Administrative Director, Chronic Disease Research and Policy Center

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Hyde Park Campus

2012216 Medicine-General

About the Unit
The mission of the Center: To develop and study innovations in the care of the individuals at risk for or living with chronic diseases and to influence the policies that affect the financing and organization of care. The vision of the Center: Our vision is to create a world where healthcare research and policy seamlessly interact to improve the health of individuals at risk for or living with chronic diseases.

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Job Summary:

The Administrative Director will be responsible for expanding the role of the Chronic Disease Research and Policy Center. Will provide strategic leadership for a Center with senior management and serves as a liaison to academic departments, professional organizations, and administrative units of the University. Has overall responsibility for the management, staffing, budgeting, and development of Center-wide programming, including a new Practice-Based Research Network.


  • Develops and oversees the implementation of a financial model for ongoing Center operations that ensures reasonable revenues and institutional support sufficient to maintain Center-wide programmatic activities.
  • Oversees the coordination of planning for core programmatic operations and shared program spaces.
  • Works closely with faculty and other leaders across campus to foster experimentation and multi-disciplinary inquiry by coordinating and developing Center programming: This may include workshops, conferences, colloquia, training programs, community outreach, etc.
  • Helps set strategic goals for the Center.
  • Develops strategies for outreach, establishing connections with other organizations and a range of institutions of research and higher learning.
  • Works closely with the development office, leads fundraising efforts for the Center, and supports broader fundraising efforts.
  • Oversees a communication strategy and marketing efforts aimed at increasing the visibility of the Center.
  • Collaborates with others to make the Center a valuable resource to all investigators and contributes to the broad goals of creating a stronger campus community.
  • Helps support programs that engage the entire campus community and create important opportunities for collaboration.
  • Manages and contributes to the development and organization of a local Practice-Based Research Network.
  • Contributes to on-going or new research projects.


  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to communicate to large groups as well as one-on-one with senior management, faculty, and others.
  • Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Demonstrated background in leadership.
  • Ability to navigate the challenges of working within a complex, decentralized environment.
  • Ability to successfully manage a workload which balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of managing a busy operation.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends.
  • Experience with clinical research.
  • Exposure to, and an understanding of, an academically rigorous research university environment.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods.

Preferred :
  • Advanced knowledge in health services and outcomes research.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Knowledge of local and national philanthropic communities and cultural institutions.
  • Knowledge of standard computer programs (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe, etc.).

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Seven years of program management or related experience required.
  • Grant proposal and research experience required.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/22/2018
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