MD Anderson Cancer Center Project Director- Chief Academic Office in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of this Project Director position is to support the Chief Academic Officer and maintain the Academic Office. This is accomplished by enabling the Chief Academic Officer to operate with maximum efficiency, organization, planning, connectivity, responsiveness, sensitivity, awareness and action to meet the needs of the organization. This individual must be thoroughly organized and a creative problem-solver capable of developing collaborative complex work relationships at all organizational levels. This individual must employ outstanding writing and oral communication skills and must be capable of composing and delivering executive level support.

Job Specific Competencies

Strategic Collaboration and Program Development

•Provides coordination and facilitates communication among the CAO office facilitating strategic alignment of institution-level projects; integrates information and interactions among executive leadership.

• Acts as liaison between the CAO and other areas, both internal and external; Serves as an ambassador for the Chief Academic Office, supporting and expediting communication with other members of the strategic team in cases where there are sensitive issues to be addressed.

•Provide strategic planning and leadership for various teams across the Chief Academic Officer administrative office and the Division of Clinical Research, Division of Faculty Academic Affairs and Division of Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion.

• Tracks strategic initiatives by monitoring progress toward meeting goals and achieving benchmarks; Coordinates necessary support for follow-through on the part of key players and provides focus for the team and individuals to sustain momentum needed to drive initiatives; Remains connected with team/committee members between meetings.

• Assists the CAO in developing communication plans, setting agendas, creating initial drafts of communications to key strategic team members, and helping to prioritize plans for addressing issues that impact progress toward initiative benchmarks.

•Implement and support strategic initiatives relating to applicable areas of expertise.

•Identifies areas for improvement, analyzes issues, makes recommendations and implements solutions.

• Performs preliminary analysis of business plans across Division of Clinical Research, Division of Faculty Academic Affairs and Division of Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion and makes recommendations to the Chief Academic Officer.

• Develops project plans to identify key issues, problems, approaches, performance metrics and resources.

• Establishes procedures for implementation of project outcomes.

• Leads special projects supporting overall business operations.

• Briefs CAO on key issues prior to meetings, presentations and other engagements; Serves as a first alert system keeping CAO aware of emerging rumors and problems to be addressed or opportunities to be considered.

• Builds and maintains relationships throughout the CAO Office and institution in order to sustain an awareness and understanding of institutional and divisional culture, politics and operational dynamics.

• Works closely with CAO support staff to ensure the CAO's time is appropriately planned and expended with maximum efficiency and effectiveness.


Required: Bachelor's degree.

Preferred: Master's Degree in Business Administration, Health Care Administration, Finance, Operations Research, Public Health Administration, or other related field.


Required: Seven years of experience in a healthcare environment to include four years of program/project management experience. With preferred Master's degree, five years of required experience to include four years of program/project management experience.


Five years of healthcare experience, consulting, business administration or related experience. Demonstrated ability to determine key business issues and develop appropriate action plans from multidisciplinary perspectives. Effective leadership, priority management, and consulting skills.

Additional Information

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 81,600

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 102,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 122,400