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Executive Director Fort Worth Research Consortium

Burnett School of Medicine

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Executive Director Fort Worth Research Consortium

  • 499043
  • Academic Support / Research
  • Healthcare
  • Managerial / Administration
  • Professional Staff

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  • Full-time
  • Opening at: Feb 7 2024 at 09:00 CST
  • Burnett School of Medicine

Job Summary:

The Executive Director of the Fort Worth Research Consortium is responsible for overseeing all research conducted by the consortium. The Executive Director will manage the overall operations of the consortium and serve as the key business leader for the organization in the pursuit of health equity and community building. The Executive Director will report to the Dean of the Burnett Medical School and work with Principal Investigators (PI) and other key stakeholders from the consortium members to develop a research strategy and provide guidance and support to achieve the operational research goals of the consortium. The Executive Director will build the research infrastructure for the consortium and oversee all strategic initiatives. The Executive Director will initially focus on the following activities: coordinate the assessment of research, nurture areas of research excellence, facilitate the growth of new and existing research programs, and expand research collaborations. The Executive Director is also responsible for the direction and management of clinical research activities, including the clinical trials departments, the research portfolio, and research support operations. The Executive Director will lead and oversee the development of industry and business relations through partnerships, innovation labs, business ventures and other related opportunities specifically focused on the growth of clinical research in Fort Worth.

Duties & Essential Job Functions:

1. In collaboration with the Dean of the Burnett School of Medicine, TCU's Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, and consortium members, develops a five-year strategic and operational plan to bring Fort Worth clinical trials research to a level of national excellence.
2. Oversees the alignment and monitoring of the consortium research programming and the Strategic Research Plan.
3. Develops and implements a plan for recruiting key research and clinical scientists necessary to achieve the goals of the consortium.
4. Participates in and support the development, recruitment, and negotiations of outside sponsored clinical trials.
5. Recruits and facilitates relationships with outside pharma and biomedical device companies to support recruitment of potential clinical trials.
6. Facilitates support for investigators to determine and achieve strategic goals, especially in the therapeutic focus areas for the program.
7. Develops a scientific review committee to evaluate studies conducted through the consortium.
8. Leads the operations of the research consortium, including the functions of finance, compliance, staffing, research operations, and grants and contracts. Oversee all research staff with direct authority for all staff.
9. Provides leadership to achieve the financial and operational goals for the research consortium.
10. Manages the clinical and scientific research support team, including research nurses, coordinators, investigators, and other employed research personnel.
11. Acts as a resource for entrepreneurs in need of assistance with clinical research activities.
12. Works with the Dean of the Burnett School of Medicine and Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies to develop plans for obtaining philanthropic support for consortium research initiatives.
13. Assists with fundraising and external presentations as needed.
14. Performs other position appropriate duties as required in a competent, professional and courteous manner.

Required Education & Experience:

• Master’s Degree or other advanced degree equivalent.
• 10 years of experience with a background in clinical research and business operations.

Preferred Education & Experience:

• Ed.D., Ph.D., M.D. or D.O.

Required Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training:

• None

Preferred Licensure, Certification, and/or Specialized Training:

• None

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• Knowledge of research principles, including adherence to all compliance issues, within a clinical environment.
• Knowledge of clinical trials research activities.
• Skill in project management.
• Skill in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and navigation techniques.
• Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
• Ability to commit to cultural diversity and equal opportunity.
• Ability to grow revenues, meet budgets, measure, and improve productivity and outcomes, and facilitate appropriate business strategies to achieve goals for sustainability.
• Ability to weigh pros and cons in uncertain or ambiguous situations, calling for a high level of judgment or intuition.
• Ability to cope with ambiguity and uncertainty, striking a balance between the necessity at times to be guided by subjective feelings without ignoring objective logic.
• The ability to make correct assumptions about the future, gathering facts and opinions to visualize and to achieve the proposed activities.
• Ability to establish objectives; communicate the objectives; survey resources; establish policies, choose alternatives and act; create procedures and rules; establish budgets and timetables; and deciding on standards.

TCU Core Competencies:

University Core Competencies definitions may be found on the Human Resources website and in the staff performance management system.

Physical Requirements (With or Without Accommodations):

• Visual acuity to read information from computer screens, forms and other printed materials and information.
• Able to speak (enunciate) clearly in conversation and general communication.
• Hearing ability for verbal communication/conversation/responses via telephone, telephone systems, and face-to-face interactions.
• Manual dexterity for typing, writing, standing and reaching, flexibility, body movement for bending, crouching, walking, kneeling and prolonged sitting.
• Lifting and moving objects and equipment up to 10 lbs.

Work Environment:

• Work is indoors and sedentary and is subject to schedule changes and/or variable work hours.
• Travel will be required to complete the essential functions of the position.
• This role is an on campus, in-person.
• There are no harmful environmental conditions present for this job.
• The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate.

AA/EEO Statement:

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. 

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