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Associate Director, Center for Innovation and Translation

Company: University of the Pacific
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: November 17, 2023

Job Description:

Associate Director, Center for Innovation and Translation Job Title Associate Director, Center for Innovation and Translation Department Department of Preventive & Restorative Dentistry Campus Posting Number 201303488P Full or Part Time Full Time Number of Months 12 Work Schedule Position End Date Open Date Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Position Summary Information Primary Purpose Under the supervision of the Director, Center for Innovation and Translation, responsible for spearheading strategic programs around clinical research education, innovation, and translation into practice, and help in delivering the ground-breaking Pacific-Stanford PRIMED Program. The role will involve building robust research and innovation coalitions, securing funding for research and innovation, and attracting business development activities, particularly within the non-commercial and commercial entities, including health tech and start-up sectors. This role offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of healthcare through strategic leadership and collaboration, by joining a team at the forefront of transformative healthcare research and innovation. The position has an expected duration of 5 years however is contingent upon continued availability of grant funding. May be renewed if sustainable funding sources are identified. Essential Functions 1. Pacific-Stanford PRIMED Program Delivery:

  • Support the planning, execution, and successful completion of The Pacific-Stanford PRIMED program working with the MPIs and involving multiple disciplines.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure the study meets all research objectives and timelines, collaborating with various teams at UOP , Stanford University, and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research ( NIDCR ).
  • Collaborate with and supervise the program research administrator. 2. Biobank Management:
    • Oversee the management of the Pacific-Stanford "Biobank," facilitating patient sampling and clinical assessment for academic, research, and commercial use.
    • Develop and enforce robust policies and governance structures for the management of Biobank, ensuring strict compliance with regulatory guidelines and ethical standards. 3. Research and Innovation Coalition:
      • Establish a program of non-commercial and commercial clinical studies.
      • Establish and nurture partnerships with industry leaders, technology companies, and start-ups to foster innovation and research collaboration.
      • Develop and maintain a network of stakeholders and collaborators within the healthcare and tech sectors.
      • Work with Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific, and other collaborators to develop and deliver a research and innovation strategy to deliver health tech innovation programs.
      • Promote knowledge sharing and transfer of research findings within the organization, contributing to the growth of institutional expertise. 4. Research / Trial Delivery: Regulatory Compliance and Best Practices:
        • Lead the development and implementation of comprehensive procedures for clinical trials and studies, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and ethical standards.
        • Stay abreast of evolving regulations and industry best practices to update and enhance research policies as needed.
        • Develop and implement regulatory policies, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), research delivery and recording documentation, and clinical research best practices to ensure research compliance and integrity.
        • Establish and oversee audit programs to maintain research quality and integrity standards.
        • Establish a governance structure for clinical trials and research initiatives, including ethics review boards, data monitoring committees, and oversight bodies. 5. Management of Research Delivery Team:
          • Build and lead a high-performing research delivery team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence.
          • Provide guidance, mentorship, and professional development opportunities to team members to enhance their skills and capabilities. Performance Evaluation:
            • Conduct performance evaluations and provide constructive feedback to team members.
            • Recognize and reward outstanding contributions and address performance issues promptly.
            • Maintain transparent and effective communication channels within the team and with external stakeholders.
            • Prepare regular progress reports and presentations for senior leadership, funders, and partners. 6. Resource Allocation:
              • Effectively allocate human and financial resources to support clinical research projects, ensuring optimal utilization and alignment with organizational goals.
              • Monitor project budgets and timelines, making necessary adjustments to ensure successful project completion.
              • Evaluate the evolving needs of the team and make recommendations for expansion or restructuring, as necessary. 7. Project Oversight:
                • Develop and implement project management strategies, including milestones, deliverables, and performance metrics, to track progress and ensure adherence to project goals.
                • Identify potential risks and challenges and proactively develop mitigation plans. 8. Strategic Initiatives:
                  • Collaborate with the Dean, Assistant Dean for research, Dugoni School Centre for Innovation and Translation Director, and other partners on strategic projects to expand research partnerships, programs, and innovation delivery.
                  • Contribute to the development of MBA programs and other strategic initiatives.
                  • Embed research within the Dental Curriculum offered at UOP . 9. Business Development:
                    • Participate in and prepare documents and materials (for example, reports, presentations, information packages) for meetings and negotiations with potential industry, government, and other partners. Coordinate with marketing and communication professionals within the University's research teams to craft stories and social media content to promote our faculty, staff, facility, equipment, and other resources to support research.
                    • Identify and approach potential industry and other research collaborators in the San Francisco area and surrounding markets. The process to identify research partners may include collecting, compiling, verifying, and analyzing research, financial, competitive, marketing, and other information to evaluate research interests, needs, and funding capacity with the University's resources, interests, and capacity. The approach to potential partners may include emails, phone calls, approaches at conferences, and "warm" introductions from university faculty, staff, or others in the school's network. 10. Funding Acquisition:
                      • Identify and pursue funding opportunities for research and innovation programs, specifically focusing on health tech and start-up partnerships. Minimum Qualifications Knowledge of:
                        • Healthcare technology, innovation trends, and startup ecosystems.
                        • Budgeting and financial management skills to oversee research budgets, allocate resources effectively, and secure funding.
                        • In-depth knowledge of research methodologies, regulatory requirements, and ethical considerations, particularly in clinical research settings.
                        • Familiarity with funding agencies, grant application processes, and successful grant acquisition.
                        • Comprehensive understanding of regulatory compliance in research, including familiarity with FDA , NIH , and other relevant regulations.
                        • Project management methodologies and tools Ability to:
                          • Successfully manage complex research projects, including grant-funded initiatives, clinical trials, or innovation programs.
                          • Manage multiple projects simultaneously.
                          • Develop and execute strategic plans, translating organizational goals into actionable initiatives.
                          • Exhibit strong networking and relationship-building skills to engage with industry partners, startups, and other stakeholders.
                          • Present complex research findings and strategies to diverse audiences.
                          • Demonstrate effective negotiation and persuasion skills in order to secure partnerships and funding. Experience:
                            • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.
                            • Proven track record in research delivery, project management, and strategic leadership roles.
                            • Proven experience in successfully delivering complex research projects, preferably in collaboration with NIH or similar funders.
                            • Experience in developing and implementing regulatory policies and SOPs for research.
                            • Experience in delivering continuous improvement programs within academic or healthcare settings.
                            • Experience in developing project plans, tracking progress, and ensuring on-time and on-budget project delivery.
                            • Experience in fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration within research teams and across interdisciplinary groups.
                            • Experience in developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
                            • experience in supervising and mentoring research teams. Education
                              • Degree in a relevant field such as healthcare management, biomedical sciences, or a related discipline. Other:
                                • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
                                • Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.
                                • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work. Preferred Qualifications Ability to:
                                  • Exhibit a passion for advancing healthcare through research and innovation.
                                  • Exhibit strong leadership and team management capabilities.
                                  • Inspire and motivate teams toward achieving strategic goals and objectives.
                                  • Demonstrate a strategic mindset with a focus on innovation.
                                  • Anticipate and adapt to changes in the research landscape.
                                  • Communicate effectively and professionally. Education
                                    • Certification in project management or strategic planning is preferred. Physical Requirements The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
                                      • Work performed is primarily office/administrative with frequent use of computer keyboard, mouse, and telephone
                                      • Requires sitting majority of the working day; occasional standing, walking, bending, and reaching. Hiring Range $91,722 - $126,118 per year. We consider factors such as, but not limited to, scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's qualifications, internal equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment are required to execute a release and authorization for a background screening. AA/EEO Policy Statement University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.Posting Specific Questions Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
                                        • * How did you first learn about this employment opportunity?
                                          • University of the Pacific Website
                                          • Craigslist
                                          • LinkedIn
                                          • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
                                          • Chronicle of HIgher Education
                                          • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
                                          • EDUCAUSE
                                          • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
                                          • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - Northern California (NorCal HERC)
                                          • Modesto Bee
                                          • Pacific Employee
                                          • Personal Referral
                                          • Professional or Association Listserv
                                          • Publication or website from a professional organization
                                          • Sacramento Bee
                                          • San Francisco Chronicle
                                          • Stockton Record
                                          • Agency Referral
                                          • Other Online Job Board
                                          • * Pacific participates in federal healthcare programs. As such, a required part of the hiring process is to verify that potential employees have not been excluded from participating in federal programs for mandatory exclusions (including for fraud, controlled substances crimes, patient abuse or neglect, or other program-related crimes) or for other permissive exclusions by the Office of Inspector General. A "Yes" response would be considered disqualifying. Please answer the following question accordingly:Are you currently excluded from participation in federal programs (including Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal healthcare program)?
                                            • Yes
                                            • No
                                            • * Pacific participates in federal healthcare programs. As such, a required part of the hiring process is to verify that potential employees have not been excluded from participating in federal programs for mandatory exclusions (including for fraud, controlled substances crimes, patient abuse or neglect, or other program-related crimes) or for other permissive exclusions by the Office of Inspector General. A "Yes" response would be considered disqualifying. Please answer the following question accordingly: Have you received notice that you are under review for possible exclusion from any federal programs (including Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal healthcare program)?
                                              • Yes
                                              • No

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