Research Center Associate Director
Washington, DC 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description
Research Center Associate Director (190002XO)

Reporting to the Research Center Director, the Associate Research Center Director, engages, leads, and energizes the center's faculty and staff to build new initiatives and collaborations both across and outside of CNRIC and organization. Acting in alignment with the Center Director, the Associate Center Director identifies strategic priorities for investment and provides leadership in research, education and assumes responsibility of the oversight of the Center's finances and administration as delegated. The Associate Center Director is responsible for identifying areas of strategic importance in research and education, collaborating to identify and recruit talented and diverse faculty in key areas, enhancing resources for existing faculty and trainees, mentorship, fostering faculty engagement with the Center's and organization's strategic research initiatives, and advancing innovation in research, education, and outreach. The individual will represent the center at leadership team meetings as assigned and will be expected to make important contributions to the execution of the center's strategic plan.

As delegated the Associate Center Director is engaged in planning, directing, and fostering new interdisciplinary initiatives, including research, education and training, and/or outreach initiatives across the disciplines. Such initiatives are designed to engage with various divisions, departments, administrators, and personnel throughout Children's National. The Associate Director will work with the center director to identify and assess new opportunities for the research community arising from rapidly evolving developments in research. This involves working closely with the clinical and research faculty and leadership as well at the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences, to foster collaboration and information sharing. He/she will work with the leadership and the foundation to identify and foster new relationships with prospective funders; work with senior staff to prepare proposals, development stewardship, and reports to funders; and fostering the establishment of new partnerships with industry and biotechnology in order to develop novel research tools and translate research discoveries into knowledge in the service of society.


Minimum Education
Medical Doctor (M.D.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Specific Requirements and Preferences
An MD, MD/PhD from an accredited school with academic credentials sufficient to meet eligibility for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or (preferred) Professor (Required) Or

Minimum Work Experience
10 years

Required Skills/Knowledge
Conducts an internationally known research program in a scientific area, supported by extramural funding, preferably supported by the NIH.
Familiar with state of art research methods and active participant in setting national agenda in the specific research discipline as evidence by membership in national committees, society boards or alike.
Proven leadership abilities with experience supervising multiple direct reports ranging from trainees to senior scientists, with excellent interpersonal as well as written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated experience in management of research strategy and operations.
Ability to maintain quality and safety standards.
Previous experience managing a research program in an academic research setting.
A strong commitment to innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and education.

Required Licenses and Certifications
If Applicable - Board certified or eligible for board certification in primary practice specialty.
and/or Board certification in relevant secondary specialty Pref

Functional Accountabilities

Responsible Conduct of Research
1. Consistently demonstrate adherence to the standards of the Responsible Conduct of Research.
2. Plan, conduct, manage research projects within the federal and institutional regulations and policies governing the conduct of research.
3. Responsible for appropriate use of research funds.

Vision and Strategy
1. Participate in the strategic planning of the Center including vision, mission, short-term and long-term goals.
2. Implement, direct, and evaluate the strategic plan objectives to ensure the research program moves to Top Tier program level that is able to recruit high quality faculty, trainees and staff.
3. Identify areas of strategic importance in research, collaborate to identify and recruit talented and diverse faculty, and in key areas, enhance resources for existing faculty and trainees.

Commitment to Research
1. Conduct research of significant scientific value in the clinical and translational science area(s) relevant to his/her practice specialty.
2. Participate in reviewing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.
3. Publish in peer-reviewed, scientific, quality and management journals.
4. Submit applications for grants or contracts for funding of research projects.
5. Participate in research committees, workshop special interest groups, etc.

Program Administration
1. As delegated develop comprehensive annual and long-range budgets and plans consistent with the Center's objectives and ensures that budget and performance targets are met.
2. Ensure compliance with organizational and departmental policies and procedures, and regulatory standards.
3. Develop state-of-the-art, flexible resources required by faculty and staff in the division/Center.
4. As delegated develop a comprehensive, valid, and reliable program to assess trainees and junior investigators achievement across the full range of competencies.
5. Mentor graduate/post-doctoral trainees and junior faculty.
6. Plan, direct, and foster new interdisciplinary initiatives, including research, education and training, and/or outreach initiatives.

1. As assigned responsibility for leadership activities both within the Center, CNRI, division and across the organization in support of translational research.
2. Identify and assess new opportunities for research, education and outreach arising from rapidly evolving developments in the field. This involves working closely with the Center Director, faculty, other Centers, CNRI and Children's National Hospital as well as the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences, to foster collaboration and information sharing.
3. Coordinate activities among the faculty, trainees and staff; facilitating connections across the organization and developing and sustaining mechanisms that.
4. Promote collaboration and communication across the Research Institute to promote team science and improve health outcomes.
5. Sustain own program of extramurally funded research relevant to the mission of the Research Institute.
6. Actively support education and training for diverse trainees at all career stages and from multiple disciplines.
7. Secure external funding for institution wide research and development projects in cancer and immunology research.
8. Promote multi-disciplinary ("team science") by actively engaging internal and external stakeholders.
9. Foster the establish of new partnerships with industry and biotechnology in order to develop novel research tools and translate research discoveries.
1. Provide leadership for the development of innovative research education, training, and career development strategies.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification

1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met


1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others' ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving

1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things


1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Required Experience
10+ years
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