Cancer Center Jobs

Associate Director for Research Administration

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

August 1, 2023
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center (Hillman) seeks a talented and experienced individual to step into a highly supportive environment as Associate Director (AD) for Research Administration. This is a very exciting time for a new AD for Administration to join Hillman, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive matrix cancer center strongly supported by UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The Hillman Foundation has committed a large amount of continued support for our Center over the next 10 years, including nearly 100K ft² of new research building space in the adjacent “Assembly” building dedicated for Hillman members. The new AD will collaborate with over 330 Hillman Cancer Center members to promote and invest in strategic new projects, recruits, shared resources, and pilot programs. With our new expansion of space for Hillman researchers and extensive clinical network (over network 70 sites), Hillman is unified and supportive of cancer research, prevention, and therapy.

In 2020, Hillman celebrated its 34th anniversary and the renewal of its 5-year National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) that resulted in Hillman Research Administration scoring in the ‘Exceptional’ range and qualifying Hillman for a 2-year merit extension. Hillman has over 330 members, 7 scientific programs, 12 CCSG-supported shared resources, $110 million of peer-reviewed cancer-relevant funding with nearly $50 million from NCI, and an institutional funding base greater than $150 million.

The AD for Research Administration reports directly to the Hillman Cancer Center Director and is a member of Hillman’s Senior Leadership Team. Primary duties and responsibilities include: primary coordination and assembly of the cancer center support grant (CCSG) P30 and annual reports, planning and management of NCI site visits and the external advisory board (EAB), oversight of Hillman facilities, scientific shared resources, development, facilitation and support of multi-component team science cancer research programs, as well as spearheading internal and external collaborative research endeavors. To meet the position requirements, the AD for Research Administration will collaborate with a team of administrators, fiscal leaders, and PhD/MD-level scientists, coordinate vision setting and strategic planning; support and participate in CCSG Research Program and Shared Resource activates; develop operational and administrative policies and procedures; work with the Hillman Fiscal Office to develop budgets and monitor spending; develop staff and space utilization plans; oversee facility operations; and communicate research outcomes to Hillman investigators, the NCI, and the public. To facilitate and advance Hillman science, the AD will also: coordinate CCSG preparation and submission; grow the funded research base, with emphasis on multi-disciplinary collaboration with internal and external investigators; work with the Hillman Development Office to promote and increase philanthropic donations; and assist in recruitment of faculty.
Pittsburgh is routinely ranked as one of the top-most livable and affordable U.S. cities. Located in the city of Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood, Hillman is an NCI-designated comprehensive matrix cancer center focused on state-of-the-art cancer research, training the next generation of cancer researchers, and community outreach. Hillman serves 29 western PA counties serving nearly 5 million individuals and provides unique opportunities to collaborate with clinical and translational research programs involved in cancer patient care, including the University of Pittsburgh, Magee-Women’s Research Institute, and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Candidates for the position must have a PhD, MD, or master’s degree in business administration, policy, or other research administration-relevant field. Candidates also must have 5+ years in research administration, which includes an understanding of the regulatory requirements and complexities pertaining to animal and clinical research; detailed knowledge of NCI CCSG requirements; experience with NCI-funded cancer centers and site visits; and excellent written and oral communication, computer, people management, and interpersonal skills. Candidate may be eligible for an Assistant or Associate Professor faculty position commiserate with experience.

To apply for requisition # 23005131, please complete an application on our Talent Center website – Please also feel free to send a 1-page personal statement highlighting your qualifications and experience, along with your CV or resume, to Hillman Director, Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD (care of
[email protected]).

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity, EOE, including disability/veterans.