Cancer Center Jobs

Associate Director for Administration

The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center

February 18, 2021
Associate Director for Administration
Hyde Park Campus


BSD CCC - Comprehensive Cancer Center

About the Department
The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC) is an integral component of the Biological Sciences Division (BSD). The BSD is the largest of four Divisions of the University and includes the Pritzker School of Medicine. UCCCC administers four established research programs, and the NCI-sponsored Cancer Center Support Grant provides funding for ten Shared Resources. The Comprehensive Cancer Center is comprised of over 150 faculty members from twenty departments with members currently being awarded over $47 million in total direct costs in peer-reviewed cancer research grants, and $28 million in non-peer reviewed grants and contracts. The activities of the Center are broad and varied, including research, patient education and support, fundraising, marketing, clinical trials management and community outreach. Reporting directly to the Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, the Associate Director for Administration is a key member of the leadership team, which is responsible for the establishment and execution of programmatic research priorities that enables the Comprehensive Cancer Center to fulfill its mission and vision. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by extramural funds (e.g., grant, gift, endowment) which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor. Your employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these extramural funds and your satisfactory job performance. If this position is eliminated due to the discontinuation of extramural funding, you will be given a minimum of one pay period’s written notice (If exempt: 30 days, If non-exempt: 2 weeks), or pay in-lieu of notice.

Job Summary
The job manages multiple related teams of managers and professional staff responsible for leadership within a Center and serves as a liaison to academic departments, professional organizations, and administrative units of the University. Has overall responsibility for the management, operations, financial, outreach, and programming for the center.

Provides input and executes the mission-driven, strategic planning, and evaluation efforts for the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Is responsible for the administrative infrastructure, preparation, submission and management of the NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) and serves as the primary administrative liaison to the National Cancer Institute.
Oversees the management of all research-relevant Center components, including financial operations of the Center (e.g., operating budgets, grants and contracts, and philanthropic funds),  the Cancer Clinical Trials Office, Shared Resources, Office of Community Engagement and Cancer Health Equity, education programs, and information technology.
Works closely with relevant University of Chicago Medicine units including Marketing and Communications, website teams, Medical and Biological Sciences development, and government and public relation to ensure appropriate integration and alignment of priorities and activities.
Participates in oversight and integration of research and clinical programs.
Provides expertise and assistance in developing successful multi-investigator, large-scale grant submissions that are critical to the mission of the Center (e.g., P01s, SPOREs, T32s, U54s, etc.).
Assists the Director of the Cancer Center with faculty and staff recruitment as directed.
Facilitates interdisciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration and translational research.
Assists the Director in activities related to the Executive Committee, and External Advisory Committee.
Creates and implements new programs, initiatives, and policies for the Cancer Center.
Provides leadership for a Center with senior management and serves as a liaison to academic departments, professional organizations and administrative units of the University.
Manages related teams. Establishes department priorities, may be responsible for the management of the center budget, allocates resources and executes strategic plans.
Works closely with faculty, students and other leaders across campus to foster experimentation and multi-disciplinary inquiry and teaching by coordinating and developing Center programming. This may include workshops. Conferences, colloquia, training programs, community outreach, etc.
Oversees a communication strategy and marketing efforts aimed at increasing the visibility of the Center. Collaborates with others to make the center a valuable resource to all students and contributes to the broad goals of creating a stronger campus community.
Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications

Relevant  graduate degree, e.g., MBA, MPH or PhD

Ten years of directly related experience in the academic research setting
Knowledge of Cancer Centers or equivalent specialized academic institutions
Strategic planning, including setting goals and milestones
Supervisory experience
Familiarity with federal grant policies and procedures
Familiarity with NCI guidelines for Comprehensive Cancer Centers and Cancer Center Support Grant

Preferred Competencies:
A builder, a visionary, a leader, and a focused and goal-oriented manager
Ability to work effectively within a matrix organization as well as develop productive inter-institutional and inter-agency relationships locally, regionally, and nationally
Demonstrates strong skills in organization, planning and evaluation, and oral and written communications
Experience developing individual, institutional, and large-scale multi-project cancer research proposals (NIH and other peer-reviewed agencies or equivalent)
Demonstrates ability to lead groups from diverse professional areas and operates comfortably at a variety of organizational levels to achieve results
Acts proficiently and professionally in unstructured situations
Works well with little direction, though able to accept direction as necessary
Demonstrates skills in conflict management and possesses excellent interpersonal skills
Supervisory experience

Application Documents

Resume (required)
Cover letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Resume/CV of the application.

Job Family
Administration & Management

Role Impact
People Manager

FLSA Status 

Pay Frequency

Scheduled Weekly Hours

Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required

Health Screen Required

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

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