Cancer Clinical Research Business Associate Director

Stanford University

Cancer Clinical Research Business Associate Director

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The Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI) is a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center that seeks to build synergies and collaborations across the Stanford University Campus. SCI faculty researchers are active in translational research with more than 250 cancer related clinical research studies ongoing at any time. The Cancer Clinical Trials Office (CCTO) is SCI's centralized resource for managing these trials. The CCTO contains more than 150 staff members providing regulatory services, financial analysis, research coordination, and clinical trial management using the OnCore system.
Reporting to the Executive Administrative Director, the Cancer Clinical Research Business Associate Director directs all cancer clinical research related financial and business operations including the financial management of the CCTO's departmental budget. He/she is responsible for establishing an internal management structure that allows for efficient and productive business operations including clinical trial budget and proposal development, post award management, and all financial related operations of the CCTO, while at all times ensuring compliance to all local and federal regulations regarding clinical research conduct and grant management. In addition to having superb staff management and financial management skills, the Business Associate Director should have a track record of implementing new operations and redesigning existing operations to optimize operational efficiencies, strong knowledge of compliance issues related to clinical trials, and ability to represent the organization as a liaison to senior School of Medicine leaders and faculty. He/she must also bring a strategic perspective to the position, working with SCI and School of Medicine leadership in shaping clinical trial financial and business operations going forward. The Business Associate Director works closely with SCI Financial Manager on financial and administrative matters.

  • Manage the work of other employees, make hiring decisions, provide coaching, training and mentoring, manage performance, determine staffing needs, develop and ensure succession planning within area of responsibility.
  • Establish operational objectives and assignments, plan, direct and monitor all budgets for areas of responsibility, manage business operation and administration of several functional areas, may manage a team in providing post award sponsored research administration and services.
  • Identify and resolve unique problems of substantial significance that affect the overall functional area, beyond the immediate unit.
  • Manage organization's financial activities and structure; develop system and procedure requirements to support the financial reporting for the organization.
  • Contribute to designing, developing and delivering complex policies and procedures with both short and long term impact.
  • Collaborate with other colleagues on school/ unit projects; design and execute an effective system of internal controls for areas of responsibility; establish operational objectives to support the university's stewardship of resources.
  • Engage in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; identify need for new systems, and develop and present proposals.
  • Lead complex, high-visibility process redesign and innovation projects; develop, implement, and participate in major initiatives.
  • Represent the units/school within the functional units or school and to external constituencies.
* - Other duties may also be assigned.
  • Expertise in pre-award and post-award management of clinical research contracts
  • Advanced knowledge in Microsoft Excel
  • Advanced knowledge in data analysis and modeling
  • Advanced knowledge in principles of Lean methodology or other quality improvement methodology with demonstrated success with application of the principles
  • Working knowledge of dashboard software such as Tableau

Master's degree and six years relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

  • User knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Advanced knowledge of Oracle or other business financial systems
  • Advanced understanding of financial principles.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to clearly and effectively present information to internal and external audiences, client groups and all levels of management.
  • Strong analytical skills to review and analyze complex financial information.
  • Strong leadership and management skills with previous experience managing people, delegating workload and providing direction/corrections as necessary.
  • Knowledge of property management requirements related to Stanford or non-Stanford title of equipment and fabrications.
  • Demonstrated competency in project management of a high volume of work, some of which is cyclical.
  • If managing sponsored projects, ability to manage post and pre award administration for sponsored projects within his/her unit. Knowledge and fluency of governmental regulations and Cardinal Curriculum level I and II.
  • Knowledge of procurement needs, including sole-sourcing, cost analyses, vendor requirements, and small business reporting.
  • Experience working successfully with PIs, their administrative staff, the office of sponsored research and external sponsors.
  • Demonstrated success in performing meticulous, high quality and compliant work.
  • Ability to interpret complex research and fiscal policies, assimilate information from a wide range of resources and act like a mentor and resource to others.


  • Constantly sitting.
  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, lift/carry objects weighing 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely reach/work above shoulder.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Routine extended working hours during peak cycles; travel to school/unit sites across university.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Job: Finance

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
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