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MD Anderson Cancer Center

Research Planning & Development Director (146158)





Houston, Texas, United States

Scope of Responsibility:
This position is responsible for optimally supporting new research programs and enhancing existing research programs in the Division of Surgery through coordination with faculty and research staff. This position also facilitates the departments' and division's interactions and collaborations with government agencies, the private sector, and industry; and serves as an experienced expert for faculty regarding the research process. Will work closely with the Joint Deputy Division Heads for Research; Department Associate Directors of Research, Planning and Development; Department Chairs; the Division Head; and the staff of the Office of Research Administration.

Research Planning:

  • Provides support for the development of new research programs and initiatives. Develops proposals and conducts analyses. Identifies and coordinates the implementation of strategies to enhance internal investigator collaboration and interaction between basic and clinical scientists.

Private Sector/Industry Collaboration:
  • Develops and supports educational and scientific activities which foster new private sector agreements and opportunities or enhance existing relationships. Oversees current educational and scientific programs between DoS and the private sector. Provide support to faculty with regard to development of research programs and collaborations with the private sector

Faculty Support and Mentorship:
  • Collaborate with research faculty and administrative leads within the Division of Surgery departments to assist with the development of new clinical, translational and/or laboratory-based research programs.
  • Serve as an expert resource for faculty and staff with regard to all sponsored research related issues. Provide ongoing information concerning changes in federal policy, institutional and divisional initiatives, etc. to relevant faculty and staff.
  • Maintain familiarity with NIH forms and requirements. Serve as an expert resource for faculty and staff with regard to all sponsored research application related issues. Provide ongoing information concerning changes in federal policy, institutional and divisional initiatives, etc., to relevant staff and faculty.

Management of Research Proposal Applications, Submissions, and Reporting Requirements:
  • Serve as a primary contact for the Office Research Administration concerning policy changes and the resolution of submission issues.
  • Serve as a primary contact for Grants and Contracts Accounting concerning policy changes and the resolution of active grant, subcontract, and contract related issues.
  • Provide support and expertise to faculty as requested in development of favorable budget and contract terms for new research programs

Direct Support of Divisional Research Programs:
  • Support the DoS research leads by coordinating divisional research development and management activities (e.g. capital equipment request process; research space surveys; assessing research metrics; surveys of research team members, etc.) as needed.
  • Query DoS researchers about research activities (grants, papers, patents, etc) and work with communications team members to inform DoS and institutional colleagues about research activities and upcoming activities. Coordinate with DoS research leads and surgeon scientists in publishing the DoS Translational Research Newsletter.
  • Coordinate the preparation and submission of research proposals, research related reports, updates and continuations for funding to various government, industry and philanthropic organizations.
  • Solicit materials from collaborators and investigators; receive and revise submitted materials to ensure consistency and high quality.
  • Act as liaison of Division Head and Division Administrator with investigators, institutional officials, and granting agency officials to ensure good communication and timely submission.
  • Manage the research Shark Tank Program.
  • Coordinate with the research lead training workshops for research faculty, and research staff

Preparation of Award Nominations
  • Assists the Division Head and Department Chairmen with the preparation of nominations of fellows for programmatic, institutional, and extra-institutional awards.

Other duties as assigned

This position reports directly to the Division Administrator. Will also receive direction from the Division Head of Surgery, the Deputy Division Head for Research, and the division leads for research. In addition, this position interfaces directly with the DoS Deputy Division Heads and DoS Department Chairmen.

Required Education:

Bachelor's degree in science or medically related field, business or healthcare administration.

Preferred Education:

Master's degree in science or medically related specialty. Ph.D. degree in science or medically related specialty.

Required Experience:

Eight years experience in an academic research setting facilitating research program development and management of research resources. With preferred degree, five years of required experience. May substitute required degree with additional years of experience in research administration management at MDACC on a one to one basis. Successful completion of the LEADing Self Accelerate program may substitute for one year of required supervisory or management experience.

Preferred experience:

Leadership skills with a great communcation style, Grant application and processing skills and experience, understanding of MD Anderson processes so internal candidates are preferred, specifically those coming from an Associate Director of Research Planning and Development.

Other Requirements:

Must pass pre-employment skills test as required and administered by Human Resources.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. [Register to View] Information
  • Requisition ID: 146158
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay
  • Work Week: Days
  • Fund Type: Soft
  • Work Location: Hybrid Onsite/Remote
  • Pivotal Position: No
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 118,000
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 147,500
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 177,000
  • Science Jobs: No