Job description

University of California Irvine


Updated: Apr 18, 2021
Location: UC Irvine Campus
Job Type:
Department: SOM-Research Support Services

Job Opening ID: 17031

Reports To: Assistant Dean, Administration

Working Title: Director of Research Operations

Department: SOM-Research Support Services

Bargaining Unit: 99

FLSA: Exempt

Payroll Job Code: 006083

Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine

Percent of Time: 100%

Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F

Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for the School of Medicine, and with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Vice Deans for Clinical and Basic Science Research, the Director of Research Operations will have organizational oversight of the School of Medicine's clinical and basic science research enterprise to help achieve distinction in all facets of research, including clinical trials. The Director is expected to exercise independent judgment and decision making in the management of the school's research operations and will be expected to plan, design and implement the overall strategic direction of research within the School of Medicine. The Director of Research Operations will serve as a subject matter expert on all matters related to research contracts and grants administration. The Director will provide administrative leadership for the cGMP manager and clinical grant writer.

Compensation Range:

Commensurate with experience

Department Website:


Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in any of the following settings: hospital operations, clinical research, or disease management.

Minimum two (2) years of experience in a leadership role with responsibility to manage people and processes

Bachelor's degree in clinical healthcare field (BSN, RPh) or healthcare administration, business, science, or related field.

Demonstrated expertise in building collaborations between academia, industry and/or governmental agencies.

Leadership experience in academic and/or government agencies.

Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff, and students.

Expert oral and written communication skills.

Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.

Strong negotiation skills and verbal and written communication skills; ability to influence/persuade all levels of staff.

Academic or research background and recognized expertise in selected area.

Managerial experience and proven success in managing a complex research or academic program(s).

Skills in organization and customer service to effectively manage multiple important priorities.

Strong fundraising experience.


Master's degree or higher preferred (MD, PhD, MBA, Pharm.D., MSN)

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/2/2021
Application Due: 4/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time