – you are self-motivated to deliver the highest quality work, on time and budget
    • Leadership Ability – you take initiative, motivate others and assume accountability for your actions
    • Communication – you use organized, constructive communication to facilitate great work
    • Strategic planning skills to develop/implement plans, (including risk mitigation / contingency planning)
    • Proven ability to lead and produce results in a matrix environment – you are able to "Lead without Authority”
    • Execution driven – you are a “Good finisher"
    • Strong Communication / Collaboration Skills, including
      • Ability to communicate and manage stakeholders across functions and at various levels, including comfort-level with executives.
      • Ability to communicate multi-disciplinary and scientific / technical information, including to senior level stakeholders.
      • Actively negotiate and influence across areas to promote high performance, including comfort level to challenge teams
      • Team player/people orientated.  Ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships across business areas (i.e. including with Commercial and Global teams)
      • Strong Facilitation skills.
    • Demonstrates knowledge/experience in annual business cycles and budget management
    • Demonstrated proficiency in all Microsoft applications and PowerPoint.
    • Ability to travel up to 30% of time with overnight stays


    Click on “Apply for this job online” to submit your online application or “Log back in!” if you are a returning applicant. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.


    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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