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Director, HEOR, Optum Genomics -Telecommute job at UnitedHealth Group, Indianapolis

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UnitedHealth Group is a company that's on the rise. We're expanding in multiple directions, across borders and, most of all, in the way we think. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about transforming the health care industry. Ready to make a difference? Make yourself at home with us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)

Optum Labs is the research and development arm of UnitedHealth Group. We're a diverse team of curious thinkers and experts in big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and scientific and clinical research searching for new ways to help people live healthier lives. We partner with world leaders in health care delivery, research, and technology to create disruptive solutions that serve patients, caregivers, providers, and commercial and government payers. 
More equitable, effective, and affordable health care - that's our goal. We aren't just trying to improve the care an individual receives. We're building a future where the health care system works better for everyone. 

You’ll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The Director of Research designs and executes on a portfolio of research studies to explore how to advance the quadruple aim through strategic use of genetic testing in healthcare delivery. The Director is responsible for oversight and conduct of research of the highest quality.  Work is conducted in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, academic/industry partnership environment which requires appreciation of diversity of perspectives and excellent communication skills. Energetic leadership, creative thinking, and internal drive are a must.  We hire talented people for challenging jobs and expect a high level of independence and adaptability.
  • Provide senior consultation to client organizations on fit-for-purpose research designs to achieve strategic objectives
  • Lead proposal development
  • Design and oversee execution of studies and research projects
  • Develop collaborative relationships with internal and external experts to support the research agenda
  • Advance dissemination of results via published manuscripts, professional conferences, and internal presentations
  • Support identification and acquisition of specific data resources and technologies required to support a research agenda
  • Oversee project teams and manage study timelines 
  • Mentor and train new research staff as needed

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in health services research (HSR), health economics, epidemiology, sociology, psychology or equivalent, or PharmD or MD
  • 8+ years of healthcare economics and outcomes research (HEOR) experience 
  • 8+ years of research experience with claims data, EHR, and other observational data assets
  • Experience conducting health economics, epidemiological, comparative effectiveness, population management, or related research in various disease or policy areas
  • Established record of independently designing, leading, and conducting HEOR) projects 
  • Demonstrated experience in data-driven research
  • Record of publication in peer-reviewed literature and presentation at national conferences 
  • Demonstrated experience managing all aspects of HEOR projects including management of teams across multiple functional areas 
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in health services research (HSR), health economics, epidemiology, sociology, psychology or equivalent, or PharmD or MD
  • Experience designing research studies involving collection of patient-reported outcomes using survey research methodologies 
  • Expertise in a specific therapeutic area (e.g., oncology, cardio-metabolic, rare disease)
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, particularly to audiences of varying skill levels
  • Solid interpersonal savvy and the ability to build relationships both internally and outside the enterprise 

TRAVEL: Post-COVID, travel is required for this role and varies throughout the year (largely centered around external research partners and conference presentations) - less than 10%

At Optum Labs, we are dedicated to building teams where every individual is recognized for their unique experience and contributions. Our Leadership Principles underscore our commitment to inclusion, encouraging us to “walk in each other’s shoes” and open doors for our peers. 

UnitedHealth Group supports local, regional, and national organizations that share these values through joint initiatives, event and program participation, volunteerism and giving. Through our Connected Communities, employees can connect with others who have similar – or different – life experiences and backgrounds. These groups are led by peers, supported by Human Capital, and championed by leaders.

Managers at every level are committed to their roles as talent stewards who help guide and nurture professional development. We want our employees to reach their highest level of potential just as they help us reach ours. 

At Optum Labs, employees are our first customers. That’s why we offer virtual work environments – to provide work/life flexibility via telecommuting. While it can be a struggle to be a telecommuter, it can also provide enormous benefits for your personal and professional life.


UnitedHealth Group requires all new hires and employees to report their COVID-19 vaccination status.

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment.

Careers at UnitedHealth Group. We have modest goals: Improve the lives of others. Change the landscape of health care forever. Leave the world a better place than we found it. Such aspirations tend to attract a certain type of person. Crazy talented. Compassionate. Driven. To these select few, we offer the global reach, resources and can-do culture of a Fortune 5 company. We provide an environment where you're empowered to be your best. We encourage you to take risks. And we offer a world of rewards and benefits for performance. We believe the most important is the opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado residents is $134,200 to $257,700. The salary range for Connecticut / Nevada residents is $134,200 to $257,700. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you’ll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives.

*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

Job country: United States

City: Indianapolis

Category: Natural Sciences Managers

Location: Indianapolis, IN, United States

Job posted 2022-06-04

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