The senior manager of guidelines and standards manages SIR’s Standards document development and methods with supervision by Quality and Performance Improvement (QPI) director. This position is responsible for developing and refining SIR methodological practices used in developing guidelines, practice parameters, and other standards documents according to IOM criteria. This position also manages the annual prioritization of standards topics, leads in the recruiting of writing group members and ensures the timely completion and publication of documents. This position will build the knowledge-base and expertise in standards for the specialty of interventional radiology by keeping up-to-date with organizations engaged in guideline development and applying that knowledge in order to guide and train the QPI program manager, Standards volunteers, and writing group members.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Under the oversight of the QPI director, leads the development and dissemination of standards products, including clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), clinical consensus statements (CCSs), Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) and other types of documents.
Serves as the procedural and methodological expert for SIR guideline writing committees
Develops and maintains expertise in SIR guideline methodologies, styles and procedures as well as knowledge of the wider clinical guideline landscape. Facilitates content concordance between multiple guidelines to prevent conflicting information.
Supports writing committee literature review and preparation of study-based evidence tables and clinical practice recommendations including supporting text and references. Coordinate with librarian to facilitate literature review.
Serves as primary staff support to writing committees composed of physician volunteers and project manager for document creation and publication.
Provides guidance to QPI manager to ensure successful coordination of CPG writing group meetings and clear communication of action items following the meeting
Integrates written materials drafted by multiple authors into a single document using Microsoft Word and rigorously edits under the direction of the writing committee chairs. Assists guideline writing committee members with creation of figures and tables as needed.
Works with outside organizations to recruit representatives for multi-specialty workgroups in these activities
Secondary Functions and Responsibilities
Works in collaboration with relevant committees and provides staff support to clinical committees as assigned.
Performs outreach and develops relationships with external organizations for peer review and public comment of standards products.
Works with communications to promote published documents through press releases, social media and other channels.
Prepares and manages schedules and track progress of guideline writing committees to ensure that projects are on schedule and deadlines are met.
Proof-reads final, approved documents for accuracy, format, and style. Prepares files for delivery to journal publications staff.
Under the supervision of the QPI director works with the education division to develop content on CPG methodology and development
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Minimum of five years’ experience in healthcare, professional association or related environment; or three years of experience and a related Master’s degree (e.g. MPH, MHS, MHA).
Applied knowledge of PICO question development and evidence-based medicine required
Understanding and knowledge of the health care industry, private and academic practice environments, and physician performance and quality programs required.
Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development.
Excellent prioritization and time management skills as well as the ability to work well under strict deadlines and high production requirements.
Superior writing, proofreading/editing, spelling and grammar skills as well as attention to detail and accuracy in all written communications.
Medical or technical writing experience desirable
Master’s degree (e.g. MPH, MHS, MHA).
Experience in the development of clinical practice guidelines and leading writing groups required
Experience collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data
Experience in use of statistical software, such as SAS, SPSS, desirable
About Society of Interventional Radiology
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is located in Fairfax, Virginia, SIR is a national organization (approx. 40 staff members) of physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals dedicated to improving public health through disease management and minimally invasive, image-guided therapeutic interventions. Today, SIR continues to maintain steady membership growth with more than 6,000 physician and allied health care members.