Reports to: Director of Research, Vaccine Acceptance & Demand
Location: Office in Washington, DC; Option to Work Remotely in US Only
 
Why Sabin:
 
Our mission is to make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe. We seek a future free from vaccine-preventable diseases. We are an innovative, collaborative and engaged team that values accountability, teamwork, partnership and driving impact. We are vaccine champions improving lives through immunization. Sabin staff, management and Board of Trustees are committed to developing a diverse, equitable and inclusive team.
 
Position Summary:
 
The Senior Manager of Research, Vaccine Acceptance & Demand works to support the Vaccine Acceptance & Demand workstream that is driving and applying interdisciplinary approaches from the social and behavioral sciences to explore vaccination-related dynamics and the implications for interventions and policies aimed at improving vaccination programs and uptake. This work is chiefly conducted through the Social and Behavioral Research Grants Program and the Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN). The Senior Manager has expertise in social and behavioral sciences and experience working with interdisciplinary teams exploring global health research and implementation efforts related to vaccination and related social determinants of health. The Senior Manager leads key areas of program design and implementation, research projects and grants management, and the building and fostering of partnerships and global networks of relevant researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders.  
 
Responsibilities:
 
Research and Technical Writing
• In collaboration with Sabin-managed network members and the Director of Research, design and develop research programming priorities to inform grant-based and collaborative research investments and partnerships 
• Advise and assist in the development of grant partner research activities (proposals, protocols, trainings, manuscripts, policy briefs, etc.) in coordination with the Director of Research 
• Analyze and synthesize research findings across VAD-funded projects and conduct interdisciplinary literature reviews to identify connections to existing scholarship across social and behavioral sciences disciplines and opportunities for future research 
• Produce peer-reviewed manuscripts, policy briefs, thought-leadership content and other accessible outputs targeting academic, policy, program and practice stakeholders 
• Collaborate with the other VAD team members to identify and disseminate relevant content for the program’s virtual Resource Hub
• Collaborate with the Communications Team in developing and communicating in various media formats; assist in the development and review of advocacy and technical materials
 
Partnerships and Collaboration
• Leading collaborations with other to develop dissemination and implementation strategies for the outputs from Knowledge programming research
• Grow and develop partnerships bridging global public health and social and behavioral sciences researchers, including academics and practitioners, to strengthen interdisciplinary engagement with Sabin’s research-to-action agenda 
• Leverage partnerships and related networks to grow grant- and research-based programming and VARN membership 
• Represent Sabin in global health and social/behavioral sciences events, conferences, working groups, and meetings
• Provide thought leadership through published content, as well as participation in conference panels, webinars, and other public-facing events
 
Programming and Operations Management
• In close coordination with the VAD Director of Research and Global Immunization Vice President(s), manage Sabin’s Vaccine Acceptance and Demand Research programming, ensuring that deliverables are on time and in budget
• Supervise, mentor, coach, and train supporting team members, as assigned
• Lead the Social and Behavioral Research Grants Program, including: development and strategic dissemination of a call for proposals (CFP); management of the grant review process; management of grant research and partner engagement in collaboration with the Director of Research; coordination of supporting grants management staff  
• Direct VARN programming, including: growth of the Network’s membership base and structure; hosting of an annual conference and time-bound working groups; and management of VARN member partner relations and resources
• Manage contracts, grants, sub-grants and budgets in close coordination with Sabin’s Financial Management team
• Support proposal writing to grow areas of program focus and impact, in collaboration with the Sabin Resource Development team 
• Support the development and implementation of strategies that will maximize cross-Sabin programming and optimize organizational impact
• Support the preparation and delivery of written reports and presentations on VAD programming to the Board, Sabin leadership, and donors, and external partners and stakeholders
• Other related duties, as assigned
 
Requirements:
 
• Advanced degree in a related field of social or behavioral research, medical anthropology, or public health 
• 9+ years relevant experience, preferably in the design and management of applied or implementation research in the fields of social or behavioral sciences, global public health, or another related field
• A demonstrated record of professional experience in the field of social/behavioral research, ideally with an application to international development, public health or other health related field
• Strong project management skills and proven experience with research grants; grants management experience, including experience with Monday.com; Salesforce; and Wize Hive platforms preferred 
• Proven experience in managing partnership relations, experience with the social/behavioral science community preferred
• Strategy and work plan development and execution experience
• Excellent verbal and written communicator with ability to tailor approach toward the perspective of others; public speaking experience preferred
• Ability to interact effectively with individuals at all levels, including Boards of Trustees, coalition partners, staff and organizational contacts; excellent at working closely with others over geographical distance
• Budget oversight and decision-making experience; ability to identify risks and skilled at contingency planning
• Experience managing, mentoring and coaching people; able to build relationships and understand what motivates others
• Demonstrated ability to operate with purpose and accuracy to develop time-bound and value-add project deliverables 
• Strong attention to detail, ability to manage and organize complex tasks, flexible, dependable and able to prioritize competing demands to meet established timelines 
• Must demonstrate interest in furthering Sabin’s mission
• Ability to travel with notice
 
Other:
 
• Subject to a criminal background investigation 
• Request for three professional references
• Verification of education/degrees
 
Attributes that Are Important to Sabin:
 
• Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
• Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking
• Decision-Making
• Communication and Professionalism
• Initiative and Ownership
• Productivity and Quality Control
• Professional Development/Personal Learning
 
 
How to Apply: 
 
To be considered, please submit your cover letter, resume and a writing sample via e-mail to [email protected] Please be sure to reference “Senior Manager of Research, VAD” in the subject line. Your cover letter should: (1) address the reasons for your interest in this position; and, (2) describe the knowledge, skills and abilities you would bring the Sabin Vaccine Institute. No phone calls, please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
 
Salary and title commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sabin Vaccine Institute has a generous benefits package (see https://www.sabin.org/careers/employee-benefits).
 
Sabin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or genetic information, sex (including gender identity, pregnancy or sexual orientation), marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.