Vice President, Research Administration

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: The VP, Research Administration is a highly
visible leadership role. The incumbent will be responsible for leading
and managing the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
(PMLGH) Research Program. The role, in collaboration with research
leadership and the research council, develops and sets strategic and
administrative goals for the PMLGH research program. He/she will
establish and maintain administrative policies and develops the
insiution’s research standards and procedures, including those
related to research operations, education and training, IT systems,
financial administration, human subjects protections, research
compliance, and research support services. This highly collaborative
role establishes and optimizes, relationships with the University of
Pennsylvania and other research partners and relationships with
research entities within PMLGH. The incumbent will chair the LGH
Research Council. The VP, Research Administration is also
responsible for facilitating the development of new research

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability
(with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the
following duties:


  • Develops, sets, and executes the research program priorities and strategic vision
  • Serves as the external and internal “face” of the PMLGH Research Program
  • Helps to identify new research opportunities that are aligned with the research strategic plan and the overall Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health mission
  • Spearhead opportunities to join the Penn Medicine Clinical Research Network
  • Responsible for the promotion and operational advancement of the research program and fostering an environment of quality, compliance, and efficiency
  • Oversees, directs, and ensures high performance and compliance for the Research Program. Fosters an environment of trust, compliance, open communication and professionalism throughout the PMLGH research
  • program
  • Oversees Human research Protection Program and maintain LGH’s federal wide assurance
  • Leads the Research Integrity Program: establishes and maintain responsible conduct of research and data integrity
  • Leads all function research elements to include; Biostatistics and Data Management,;Research Operations including the research operations budget, Support, and Finance; Education and training, ;, Quality Improvement Initiatives; Research pre-award, postaward, grants; , Clinical Research support staff (CRC, CRNs, Montiors) ; Clinical Research IT system optimization(EPIC and CTMS), Regularly interacts with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health leadership, physicians, investigators, patients, administration, federal research sponsors, industry research sponsors, nurses, coordinators, and other support personnel.
  • Develops research program business processes that allow PMLGH conduct research efficiently and compliantly
  • In collaboration with Research and administrative leadership, develops annual goals to include the strategic plan for research institute, annual process improvement plan, and research staff coaching and development plan
  • Responsible for ensuring the financial viability of the
  • research program
  • Oversees the development of Research Institute personnel both administratively and clinically to allow PMLGH to effectively manage research
  • Partners and collaborates with the PMLGH Compliance Office and Legal Department to educate, evaluate, and address research compliance issues and risks
  • Partners with executive and physician leadership of ABBCI CRU to support growth, development, and compliance of cancer research trials. Looks for oppotunitites for alignment of efforts
  • Ensures critical research business processes are operating properly and identify ways to continually enhance their compliance, functionality, and performance
  • Ensures the research program serves the needs of patients, investigators, and the health system
  • Oversees and directs the promotion of the research program through advertising, marketing, publication, and other means.


  • Bachelors degree required in a health related field.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in a clinical
  • research environment, with at least eight (8) years at the manager level or above working in a hospital or academic research environment.
  • Experience in clinical trial and study operations, use of clinical research IT platforms, managing federally funded grants & corporate contracts, managing a human subjects protection program, and has implementing a clinical research compliance program
  • Experience working with research patients, communicating with physician investigators and clinical staff, and understanding the work dynamic of conducting research in a hospital
  • Experience managing Clinical Research Staff
  • Understanding of hospital patient billing, charge capture and revenue cycle operations
  • Substantial knowledge of CMS research regulations including: FDA Good Clinical Practices, OMB Circular and other applicable research regulation including CMS regulations pertaining to research billing.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and execution of office or program objectives.
  • Experience developing and executing a strategic plan.
  • Experience dealing with physician investigators and encouraging their participation in the research program.
  • Financial expertise.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and team building
  • skills.
  • Strong computer, word processing, presentation and spreadsheet skills.
  • Flexibility and comfort in working within ambiguity and


  • The ideal candidate will have 8+ years of experience in managing clinical trials and federally funded research.
  • Advanced degree (MD, MBA, MPH, MSN, JD, PhD, or similar) in a health related field.

Contact Information

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health





Background Information

4-Year Degree


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  • Full Time