MD Anderson Cancer Center Program Director - Stem Cell Transplantation in Houston, Texas

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.

The primary purpose of this position is to plan, organize, and support the comprehensive functions of the Moon Shot Adoptive Cell Therapy (ACT) Platform (50%) and the CARTOX Program (50%), housed administratively in the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Department, implementing the vision of these entities through academic, institutional, industry and philanthropic interactions.


1.Platform/Program support

a.Provide comprehensive support to the ACT Platform, the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Cell Therapy Laboratories, the CARTOX Program clinical, regulatory and informatics efforts as well as the ACT Platform, GMP and GLP Laboratory Directors, collaborating faculty and relevant external customers. Provide high level support for both internal and external meetings.

b.Performs analytical reviews, complex account reviews, trend analysis, cost projections, with any potential problems as relates to the Cell Therapy Laboratories, the ACT Platform and the CARTOX Program.

c.Compile data and prepare ACT Platform Moon Shot reports and slide presentations for Moon Shot Operations and other outside potential academic or pharmaceutical collaborators. Develop the content and generate reports and correspondence for high level meetings and provide meeting minutes.

d.Compile data and help maintain compliance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) programs for standard of care cell therapy products and Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) compliance for all cellular therapy products infused at MD Anderson.

e.Demonstrate technical proficiency required to do the job; possess up-to-date knowledge in the profession; provide technical expertise to others. Apply basic technical/functional knowledge to complete work.

2.Business Acumen

a.Work closely with the Cell Therapy Laboratory, ACT Platform and CARTOX Program leaders while mentoring one or more staff members

b.Plan, direct, and coordinate program and administrative activities of a complex, interrelated and interdependent nature, where unknowns and numerous contingency factors are involved and obtain and analyze facts and solve problems while making administrative decisions.

c.Coordination and management of all special projects to include human resources, compliance within the institution and with FDA.

d.Participate in ACT Platform and CARTOX Program reporting and budget management requirements

e.Develop and maintain communications to support, enhance and expand awareness of the Cell Therapy Laboratories, ACT Platform and CARTOX Program.

f.Assists with capital asset attainment including annual inventory and related maintenance contracts.

g.Acts as a resource regarding financial matters including allowable costs, restrictions on use of program income and other ACT Platform and CARTOX management issues.

3.Project / Relationship Management

a.Facilitate the technologic management interface between ACT, CARTOX and MDACC Leaders and IT. Work with key IT and other key stakeholders to determine Moon Shot ACT Platform and CARTOX Program technological needs.

b.Present solution design and cost benefit analysis to meet ACT and CARTOX financial and strategic needs.

c.Develop communication and change management plans to support the successful implementation of projects and initiatives. Implement and follow through on departmental project deliverables.

d.Develop and communicate key measures to track the ACT Platform and the CARTOX Program budgets, clinical productivity and milestones.

e.Develop contingency plans to address project performance gaps and manage departmental expectations.

f.Refine, own and execute the vision, strategy and roadmap for the ACT Platform and the CARTOX Program in alignment with the key operations drivers of reliability, efficiency, agility and differentiation.

g.Identify critical ACT Platform and the CARTOX Program business issues. Develop an operations plan to prioritize and resolve these issues.

4.Service Orientation

a.Provide service to our customers, including patients, patient caregivers, referring physicians and each other, in a reliable, responsive, safe, friendly and courteous manner.

b.Promotes inclusiveness and collegiality by demonstrating respect and professionalism to others at all times

c.Models safe, ethical behavior, mitigating risk to the institution through sound business practices, and adherence to MD Anderson's Standards of Conduct, institutional policies and procedures

d.Meets time and attendance expectations and responds to requests in a timely manner, communicating expectations for procedures, service arrival, or project deliverables to patients and coworkers

5. People Leadership

a.Provides development opportunities and ongoing feedback to Cell Therapy Laboratories, ACT Platform and CARTOX Program Leaders; provides feedback for the completion of administrative staff and classified employee evaluations.

b.Provides transparent communication to members of the Cell Therapy Laboratories, the ACT Platform and the CARTOX Program.

c.Demonstrates cultural competence that creates an inclusive environment for the diversity represented within unit's staff.

d.Participate in monitoring financial performance and management of operating budgets for the Cell Therapy Laboratories, the ACT Platform and the CARTOX Program.

5.Perform additional related duties as assigned.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, healthcare administration or related field.

Preferred: PhD degree in Business Administration or related discipline, with a project management focus.


Required: Five years project/program management experience to include three years supervisory experience. May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis.

Preferred: Fifteen years experience working in the healthcare industry that includes budgetary expertise and communicating with executive level management. Experience supporting teams in a business environment. Exceptional skills with calendar management, MS Office, graphic software and PeopleSoft database.


Required: None

Preferred: Project Management Certification

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.