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Research Division Director II

Posting Number: #1140

Position Title: Research Division Director II

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Oakland, CA (Remote)

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

The Research Division Director III will provide coordination of Central office operations for complex research programs managed by the Public Health Institute. The Research Division Director III will coordinate processes across multiple departments to optimize work flow efficiencies and strategic coordination of complex research awards. This position will function in partnership with program leadership to ensure responsive and accurate transactional management of complex research awards. The Research Division Director III portfolio may include serving as the Central management director for multiple research programs including but not limited to the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) program, the Cancer Registry of Greater California, the Child Health and Disability Studies program or the Alcohol Research Group program.

As COG will be one of the larger portfolios for this position, the Research Division Director III will engage as a core member of the leadership team for PHI’s portfolio of the children’s oncology clinical trials program. This position will support program management administration across federally funded research awards, industry and hybrid studies. COG is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) supported clinical trials group. It is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. The COG unites more than 9,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals, universities, and cancer centers across North America, Australia, and New Zealand in the fight against childhood cancer. An overarching principle of COG is to ensure that the organization’s structure is optimized to maximize the potential for research that improves the outcome for every successive generation of children with cancer.

The Research Division Director III will work across Central departments and coordinate closely with the COG program leadership team to ensure that Central infrastructure supports the development and conduct of clinical trials and the obligations and mandates associated with the multicenter research that COG conducts.

A key requirement of this position is to work effectively with the COG Executive Director of Administration & Finance, the COG Executive Director of Clinical Trial Operations and the COG Executive Director of Data Operations to address cross-functional challenges and establish a unified organizational commitment to responsible and efficient management of the COG research enterprise.

The Research Division Director III will be uniquely responsible for coordinating work across all Central departments to ensure Central transactional oversight of COG related program operations are compliant, efficient and aligned with legal and regulatory obligations, while accounting for the complexities and needs of the COG program and its member institutions.

The Research Division Director III will plan and implement training, procedures, and policies to ensure all centrally managed research related operational transactions follow strict protocol to meet applicable funder and regulatory standards. This position requires exceptional program management skills to successfully anticipate, coordinate, and document effective processes to support Central research operations across multiple departments.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to pre and post award Central coordination of complex research awards, including the expanding Children’s Oncology Group awards.
  • Ensure close coordination and collaboration across all Central departments, with program leadership, and with key federal funders, as appropriate, to understand and manage complex research awards.
  • Plan and implement training, procedures, and policies to ensure that all Central managed research related transactions follow strict protocols to meet applicable funder and regulatory standards.
  • Work closely with program leadership of complex research awards to align optimal operations and communications, including the coordinated transfer of obligations especially with the onboarding of new or expanded research awards.
  • Work with PHI’s grants and contracts department to ensure successful documentation and completion of all deliverables and budgets for federal, state and industry awards.
  • Lead and support initiatives for system development to support processes and workflows to enhance complex research award management.
  • Assess current Central research operations processes and identify opportunities for enhanced efficiency across Central departments.
  • Coordinate with colleagues to examine opportunities to strengthen PHI visibility and portfolio breadth with research projects, including special emphasis on cancer research.

Qualifications

  • Ten years of demonstrated superior program management skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to identify critical issues, develop options and process solutions.
  • Ability to understand complex research studies and the breadth of related funding mechanisms, including federal awards and pharma funded clinical trial agreements.
  • Ability to manage, support and document central administration responsibilities and obligations of complex research studies.
  • Strong negotiation skills with an emphasis on positive resolution of complex problems.
  • Ability to perform as an individual contributor and work across teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build cross-functional partnerships based on mission and value alignment, and not dependent on authority.
  • Exceptional ability to successfully anticipate, coordinate and document effective processes to support Central research operations across multiple departments.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced, learning environment.
  • Ability to vision and collaborate on optimal systems to support responsible conduct of research operations.
  • Experience with business practices including budget management of programs of at least $10M per year, fiscal management, payment processing, proposal development and compliance standards.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to listen non- defensively, speak persuasively and write coherently.
  • Knowledge of cancer epidemiology or clinical data trial management is preferred.
  • Awareness of state, federal or industry award management and compliance is preferred.

Education

  • Graduate degree required. Doctorate in public health, law, public administration, epidemiology, or related field preferred.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) STATUS

This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE and salary level of the employee, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.

PHI WORKFORCE MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, effective January 10, 2022, it is a condition of employment for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law. Employees starting on or before February 28, 2022 will need to provide proof of full vaccination up to 6 weeks after their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Employees starting after February 28, 2022 will need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date.  Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.

EEO Statement

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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ADA Statement:

The Public Health Institute is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Recruitment Team at least 48 hours in advance at Recruitment@phi.org.

 

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