MD Anderson Cancer Center Associate Director, Research Planning and Development - Head and Neck Surgery in Houston, Texas

Associate Director, Research Planning and Development - Head and Neck Surgery

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Managerial/Professional at

Surgery 195100

Requisition #: 116633

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.


Research Planning

Provide periodic information and recommendationsto the Department Chair(s) regarding the development, evaluation and revisionof policies and procedures for the prioritization of research activities. Provideadvice and resource information for long-term strategic planning of researchinitiatives, including options, directions, funding sources and feasibility. Actas a resource for faculty to identify opportunities for research initiatives. Monitorthe NIH and other government websites for new RFAs. Identify internal andexternal granting opportunities and coordinate departmental response. Monitorprivate funding opportunities and inform faculty and clinical research traineesof relevant programs. Assist with developing strategies for securingphilanthropic funding and the application process for that funding. Provideadministrative oversight and assistance in the development and evaluation oflarge, programmatic grants (e.g., P01, U54, SPORE, CPRIT MIRS and CCSG grants);participate in related scientific advisory boards, strategic planningcommittees and program retreats. Perform project analyses and evaluateresources, outcomes and obstacles to project completion. Serve as liaisonbetween investigators, institutional officials and granting agency officials. Participatesin departmental and institutional related committees/meetings including: Headand Neck SPORE Investigator and Head and Neck SPORE IAB/EAB meetings, CCSGMeetings, and faculty meetings. Support the PI’s in disseminating informationon genomic medicine and immunobiology to faculty and in providing decisionsupport for clinical investigators.


Develop and implement the business developmentstrategies, including corporate partnerships, philanthropic, licensing andentrepreneurial opportunities. Ensure that research activities are aligned withstrategic priorities. Direct the ongoing development and presentation of themoonshot strategic, operating and staffing plans to assure achievement ofdefined outcomes and targets. Develop and lead the business developmentactivities in identifying, managing and implementing new collaborativeopportunities with potential partners. Actively engage, cultivate and managecorporate relationships to ensure efficient execution and achievement ofmilestones. Develop and maintain collaboration with outside stakeholders andwith all staff, partners and regulatory or other official bodies. Evaluateemerging technology, make recommendations to Director and negotiate withproducing corporations to bring or make available new technologies andservices. Develop metrics to measure and report upon research outcomes forexperimental and new research initiatives. Collaborate with Regulatory and QAofficials to define best practices and implement certification and complianceas applicable.


Develop,direct and manage the research budget and justification of expenditures. Responsiblefor the development and oversight of a variety of internal and externalmulti-year funding sources that support research. Direct and manage, incollaboration with the Finance Team, the post-award funds and fund allocationacross multiple grant projects/components and report appropriately. Developshort and long-range projections and financial plans, maintain appropriateanalyses and make adjustments where appropriate. Prepare annual donor reports,as required, for philanthropic funds. Present and assist in the preparation ofpresentations related to Department of Head and Neck Surgery grants or relatedtopics.


Minimum: $102,400 – Midpoint: $128,000 – Maximum: $153,600


Required: Bachelor’s degree in science or medically related field, business or healthcare administration.

Preferred: Master’s degree in a related field.


Required: Five years experience in an academic research setting facilitating research program development and management of research resources. With preferred degree, three years of required experience.

Preferred: Extensive experience in developing and administratively managing large programmatic research studies.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.