Executive Director of Research Administration

Position Summary    
The Executive Director of Contracts, Research Administration and Clinical Research Operations, along with the CFO, set the vision, strategy and operations for the Sponsored Programs with National Jewish Health.  The Executive Director of Contracts, Research Administration and Clinical Research Operations is an expert in pre and post-award management of a central grants office.  Incumbent will oversee research administration assuring that National Jewish Health remains in compliance with Federal regulations, while providing service to faculty in order to maximize the size and scope of research operations to ensure that National Jewish Health maintains a uniform, efficient, and high-quality clinical research program.  Experience with biomedical research funding, preferably in a University environment, highly desired.

Essential Duties    

  1. Manages and develops an effective staff: providing effective communication, leadership, guidance and resources. Determines staff qualifications and competency:  recruits, interviews, selects, hires, trains, orients, mentors, evaluates, coaches, counsels, disciplines, and rewards.  Establishes and monitors staff safety and regulatory compliance.
  2. Oversees clinical research operations ensuring that National Jewish maintains a uniform, efficient, high-quality clinical research program across all academic departments.
  3. Oversees contracting for the institution including clinical, research, development, health initiatives and external faculty activities ensuring that NJ is adequately protected by contract terms.
  4. Oversees the administration of research activities. Acts as institutional official for research with Federal and non-Federal sponsors. Verifies that proposals, contracts and grants are properly processed and accounted for to meet sponsor expectations and federal regulations.
  5. Oversees fringe benefit, indirect costs and patient care rate development and negotiation. Works with charge-back centers to assure that rates remain in compliance with Federal regulations. 
  6. Oversees accounting and distribution of tech transfer royalties and reimbursements. 
  7. Oversees interpretation of internal policies and external regulations for staff and investigators.
  8. Manages the accounting and reporting systems for sponsored programs and clinical research to meet the needs and/or requirements of users, management and external agencies.  

Other Duties    


  1. Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health.
  2. Talent Management for Leaders: Clearly establishes and communicates expectations and accountabilities; monitors and evaluates performance; provides effective feedback and coaching; identifies development needs and helps employees address them to achieve optimal performance. 
  3. Business Acumen: Using economic, financial, market, and industry data to understand and improve business results; using one’s understanding of major business functions, industry trends, and own organization’s position to contribute to effective business strategies and tactics.
  4. Collaboration/Teamwork: Cooperates with others to accomplish common goals; works with employees within and across his/her department to achieve shared goals; treats others with dignity and respect and maintains a friendly demeanor; values the contributions of others.
  5. Customer Focus: Ensuring that the customer perspective is a driving force behind business decisions and activities; crafting and implementing service practices that meet customers’ and own organization’s needs.
  6. Peer Relationships: Interacts with others in a constructive, positive, and respectful manner, regardless of individual differences. Assists team members or co-workers in achieving personal goals and completing assignments.

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility    
Manages 10 - 20 employees


Core Values    

  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
  4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
  5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures. 
  7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or a related field required. Master’s Degree preferred.

Work Experience    
A minimum of 10 years of supervisory experience in grant/contract administration and clinical research required.

Special Training, Certification or Licensure    

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Contact Information

National Jewish Health



1400 Jackson Ave

Denver, Colorado 80206


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • Non-Profit
  • Hospital
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Finance, Operations
  • Administrator or Administrative


Target Job Information

  • Full Time