Managing Director Division of Research

Innovation in Practice

Operating one of the industry’s largest and most respected research programs, Kaiser Permanente employs nearly 1, 800 research experts at 9 specialized centers across the country. With a research budget of $221 million and more than 2,500 studies and clinical trials underway at any given time, this is a place where you can have a profound impact on the future of health.


Managing Director Division of Research

Oakland, California


In this role, you will lead and direct the operations of The Permanente Medical Group’s Division of Research, one of the largest non-academic research organizations in the nation, with 600 employees and an annual budget of approximately $100 million. You will determine research operational goals and priorities with the Regional Research Director and The Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Hospital Executives. You will also develop national and regional research strategies, drive administrative processes, and integrates service, efficiency, and organizational improvements aimed at positioning the Northern California region to be the market leader in high quality epidemiological research, health services research, and clinical trials. In addition, you will serve as the division’s research regulatory and compliance leader.


Qualifications Include:

  • At least eight years of general management experience in a complex, multi-faceted research and health care setting
  • At least five years of supervisory experience in such areas as training, employee development/assessment and disciplinary actions
  • At least five years of experience in financial management, program development, budget development and monitoring, and quality process and operations improvement
  • A master’s degree in business administration, health care administration, public health, public health administration, health policy and management, a related discipline, or six years of experience in a directly related field with a high school diploma or GED
  • A seasoned leader who has been responsible for leading an organization of comparable size and complexity
  • Demonstrated ability to partner with the DOR Director and other leaders within The Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan to establish mutual operational performance measures
  • The demonstrated ability to determine the key operational issues and develop appropriate action plans from multi-disciplinary perspectives
  • Proven leadership skills in managing diverse teams of professional staff
  • Proficient in team building, group interaction, with demonstrated ability to lead professionals and manage others through influence and collaboration
  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Significant knowledge of applicable federal and state laws and regulations related to conducting research
  • Excellent skills in complex analytic problem solving and change management
  • The ability to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment


Preferred Qualifications Include:

  • Research administration experience
  • PhD, J.D., or eight years of experience in public health, health policy, and management, or a related discipline
  • Strong comprehension of general business processes and systems
  • The ability to translate senior leadership priorities into a cohesive strategic plan
  • Expertise in developing and managing research grant funding, contracting, and administration processes
  • Knowledge of and experience in research financial and contract management, regulatory, and reporting requirements


For immediate consideration, please visit for complete qualifications and job submission details, referencing job number 777352.


Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.


This position supports Kaiser Permanente’s code of conduct and compliance by adhering to all laws and regulations, accreditation and licensure requirements, and internal policies and procedures.




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Contact Information

Kaiser Permanente



2000 Broadway

Oakland, California


Background Information


5 to 8 years

  • Hospital
  • Non-Profit
  • President, CEO, Executive Director
  • Research Administrator/Manager

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time