Cancer Center Jobs

CTO Assistant Director of Research Finance

VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center

February 26, 2024
The Massey Cancer Center has an exciting opportunity for an CTO Assistant Director of Research Finance to join the team!  Our employees and applicants come from diverse backgrounds. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes VCU stronger.

"To improve the lives of all Virginians by delivering cutting-edge cancer care through patient-centered prevention and treatment; high-impact, innovative research; community input and engagement; and education and training of the next generation of researchers and healthcare professionals.”

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center is a nationally ranked cancer center located in the heart of Downtown Richmond. All full-time staff are eligible for our generous benefits package that includes choices for health, vision, and dental coverage, life-insurance, short and long-term disability coverage, retirement planning, tax-deferred annuity and cash match programs, flexible spending accounts, tuition benefits, significant paid-time off,12 paid holidays, flexible work arrangements and more. 

Veterans:  VCU faculty and University and Academic Professionals are now eligible for enhanced leave accrual rates based on verified military service. The calculation of these leave accrual rates will include a veteran's verified service in the military, National Guard, Reserves (active or inactive duty) and full-time state or Federal National Guard duty. Eligible employees must supply DD-214 documentation for each period of military service to receive this benefit. 

Explore our benefits further here:


Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities

In partnership with the Director of Clinical Research Operations and Management and the Executive Director for Research Strategy, the CTO Assistant Director of Research Finance oversees the development, submission, and award set- up of all cancer-related funding for research proposals. This position directly supervises the functional areas of pre-award budgeting for research administration including: all research-related budget development requests made by Massey investigators, clinical research Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) protocol calendar and Medicare coverage analysis creation, and budget/contract submissions and negotiations to external funding agencies. Additionally, the CTO Assistant Director of Research Finance oversees the Clinical Trials Office annual operating budget and post- award clinical research finances.

The general responsibilities of this role are as follows:

Serves as a liaison with institutional, local, state, federal and non-federal external agencies, communicating directly with agency personnel as necessary for finance-related research issues on behalf of the Massey Cancer Center
Provides guidance to research finance administration staff related to required submissions and grant budgets/awards; leads Massey’s guidance to internal groups including the VCUH Office of Clinical Research, VCU Grants and Contracts, the Division of Sponsored Programs, VCU School/College/Departments and the Office of Procurement
Provides ongoing project management and oversight for cancer research funding proposals and awards administered by Massey’s Office of Research Development and/or Massey’s Clinical Trials Office
Monitors staff activities in the management of research submissions through the approval process to ensure all internal deadlines and sponsor requirements are met
Leads the creation of SOPs, workflows, strategic process improvements, and metrics related to research finance administration
Collaborates with other leadership and directs support staff to implement and change policies and/or procedures
Oversees the management of all post-award activities for clinical trials and monitor clinical trial status, oversee communications with Principal Investigators for actions required
Manages the development and submission of requests for post-award modifications, such as protocol amendments, re-budgeting and no-cost extensions, as required
Works with the Cancer Center budget/finance team to ensure quality pass offs with the post award management teams and in overseeing the annual CTO operating budget
Other job duties as assigned

Minimum Hiring Standards

Massey Cancer Center supports a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment. The candidate will demonstrate experience that shows their commitment to fostering such an environment.
Minimum 6 years of progressively responsible experience in direct pre/post award research administration; including having a strong working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and OMB Uniform Guidance for Federal Awards
BA/BS degree or degree equivalency with 8 years of experience
Proficiency and advanced experience with MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Google Suite
Accurate data entry, word processing, analytical thinking skills
Effective organizational skills and a strong attention to detail
Effective professional written and oral communications skills (i.e., ability to communication with others in a clear and professional manner)
Strong interpersonal skills (i.e., ability to work with personnel at all levels to gather information and communicate compliance requirements)
Able to perform moderate lifting; able to sit, stand and walk for prolonged periods of time; able to read papers and online documents; able to operate standard office equipment; able to exercise physical ability and perspective acuity to satisfactorily perform essential job functions

Preferred Hiring Standards

Experience working in an enterprise-wide clinical trials management system, grants management software, and procurement software preferred
Master’s preferred
Certification in Research Administration preferred
ACRP/SOCRA/NCURA (or equivalent) certification preferred
8 years experience in research administration preferred

Salary Range: commensurate with experience, starting at $74,000