MD Anderson Cancer Center Administrative Director, Research Program - Clinical Cancer Prevention in Houston, Texas

Administrative Director, Research Program - Clinical Cancer Prevention

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Managerial/Professional at

Cancer Prev & Pop Sciences-Res 900717

Requisition #: 117185

The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public

The Administrative Director, Research Program is responsible for the supervision, planning, coordination and management of research and related financial administrative activities in the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention. This position serves as a key member of the department leadership, directs and leads the administration of the department’s overall research portfolio, and as such, serves as the authority of grant proposals, awards, reports and payments.

Ideal candidates will have Grant management experience and Pre and Post grant experience


Grant and Financial Management

Develops and implements departmental policies and procedures impacting annual budgeting, fund management, invoicing and payments across all fund groups associated with research and program administration.

Manages research administrative activities through all phases - pre-award, project period and post-award.

Coordinates the submission of research grant applications, progress reports, and related communications, ensuring compliance with application guidelines as well as all institutional, state and federal regulatory requirements.

Partners with Principal Investigators and Stewards or delegates to prepare, justify, execute and administer research and/or programmatic proposals, operational plans and budgets in accordance with sponsor and institutional guidelines.

Interfaces with institutional offices (e.g. Office of Sponsored Programs, Grants and Contracts Accounting and Office of Research Administration) to facilitate, develop and implement contracts and agreements. Directs and monitors work flow for said contracts and agreements to ensure full execution and facilitates setup completion.

Interfaces with funding agencies and resources, as necessary, to facilitate submission of applications, fund management and reporting.

Partners with Principal Investigators and Stewards or delegates to strategize and direct personnel funding assignments upon award setup. Acts as liaison with other MDA departments on budgeted research personnel.

Develops financial reports and provides necessary projections and forecasts for all research projects, and other funding, when applicable.

Collaborates with investigators, department administration and institutional offices to ensure compliance with federal, state, regulatory and private agency policies, procedures and guidelines related to research administration.

Develops and implements quality assurance procedures in support of financial audits and reviews.

Reviews and authorizes financial expenditures.

Operations Management

Manages and supervises personnel in administration of the department’s grant program.

Plans, develops and assesses work assignments of grant program staff, including hiring, training, counseling, and evaluations.

Designs and manages the training of support staff in grant submission and post award grant management.

Develops and manages the implementation of systems and procedures affecting the administrative support of the faculty and all research activities.

Ensures compliance with institutional Supply Chain Management requirements for all purchases with extramural (soft) resources.

Supervises reconciliation activities, such as effort reporting and certification of statistical samples of expenditures, as well as monthly personnel trending reports and documentation, associated with the research and programmatic portfolios.

Serves as departmental representative to respond and facilitates administrative and financial audits.

Development and Resources

Identifies and communicates funding opportunities.

Oversees department's protocol prioritization and collaborates with department Chair to resolve concerns.

As necessary, serves as liaison with institutional research compliance review boards and committees to address and resolve programmatic concerns.

Other duties as assigned



Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field.



Six years of administrative experience in a research or academic setting to include four years of grant management and two years of supervisory/management experience in a research, health care, or related environment.


Grant Management experience

Pre and Post grant experience

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