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MD Anderson Cancer Center Director, Grants & Program Management in Houston, Texas

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) 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 primary purpose of the Director, Grant & Program Management position is to be responsible for the short- and long-term strategic program planning to advance goals and mission for MDACC. This position serves as a key leadership role in assessing grant application objectives and planning strategies under which the proposal objectives will be attained. Develops, plans, evaluates, and implements strategic and collaborative science (program type grants with multiple projects and cores), multimillion-dollar research grant proposals for grant continuation and new grants related to cancer research. Conducts needs assessments, oversees data collection, the on-going efforts to improve data management procedures and optimization of models, performs complex analysis and evaluation of program activities for proposal submission. Develops metrics to illustrate collaboration and high impact research at MDACC. Applies knowledge of biological sciences to translate medical, scientific, and technical language into easily understood concepts. Stays abreast of and interprets for management and PIs, sponsor's rules and regulations and terms and conditions of specific grants, including those of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas etc. Identifies, researches, and pursues new and relevant grant opportunities and communicates such opportunities to leadership and PI's. Develops and maintains collaborative, working relationships with the Cancer Center's leadership team and Principal Investigators (PIs). Provides consultative service to Program, Department and Division Leaders, PIs, and internal staff regarding submission of proposals.

This position is afforded significant latitude for complex research projects, decision-making and independent judgement. Responsible for writing research grant proposals including updates and progress reports. Manages all administrative aspects of manuscript submission and grant proposal processing. Review and edit manuscripts and proposals for accuracy. The position is involved with scientific, regulatory, administrative, and budgetary goals. Fulfills independent responsibility for large, complex research grant programs / initiatives. Participates in short- and long-term strategic planning for grant-making, program evaluation, and research strategies. Provides guidance to less experienced team members.

KEY FUNCTIONS

•Serves as primary consultant for large or complex research grant program(s) /initiative(s). Works strategically with the Cancer Center's AVP - Programs, Infrastructure and Planning, Department Chairs, Division Leaders, Principal Investigators (PI) and staff in assessing grant application objectives and planning strategies under which the proposal objectives will be attained. Oversees and manages grant development at MDACC including the Cancer Center Support Grant which provides $55 million to support infrastructure of cancer research at the institution. Takes charge of executing major portions of research proposals broadly outlined by the Cancer Center AVP - Programs, Infrastructure and Planning and other leadership members. (30%)

•Consults with faculty and researchers on development of proposals. Develops and implements strategic large science (program type grants with multiple projects and cores), multimillion- dollar research grant proposals for grant continuation and new grants related to cancer research, the scope of which requires understanding the purpose/science of the grant, long- term planning and "first time" applications and practices. Analyzes and consults on appropriate uses of funding and most effective spending plans and reporting mechanisms for grant proposals. Evaluates, makes recommendations and plan processes for comprehensive and accurate proposal submission, which will impact MDACC as well as crossing over to other institutions. Provides consultative service to Program, Department and Division Leaders, PIs, and internal staff regarding submission of proposals. (25%)

•Collaborates within unit, the organization and among participants to analyze, evaluate and further research objectives and results. Develops new metrics to illustrate collaboration and high impact research at the institution. Actively participates in understanding the Cancer Center's multidisciplinary matrix organization, policies, procedures and practices in order to meet the goals and objectives for proposals which will leverage the Cancer Center's unique leadership role in cancer research. Conducts research and data analysis using public and private databases for a variety of research projects. Identifies and researches relevant grant opportunities for the Cancer Center and communicates such opportunities to potential program directors. Conducts needs assessments, oversees data collection and the on-going efforts to improve data management procedures, optimization of models, and analysis and evaluation of program activities for proposal submission. Reviews, analyzes and summarizes reports of Program, Department and Division Leaders and PIs encompassing multi-disciplinary research groups within the Cancer Center. Collaborates with IT to develop new system to ensure the Cancer Center meets reporting requirements which consist of collecting grant funding information for cancer center members, cancer relevant research publications, shared resource utilization data, and narratives for progress reports. Updates current systems for collection of data, grant funding, publications, and pilot project management system. Identifies data to illustrate collaborations, ROI, and other areas. Develops and oversees pilot projects. Compiles bibliographies based on content analysis of material, abstract pertinent material from reference literature. (15%)

•Reviews and analyzes the program's and other funders' portfolios for emerging issues and research. In collaboration with MDACC program leaders, writes annual progress reports describing high impact research of cancer center investigators. Works with the AVP - Programs, Infrastructure and Planning to write a summary of cancer-related activities for the National Cancer Institute. Provides data for an External Advisory Board meeting held annually. Reviews, analyzes and summarizes reports of Program and Division Leaders and PIs encompassing multi-disciplinary research groups within the Cancer Center, other University departments, and outside institutions. Evaluates amount of editing required and edits proposals for stylistic consistency, logical organization, rational development of content, and appropriate emphasis. Rewrites and organizes reports encompassing multi-disciplinary research groups within the Cancer Center, other University departments, and outside institutions. Reads confidential material from confidential grant applications, extract relevant data and enter information into a variety of databases. Applies knowledge of biological sciences to translate medical, scientific, and technical language into easily understood concepts to input into specified database fields. (10%)

•Keeps abreast of developments in research area to identify expert advisors and peer reviewers. Stay abreast of basic, pre-clinical and clinical research being conducted at the Cancer Center and the developing capabilities of the Center. Responsible for timely completion of final deliverables for client approval. Stays abreast of and interprets management and PIs, sponsor's rules and regulations and terms and conditions of specific grants, including those of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Travel, on occasion, to other institutions and government agencies. Work with researchers and staff at the Cancer Center to identify topics for articles. Write and edit scientific material for Web content, press releases, posters and other communications group materials. Produce progress/review print publications that incorporate key messages for transmittal to targeted audience and can be adapted to meet specific objectives. Rewrite copy that may be ambiguous, verify references and factual content to ensure technl accuracy. Edit and review material prepared by others for accuracy and appropriateness. Provide various other editing and writing tasks as assigned. (5%)

•Serves as program officer for portfolio of awards. Develops methods for ensuring project plans have an articulated scope with measurable outcomes and benefits. Clearly identifies deliverables for the project. Partners with PI and researchers to define success metrics and criteria. Communicates project and program progress to key constituents through written documentation, including comprehensive progress reports. (5%)

•Represents initiative with other organizations within the academic or scientific community and with government and community stakeholders sharing common objectives. Builds and maintains inter-organizational relationships and synergies among all project partners which include universities and research centers. Builds strong working relationships with various campus partners to promote activities and the broader mission. (5%)

•Supervision: Screen applications, interview candidates and either make selection decisions or recommend individuals for hire. Train and assign work to new and continuing employees. Provide guidance on performance standards and University procedures. Independently conduct performance evaluations, including communication with subordinates. Make recommendations for employee incentive awards and salary increases including merits and reclassifications. Determine what discipline should be imposed for subordinates, with authority to apply such, and/or submits/recommends same to higher level management. (5%)

REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION

Required: PhD in related field

EXPERIENCE

Required: Five (5) or more years of directly relevant grant management experience and five (5) years of management experience.

Preferred: Experience with complex, multi-project, multi-million grant proposal development such as SPORE, P01, LLS SCOR etc.

Director, Grant and Program Management It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 149223

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Work Location: Hybrid Onsite/Remote

  • Pivotal Position: No

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