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Research Program Administrative Director

Thoracic/Head & Neck Med Onc 409100
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Research Program Administrative Director for the Thoracic, Head and Neck Medical Oncology


The Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology staff directly responsible for patient care is comprised of 18 physicians, 12 research nurses, two inpatient mid-level providers, and 12 outpatient mid-level providers. Our physician team includes twelve physicians who care only for thoracic medical oncology patients in the Thoracic Center, two head/neck and 5 medical oncologists who treat both lung cancer and head/neck cancer patients in those respective outpatient clinic areas.

** The ideal candidate will have a PhD and Administrative experience to include business, program and grant management **


Job Responsibilities


·         Provide strategic planning for correlative protocol initiatives for Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology.  

·         Develop and monitor all aspects of correlative studies, within and between departments.  

·         Initiates department planning for correlative protocol development.  
Assess feasibility of correlative protocols and prioritizes protocols for patient accrual.  

·         Ensure projects have appropriate resources.  

·         Assist in developing and editing correlative protocols.   

·         Develop and manage the department implementation of systems, policies and procedures, reporting of correlative protocols and related reports. 

·         Manage large-scale and multiple site research activities including implementation of correlative clinical trials, regulatory compliance, quality assurance. 

·         Audit systems and practices.  

·         Coordinate strategies to enhance collaboration between investigators and clinical or research scientists.  


Scientific and administrative oversight of the GEMINI Flagship Project

·         Manage budgets and reporting for GEMINI 

·        Collaborate with the Scientific Project Director and leadership of the Lung Cancer Moon Shots disease site as well as the Moon Shot Platforms to develop and maintain scientific plans including schedules, resource plans, status reports, and research protocols related to the GEMINI Program.

·         Coordinate GEMINI Program in relation to disease site and platform areas: requires ability to coordinate and manage complex programs, multiple investigators, and interactions between Moon Shots disease site teams and Moon Shots Platform teams.

·         Identify key issues, approaches, performance metrics, gap analysis, and resource needs for the GEMINI Program.

·         Prepare reports, monitors, evaluates, and reports on timelines, accomplishments, planned work, and provides updates as necessary.

·         Monitor the workflow of sample requests, assisting the participants in securing those tissues with maximum expedience by coordinating efforts with all involved parties.

·         Support the Scientific Project Director, Lung Cancer Moon Shot leaders and the Platform leaders with identification, preparation, coordination, and submission/tracking of grants and manuscripts.

·         Facilitates interactions with Principal Investigators, faculty, staff, and study sponsors across departments, divisions, and institutional boundaries related to the GEMINI Program.

·         Provide scientific and administrative oversight in the ongoing and future development/evaluation of large, industry initiatives, including multiple Strategic Alliances (BMS, Adaptimmune, Immatics, AstraZeneca, Takeda, Dragonfly, and Ziopharm)

·         Oversee coordinating finance, regulatory, data, laboratory and nursing teams to direct the tracking, reporting, and milestones (internal and external) of programmatic research activities including Strategic Alliances and Master Agreements (e.g. BMS, Ziopharm, and AstraZeneca)

·         Oversee the budget process for MD Anderson Alliance/Master Agreement industry trials, investigator-initiated studies, laboratory studies, and chart reviews (new protocols, amendments, revisions, closures, and annual review). Liaise closely with administrators   in central offices (Sponsored Programs, Grants and Contracts, Protocol Research), Division and Department finance and administrative resources (Cancer Medicine, Surgery, Cancer Prevention, Pathology, Therapeutics Discovery, Immunology), Lung Cancer  Moon Shots, Moon Shot Operations and Platform leadership (Cancer Prevention and Control, Cancer Genomics Lab, Immunotherapy Platform, Translational Molecular Pathology Immunology Laboratory), Strategic Industry Ventures, and the Office of Technology Commercialization; External industry sponsors, including legal, scientific and medical key opinion leaders.   





Education Required: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field. 

Education Preferred: PhD with specialization in cancer biology or other life science, a PharmD, or a Medical Degree


Experience Required: Six years of administrative experience in a research or academic setting to include four years of grant management and two years of supervisory/management experience in a research, health care, or related environment. 

Experience Preferred: Project management experience in an academic setting.  Comprehensive knowledge of grants and contracts, research administration policies and practices.  Working knowledge of applicable federal laws and policies related to the conduct of the research.  Experience working with faculty on projects and contracts; experience managing complex projects and working with a variety of sponsors.


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. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html


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