Job Details

Boston College
  • Position Number: 1937058
  • Location: Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Social Work

Senior Program Manager, RPCA
Boston College

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,377 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 37 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $69,100 to $86,350; salary commensurate with relevant experience.

The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at the Boston College School of Social Work is an applied research program dedicated to improving the evidence base on the epidemiology of mental health problems and family functioning as well as intervention research to develop and test mental health services for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Research, the Senior Program Manager will oversee and ensure the effective expansion and implementation of Sugira Muryango (SM), a program that delivers the Family Strengthening Intervention focused on Early Child Development (FSI-ECD) to families in Rwanda. The goals of expanding or the scaling-out of SM include providing three times the number of families and caregivers with an evidence-based intervention that seeks to support playful parenting, father engagement, improved nutrition, care-seeking, and family functioning. The Senior Program Manager in partnership with local RPCA's local partner FXB Rwanda will be responsible for the recruitment, training, and hiring of all program staff, regular liaising with government stakeholders and Boston RPCA headquarters, and ensuring the timeliness and integrity of overall program implementation.

The Senior Program Manager will be responsible for the following essential functions:

IN-COUNTRY OVERSIGHT (60%): Serve as an ambassador for the project in routine meetings with the Rwandan government, the University of Rwanda, UNICEF and non- governmental partners. Provide on-the-ground support in Rwanda and via long distance communication with RPCA, the Senior Program Manager will oversee the local team, direct field logistics, manage day-to-day research team activities, manage research budgets, and liaise regularly with partner organizations on the ground as well as local and national government officials to fulfill the scientific aims of the program projects. Lead preparation of budgets, IRB/local ethics committee applications, oversee data collection, and help synthesize and interpret findings related to parent-child relationships, child development, mental health and family violence. Prepare, edit and manage grant deliverables and deliverable submissions.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT (20%): Engage with government stakeholders to increase sustainability of the intervention. Attend government meetings and conferences as a representative of Sugira Muryango. Increase government buy in for the Sugira Muryango intervention through outreach and advocacy.

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND LEADERSHIP (15%): Work with RPCA staff, FXB staff and local stakeholders to strategize on expansion and scale up of the program in Rwanda. Draft, edit and advise on applications and proposals for additional and future funding for Sugira Muryango.Communicate with potential partners, funders and collaborators for the purposes of new business development and program expansion.Work with appropriate government entities to ensure alignment between intervention curriculum and processes and Government priorities and policies.

COORDINATION WITH RPCA (5%): Oversee the day-to-day project deliverables of graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows linked to the project in coordination with the RPCA. Lead a weekly team meeting with RPCA leadership to provide program updates and address any challenges. Work with the RPCA to prepare data for analysis and dissemination in reports and peer-review publications. Contribute significantly to concept notes and grant applications for the project. Help present and disseminate research results, write research reports, and oversee creation of deliverables for grantors.

Travel and occasional evening and weekend work is required to meet job responsibilities. In order to be considered, all applicants must submit a cover letter.


Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States on an unrestricted basis. Master in Public Health, Social Work, or related field required. Three to five years of successful and increasingly responsible management in research, academic or intellectually based organization required. Experience in managing large project budgets is required. Supervisory experience and prior international work in a low resource or field setting, particularly in Africa, is required. Must be able to travel internationally and commit to significant time engaged in field work. Project management, budget management, Excel, Word, SPSS/SAS or STATA a plus Experience with electronic survey data collection is also preferred. The position requires diplomacy in communications and interpersonal relations. Must possess and present a sense of poised confidence to deal effectively with multiple constituencies and cultural diversity at all levels. Must be able to manage a local team with sensitivity and make hiring/firing decisions, evaluate problems thoroughly and show resourcefulness in identifying solutions, and display sound judgment. Able to motivate, develop, and inspire colleagues and employees at all levels. Demonstrated maturity and capacity to navigate a complex environment and respond to shifting and fluid priorities. Demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively.

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility;
  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, and Dental Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both 401K and University Funded 403B Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick, and Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at .

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Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university that strives to integrate research excellence with a foundational commitment to formative liberal arts education. We encourage applications from candidates who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university, please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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