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Associate Vice President, Research Business Operations, Cancer Network

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The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public. 


Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Clinical and Academic Network Development, Cancer Network, with dotted line reporting to our Vice President Clinical Research, the primary purpose of the Associate Vice President, Research Business Operations, Cancer Network is to provide administrative, financial and operational oversight of clinical research for the Cancer Network (CN) program and to ensure optimum performance in accordance with the strategic vision of the CN program. Overseeing the ongoing collaboration with relevant stakeholders for new opportunities.




•    Strategic development of Network research operations - Develops and implements strategic initiatives for the research mission of the Cancer Network

•    Leads business development for MD Anderson’s national clinical trials network

•    Leadership of Cancer Network contracting process for national clinical trials network

•    Development of strategic external relationships with research leadership at Cancer Network sites

•    Works collaboratively with investigators and their teams, as well as research leadership and administration at MD Anderson, including the Executive Director, Clinical Research and Strategic Alliances leadership

•    Monitors research quality

•    Makes recommendations and decisions around research personnel support

•    Has budgeting and fiduciary responsibility for Network commitments related to research activities;

•    Directs the personnel responsible for Network research administrative activities;

•    Ensures the institution is in compliance with all applicable internal, UT System, State, and Federal policies, procedures, rules and regulations;

•    Ensures appropriate research compliance controls are in-place.

•    Provides information, strategic advice and counsel to SVP, Clinical & Academic Network Development on administrative matters related to research operations;

•    With the Network leadership team, and MDACC Clinical Research leadership, establishes priorities and objectives for the national research enterprise;

•    Develops and maintains a strategic plan aligned with institutional goals and priorities for growth of a national clinic trials network; and drive forward long range goals for all network research strategies

•    Establishes and monitors applicable metrics for all research administrative areas and processes;

•    Ensures integration between research and institutional financial policies, procedures and operations;

•    Builds on infrastructure to continuously improve the reporting, productivity, and overall management of research operations;

•    Develops business plans for new research initiatives 

•    Evaluates and leads implementation of emerging technology solutions and their corresponding best practices to enable efficient administrative operational research management;

•    Serves on numerous institutional committees;

•    Represents the institution with external groups and organizations, with a high degree of professionalism, competence and discretion.



•    Strengths in research administration and management
•    Ability to build consensus and use rationale over edict
•    Blend of business acumen and altruistic sensitivities 
•    Proven ability to effectively lead change management in a complex research environment with an emphasis on outcomes, quality and cost containment.
•    In-depth understanding of the research background as a whole and how national trends will affect MD Anderson
•    Strategist with a strong sense of vision and mission
•    Supervisory and management skills sufficient to effectively direct administrators and support staff
•    Proven experience in participatory and matrix management, including several levels of management and staff, to identify and resolve problems and to develop plans, objectives, strategies, policies, budgets and organizational/operational structures




•    Represent the Network to all partners and external parties within the US and internationally
•    Represent the AVP, Cancer Network (faculty) and the SVP, Clinical & Academic Network Development, to various internal stakeholders and MDACC executive leadership
•    Interacts with individuals at all levels of the institution.


Required: Bachelor degree in a Healthcare related field

Preferred: Masters degree in Nursing, PharmD, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Public Health, Masters in Healthcare Administration, or other related field. Certifications relevant to clinical research, human subjects protection or research administration.


Required: Ten (10) years of clinical research experience with increasing management responsibility to include five (5) years of experience managing a human subject research protection program that includes a component of such a program at an academic or medical institution, healthcare organization or related entity.

Preferred: Five (5) years experience with a CRO (contract research organization). Six (6) to eight (8) years of experience in managing a national-level research program that includes FDA-regulated and federally funded research or a component of such program at an academic or medical institution, healthcare organization or related entity with progressive experience in all aspects of management of such human subject research protection program.


Associate Vice President, Cancer Network Research Business Operations 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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