Director of Research Administration

Huntsman Cancer Institute
University of Utah



Position Summary
Oversee and provide strategic planning, management, and overall administrative supervision for research-related activities at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) across the three divisions of research administration: basic science, clinical research (including compliance), and population sciences. Responsible for leading Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) through submission of competitive and noncompetitive renewal processes and site visits for an NCI P30 Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG), which gives HCI its designation as an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center. The position accomplishes this via a team of senior administrators and PhD-level scientists.

Reporting Relationships
This position reports to the HCI Executive Director of Operations.

Position Activities
• Direct generation and submission of all P30 CCSG competing and non-competing renewals, including supplements. Act as the administrative contact/liaison with NCI for the P30 CCSG.
• Work with the HCI Executive Director and the Executive Director of Operations to monitor existing research programs and shared resources. Develop the metrics to support consideration of new programs and shared resources in response to changing NCI guidelines. Oversee the CCSG membership process and funding allocations for new and/or expanded programs and services. Monitor the productivity and quality of each program and shared resource.
• Plan and manage activities to ensure adherence to funding and membership goals/objectives and NCI requirements. Provide leadership support to ensure that NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center designation is maintained. Work with the Executive Director’s office to coordinate External Advisory Board meetings.
• Oversee reporting and compliance with regulatory agencies for all grants managed by the Cancer Center, including the CCSG. Ensure that principal investigators are kept aware of current and upcoming reporting and regulatory requirements. Ensure effective grant transition services for new and departing faculty.
• Oversee the enhancement of information systems to support financial, regulatory and funding agency requests for data. Assure appropriate institutional data is captured and maintained centrally.
• Assure: 1) appropriate coordination across administration of clinical, population and basic science research areas; 2) that administrative infrastructure is adequate to support diverse multi-disciplinary programs and strategic priorities; and 3) that effective performance management guidelines are adhered to.
• Identify planned and newly released requests for proposals from the NIH and other granting agencies. Assist multi-investigator proposal development (P01s, SPOREs, U grants) by generating requirements-driven outlines and proposal timelines, and milestone completion dashboards; monitoring progress at meeting the milestone deadlines; reviewing and editing proposal sections for consistency; and assisting with formatting and electronic uploading.
• Establish mechanisms and processes that facilitate compliance and assist in reinforcing policy changes and regulatory requirements.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
• Prior experience participating in or leading research administration at an NCI-designated center
• Direct involvement with P30 grant submission and familiarity with P30 grant guidelines, processes, and expectations
• Five years of related experience in research management role with progressively increasing levels of responsibility

Skill and Abilities
• Strong leadership and communication skills; ability to work independently with minimal direction
• Adaptability to rapidly changing work priorities
• Ability to multitask is a must, along with an orientation toward teamwork and cooperation
• Strong creative thinking and problem solving skills
• Willingness to accept responsibility for actions
• Positive work attitude and demonstrated ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, styles, and beliefs

Please contact Renae.Hepler@hci.utah.edu with questions or to express interest in the position. The position will be open until a suitable candidate is identified.