Director, Grants & Contracts

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.  We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.

MSK will require all new hires, volunteers, and vendors who come onsite to provide proof of COVID 19 vaccination. This is based on the COVID-19 vaccines’ high level of protection and our shared responsibility in protecting our patients.

Are you passionate about working on complex issues where analysis of situations requires in-depth knowledge and expertise? Do you thrive on fostering a high-performance culture, encouraging development among your team? Do you want to apply your background to contribute to our mission of dedication to exceptional cancer care, innovative, leading-edge research, and forward-thinking education?

We have an exciting opportunity for a Director of Grants and Contracts (G&C) to join the Office of Research and Projects Administration (ORPA).

This is a key leadership position overseeing the Grants and Contracts unit in Research and Project Administration (RPA) within ORPA. You will advise and guide an expert team of research administration professionals and drive outstanding practices related to the pre-award and non-financial post-award administration of research grants and contracts funded by federal, state, and private agencies. This role requires a dedication to business knowledge and operational excellence. We thrive on a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration, innovation, and partnership.

You will:

  • Develop strategies to maximize our sponsored research portfolio by staying on top of industry trends. Enhance the volume and quality of MSK’s sponsored research proposals through programmatic planning.
  • Work collaboratively within RPA, ORPA, and with partners in the research community to motivate changes in work products and processes that will improve unit and research enterprise efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Provide leadership responsibility for an effective G&C team. This includes funding development, grants management, and contracts business functions.
  • Lead unit operations and prioritize workflow to ensure efficiency, regulatory compliance and sound operation.
  • Foster a strong results orientation within the unit by motivating staff and holding them accountable to meeting the needs of constituents, department and organizational goals.
  • Strategically partner with divisional leadership, faculty, administrative and clinical management staff. Plan and implement new department-wide and/or divisional or institutional programmatic initiatives.
  • Forge and maintain collaborative and positive relationships with constituents, senior leadership and external sponsors. Engage institutional partners to gain insights and/or to request system/process updates to meet business needs.

You are:

  • Knowledgeable about your business and the marketplace and able to apply this knowledge to advance our goals.
  • A cultivator of innovation who builds and fosters new ways for the organization to be successful.
  • A good decision-maker, with proven success at making timely decisions that keep MSK moving forward.
  • Skilled at articulating the vision in a way everyone can relate to.
  • Someone who draws upon multiple relationships to exchange ideas, resources, and know-how.
  • A provider of work directives, delegating responsibilities as necessary, and removing obstacles to get work done.
  • Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Able to hold yourself and others accountable to achieve goals and live up to commitments.
  • Skilled at painting a compelling picture of our strategy and vision that motivates others to action.
  • Someone who doesn’t shy away from difficult situations or people, saying what needs to be said.

You have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Master's and/or CRA or equivalent experience is preferred
  • 6-9 years’ experience in research administration 
  • 4-7 years’ experience leading and developing a team
  • Experience working in a sponsored projects environment in an Academic / Medical or Research Institution #LI-


Successful candidates may choose whether they would prefer to be remote (with twice yearly visits to the NYC office) or hybrid with the flexibility to come into our NYC offices. The choice is yours!

Competitive compensation packages | Sick Time |Generous Vacation+ 12 holidays to recharge & refuel| Internal Career Mobility & Performance Consulting | Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA & Dependent Care|403b Retirement Savings Plan Match|Tuition Reimbursement |Parental Leave & Adoption Assistance |Commuter Spending Account |Fitness Discounts &Wellness Program | Resource Networks| Life Insurance & Disability | Remote Flexibility

We believe in communication, openness, and thinking beyond your 8-hour day @ MSK. It’s important to us that you have a sense of impact, community, and work/life balance to be and feel your best. 

Our Hiring Process

You review the posting, agree it sounds like a great fit & apply ->Talent Acquisition contacts you to schedule a phone interview (if your profile aligns) -> after speaking with the Talent Acquisition Specialist, you will connect with the Hiring Manager by phone or video -> if your experience is a fit, you will move forward to a video call or on-site visit with the team -> post-interview feedback->ideally an offer! ->reference check & onboarding-> orientation & official welcome to MSK.

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MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.  

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Contact Information

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center



1275 York Avenue

, New York NY 10065


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • Hospital
  • President, CEO, Executive Director
  • Grants and Contracts

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

  • Full Time