Program Manager, Continued Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) @ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)

February 9, 2020

rogram Manager - Continued Umbrella of Research Experiences, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute



The Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities (IECD) is a center-wide initiative to address cancer disparities and health inequities through research, education and training. Launched in 2002, under the direction of the IECD, the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center provides students from under-represented backgrounds with a stimulation and rewarding hands-on cancer research experience.


The CURE Program Manager has a primary responsibility for developing, managing and coordinating the activities related to the research training efforts focused on enhancing the pipeline of under-represented students in biomedical research across the seven institutions which encompass Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. The program manager is responsible for the program elements across three research training programs including the inaugural program, Continued Umbrella of Research Experiences, (CURE), Young Empowered Scientists for ContinUed Research Engagement (YES for CURE), and the Summer Program to Advance Research Careers (SPARC). The position has direct supervision of over 90 trainees during the summer and 40+ trainees during the academic year.


Program Management & Oversight

  • Management and oversight of the day to day administrative functions and operations of the research training initiatives including all associated components.
  • Develop and implement marketing and outreach strategies that will result in a broad dissemination of cancer-related research training opportunities used to attract student participation.
  • Create a plan to recruit, evaluate and select prospective students interested in research training including, but not limited to application, research placement and onboarding, etc.
  • Develop a process to understand, communicate and ensure compliance of the hiring and onboarding requirements for the seven DF/HCC institutions.
  • Participate in the planning, development and implementation of research training components including scientific seminars, skills and solutions curriculum, research skills and selection of journal club articles. Collaborate in identifying topics and speakers for scientific and professional development seminars. Routinely designs and facilitates science-related and non-science workshops for a variety of audiences including CURE trainees, cancer center faculty, pre and post graduate trainees.
  • Coordinate a strategy to recruit, train, evaluate and retain research mentors from across DF/HCC institutions.
  • Act as a resource to students and mentors.
  • Create linkages across other student training programs by sharing insight and best practices.

Faculty and Career Development

  • Explore, generate and coordinate opportunities for graduate students and post doctoral trainees to participate in career development activities such as facilitation of Skills and Solutions, journal clubs, guest lecturer, teaching fellowship, Lunch Clubs, and mentor training opportunities.

Student Tracking and Data Analysis

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive approach to evaluate effectiveness of training programs.
  • Understand and administer survey and measurement tools requiring ongoing and timely distribution to track students, ensuring a high level of compliance.
  • Create reports based on student and program metrics including student demographics, survey and evaluation findings.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with external evaluators to assist in substantiating the efficacy of CURE programming.


  • Assist in the development and maintenance of the administrative infrastructure to support the operations of the Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities
  • Coordinate mentor and trainee trainings and orientations.


  • Oversee and ensure appropriate student and resource distribution between research projects, cost centers and institutions.
  • Explore and apply for internal (Philanthropic Dept.) and external funding to support research training programming.


  • Facilitate ongoing communications with mentors and trainees.
  • Assist with the preparation articles on the impact of research training and it effectiveness in diversifying the workforce.
  • Monitor student progress and student interactions with mentors through site visits.
  • Provide communications to the Deputy Associate Director of the Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities


  • Supervise and oversee a full-time Program Specialist
  • Supervise annually over 90 trainees during the summer and 40+ trainees during the academic year.


  • Master’s Degree in science, health science, education or a related field. Preferred advanced degree in the biomedical sciences or other health related field.
  • Five or more years of program management experience focused in science education and research training.
  • Experience with key program elements including curriculum development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage, supervise and work with students from traditionally under-represented populations.
  • Proven ability to work with a variety of internal and external constituents across multiple organizations.



  • Strong administration, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in responding with promptness and accuracy in complex and dynamic environments and while ensuring a commitment to high quality program delivery.
  • Excellent communication skills: written, oral and interpersonal
  • Ability to plan, organize, and arrange various program related events.
  • Knowledge of databases and data management systems
  • Strong computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft Office.
  • Prior knowledge of Harvard‘s academic and hospital institutions is strongly preferred.
  • Flexibility in scheduling needed: some week-end and evening meetings and events are required.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.