Director, CVN Institute for Quality - Cohen Veterans Network
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Director, CVN Institute for Quality

Director, CVN Institute for Quality

Silver Spring, MDStamford, CT

About the CVN Institute for Quality:

As CVN grows, we will explore the future with a dedicated collaborative research and learning institute—Cohen Veterans Network Institute for Quality (CVN-IQ). CVN-IQ is a new part of CVN that will focus on collaborative research and learning and the purpose of the institute will be to generate new knowledge to enable our network to function as a true learning mental health system, while simultaneously exploring emerging opportunities and innovations to do more.

CVN-IQ will bring the best minds together from a variety of disciplines to solve problems and generate new knowledge to advance the field of mental health from within CVN and outside of CVN. CVN-IQ will compete for federal and non-federal grants and leverage CVN’s talent, data, scientific advisors, and resources to discover new clinical interventions, technologies, training, clinical benchmarks, models of care, and so much more.

The Role:

CVN is looking for a PhD-level leader versed in research governance to serve as the Director of the CVN Institute for Quality. The Director serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting Cohen Veterans Network’s collaboration and research activities. The Director will play a key role in developing and successfully implementing the overall research roadmap/portfolio and the institute’s initiatives as defined in collaboration with the CEO and CVN business lines.


This position is primarily responsible for ensuring the success of CVN-IQ. This is more than a research role in that the successful candidate will be someone who can hustle, and who is a forward thinker, connector, builder, and has research acumen. The Director will need experience building research, policy, and innovation collaboratives comprised of experts who together can generate research, policy development, and new opportunities/ knowledge/ interventions.


The Director is responsible for overseeing all institute activities from start-up through to execution, monitoring, close-out, and dissemination. To do this, the Director of CVN-IQ will not only collaborate internally with other departments, clinics, and the CVN Scientific Advisory Board, but also with external partners, potential partners, and grant administrators, among others.


Responsibility and Requirements:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishing and leading CVN-IQ; ability to build a new arm of an organization
  • Oversight of and collaboration with an Institute Administrative/Grants Manager
  • Serving as a clinical research expert for Cohen Clinics and for all CVN business lines
  • Identifying and recommending collaborative research opportunities and priorities
  • Setting the research-related agenda/roadmap/5-year plan for the network, with the ultimate goal of ensuring alignment with the mission and better care for veterans and military families
  • Generating new knowledge from CVN data to improve operations across the network and serve as a collaborator with CVN’s clinical and network information teams (i.e., help make clinical sense of the data we already collect)
  • Overseeing the Institute’s budget and financials, while negotiating and growing grants to their greatest potential
  • Overseeing CVN’s publications and research findings in peer reviewed journals and disseminating at conferences
  • Identifying promising new treatment types, modalities, and innovations to test across the network and selecting the clinics/partners to collaboratively implement research
  • Establishing policies and procedures that promote data quality, compliance, and achieve CVN’s mission/goals in a cost-effective and timely manner
  • Working with the Institute Administrative/Grants Manager to produce and track any IRB submissions and internal/external reports
  • Developing of templates and other documents and materials, as needed


Allocation of Time:

  • 70% Institute Management/Oversight; Fostering Collaborations
  • 20% Publications and Conferences
  • 10% Other



  • PhD with experience in Research Governance, Mental Health Research, Public Health, Health Services Research, Epidemiology, Health Policy, or other related discipline is preferred
  • Experience in clinical outcomes research, conducting real-world evidence-based studies, using patient-reported outcomes, retrospective data analyses, epidemiology, or health services research
  • 10-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit, academic, or related organization; demonstrated success in a leadership role
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance
  • Must bring a vast network of potential collaborators along with a keen eye for future opportunities and innovations
  • Experience writing, securing, and managing grants
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong track record with publications with a focus on military, veteran and military family related mental health topics
  • Strong organizational skills; strong interpersonal skills; goal-oriented, detail-oriented; ability to multi-task; ability to mobilize and motivate teams
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both the CVN mission and the mental health field at large
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels within and outside CVN
  • High energy and passion for the Cohen Veterans Network’s mission is essential
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite and Data/Research software required
  • Experience with Salesforce and Program Management software (such as Smartsheet) desirable
  • Travel, as needed
  • Veteran, Military Spouse, or experience in the veteran community a plus


Additional Skills and Abilities:

  • A team player, but also someone who can successfully complete tasks individually. You can consistently complete daily tasks and handle projects with minimal supervision.
  • A strong ability to cope with change. You think about problems and tasks in novel, creative ways when circumstances unexpectedly change.
  • An eye for detail. You notice small, but important things, which other people might not notice.
  • An ability to adapt. You display confidence in your expertise, but you also are flexible in your approach in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Thirst for knowledge. You are eager to learn and stay abreast of the cutting-edge developments in your field.
  • Visionary view on challenges and solutions. You are willing to be a part of a small, dynamic, and innovative team while contributing your voice to all aspects of the CVN and its growth.

When You Join the Team, You Will Have the Opportunity to:

  • Be part of a developing and already successful initiative. CVN is already an established brand, you will have the autonomy to grow it further
  • Build relationships with a variety of people. You will constantly be collaborating with others on network activities, whether it is another individual at the CVN or an affiliate.
  • Hone your communication skills. You will be one of the few connection points between every stakeholder in network. You will develop your own style for communicating effectively, accurately relaying the feedback of others, and advocating for those who are absent from crucial conversations.
  • Tracking project status and managing processes efficiently. You will grow your eye for detail and your ability to anticipate by alerting others to opportunities and potential roadblocks, so processes move smoothly.

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