Director of Management Operations - Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Position Summary:

UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School is seeking a strategic Director of Management Operations (DMO) in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) .   The DMO will oversee all financial and administrative operations for the academic and research service areas of the department’s nearly $13 million budget.  They will develop, implement, and monitor budgets for multiple funding sources and ensure budget compliance with grant, legislative or organizational policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

As a basic science department in a research-intensive medical school, the major mission of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), along with its 32 esteemed faculty members, is to conduct innovative and important multidisciplinary biomedical research.  Under the visionary leadership of Chair, Dr. Rodney Kellems, BMB is home to three research centers and a NIH-supported program project grant that represent areas of research excellence within the department.  In conjunction with Dr. Kellems, and the Senior Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs and faculty, the DMO identifies and develops entrepreneurial projects to fund research and/or teaching efforts in support of the Department and Medical School stated missions. Recently researchers in the department received a $3.1 million grant from NIH to fund Four-Dimensional work on Down Syndrome. 

To express personal interest or nominate a colleague, contact the UTHealth Executive Recruitment Team: or 713-500-3251.

All inquiries will be held strictly confidential

Position Key Accountabilities:

1.  Plans, implements, and controls operational, financial, administrative and philanthropic activities in the areas of education, research services for the department under the direction of the Executive Director of Administration – Medical School, and department Chairs.

2.  Designs and evaluates operational and financial models; prepares and implements business and strategic plans, and develops and maintains administrative infrastructure for efficient and financially sound operations.

3.  Develops, implements, and monitors budget for multiple funding sources and ensures budget compliance with grant, legislative or organizational policies, procedures, rules and regulations. 

4.  Assists with the evaluation and preparation of grant proposals and budgets, monitors compliance with grant restrictions/regulations, and ensures appropriate reporting to granting agencies.

5.  Ensures faculty, staff, students and fellows understand compliance regulations and rules. 

6.  In conjunction with Department Chair and faculty, identifies and develops entrepreneurial projects to fund research and/or teaching efforts in support of the Department and Medical School stated missions.

7.  Manages departmental facilities, procurement activities, equipment purchases, and equipment inventory.  Oversees construction and/or renovation projects.  

8.  Serves as key liaison for department with other UT-H areas such as the Graduate School, Sponsored Projects, Accounting, Purchasing, Human Resources, Legal Affairs, Compliance, other medical school departments and external entities such as other state and federal agencies and professional organizations. 

9.  Acts as a designated responsible party for financial reporting for the department.  Ensures the department’s accounts are reconciled in a timely manner, and that the adequate separation of duties are established and maintained and that any contingent liabilities are identified and adequately communicated to the university’s central financial reporting personnel.  Has an affirmative role to ensure that financial information for the department reflects actual results of operations.

10.  Balances the needs of department chair and central finance and accounting, through open communication and professional competence.

11.  Prepares and interprets financial analyses to better support the department’s mission.

12.  Manages contracts for professional services, processing contractual agreements, invoicing and collection activities to ensure a positive margin.  Understands that, at a minimum, recovery of the full costs of services provided is an important goal of contractual “sales” of department’s personnel and other resources.

13.  Manages Human Resource functions for the department with regards to: recruiting and selection, hiring and termination, training, professional development, mentoring, counseling, performance evaluations, and salary planning.

14.  Responsible for the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded; financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

15.  Serves on or leads various medical school, university or external professional committees.

16.  Performs other duties as assigned.


University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.


UTHealth Benefits

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Contact Information




7000 Fannin St.

Houston, TX 77030


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Finance, Operations
  • Business Manager
  • Administrator or Administrative


Target Job Information

  • Full Time