Associate Director, Software Development

Posting Number: #1349

Position Title: Associate Director, Software Development

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote, USA

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Program Summary

Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a project of PHI, is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) supported clinical trials cooperative group, and the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. Clinical research is conducted at more than 200 member institutions, which are leading children’s hospitals, universities, and cancer centers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. COG’s over 9,000 multi-disciplinary cancer researchers, affiliated with the network of member institutions, provide access to state-of-the-art therapies and the collective expertise of world-renowned pediatric specialists to children with cancer, regardless of where they live. Today, more than 90% of 14,000 children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer each year in the US are cared for at Children’s Oncology Group member institutions.

Position Summary

The Associate Director Software Development in collaboration with the Director of Information Technology will support the direction and guidance to IT team personnel, including management of the programmer analysts’ projects. This position will manage the COG software applications development, system integrations and maintenance supporting COG research. Oversee and engage in systems analysis, designing of new systems, interacting with users and analysts to determine user needs, project management and provide technical leadership, expertise and insight to other programming staff as required.

Pay: $111,568 to $141,342 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is $111,568 to $141,342 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

Employment Type: Full Time

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supervise all programmer analyst levels and IT project coordinators.
  • Delegate responsibilities and oversee development projects progress at high level while identifying and troubleshooting bottlenecks.
  • Provide support and act as a mentor for IT Development staff, as needed.
  • Hire, train and coach staff, and assess employee performance and provide helpful feedback and training opportunities.
  • Review and disseminate work based upon volume and complexity, and assist with staffing strategies.
  • Design and deliver robust, scalable, and secure distributed software applications
  • Direct all phases of the software development life cycle: project requirement definition and analysis; program design, coding, testing, documentation, implementation, and maintenance.
  • Develop and maintain COG IT Software Development procedures, standards, and documentation for effective software development, bug fix diagnosis and reporting, role-based security management, and operational support.
  • Ensures the COG IT Software Development Team adheres to department policies and procedures.
  • Oversee and Manage integrations with National Cancer Institute, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program systems as required.
  • Communicate and consult regularly with IT Development Leads, Database Admins, Senior Technical Writer and Business Analyst, Software Quality Analysts and IT Operations regarding application development and systems support needs, priorities, schedules, and status.
  • Communicate project expectations to team members and Stakeholders.
  • Represent COG IT Development department at NCI technical meetings.
  • Assist in the development of application project updates for grant progress reports, as applicable.
  • Manage other day-to-day software development tasks at the discretion of the Director of Information technology.
  • Complete and administer performance reviews for direct reports, and contribute to performance reviews of other IT staff as applicable.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in programming and analysis, including the following:
    • At least 3 years successful experience leading IT Software development team. Knowledge/experience related to leadership can substitute.
    • Extensive knowledge and working experience with) Microsoft .Net Technologies, Microsoft SQL, HTML, Microsoft Windows, and systems analysis techniques.
    • Extensive experience in collaboration and managing relationships with stakeholders, particularly crucial for established and emerging integrations.
    • Experience with high-quality GUI design, extensively with SQL Server databases, SQL Enterprise Manager, and database administration principles.
    • Experience with the Web API, Web Services, JQuery, Internet Information Server and Microsoft Office.
    • Experience with Microsoft Visio, Word and Excel.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field; or substitute with 4 additional years of relevant experience.

Other Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of web applications, client/server software development, security and relational database design.
  • Background in C#, Transact SQL, development tools, preferred.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) desired.
  • Must have ability to apply knowledge of computer hardware, software, and programming skills towards the development and completion of custom software applications.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, coaching, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Background in medical terminology a definite advantage.
  • Proven experience in managing multiple projects within a team environment.
  • Must be flexible to handle multiple tasks and learn job responsibilities efficiently and quickly.
  • Master’s degree preferred.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.

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