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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Program Director in Houston, Texas

Mission Statement

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. 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 primary purpose of the Program Director, Diagnostic Imaging position is to work with a highly educated and technical staff, requiring excellent oral and written communication skills. The ability to effectively work on multiple unrelated projects is essential and working with time constraints for research deadlines requires the ability to sometimes work under stressful conditions. The ability to write large documents and use advanced office management computer software (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Visio, etc.) to generate reports and other communications is required.

Core Values

Caring Behaviors

  • Courtesy: Is respectful and courteous to each other at all times

  • Friendliness/Teamwork: Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness; Is sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers

Integrity Behaviors

  • Reliability: Communicates frequently, honestly and openly

  • Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values

  • Safety: Notices a safety concern and brings it to someone's attention; Models safe behaviors (wears badge, washes hands, keeps work area clean and orderly)

Discovery Behaviors

  • Responsiveness: By his/her actions, creates an environment of trust; Encourages learning, creativity and new ideas

  • Personal Leadership/Self-Initiative: Helps others to identify and solve problems; Seeks personal growth and enables others to do so

Key Functions

  1. Manages the implementation of systems, policies, and procedures affecting the development, planning and management of grant proposal budgets and contractual agreements. Ensures timely submission of proposals or agreements that meet institutional guidelines. Provides administrative and fiscal oversight for research programs. Develops, implements, and manages administrative procedures and policies to ensure operational and quality outcomes for grant submission activities. Provides advice and counsel to faculty on fiscal issues for grant submissions, negotiations with sponsoring agencies, contract development, effort reporting, conflict of interest, and financial oversight of awards.

  2. Assists in long-range planning for research program growth and changes in research priorities. This includes space and financial planning.

  3. Identifies and determines eligibility for different funding sources. Works with Director of Protocol Research and the Department Administrator to prepare budgets for funded protocols within the institution.

  4. Ensures timely and accurate expense and income tracking for all grant/contracts and philanthropic company based centers. Manages the invoicing for administrative and biopsy fees for Interventional Radiology protocols.

  5. Monitors balances and reconciles accounts. Meets regularly with faculty to review their research budgets, expenditures, personnel trending and effort reporting.

  6. Prepares applications and annual reports for investigators, including but not limited to new drug applications or devices, correspondence with regulatory agencies, progress reports, service center utilization reports, and active/pending grant reports.

  7. Provides research planning, educational and administrative support for research projects.

  8. In collaboration with the Department Administrator manages the recruitment, retention, and space for research activities in the department. Performs all personnel cost transfers for research personnel. Stays aware and complies with the current NIH salary cap and NRSA stipend levels. Reviews quarterly effort reports to ensure that effort and funding are reported accurately and adhere to federal effort reporting regulations. Assists faculty and the Department Administrator in establishing performance and productivity standards for classified staff. Works closely with the Department Administrator to consistently apply HR policies. Supervise the department staff as assigned.

  9. Develops a records retention plan that ensures appropriate technical documents are available for audit or inspection. Maintains administrative records that are securely stored, catalogued, and easily retrievable (PDMS records, and grants and contracts) in compliance with all institutional, departmental, and governmental regulations and policies. Ensures integrity and confidentiality of research records are maintained at all times.

  10. Other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

  • IC - Analytical Thinking:

  • Gather relevant information systematically;

  • Break down problems into simple components; and

  • Make sound decisions.

  • IC - Build Relationships:

  • Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; and

  • Show sincere interest in others and their concerns.

  • IC - Innovative Thinking:

  • Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; and

  • Offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.

Required Degree: Bachelor's degree in science or related field.

Required Experience: Five years of research administrative experience.

PReferred Experinece: Five or more years of research administrative experience in an academic or biotech setting including, experience with research protocols, grants, and contracts. Regulatory and successful grant and protocol experience.

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.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 142980

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 64,000

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 80,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 96,000

  • Science Jobs: Yes