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Director, Research Operations

Augusta University
Augusta University
Job Title: Director, Research Operations
Location: Augusta University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 231669
Responsibilities Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for Research, this position manages daily operations of the Office of Senior Vice President for Research, develops and executes an enterprise- wide research strategic and operational plans, and leads enterprise-wide research projects to facilitate the ability of AU investigators at all ten AU Colleges (including Research Centers and Institutes) to conduct research. Thus, this individual serves as the critical hub for the integration of efforts and initiatives the units within the Sr. Vice President’s Offices, as well as coordinating interfaces throughout the AU Enterprise, including the Augusta University Health System. This person provides strategic leadership, business planning and modeling, marketing to current and potential users, and provide long-range planning support, which will prepare AU to be competitive for funding such as from the NCI for a Comprehensive Cancer Center, and for NIH Clinical and Translational Science (CTSA) grant program. Additionally, this position will manage research special projects as requested. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Providing direction and day-to-day management and oversight of research activities occurring at Augusta University while collaborating and ensuring services to Colleges at AU conducting clinical and translation research.
  • Provide a visible role in creating governance, leadership, and reporting structures, as well as supporting best research practices.
  • Oversees processes necessary to achieve research trial operational efficiency, financial sustainability, and ongoing regulatory compliance obligations.
  • Evaluates issues as they relate to federal, state, and local risk management for clinical trials and human subject research.
  • Provides focus on growing the clinical and translational trial portfolio in areas of strategic importance for AU, while improving patient access to clinical trials, through improved study start up initiatives and identification of additional research funding opportunities.
  • Preserve institutional protections, engage in proactive cost recovery strategies and harmonize existing and new technology assets. This individual will work to create a culture of collaboration and research trials business acumen, to attract sponsors and external collaborators, and empower investigators, focusing on portfolio growth in high-impact research.
  • Fosters growth in strategically important areas such as with the VA, Fort Gordon, and Georgia Cancer Center ensuring that strategy, structure, and research processes are supportive of and conducive to ongoing contractual obligations and future national grant awards (such as Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and National Cancer Center Institute (NCI) designation).
  • Provides support and guidance for Director of Research Ethics & Compliance and Director of Research Facilities as they relate to research operations, policy, standards, and norms within the research community.
  • Through the use of innovation and strategic thinking, identify opportunities for novel use of technology in research operations which supports harmonized/optimized use of existing technology platform/stakeholder investments supporting research, as well as identification and business planning for new technologies that improve efficiency, lower operating costs, and/or improve compliance.
Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree
  • Significant and appropriate experience in an office of research, including increasingly complex responsibility in a leadership position
  • Ability to interface with all aspects of the research enterprise
Preferred Qualifications Previous work with Clinical and Translational Research and Research Compliance Programs.Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Ability to maintain confidentiality
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases
Strong listening and problem solving, relationship building, and conflict negotiation skills
Ability to develop and implement goals and action plans and oversee multiple projects (i.e., implementation of new software, creating and reviewing of policies)
Knowledge of strategic planning for the research enterprise; compliance regulations related to human subject research, research patient billing, and revenue cycle; research operations and infrastructure to identify future opportunities for improvement; areas of research (Institutional Review Board, Division of Sponsored Programs Administration, Clinical Translational Research, Research Development Services, Lab Animal Services, Research IT, Research Training Programs, Research Business Operations)Conditions of Employment All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during the course of their employment and beyond.Credit Check This position will require the acquisition of a P-Card and/or handle cash, credit or other sensitive information and will require a satisfactory Consumer Credit check as a condition of employment.Equal Employment Opportunity Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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