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American Heart Association Chief of Clinical Science in Greensboro, North Carolina


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Clinical research holds untold potential to advance biomedical science in the US, but continues to be prohibitively expensive, difficult to evaluate and monitor, and subject to bias as mobile health technology and precision medicine increasingly take center-stage. As a new era of highly inter-connected yet individualized public health approaches, insufficient participation in clinical trials and the complex interplay of influencing factors on enrollment and retention remain urgent challenges. Recognizing these shortcomings, the American Heart Association (AHA) is currently seeking innovations to put the patient/consumer and his/her data at the center of medical research to help accelerate the design and conduct of clinical trials.

The AHA is unique in its position at the intersection of scientific research, patient engagement, healthcare system engagement, technology, public outreach, and quality improvement to yield novel approaches rapidly and efficiently to clinical research and trials, the formal evaluation of health technology, and innovative patient engagement approaches.

Notably, patients/consumers within the AHA have demonstrated a strong willingness to engage in a more connected manner with the research community, participate in clinical trials, and donate their unique experiences and health data in gestures of philanthropy and empowerment. The research potential provided by these recruitment portals can accelerate the science AHA has invested in and support our long-term research collaborators whose intellect and ingenuity will lead the way in better outcomes for the cardiovascular and stroke patients, and health consumers we collectively serve.

Innovating in the new healthcare economy will require modernizing care delivery, redefining the role of patients in their own care, engaging consumers in their maintenance of health, as well as developing new partnerships to convene industry leaders in health and technology to foster dialogue and inspire increased collaboration through new research and clinical models.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Chief of Clinical Science for Science and Research Operations .

In this role, you will lead our organization into the next level of clinical science and healthcare innovation. The Chief of Clinical Science will serve as the AHA’s lead clinical science expert and provide valuable strategic input into our interactions with technology organizations, industry, foundations, and governmental research institutes; to design research opportunities, studies and projects that will further our mission and catalyze the work of others in this space.

The Chief of Clinical Science will report to the Chief Science and Medical Officer and serve as a valued member of the AHA’s staff executive leadership team. The position will work with other senior staff and leadership volunteers to develop and oversee the following areas:

Essential Job Duties:

  1. Build the clinical research strategy for AHA and serve as clinical science staff lead for other external clinical science studies and identify opportunities to expand AHA’s footprint in this area

  2. Create an overall strategy that includes recruitment of potential partners to develop research studies that can create an evidence base for use of new technology approaches designed to improve and sustain health

  3. Partner with the CEO and other staff executives on strategy formulation and implementation of the AHA’s Strategic Business Relationship with Apple, which includes several initiatives designed to improve health and the design of research studies

  4. Research Goes Red - an initiative calling on women across the United States to contribute to the next-generation of heart and stroke research in partnership with Verily

  5. Lead the research agenda, in conjunction with the Principal Investigator, the Scientific Oversight Committee, the Scientific Advisory Group, and key staff at Verily to assure that the registry of women are engaged in next generation research studies

  6. Build the number of women in Research Goes Red by working collaboratively with the AHA’s EVP for Marketing and with Verily on marketing strategies while coordinating directly with the leads of AHA programs and campaigns where AHA data sources and constituents exist that are targets for deeper recruitment into this consumer research network

  7. Determine mechanisms for integrating clinical trials recruitment strategies into the network, collaborating with important partners like the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the National Genome Research Institute

  8. Serve as the AHA clinical lead of the Research Goes Red team to achieve desired recruitment goals and assure that appropriate technologies and built-in updates are utilized to maintain regular contact with study participants

  9. Serve as key relationship leader with Verily’ s Chief Science and Medical Officer to assure alignment on vision, strategy, recruitment, science and other expansion opportunities.

  10. Develop strategies to enable study participants to have regular input, access to their data, and enhance value from their participation with AHA

  11. Identify and help secure financial sponsors for collaborative research studies utilizing the Research Goes Red platform

  12. Identify, recruit, and engage partners that are uniquely positioned with influence and reach to amplify the AHA's efforts to achieving our goals for the consumer-centered research collaborative.

  13. Partner with SVP of Portfolio Management and other key AHA stakeholders to develop and implement a strategy for patient/consumer engagement in research studies beyond Research Goes Red– either AHA studies or those in a collaborative partnership with AHA (ex: technology, healthcare systems, academia, industry)

  14. Serve as the AHA’s Clinical lead on AHA quality initiative data strategies in partnership with Chief of Mission Aligned Businesses and in coordination with the Chief Science and Medical Officer, as well as other key stakeholders

  15. Provide staff guidance to the Quality Improvement/ Get with the Guidelines team to assure the scientific rigor for studies and publications where AHA data is utilized

  16. Work with Quality Improvement Staff to create studies and secure sponsorships from Industry and assure ongoing rigor in study design, implementation, and publication

  17. In conjunction with the Chief of Mission Aligned Businesses, and other executive staff, lead the development of a strategy for monetization of AHA’s data assets across the organization.

  18. Serve as a key resource for the SVP of Corporate Relations on strategies to engage Industry in activities of the AHA that benefit AHA’s mission and goals

  19. Serves as the science/clinical advisor for the Value in Healthcare Roundtable and other priority leadership convenings

  20. Serves as the science advisor for the AHA’s Center for Health Technology & Innovation which fosters cross-industry collaboration to engage and harness healthcare technology solutions to improve health outcomes.

  21. Serve as AHA’s science/ medicine staff liaison with the science/ medical staff of NHLBI, NINDS, FDA and other government agencies on clinical research issues

  22. Work collaboratively with the Chief Science and Medical Officer and the Chief Medical Officer for Prevention on other clinical activities of AHA, and other duties as assigned

  23. Develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal business units of AHA including Science Operations, Research Enterprise, Development, Communications, Advocacy, Quality Improvement, Corporate Relations, Marketing and Mission Advancement

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


  • MD and/or PhD in medicine or life sciences

  • Minimum ten (10) years of clinical experience caring for patients within a larger health system

  • Minimum ten (10) years of clinical and/or research experience with clinical research studies as an investigator, collaborator, DSMB, or in a management capacity

  • Thorough understanding and experience with the data infrastructure of clinical trials and related technologies used to collect data

  • Extensive understanding of platform integration, health informatics (including electronic health record (EHR)) technologies, epidemiology, public health, and a strong track record in the field of human subject data management

  • Extensive experience with data and bioinformatics that would enable the successful candidate to provide guidance and oversight for the patient powered research network.

  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience managing complex organizations or multi-site projects in a clinical research or scientific environment, ideally involving scientists

  • Minimum ten (10) years of leadership experience that foster engagement, collaboration, drivers, and outcomes

  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience creating, designing, implementing and continuous improvement of a strategic vision

Additional Requirements

  • Effective and concise communication experience and skills; oral and written

  • Domestic travel required 30% of the time. Possible occasional foreign travel

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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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-TX-Dallas

Posted Date 3 months ago (10/14/2021 6:54 PM)

Requisition ID 2020-5619

Job Family Group Science and Research

Job Category Science & Research

Additional Locations Diversity Distribution US - Top 50


Location: Greensboro,NC