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Deputy Director

VCU Massey Cancer Center

June 2, 2021
Massey Cancer Center Deputy Director
Position Description

The VCU Massey Cancer Center invites you to apply for the position of Deputy Director.  The purpose of the Deputy Director role is to serve as the second in command to the Center Director and to provide leadership and direction with other members of the senior leadership team for the Center, comprising the Executive Committee for Massey Cancer Center (MCC) in the furtherance of the mission 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. The Deputy Director is charged with working with the Associate Directors, Program Leaders, Shared Resource Leaders and members to implement the strategic plans and facilitate the integration of basic, translational, clinical and cancer control research. The Deputy Director is responsible for identifying opportunities for strategic growth and development to facilitate interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary cancer research so as to harness the considerable intellectual talent and scientific resources of VCU and focus them on solving the nation’s cancer problem.


Position Responsibilities:

Serves as second in command to the Massey Cancer Center Director and plays a major role in overall research planning and development of the Center
Plays a significant role in ensuring all Center activities are in line with the mission, vision, core values, strategic goals, and strategies to achieve those goals
Serves as a leader in scientific faculty recruitments
Leads key strategic activities as assigned by the Director (e.g., the development of strategic action plans and metrics for short- and long-term goals)
Works with Massey Director, Associate Directors and Program Leaders to determine research direction by identifying and prioritize scientific priorities and initiatives
Assists Director with facilitating the integration of basic, translational, clinical and cancer control research
Works collaboratively with cancer service line leaders to build clinical research infrastructure within the hospital setting
Leads development of CCSG renewal and charged with developing comprehensive strategy
Provides input to Director on research related budgetary and fiscal priorities and allocation of resources
Assists with setting the agenda for Center advisory meetings and Sr. Leadership meetings (e.g., EAB, IAB, Executive Committee and other meetings) serves as Chair in absence of Director
Sets agenda and serves as the chair of the Scientific Steering Committee
Serves as the chair of the Space Committee and responsible for overall development of space plan and review
Actively participates in fund raising activities, helps identify opportunities, and has recurring meetings with development officers to cultivate prospective donors
Responsible for reviewing Massey endowments (chairs, professorships, scholars) and providing recommendations to the Massey Director on reappointments

Required Qualifications:

·         Terminal degree

·         Demonstrable leadership experience within a Cancer Center

·         Sr. Academic level scientist with prior history of tenure track position

·         Extramural funding track record

·         Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment todo so as a faculty member at VCU

Preferred Qualifications:

·         At least 3 years at the level of Associate Director leadership or above at a Cancer Center

·         Experience with clinical trials

·         MD or MD/PhD

·         Extensive publication record

·         Extensive evidence of extramural funding

·         Extensive cancer basic, translational and clinical research experience

Virginia Commonwealth University ( is a major, urban public research university and is classified as Carnegie Level 1 research institution. As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.  The VCU Massey Cancer Center ( is an NCI-designated cancer center that hosts 1000-plus researchers conducting basic, population, translational and clinical cancer research. Massey is part of VCU Medical Center (, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, which provides state-of-the-art treatments and patient care, while educating workforce and advancing research.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Applicants must submit an application, diversity statement & CV at, position #F66830.

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