Vanderbilt University Medical Center Project Manager in Nashville, Tennessee


RequisitionNumber 1803143

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This position with the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance will be located at the Biomedical Sciences Building at 1005 Dr. D. B. Todd Jr. Blvd; Nashville, TN 37208. The Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance develops and supports collaborative initiatives. It has provided opportunities for collaboration between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and for collaboration with projects in the community. The elimination of health disparities is a major focus of Alliance Projects. Dr. Consuelo H. Wilkins assumed the role of Executive Director on June 1, 2012, and leads the Alliance in expanding its community-engaged research initiatives while continuing to cultivate its existing programs. For more information, please visit .

Your Role:

In this pivotal, rewarding role, you will bring your project management skills to support complex research projects in community engaged research, population health science, and translational research in the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) at . Under direct supervision, you would oversee small projects or phases of larger projects. You would be responsible for coordinating activities of project team, identifying appropriate resources needed, and developing schedules to ensure timely completion of project. You would effectively coordinate the activities of each project team by becoming familiar with system scope and project objectives, as well as the role and function of each team member. You would demonstrate good communication, organization, and team building skills.

On a day to day basis, you would be

  1. ProjectPlanning – developing and tracking project milestones and deliverables,passing progress information to the project lead or PI.

  2. ProjectManagement - organizing and managing resources to bring about thesuccessful completion of specific project goals and objectives.

  3. Analysis - drawing appropriate and valid conclusions fromdata presented, sifting through data to determine the most significantelements. Identifying common elements and themes in situations andactions, recognizing cause and effect relationships.

  4. BudgetAdministration: With direct supervision, monitoring subcontracted workcosts and deliverables and managing those costs in relation to budgets, providingthis information to the project lead or PI, and interacting withdepartment administrative officers to initiate and monitor contracted orprocured work on research projects

  5. Activelyparticipating in Team Meetings.

  6. Readilyvolunteering to assist help MVA and project colleagues as needed.

Promoting constructive information sharing and interdisciplinary collaboration


  • Plans, develops, leads and executes the project inorder to meet established goals, objectives and timelines.

  • Provides professional and/or technical leadership inthe execution of day to day project activities.

  • Communicates within and across area(s) to maximizeinformation sharing around progress, needs, interdependencies and/oraccomplishments.

  • Facilitates the identification of gaps in servicelevel/processes to identify potential areas for improvement.

  • The responsibilities listed are a general overviewof the position and additional duties may be assigned.


PROJECT MANAGEMENT (INTERMEDIATE): - Planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives.

PROCESS IMPROVEMENT (INTERMEDIATE): - Identifies, analyzes and improves upon existing business processes for optimization and to meet standards of quality.

PROJECT PLANNING (INTERMEDIATE): - Demonstrates ability to realistically anticipate resource needs, identify and break work down into discrete and measurable tasks, set priorities, define dependencies, schedule activities, prepare acceptance criteria and organize work for a medium sized project. Appropriately matches equipment and capital resources to task demands. Reshapes project during life-cycle evolution, if needed. Demonstrates ability to break down work into manageable and measurable units, estimating time and costs appropriate to the stage of the project. Works with basic project management tools, either paper-based or computer software systems.

GAP ANALYSIS (INTERMEDIATE): - Analyzes the difference between the current and desired state. The ability to draw appropriate and valid conclusions from data presented, sifting through data to determine the most significant elements. Identifying common elements and themes in situations and actions, recognizing cause and effect relationships.

FINANCIAL PROCESSES (INTERMEDIATE): - Ability to monitor costs, expenses and revenue as well as the ability to manage those costs and expenses in relation to budgeted amounts.


  • Organizational Impact: Executes job responsibilitieswith the understanding of how output would affect and impact other areasrelated to own job area/team with occasional guidance.

  • Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Analyzesmoderately complex problems using technical experience and judgment.

  • Breadth of Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gainedthrough experience within a professional area.

  • Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance andsupport to team members



  • Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy andenthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gainknowledge in new areas.

  • Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintainsregular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal andinformal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.

  • Communicates Effectively: Recognizes groupinteractions and modifies one's own communication style to suit differentsituations and audiences.


  • Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understandcurrent and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes servicesto better address them.

  • Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems fromdifferent angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunitiesand develop concrete solutions.

  • Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Providesongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increaseemployees' effectiveness.


  • Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly informal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses qualityissues promptly.

  • Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies variouslearning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlyingcauses of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.

  • Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements:Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performsroutine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.


  • Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a senseof ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.

  • Stewards Organizational Resources: Appliesunderstanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources fora department/area.

  • Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strongunderstanding of the information or data to identify and elevateopportunities.


  • Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies newideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processesbeyond conventional approaches.

  • Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm forlearning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-termchallenges.

  • Adapts to Change: Views difficult situationsand/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces changeinstead of emphasizing negative elements.

Position Qualifications:


· Bachelor’s Degree

· 18 months relevant experience

· A problem-solving approach to tasks

· Excellent oral and written communication skills and proven interpersonal skills

· Strong organizational skills.

· Strong computer skills


· Direct project management experience in a research environment.

· Data Skills

Position Shift:

Position is a standard Monday-Friday day shift (8:30am-5:00pm)

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· US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center at ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training

· Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.

· Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"

· The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score

· National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US

· Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Middle Tennessee

· Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

· American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US

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Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Sedentary category requiring exertion up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and uses negligible amounts of force to move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.


  • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Occasional: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.

  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Frequent: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Frequent: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.

  • Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.


  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

  • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information

  • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

Job Professional and Managerial

Organization: MVA Research 108105

Title: Project Manager

Location: TN-Nashville-Meharry Biomedical Building

Requisition ID: 1803143