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Applied Behavioral Scientist, Strategy and Innovation
The Behavioral Scientist provides thought leadership in the fields of behavioral and social science and applies their expertise and practice to the development and evaluation of novel programs and product offerings in partnership with the SVP, Strategy & Innovation and Director, Design Strategy & Innovation and in alignment with MSKs strategic objectives and mission, driving innovation to enable execution on institutional strategies. The Behavioral Scientist translates knowledge and findings from fields such as health incentives and behavioral economics, decision science, social network analysis, and psychology into key behavioral tools and solutions, influencing and informing strategic initiatives across teams including the Design Innovation Group, others in Strategy and Innovation, Health Informatics and additional MSK staff and leadership.
Behavioral Science Leadership
Works across the innovation project landscape through discovery, generating hypotheses, and helping to inform product strategy through the application of behavioral science knowledge, frameworks and methodologies.
Explores and develops innovative opportunities, integrating evidence-based scientific requirements, to inform and address the multi-level behavioral incentives and disincentives associated with use of digital and other innovations, as well as opportunities to improve the lives of patients, caregivers and staff.
Ensure consistency and scientific integrity across projects and evolve team approaches, models, and frameworks.
Rethinks the structure of decisions to help people navigate, process, and act upon complex information
Serve as a multiplier of business impact by teaching designers, marketers, and product owners fundamental principles and techniques of health behavior change, dissemination and implementation to improve critical business metrics. Sample insights include the power of decision aids and defaults to make decisions easier.
Serve as a subject matter expert (SME) to various stakeholders (e.g., project team members, S&I colleagues, senior leadership) on fundamentals of behavioral science including (but not limited to) cognitive bias, decision-making, and the principles and mechanisms of behavioral change.
Provides consultative guidance on how to optimally leverage cutting-edge applied behavioral science to further the organizations strategic goals, where necessary.
Stays informed of emerging organizational, departmental, and team goals. Explores, proposes, and maps out ways behavioral science can help further these goals.
Provides consultative guidance on topics such as design of choice architecture (e.g. access channels, information provision, decision points, incentives), facilitating self-management and last mile problems.
Facilitates staff and leadership learning and application of key behavioral insights, methodologies and principles.
Develops training materials based on academic research and trains staff on practical application of behavioral science.
Creates tools, guidelines, workshops, or presentations to build capabilities, buy-in, and to support application of behavioral science by MSK staff and/or leadership.
Behavioral Design Project Work
Leads and design strategic approaches and methodologies through all project activities, including problem definition, behavioral diagnosis, behavioral solution design, and testing/iterating on ideas/capabilities/products that successfully transform evidence-based cancer prevention and control innovations into scalable market-ready projects and community initiatives
Partners with multidisciplinary team members to identify the problems to be solved and workstreams needed to address these problems.
Responsible for assessing the behavior challenges associated with business outcome(s) and designing, testing and evaluating solutions and product capabilities.
Identifies behavioral barriers and potential behavioral solutions, providing actionable insights for implementing solutions.
Creates project plans and timelines based on degree of complexity and change, required level of collaboration, deliverable, deadlines, and role in the facilitation and implementation process.
Presents project deliverables to stakeholders, core project teams, and senior leadership as appropriate. Provides feedback to stakeholders to keep them apprised of project status, potential issues and resolutions.
Apply best practices from the behavioral sciences to design and execute complex testing and evaluation studies; creates experiences and materials to share insights and generate responses.
Professional Development/External Collaboration
Maintains connection to behavioral science colleagues and academic structures within MSK to ensure rigor and receive mentorship and guidance. Qualified individuals will be considered for academic appointment in the Behavioral Sciences Service.
Maintains knowledge of advances in the rapidly growing and evolving field of behavioral science, staying abreast of latest academic and business thinking through conferences, workshops, and other networking and learning opportunities
Seeks opportunities to contribute to knowledge about the application of behavioral insights to innovation within healthcare.
Collaborates with external and internal academics to present and publish findings from innovative behavioral projects.
Collaborates with external and internal faculty seeking extramural funding to leverage Strategy & Innovation tools for discovery of new translational behavioral knowledge
Expertise in health promotion, behavior change and decision making to strategic innovation projects
3+ years of relevant experience
Advanced Degree in relation to the field of Behavioral Science
Prior healthcare experience is strongly desired; transformational digital environment experience is preferred
Competitive compensation packages | Sick Time | Generous Vacation + 12 holidays to recharge & refuel | Internal Career Mobility & Performance Consulting | Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA & Dependent Care | 403b retirement savings plan match | Tuition Reimbursement | Parental Leave & Adoption Assistance | Commuter Spending Account | Fitness Discounts & Wellness Program | Resource Networks | Life Insurance & Disability | Remote Flexibility
We believe in communication, transparency, and thinking beyond your 8-hour day @ MSK. Its important to us that you have a sense of impact, community, and work/life balance to be and feel your best.
Our Hiring Process
You read the ad, agree it sounds like a great fit & apply -> Talent Acquisition contacts you to complete our tech assessment and/or schedule a phone interview (if your profile aligns)-> after speaking with the Talent Acquisition Specialist, you will connect with the Hiring Manager by phone or video call -> if your experience is a fit, you will move forward to an on-site visit or video call with the team -> post interview feedback -> ideally an offer! -> reference check & onboarding -> orientation & official welcome to MSK
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