American Heart Association Research Operations Manager, Brain Health in Dallas, Texas


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The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Research Operations Manager, Brain Health in our National Center office located in Dallas, TX .

The Research Operations Manager is responsible for leading and directing activities for the assigned research initiative, award program or related funding. Additional responsibilities include overseeing research applications, award communications, financial administration and operations as well as consulting on assigned research areas with Principal Investigators, volunteers and committee members to ensure awards are reviewed and administered efficiently and effectively following AHA policies and best practices.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Serve as primary liaison between AHA and Principal Investigators and Institutional Officers, to ensure effective communications and post-award management is effective and efficient, including required reporting for scientific progress and other milestones (e.g., recruitment).

  • Direct, plan, develop, and execute all meetings for this initiative, across the lifespan. Organize and facilitate annual science meetings with the awardees and JLG members and other key leaders/volunteers as appropriate, semi-annual meetings of the JLG (in executive session) and with awardees, and other gatherings such as the launch event. Plan and implement reverse site visits as outlined in the agreement.

  • Oversee the initiative’s budget throughout the term. Work closely with AHA grants administration to ensure funds for management oversight are expended appropriately. Oversee awardee(s) annual financial expenditure reports to ensure compliance with the terms of the award(s). Provide primary staffing to the Joint Leadership Group (JLG), including the development of agendas and topics for discussion, working in concert with the chair/co-chair of the JLG to ensure successful leadership and ongoing monitoring of the initiative, in compliance with the executed agreement.

  • Direct the development and implementation of all public-facing documents and promotional materials for the joint initiative including requests for applications, news releases, instructions to applicants/awardees, post-award guides, and other management documents as necessary or required.

  • Oversee the regulatory compliance of the awardees, such as approvals by Human Subjects, IRB approvals and consent forms, as well as institutional approvals for vertebrate animal research protocols. Ensure that intellectual property policies of AHA are followed. Supervise program coordinator for related administrative tasks. Collaborate with strategically-focused program managers within AHA research operations, to ensure consistency and compatibility of practices and guidelines. Cross-train staff as needed.

  • Engage and coordinate with AHA Meetings management staff to ensure all meetings and conferences are executed effectively and efficiently.

  • Provide management and/or oversight of other AHA research initiatives as requested.

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


  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Business, or other related area, with extensive experience in managing volunteers, as well as the performance of biomedical research programs.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of:

  • Scientific/research experience including management of research projects.

  • Project management experience including remote management of 10 – 15 off site primary locations.

  • Experience working with high-level staff (C-Suite) and science volunteer leaders.

  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communications

  • Financial acumen / budget development / budget management / financial reporting

  • Ability to use common software required for job (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

  • Knowledge of regulatory approval processes and research studies management (animals & humans).

  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 10% of the time.

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Master’s degree in related field.

  • Ability to think logically and solve problems

  • Ability to analyze data and interpret into narrative form.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?

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