Chief Administrative Officer/Associate Director of Administration

Massey Cancer Center
Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of only 69 National Cancer Institute-designated institutions in the country that leads and shapes America’s cancer research efforts. Working with all kinds of cancers, Massey conducts basic science, translational, clinical and prevention and control cancer research, provides state-of-the-art treatments, and promotes cancer education and training. Since 1974, Massey has served as an internationally recognized center of excellence. It offers one of the largest selections of cancer clinical trials in Virginia and serves patients at multiple sites throughout the state. Its 1,000-plus researchers, clinicians and staff members are dedicated to improving the quality of human life by developing and delivering effective means to prevent, control and ultimately cure cancer. Massey successfully renewed its Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) in 2016.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, Virginia, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools including the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. Today, VCU serves an integral role in the economic health of the city of Richmond and the region by educating the current and future workforce, advancing research, and enhancing patient care. VCU, its health system and other related entities have cash and investments of approximately $3.0 billion, which includes $840 million in endowment funds.

The Chief Administrative Office (CAO)/Associate Director of Administration reports to the Cancer Center Director. The CAO, along with the Director, are directly responsible for the operational success of the Cancer Center in fully realizing its mission and strategic initiatives as a NCI-designated center with the goal to reach comprehensive status in the near future. The CAO provides constructive and forward-thinking leadership for all business-related functions of the Cancer Center. All administrative units report up through this position, who provides leadership and oversight in areas of finance and grants administration, human resources, clinical research, affiliates and partnerships, informatics/data analysis, shared resources, and marketing/communications/public relations. This position serves on the Center’s senior leadership committees. The CAO assists in developing and assessing the overall strategic vision and direction of the management of the Cancer Center.

The CAO has specific responsibility for the following:
Strategic Planning
• Participate in strategic planning including the design of new programs, facilities and research initiatives
• Participate in recruitment of investigators and member scientists to the cancer center, including guidance on the Center’s financial and space commitments and other resources in support of recruits
• Provide leadership and oversight to advisory board, development office, and staff with lobbying efforts to legislatures and state/local government boards
• Periodically evaluate Center’s program services, shared resources, staffing and recruitments for alignment within the strategic plan
• Oversee development of marketing and communication strategies to build Massey Cancer Center awareness regionally and nationally, as well as in the local communities
• Measure progress in achieving targeted performance outcomes and meeting strategic and operational goals

Research and Grant Administration
• Develop and maintain infrastructure to support the center’s mission
• Facilitate development and growth of collaborative research programs
• Facilitate operations and development of shared resource facilities
• Oversee the project management for NCI cancer center support grant, NCI training grants, and American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant, including preparing applications and reporting
• Provide leadership of staff to support pre and post-award grants management
• Oversee the tracking function and billing for all research grants and programs
• Provide leadership of staff to support clinical research administration
• Ensure compliance to federal, state and VCU research standards

Financial Management
• Develop and control the Center’s operational/capital budgets
• Oversee disbursements from the MCV Foundation and keep Cancer Center Director current on use of funds and that spending aligns with donor intent
• Provide fiscal oversight for all funding sources, including state, institutional, donor, contract and grants

Operations and Administrative Management
• Oversee the management of the Center’s physical facilities and equipment
• Oversee HR functions, staffing and recruitment of faculty and staff
• Oversight for the Center’s program activities, such as seminars, events, retreats, etc.
• Oversight for network and desktop support, office staff support and other central support functions

Development/MCV Foundation Relations
• Coordinate with Development Director to establish annual development targets and report quarterly on progress
• Maintain communication and collaborative relationship with VCU Office of Development leadership and MCV Foundation leadership

Represent the Cancer Center, Maintain Strong Relationships
• To external sponsors (e.g., National Cancer Institute)
• To other cancer centers, external organization, and affiliate partnerships
• With VCU administration, including VP Health Sciences, School of Medicine, VP Development and Alumni Relations, MCV Foundation, Legal Affairs, Government Relations, and President’s Office

• Master’s degree in business administration, public administration, health administration or a related discipline
• Five or more years of experience in a similar senior administrative leadership role and/or complex academic/research environment
• Extensive experience and knowledge in pre and post-award sponsored program administration and compliance, strategic resource analysis within a complex multi-cost center environment, and financial/budget management
• Excellent communication, management and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to manage conflict in working environment
• Highly collaborative and energetic management style
• Demonstrated ability to plan and manage competing priorities in multiple programs and projects

• Advanced degree in the biological sciences
• Prior senior administrative experience at an NCI-designated matrix cancer center
• Experience planning and bringing new research facilities online and managing space allocations across multiple disciplines

This position is a professional, non-tenure eligible, faculty position with academic rank of Instructor, and subject to the Universities policies and procedures governing Administrative and Professional Faculty Appointments as noted on the following link:

Application Process: Applicants must apply through for position #FA7860 and include resume or CV and cover letter.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.